Posted on 3/13/05 07:19 PM
Review of the Breed (Oblowitz, 2001)
Overview: Breed is a stylish, atmospheric "B" vampire flick that really hits on some cylinders and misses on others. There is a consistent "Goth" feel throughout this detective story, with a few characters providing absolutely stunning performances and others seeming completely out of place. Adrian Paul (of the Highlander series fame) is good in this, as is Bai Ling and relatively unknown Hungarian actor Peter Halasz is outstanding. Bokeem Woodbine, on the other hand, seems completely miscast and out of place. Bokeem's character, more than anything else seems to bring down the atmosphere.
The Story: In the very near future, vampires have revealed themselves, and are looking for a place in modern society. Unfortunately, there are those who would prefer to see the two species at war. When a gruesome vampire killing of a human cop takes place, the cop's partner (Bokeem Woodbine) and the top vampire detective (Adrian Paul) must team up to find the killer.
As the Breed proceeds, an interesting detective story emerges, where the antagonists appear to be leading our heroes on a series of red herrings. The detectives eventually uncover a human plot to eradicate all vampires via the use of a high tech virus, but even this is not what it seems. We are also introduced to a number of very interesting characters. Peter Halasz's character tops the list - he plays Cross, an ancient vampire that reminds you of a more cultured Nosferatu. Bai Ling, who plays a very eccentric Lucy Westerna, a mysterious vampire with divided loyalties.
We also get a love story that develops between Bokeem Woodbine and Bai Ling. Say what you will, Bai Ling is flat out gorgeous as a goth vamp chick. While most of the movie, her acting opportunities are rather limited, near the end, she really gets to shine. Bai really is great at expressing a range of emotions, from sassy to painful ongoing.
The Action: The action in the Breed is well scattered throughout. We get some nice fight sequences, some good shooting scenes, and a few good vampire biting scenes. That being said, the action is understated, and takes a back seat to the atmosphere and detective story.
The FX: The effects in the Breed are definitely "B" caliber. We are not looking at top quality CGI here. The problems are especially apparent in some of the vampire sequences. Expect a "Buffy" level of FX, and you should be fine.
The Bottom Line: If you're in to Goth flicks, you will most likely enjoy this film. The Breed takes a different enough view on vampires to be interesting, but keeps enough of the mythos to allow you to get comfortable with the atmosphere and pacing. Unfortunately Woodbine character, especially his dialogue, is just completely out of place. Basically, they take an upper-class New York City style cop and dump him in Hungary. It just doesn't work that well. That being said, I still enjoyed this enough to watch it more than once.
I give it a 7 out of 10 for style, atmosphere, and an absolutely terrific acting performance by Peter Halasz (the guy with the hat in the pictures above).
Avatars:[/color] Here's a few avatars from the Breed. I can't promise I'll do this with every review, but these were fun to do. Please feel free to use these, as I never intend to change Trinity.