Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 2006. Screen Gems, Lakeshore Entertainment. Story by Len Wiseman, Danny McBride, Screenplay by Danny McBride, based on characters created by Kevin Grevioux, Len Wiseman, Danny McBride. Cinematography by Simon Duggan. Produced by David Coatsworth, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg, Richard S. Wright. Music by Marco Beltrami. Production Design by Patrick Tatopoulos. Costume Design by Wendy Partridge. Film Editing by Nicolas De Toth.
Vampiress/action-babe Kate Beckinsale dons her faux Catwoman suit once again to go head to head with the criminal world of undead monsters in this unimaginative sequel to the fun original. She and vampire/lycan hybrid (Scott Speedman) are on the run from baddies of all sorts as they try to put an ancient blood feud between two brothers, the originators of the races of vampires and lycans (werewolves), to rest. Along the way, they have badly choreographed sex, go on the requisite loud car chases that these films require, and shoot a billion bullets into people who are supposed to be immortal. It’s really unfortunate that in a film about vampires and werewolves the filmmakers use guns, the staple of action movies about normal people, as weapons when they could have thought of something much more creative. The excitement of the original is gone, replaced here by endless dialogue that tries to venture into Anne Rice bloodline territory but never really gets off the ground, and massive amounts of blood and gore that inspire your desire for a bucket of Vim much more than your deepest, darkest fears.