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The film is based on the popular series of books by Darren Shan. The cast includes big names such as Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek, Orlando Jones, Patrick Fugit, Ken Watanabe and John C. Reilly.
The movie is a fantasy-adventure about two 16 year-old boys who inadvertently become vampires after going to the Cirque duFreak freak show. The battle of good versus evil and that of destiny play really big into the plot. Walking into this movie without knowing anything about it, it was confusing at times if the film was trying to be serious or funny and some of the acting made it a little more questionable. It vacillated from appearing like an after school special to a big budget Hollywood blockbuster. It was also hard to tell if the film is meant for kids or adults, as it seemed a little complicated for children yet too simplistic for grown ups. Per the vampires in the film, we learned that life is meaningless and that vampires cannot be killed with the traditional methods you see in other films. The special effects were top-notch and the film was very watchable, but I think Gail’s one sentence summary sums it up: It was definitely not worth paying for.
I’m sure the film will go on to be a mega-blockbuster and they definitely left room for sequels, so only time will tell.
The Vampire’s Assistant opens nationwide on October 23, 2009.