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Four score, and seven minutes ago, I saw that into every generation a Slayer is born. But I was reminded too, that not all Slayers are created equal. While I appreciate the concept of slaying vampires, I can't much abide by this schlock.
Once again, we are "treated" to a glorious triumph of style over substance. The film offers nothing much in the lines of story, but it offers slick visuals that are almost guaranteed to win over the masses who value CG effects over a story that is worth being told. I will grant you, that there is a time and a place for mindless movies, and I have enjoyed my fair share of them, but this one was just not my cup of tea. I kid you not, at one point there was actually what seemed like a 2 minute long montage of Abe twirling an ax around... The types of filler that this film uses boggles the mind.
I will grant you, that the visuals offered up were indeed fun, the story that backed them up was just pretty lackluster. The thing that I worry about, when looking at this movie, though... was my opinion of this film swayed by my absolute love of Brave a few days prior? Would I have enjoyed this film more if I had seen it first? I don't think that would have a huge effect on my views, but I can not help but ponder these things.
I really wanted to come to you today, and sing the praises of a second good film, but in the end, this is at best, a passable summer flick, and at worst, it is a waste of money. There is plenty of fun things to see, and some effects that are simply artistic master strokes, but with no substance to support it, the style just doesn't hold up.
Recomendation: I think this would have been a pretty decent direct to disc effort. Or better yet, a decent flick to watch on Netflix, but as a film on the big screen, I think it is pretty much a horrible failure.
Is it theater-worthy: In a total break with everything I have said thus far... I'm going to say a very definite... Maybe? I think that others would be happy with it, and will appreciate the visuals. Don't waste your money on the 3D though...
Final Thoughts: The movie is fun to look at, not particularly stimulating, but in the end, it has a decent enough visceral feel to appeal to younger folk. This is one of those films that is perfect for people that wouldn't know a practical effect if it got up and punched them in the face, and think that digital is the end all of cinema.
Frank's Final Score: 6 out of 10