Firstly, I'm a huge fan of the Vampire Genre and so looking for my personal birthday treat decided to search the web to find different versions of the story to add to my growing collection.
I remember catching this particular movie a couple of years ago and the biblical theme somehow stayed with me. Judas Iscariot doomed to walk the earth for eternity as his penance for the betrayal of Christ albeit pre-destined.
Never having read the original book of Bram Stoker's Dracula, although I have seen the Gary Oldman portrayal, I can only presume that Stoker meant for Draculia as he is referred to, to be redeemed through love.
Puzzling over the whys and wherefores of despatching the ultimate vampire through the regular means have no effect, and so the connection between the crucifixion, the 30 pieces of silver together with the suicide of Judas Iscariot work extremely well. (For me at least).
In this movie, Dracula/Judas is redeemed in the only way that he can be destroyed, but for those of you who haven't yet seen this film, I won't give it away.
Overall the film is pacy with suspenseful moments. Absolutely loved the Jeri Ryan (7 of 9 - Star Trek Voyager)character.
Christopher Plummer portrayed Van Helsing with depth, feeling and passion, plus he had great things to say about Gerard Butler in the extras section of the DVD.
Jonny Lee Millers portrayal of the good guy was excellent. Justine Waddell was believable as the troubled daughter of Van Helsing, portraying enough angst with regards to the dreams/visions/feelings the character was experiencing.
Lastly, Mr Butler as a vampire... well I can definitely say that he's in my top five.
I absolutely love this film and rate it in my top ten of guilty pleasures. All I can say is, if Vampires are your bag... then enjoy