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A love triangle with fangs but no bite, the German import "We Are the Night" is mostly infatuated with its own stylish excesses.
Stylishly reinvents juvenile pulp with flashy pyrotechnics.
Gansel compensates for the story's lack of emotional heft with rousing chase scenes and impressive, near-poetic CGI set pieces, and works in a sly suggestion that vampirism is the ultimate expression of consumerist indulgence.
We Are the Night never quite hits the right spot. It has plenty of clever moments but it neither provides the requisite entertainment or emotional heft.
an odd - and therefore interesting - blend of genetic elitism, feminist emancipation and rave-culture hedonism, where oldworld bloodlines leave a trail imprinted in the postmodern age - all wrapped in a slickly stylish audiovisual package.
It's stylishly constructed and a better feminist vampire yarn than Twilight, but still problematic in itself.
A slick, stylish (sometimes silly) vampire import. (Avoid the English dub version!)
It's ambitious, energetic and downright fun. Director Gansel and his female-led cast manage to breathe refreshing new life into what some feel is an overdone subgenre in horror these days
I had so much fun watching this exercise in gory genre silliness I almost don't know where to begin.
We Are the Night's primary interest seems to be wish fulfillment, but it's hard to tell at times exactly whose fantasies these are supposed to be.
Consumed with arranging a pretty picture than securing a ripe female-slanted take on seductive acts of evil and decadence. It's a fireworks display, not a meaty reinvention of a rusty genre.
This feels like a Luc Besson genre knock-off in the best sense of that phrase -- a spunky, stylish mash-up of vampire flick and police procedural, with just a dash of doomed romance. Demerits for the dubbing, though.
The German vampire thriller We Are the Night takes an intriguing and refreshing look at the genre. The story follows a young delinquent named Lena who's chosen by an elder vampire to a join her coven of sister vampires. The directing is quite artistic and delivers some amazing scenes. And it presents an interesting mythology, where vampirism has turned into a matriarchy that is tightly controlled. However, the storytelling doesn't live up to ambitions of the film; leave a lot of territory unexplored. Yet, We Are the Night is an exotic and stylistic film with a compelling story.
Vampire films are ten a penny these days. But it's not all the same old crap over and over again. With vampire films, I think you just need to find the right balance between emotional moments that humanise these monsters, and those awesome cool moments. We Are The Night does pretty well in both departments, even if it is in favour of action. The first scene had me absolutely hooked. The camera pans around an airplane where all the passengers and crew have been killed. Still alive are three attractive women that soon reveal themselves to be vampires. After a bit of fun, they open the airplane door and dive out mid-air. From there we are introduced to Lena, a young criminal that soon finds herself involved with the vampires. Unfortunately for them, just before Lena is turned, she catches the eye of a young policeman that's interested in her. Like all vampire films, it starts by showing the luxurious excess. Clubbing, drinking, sex etc. But at the same time the film uses the character of Charlotte as an antidote to all this. She obviously suffers from depression. As the gang go out shopping, she stares longingly at some baby shoes. She also stands in the sunlight causing herself great pain. This character encompasses the strongest emotions, and counteracts the action nicely. We also have Louise. A lesbian vampire that is in love with Lena and feels jealous about Lena's crush on the young cop Tom. It shows that no longer how long you live for, certain human emotions are unavoidable. Towards the end it goes for all out action. With SWAT teams, prison breaks, and a beautifully shot fight that has the vampires moving all over the walls. The music was also enjoyable, but the amount of nightclub scenes did get tiring. Just one less could have made an improvement. We Are The Night is a string Vampire film, with stunning locals and excellent pacing. It was great seeing these girls have fun in a woman only vampire world. Another great example of Gansel's talent.
I am a fan of vampire movies, that is no secret. This fact alone makes me more prone to enjoy a decent vampire movie if it is well done. This movie is VERY nicely done. Had alot of style, good soundtrack, coolness factor, great looking cast, and a story that I could follow. The winter setting in Berlin added to the dark ambience, and gave the movie that foreign dark gritty feel that I love so much (reminds me of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Let the Right One In, etc.). Kudos!
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