As promise in my last post even though my health has been in decline, which is normal for me. It’s just see where I am at the moment. Why? Well it is another thing to add to the ever changing life that through at you. So after two weeks of changing my way of thinking it feels like I must have to deal with it at a later date. I urge everyone to have their macular in their eyes checked with an optometrist. I have to check if my macular is going to get worse with an Amsler grid card. Another problem on the list to deal with and manage. It seems like I’ll be going to need bionic eyes – laugh out loud, if that ever going to happen. Seriously, there is a Gizmag report that did show it to be possible; I may Apart from that which life can through at me, I must not deter on my plans here or on my official website. So far it may be that the diagnosis might be wrong which I’ll fine out in six months and see if I could see a specialist for the eyes – depending on the changes happen in six months.
Well I better give you my review of the Dracula trilogy, which I watched last month. Dracula 2000, Dracula II – Ascension and Dracula III – Legacy.
Dracula is kept hidden within a company, where its owner has kept it secret. He a collector of ancient relics, one employee wants the money hidden within the vault. But what the employee, her lover and his crew hold is something they wish they didn’t have. But something does change… The company owner holds a secret which also has a daughter who is estrange from him, he goes to her in New Orleans.
This is almost a carry on of the Bram Stokers novel of Dracula but with one difference if it was real. The premise of this story seems to be good and even though the actors from Elementary and Phantom of the Opera actors play in this movie. Christoper Plummer carries his role as Abraham Van Helsing in good steed like Peter Cushing; and instead of killing Dracula, he holds him in stasis and staying alive in the year 2000. Helsing under an alias, his relic hunter Simon Sheppard played by Jonny Lee Miller (a young miller) whose love interest is Solina (Jennifer Esposito) the employee who lets her lover into the vault. Simon follows Helsing to New Orleans after Helsing finds out that Dracula is taken by the Solina and her lover’s crew. How can Helsing live for more than 300 years? How his daughter could be marked for Dracula lust?
For fans of Star Trek Voyager, Jeri Ryan also star in this and becomes a sexy vamp in this, Omar Epps (from House) also stars in this as one of the crew who steal a coffin without knowing Dracula is in it. This almost full star list should have given a good performance, but Gerard Butler (a young Butler before his Phantom of the Opera role) as Dracula was not as good as Bela or Lee but very close to them. For Firefly fans, Nathan Fillion (also stars in Castle) plays a priest in this and knows Helsing’s daughter. What more can one ask for? This version is depicted by another story which makes the myth more beautiful – this version puts two plots and merge it. The first with Dracula’s famous hunter Helsing and the second from the time when Judas Iscariot hangs himself for betraying Jesus. Of course, having a 2000 year old vampire who may have created Dracula seems plausible but it is farfetched to have Judas. Is it farfetched? The myth says that a man hangs himself/herself becomes a vampire seems plausible.
Okay the remakes of all Dracula movies does contemplates on many factors such as immortality, legends, myths and if one concept is real to life – what would we do. This seem to bring these many thoughts when I watched this version and it also connects to the Dracula movie with Luke Evans stared in. Comparing plots of the many Dracula movies is a post on its own. It did give me a glimpse into my thoughts that even every Dracula movie I see the plots change only a little but kept the original monster that Dracula has become a legend. Just a note – a executive producer Wes Craven is listed, what else could I do. ♠♠♠
Dracula II – Ascension
A priest is on the hunt for the exclusive Dracula, travels from the Vatican to New Orleans. Medical students take the body of Dracula and do experiments on him to get cash from an investor.
Another full of famous actors, like Jason Scott Lee, Jason London, Roy Scheider and Stephen Billington. Lee as Priest Uffizi searches for Dracula; but this continue on from the first movie which seem to be a little bit disassociated with how Dracula 2000 ended. Once you over look the ending of the first movie, and consider the beginning of this which should of happen. It seems natural that the burnt body would be brought to a mortuary where med-students look at the body – here is Luke (London) thinks of the body as a vampire. Elisabeth Blaine who is in love with the professor who is disable, ring him from the moment she finds out that her blood and Dracula’s mixed together. Luke and Elisabeth swap the bodies that have been burnt, but when Uffizi puts holy water on the already burnt body doesn’t catch fire like the other vampires – he soon chases the students. After a Dracula(Billington) escapes the torment of the medical students test with the professor and the front-man of the mysterious investor, Luke had kept water bottle from the church where Uffizi stayed, here in a memory his mentor a archbishop(Scheider)speaks of what he must hold on the faith of God. He had also put faith in Luke when the two teamed up. Luke wanted to free Elisabeth from the hold of Dracula, however they were too injured and tired to go further.
Before I go further the second and the first the actors who portrayed Dracula should have been the same one or may be its my tastes that plague me – a black haired Dracula compared to a blond hair. Even though the ending seemed abrupt, it also had a beautiful story line which brought the story of the first one to this second a bit better even though, the ending seemed confusing from first to second. Back story moment were almost good to see as the whole. But for me, vampire movies are always good horror. Even a blond haired Dracula seem better in this movie because its capture for science seemed plausible. ♠♠½
Dracula III – Legacy
Luke and the Priest Uffizi return to hunt for Dracula and Elisabeth. Luke hopes to save Elisabeth whom he had a crush on her and hopes to turn her back but Dracula’s power is too strong. Uffizi and Luke soon follow Dracula’s trail to Romania where Romania is at war with the rich against the resistance. A reporter find the two and she falls for the priest in an abandoned church where a group of vampires attack. A group of traders whom get humans during the day are really food collectors in the hope to become vampires. Will the darkness take Uffizi? Or will he triumph?
This is even better than the last one and there is some resolve. This concludes well the trilogy but it does have a sense of a twist at the end which I knew it would end because my writer in me knew the ending. It is fair but Luke did not get his girl at the end. Rutger Hauer plays Dracula and the Priest Uffizi fight a battle which ends a good movie. Many things in this movie was fairly done but it had one thing missing and that is the presence of the ominous power of Dracula himself. When Rutger Hauer did Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie he was better there, in his performance was believable(he was younger in Buffy). Just thought it lack a bit of something. May be it was my belief of the character as Dracula should be commanding and sexy and more like Bela’s Dracula. Or even Christopher Lee’s Dracula – menacing and commanding.
Okay, you are wondering why I picked on this particular thing. I’ll get to that after this review. The premise of it was stunning and making it feel real could well be seen in the war but they were never going to win with Vampires being the monster the rebels are fighting. With this in mind and the lack of commanding force it should have been better. Is this for those of you who want to watch vampires? My answer is yes with much bite to be had. ♠♠♠
My End Note
I have been having some personal issues which look like getting back to normal.