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Never dull, but often underwhelming.,
This review is from: The Thirst  [DVD] (DVD)
Meet Maxx (no, that isn't a typo!) He's a recovering drug addict. So's his girlfirend, Lisa. At least, she claims to be off the stuff, but Maxx thinks that she's secretly using. As dark as these suspicions might be, the truth turns out to be much worse. Lisa is rushed to hospital after coughing up blood and collapsing; it's only then, confronting her in a hospital bed, that Maxx learns the truth: Lisa isn't back on the drugs. She's dying of cancer. Moreover, she's been keeping this a secret from him for a while now. Maxx doesn't take this revelation well, and storms out. Shortly after this incident, Lisa commits suicide. Devastated, Maxx shuns his friends and his social life, locking himself away in his apartment for days on end. His friends won't let him suffer alone though, so they intervene and drag him out to a club with them. It's there, that night, that Maxx spots someone who looks the very image of Lisa. Is he imagining it, or could she still be alive somehow..?
From this brief synopsis you might be forgiven for thinking that this film is basically "Vertigo" meets "The Hunger" with a little of "Requiem for a Dream" mixed in for flavour. That is how it starts, but then it veers way off into a whole different direction and becomes a lame "Near Dark" knock-off. Boy, does this film want to be that film! But it really, really isn't.
Looking back once again at the plot synopsis you might be forgiven for thinking that this film will be very character-driven and will have credibly fleshed-out protagonists. Initially this seems to be the case, but as the film moves on things start to become less coherent, and increasingly jarring. Characters and tone abruptly change back and forth. In the case of some directors (Tarantino is the best example of this) sudden and unexpected shifts can be fun. In the case of this film, however, things aren't nearly as entertaining. The viewer gets the impression that the director just didn't know what he was doing, or what he was trying to achieve. The movie is a complete mess.
Like I said before though, whilst the film isn't very well made, it nonetheless doesn't bore the viewer or over-stay its welcome.
If you're a die-hard horror buff then this film might be worth a watch if it's on TV one night. Otherwise, I wouldn't bother wasting money on a copy.