So bad it’s bad

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Third movie on the comic book movie list is 30 Days of Night: Dark Days. As sequels go…..oh dear. I honestly don’t think there’s much good about this movie at all.

The plot follows Kiele Sanchez (replacing Melissa George) as Stella Oleson as she travels around trying to convince the world that vampires exist after her husband Eban’s death (Hartnett). She ends up in Los Angeles giving a lecture, kills some vampires in the audience and from there unravels a plot involving the vampire queen Lilith (Mia Kirshner) and killing her.

The screenplay is by Steve Niles as well as Ben Ketai. Niles is one of the creators of the comic so it’s a bit more disappointing that this movie is not good at all.

The characters feel like cardboard cutouts, and almost all of the suspense has been lost since the first. The dialogue is also pretty forgettable, and the characters make some pretty dumb decisions at times. Lilith is underwhelming. For a vampire queen, she isn’t that smart. I don’t really want to give away spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen this so I won’t mention how.

Honestly, not even the sound was that great compared to the first. By the end of the movie it had become pretty by the numbers and predictable. This movie is absolutely nothing like the first. Maybe that’s why Melissa George didn’t bother coming back to play Stella?

I tried to be impartial with this review but I really struggled to watch to the end and pay attention. My verdict: a weak follow up that takes everything good about the first film, and tosses it in the garbage.

My score: 24 percent

Movie info from wikipedia:

Directed by Ben Ketai
Produced by Rob Tapert
Screenplay by Steve Niles
Ben Ketai
Based on 30 Days of Night: Dark Days
by Steve Niles
Ben Templesmith
Starring Kiele Sanchez
Rhys Coiro
Diora Baird
Harold Perrineau
Mia Kirshner
Music by Andres Boulton
Cinematography Eric Maddison
Edited by Ben Ketai
Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date
  • July 23, 2010 (Comic-Con)
  • October 5, 2010(United States)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English