SPOILERS A PLENTY
Well I am back and with yet another vampire movie with Jason Connery, son of Sir Sean Connery. I bet if they crank out a third vampire film with this yahoo we can create our own subgenre in vampire films. Connery Fangs!!! Well this brilliant piece of tripe is called The Thirst: Blood War a.k.a. The Thirst a.k.a. Blood Wars. Hey distribution! Pick a title and stick with it! OooOoO POV shots on a scale model and into our feature. Can’t tell if it is that or CGI. Handheld HD DVD mini-cam strikes again. Brotherhood of Blood flashback! Good God does no one shoot on 35MM anymore? Hell even 35MM HD would be fine as well but I guess it wasn’t in the budget. Next complaint is under cranking the footage so it flies around like a crazed vampire bat of yesteryear and killing epileptics left and right. Great dizzy and annoyed I start this flick off on the wrong foot.
Our film revolves around a hippy college student named Will (A.J. Draven of Spec Ops) who simply bumbles with the female student body because he is a doofus. His roommate/buddy Rico not so Suave (Owiso Odera of Dirt and Three Rivers) proceed to chat up a couple of girls Jayne and Ashley (Allison Lange of Gacy and Christina’s House and Rini Bell of Gilmore Girls and Bring It On) all the while illuming to the lost of several collegiate members over the past few days. I mean it’s not even mid terms so the atypical fleeing and suicides shouldn’t be happening just yet.
Let’s give you all, the abridged version. Ahem. The fight scenes could have benefited from a stunt coordinator. I mean it looks like a pre-teen schoolyard squabble in most. Tony Todd has a very commanding performance that is simply wasted on this film. Jason Connery was excellent as the impatient vampire to ascend to the throne if you will. America Olivo, who I felt was seductive but the performance seemed hasty and her lines felt forced. A.J. Draven and let us spare his feelings appeared to be out of his depth in playing a complex character such as a newly turned vampire struggling to keep his humanity and not give into the dark pleasures of the night. Hell Denzel Washington would have had some issues with that and that cat is dynamite on the screen. Also would have been a trifle bit difficult to envision Denzel Washington as a college student now. Bottom line is this film tried to push where their time constraints and lack of budget and frankly just did not cut the mustard. You have a potentially decent flick if more time was taken with it. Maybe with new edits or re-shoots with A.J. and tell him to emote dammit. Suffice to say this vampire film sucked after many fashions.