Thursday, April 17, 2014

Kiss of the Damned (2012)

Number Rolled: 65
Movie Name/Year: Kiss of the Damned (2012)
Genre: Thriller
Length: 95 minutes
Rating: R
Director: Xan Cassavetes
Writer: Xan Cassavetes
Actors: Josephine de La Baume, Milo Ventimiglia, Roxane Mesquida, Anna Mouglalis, Michael Rapaport, Riley Keough, Ching Valdes-Aran

Djuna is a vampire doing her best to sustain herself away from the human community. When that is threatened by romantic advances from the handsome human screenwriter, Paolo, she does her best to push away their shared passion. He is persistent, though, and soon she is forced to make a choice.

I looked forward to seeing this film. A vampire film that doesn’t make the species sparkle and also gives me eye candy in the form of Milo Ventimiglia? Hell yeah. What I wound up seeing was an hour and a half of artistic porn. If there were any substance to the film what-so-ever, it wouldn’t be a big deal, but there wasn’t.

It was completely anti-climactic. Most of the actors were wooden in their performances as well. Scenes that should have shown fear or passion left me staring at neutral faces with no idea of how to show anything. The constant music played over the movie made it seem snooty and pretentious. There was one scene that caught my attention; the vampires discussed the philosophy of their community versus those of the human community. It was too short, though, and made me wish the actors in that scene were in more of the movie.

In short, there was no truth to anything in this film. Sure, vampires aren’t real, but that’s not what I mean by “truth.” A movie needs to make you believe the story in the context it’s being told. Kiss of the Damned falls FAR short of that goal.

Milo Ventimiglia was the shining star. He was amazing in a movie where he didn’t have the option of being amazing. It just proves that the guy deserves more attention than he gets.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 60%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 41%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 2.8/5
Trust-the-Dice Score1/5

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