Review: We are the Night


With the successes and popularity of the teenage vampire genre hitting an all-time cheesy high through the likes of ‘Twilight’ and ‘True Blood’ I have been reluctant to stray towards any vampire movies which don’t feature a traditional, used-to-be-in-cradle-of-filth style creature of the night. That said when you couple my theory that any European language horror to get a UK release in its native tongue must be good, with that of lesbian vampires;I couldn’t resist giving it a go for the sake of something different.

To some degree the gamble paid off.

The plot sees a young tearaway, on the run for a petty pickpocketing rap, being seduced and entangled in an all-femalesect of vampires. These vampires are not whiney teenagers, or old crusty wenches with bad accents, these are modern vamps that are intent on indulging every moment they can on the finest things modern society can provide. The dazzling lights of alternative night-life, fast cars and fine clothes should be enough to provide the young girl with enough distractions to overlook the fact that she must neglect the few morals she has left; though the predicable bulk of this movie will prove they aren’t.

There are some really good ideas prevalent throughout this movie, first off the idea of only female vampires remain due to their cunning and restraint, then there are all the things you could do in modern society if you weren’t restricted by mortal fibres, and ultimately the cool links to the old mythology of vampires and how they might be effected in modern society, all help to construct a world which is not only believable but somewhat alluring. What else strikes you about this movie is how glossy everything is; the cinematography captures a beautiful night-time in almost every shot. The camerawork, soundtrack and set architecture is every bit as flamboyant as the vampires are portrayed. Restraint in terms of the lesbian aspect of the movie might disappoint some, but for me it showed a definite maturity and that the intention was that this movie should be taken seriously - and not as simply another fat goth-girl fantasy.

For some time the glitz and glamour have you hooked. The characters are interesting, and the ‘world’ created in the movie was far different to what we have seen in modern vampire movies. The acting is ok, although the bad-girl clichés might piss some off after a time. There are some standout action sequences which are very well thought through, and as this is far from a low budget affair, the effects and choreography are well up to delivering these scenes with conviction.

Sadly, as to mirror events in the movie, all good things must come to an end. For ‘We Are the Night’ the good things ended a little premature. For all the attention to detail what this movie really lacked is a decent plot, and by the end the predictable, linear story had become stretched a little thin. What began as quite clever and conceivable, became a sequence of shit decisions which only happened simply because, if they didn’t, the film wound have simply ran out of road around the one hour mark. As a result the last 20 minutes or so do get a little bit tedious.

Overall I am not perhaps the person to rely on in this instant. If you love modern vampire movies, and are looking for something which is still based on sex-appeal, but without all the teenage angst and heart ache, then you will find a well-crafted piece of cinema which clearly outstrips many of the more popular efforts both on TV and the big screen. If you are looking for a more horror orientated experience then sadly the need for a happy ‘no rough edges’ ending will see you feeling a little let down by the end based on what the movie was delivering at the start.

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