Gary Oldman is the best Dracula I've ever seen. Period. He steals every scene he's in, to be honest. Anthony Hopkins provides an amazing performance too, as the seemingly off-kilter Prof. Van Helsing. It's also a very visually-impressive movie. The film's main problems, however, lies in its uneven 'experimental' special effects (experimental in the sense that the film-makers went back to using old fx techniques), which are sometimes amazing, and other times cheesy; and Keanu Reeve's terribly fake British accent, which he puts to 'good' use by reciting some wooden lines every now and then. The script was okay, I thought; it could've used some touching-up here and there, but was overall decent.
So do I recommend seeing it? Absolutely. Just because it's not the best film out there doesn't mean it's not exciting and entertaining. If nothing else, you at least have an excuse to sit inside on a rainy day and curl-up with a nice horror movie.
Al Pacino has a ball playing his evil character in this movie, but kudos to Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron for delivering convincing performances in this genre offering. Some neat effects and dark atmosphere provide sufficient chills.
At times the ethereal quality of the animation was transporting, but at other times it was just dizzying.
An animated film about secret agents that wear animated clothes to remain anonymous to each other. Layers of appearance.
But at times, we were able to get under the mask to witness confused expressions. The viewer can see real faces at times, but the expressions and nuances of facial movements were buried in the clay-like, smearing effect of the animation. Good ideas are bandied about here. A face can communicate a lot, but it is still something that both hides and reveals what lies underneath it.
I liked the shimmering quality of the scene on the freeway. The blocks of shadow and flashes of light were often exhilarating.
Kind of Hard to Explain!
Reviewed by KHL for Freaked at 2008-04-15 15:10:28
This movie is very corny, strange and yet somehow likable. This is the best I've ever seen Randy Quaid (I never thought I'd actually hear myself say that, but still...he was good!) Strange creatures, half-mutant people, plenty of 80s style humor (although this was made in 1993). Worth a watch once. You may like it and appreciate the bizarre humor, or wind up thinking it was awful!
While not inclined to watch movies more than once or twice, I have sought this movie out time after time and have never been disappointed. All of the characters bring something original to the story and the performances are great. I have quoted the scene about the grandmother and the roller coaster more times than I can count.