Len Wiseman (2003)

15 Certificate


Our Score
It's quite a feat to have sucked the life out of an attractive comic-book-style vampire-versus-werewolf premise, but debut director Len Wiseman has crafted the most stylistically derivative and monotonously plotted horror film possible. The casting is equally defective, with Kate Beckinsale unconvincing as sullen bloodsucker Selene, a sort of waif-like female version of Blade, and Michael Sheen lacking stature as her "Lycan" enemy. Set against a hackneyed melancholy gothic backdrop, the story piles on scene after scene of portentous, humourless exposition, stopping only occasionally for these centuries-old rival gangs to fire off rounds of ammo. Why such rich potential for teeth-baring conflict is abandoned in favour of sub-Matrix gunplay is one of many questions posed before the film's faintly enjoyable final battle. Only Bill Nighy, as a fearsome ancient vampire, really makes any sort of fanged impression on this dreary disappointment.


A vampire fights a war against werewolves that has raged for centuries, with the human race oblivious to the conflict. She falls in love with a mortal man who has wandered unwittingly into the midst of a conflict, and must protect him from both the enemy, who have plans for him, and her own side. Supernatural action thriller, starring Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy.

Cast & Crew

Selene Kate Beckinsale
Michael Corvin Scott Speedman
Lucian Michael Sheen
Viktor Bill Nighy
Kraven Shane Brolly
Singe Erwin Leder
Erika Sophia Myles
Kahn Robbie Gee
Raze Kevin Grevioux
Director Len Wiseman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 19 Sep 2003