Blood the Last Vampire
Many films have told us that vampires live among us, but this is the first that I’ve seen where a shadowy secret society of humans use a half human, half vampire to hunt down and kill vampires. Originality doesn’t stop there however as this vampire sub genre sees the mixing of demonic bloodsuckers with Japanese Samurai, creating a hero who uses sword play and martial arts to dispatch of her foe.
The only non-original component of the whole film is the film it’s self, being a re make of an anime horror film of the same name produced in 2000. The visually stylistic approach seems to reference the style of the original – though having not seen the anime I can’t say for sure, just that it looks like it has had strong animation influences.
The story itself is an interesting one, with a great bunch of characters and plenty of plot twists to keep you on your toes. The action scenes do get confusing from time to time, but this mainly comes down to the sheer amount of foes that our hero Saya takes on in some scenes.
Liam Cunningham plays a great role as Saya’s handler for the Council who have her on a kind of retainer to help them rid the world of the vamps whilst helping her hunt down the master demon who killer her father. Gianna Jun is convincing as the almost innocent looking Saya, but her sidekick – or should I say damsel in distress who hangs around like a bad smell – played by Allison Miller is the films only weak point as far as acting goes.
Japanese films in my experience can be very hard to come to grips with, and even harder to relate to or try to understand. Fortunately Blood the Last Vampire tackles the very universal theme of revenge as well as utilising ever-popular genre of vampires to create a film that for the most part is easy to folly and understand. There are moments however where I was still scratching my head, but this didn’t prevent me from enjoying a different take on the vampire genre.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Release date: January 14th, 2010
Stars: Gianna Jun, Allison Miller, Liam Cunningham
Length (Minutes): 91
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Director: Nahon, Chris