Blood and Chocolate: 1 Star (out of 5)
From the producers of Underworld, we get the teenage version with Blood and Chocolate. A film based very loosely off of the characters from the young adult novel with the same name; Blood and Chocolate is a perfect film for teenagers between the ages of 13 and 16. Not as interesting and technically fit as Underworld and certainly doesn’t compare with the classics such as An American Werewolf in London or Silver Bullet, but for this generation it fits. Special effects are completely lacking, a cohesive storyline is far from the big screen and a few of the actors didn’t fit; however this PG-13 werewolf film got a few jumps out of me and my daughter loved it.
Vivian (Agnes Bruckner) turns one last time to watch her family go up in flames and runs away. As a teen she is adopted by her aunt in Romania and finds herself the next in line to be chosen as Gabriel’s (Olivier Martinez) next wife. Gabriel is the leader of the pack, a group of ancient werewolves who have figured out how to survive under secretive conditions to save their bloodline. They are hunted by humans if found they will be wiped out forever.
Gabriel believes in the old ways and instills fear in the pack as Vivian stands for a new beginning. Aiden (Hugh Dancy), a starving artist who travels the world creating fantasy graphic novels, falls for Vivian and won’t give up on her even after Rafe (Bryan Dick) tries to run him off. Rafe is told to get rid of Aiden and protect the pack, Gabriel is worried about how much Aiden knows and thinks that Vivian betrayed the family and told him everything, but Rafe lied to Gabriel for revenge.
Basically that’s how the story goes. Some of the complications come across from things like all these people standing out in the woods getting ready for some big hunt under the full moon, mind you they are all dressed to the nines and only remove their coats before they run through the woods and turn to wolves. Um, where does their clothing go? They don’t take it all off and when they turn back to humans they’re naked, so where does it all go?
They jump into the air as they run through the woods and turn into some white glowing light and then land as wolves, weird. Then we can attack some of the characters like Gabriel, he never ages. He has taken, from what I can guess, at least 3 wives and he does so every 7 years, his first wife is ancient, but he never ages. How come he never ages? How about the actors? Olivier Martinez (Unfaithful and S.W.A.T.), okay, so he’s the only one I have a beef with. When I see him on the big screen, I don’t think he looks like much of a leader of the pack type of guy. His role should have been played by an older more character type of guy, someone you can look at and see a werewolf, not some skinny pretty boy.
That’s enough picking apart; I’ve come to accept that there will never be another Lost Boys, which is what my generation had for the perfect supernatural teenage thriller. Blood and Chocolate will do for those who enjoy vampires and werewolves, but are not old enough to see the bloody thrillers being released today where such creatures live.