I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; most vampire films fail to impress me. Thirst however now sits comfortable on top of my favourite vampire movies of all time list, easily removing Let The Right One In from its coveted position.
Thirst tells the story of a popular priest from a small town, who after enduring the agony of seeing friends die, petition’s to be allowed to sign up for a medical experiment in the hope of finding a cure for this disease that ravages portions of the population. The Priest is one of fifty volunteers for the experiment that turns out to be a total failure, resulting in a one hundred percent mortality rate.
However, whilst attempting to save the Priest’s life, the doctors, some how manage to infuse the Priest with vampire blood, and the healing properties contained therein, brings the beloved Priest back to life, with one minor side effect; the Priest is now a vampire.
With heightened senses and superhuman abilities comes a darker, carnal desire, the desire for blood, and as is the cliché for vampires, a lustful fixation on the main female character, the bored wife of his childhood friend. Fortunately for the Priest (or un-fortunately, depending on which way you look at it) the bored wife has always had her eye on the Priest.
The Priest struggles in vain with his fleshly desires and succumbs, diving head first into a covert relationship that slowly leads him down a much darker path as he becomes addicted not only to human blood, but also for his newfound physical pleasures.
Chan-wook Park weaves an original tale of human struggle, bringing together the ideologically opposed man of faith and living dead monster in a convincing way, with a plot that keeps you guessing, hoping and fearing all the way through the film.
To call Chan-wook Park a genius in his chosen profession might sound like the rantings of an over zealous film critic, but his ability to draw you into the heart of the story, whilst never giving away the direction he is taking you is pure magic. The little touches that make you smile, laugh and shiver all at the same time make watching Thirst a pleasure, one that you want to be able to enjoy more than once.
If, like me, you’ve never found a place for vampire films in your celluloid journey, or were understandably disappointed with Twilight, then make sure you get to experience Thirst. Though be warned, if Twilight is your only experience, take note of the censors rating, you’re in for some pretty graphic scenes both of a gruesome and sexual nature.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Release date: February 11th, 2010
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Director: Park, Chan-wook
Length (Minutes): 133
Stars; Kang-ho Song, Ok-bin Kim, Hae-sook Kim, Ha-kyun Shin, In-hwan Park
Studio: Madman Entertainment
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1