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‘Collateral’ meets ‘Blade’ in messy Vampire thriller

Tright here’s simply sufficient occurring in Night time Enamel to warrant greater than a passing look throughout a night of Netflix indecision this Halloween. Certain, it’s simple to dismiss a film that seems on the service with little-to-no fanfare, and that appears to be the type of horror flick we’d have as soon as discovered within the cut price bin at Woolworths. However Night time Enamel‘s is slick sufficient to belie its meagre expenditure.

A few of the cash was clearly waved underneath the nostril of Megan Fox, who spent at the very least half a day on set in an effort to assist promote the proposition, in addition to half an hour in a recording sales space voicing the movie’s opening monologue. It’s a gap that does a sterling job of summing the movie up – a turgid script reveals the backstory of a world peppered with blood-sucking vampires, accompanied by some putting visuals that set the scene.

The plot largely centres on Benny (Jorge Lendeborg Jr), a homely younger chap whose elder brother Jay (Raúl Castillo) is, unbeknown to Benny, a shady vampire-hunting sort who additionally drives a limo round LA. Clearly. So when Jay has to go in the hunt for his girlfriend, who has been kidnapped by vamp overlord Victor (Alfie Allen), Benny takes over his brother’s limo driving duties for the night.

As (dangerous) luck would have it, Benny’s job for the night time is to drive a pair of girls (Debby Ryan and Lucy Fry) to a wide range of nightclubs and events, though the pair have much more occurring than simply partying. As Victor’s henchwomen, they’re on a mission to bump off different vampires earlier than the solar rises.

It’s virtually a beat-for-beat rip-off of the Tom Cruise/Jamie Foxx automobile Collateral, replete with a go to to the automobile driver’s mom. Nonetheless, Lendeborg Jr. sells the entire affair together with his harmless, bumbling flip as the child whereas Ryan and Fry do their greatest to chomp on the surroundings because the over-confident, bloodthirsty ghouls. Notably in Ryan’s case, the surroundings usually will get caught in her fangs.

Jorge Lendeborg Jr. as Benny in ‘Night time Enamel’. CREDIT: Netflix

In equity to the storytelling, Night time Enamel generally performs out as an attention-grabbing thriller, and whereas director Adam Randall and cinematographer Eben Bolter have lifted the aesthetic straight out of John Wick‘s playbook, it’s the look, really feel and generally dizzying camerawork that retains this story attention-grabbing when the script flags.

As is commonly the case with Netflix, this can be a Frankenstein creation constructed from components of higher films that got here earlier than, presumably as a result of that’s what makes the algorithm blissful. Collateral, Blade, Daybreakers – that is spinoff stuff. Consequently, all of it matches collectively like an image comprised of three completely different jigsaws. Subplots go lacking for prolonged durations and the characters usually don’t make a lot sense. Whereas that stuff is straightforward to disregard, it’s a missed alternative to construct one thing way more attention-grabbing from a well-worn set-up. You can do worse than to disregard the title and hit play on Night time Enamel this Halloween, simply don’t count on too many surprises.

Particulars

  • Director: Adam Randall
  • Starring: Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Debby Ryan, Lucy Fry
  • Launch date: October 20 (Netflix)

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