Friday, January 14, 2011
The Lost Boys 3: The Thirst Review
Ah yes, a third film in the series of The Lost Boys. I really liked the original, but the second film sucked, and the third one didn't really strike mas something I wanted to watch, until now. I finally sat down and watched Lost Boys: The Thirst and I was write on a few levels, and wrong on another.
First and foremost this film is an interesting take on the series. Right off the bat we get some flashbacks to the original film. We catch up with Edgar Frog and he's not exactly doing so hot. He's living in a trailer home and it's about to get foreclosed on. He is approached by some random hot chick, requesting that he help her save her brother from turning into a vampire at a rave. When he agrees, all hell breaks loose as he tries to gain weapons and help to fight the oncoming vampire party (rave). Of course, we get to see a battle of the ages, and we are treated to gore, violence, and lots of "deep voice" Corey Feldman.
The film's plot sucks. It's very light, but where the plot is light in plot, it makes up for in gore and gratuitous shots of women's boobs. I know for a fact there are some fans of the series that will praise the nudity rather than any other merit of this film. I will at least make mention of it.
The look and feel of this movie is a tad higher than the previous film. The film doesn't look completely like a made for dvd movie and has some serious cinematography, at least at the beginning of the film. There is even some nice shots taken from an aerial view, and something that has to be a plus to an otherwise crappy visual film. Aside from the higher quality film making, there is a decent soundtrack that not only makes use of the classic "Cry Little Sister" but throws around some techno, punk rock, and even screamo nicely.
There are a lot of things I didn't like about the film, especially the over use of "slow down" and "slow motion" that plagues a lot of mainstream action films. There are many instances where the action is slowed down and sped up, as if I wouldn't be able to see it the first time in full motion. There are also some bad CG effects that just don't need to be there. When Frog kills some vampires they burst into blood vapor rather than bleeding out into the scene. That has to be the worst of it, and really makes this film look low budget.
The stunt work impressed me. I wasn't expecting the amount of stunts that were in this film, and I was further impressed with the martial arts action at some stages of the film. It's not the greatest, but when you consider the star of this movie, you'll at least understand why I would be impressed.
One thing that really made me hate the film was the constant "flash backs" to the original film, and consistently using Corey Haim. I felt it was just not needed, and the character could've drummed up more sympathy by simply mentioning him and showing the scene where Frog drops of a Batman #14 at the grave site. For those of you not following Haim's career or life, he died in 2010...yep...so there won't a Weekend at Bernies 3 after all. (what? too soon?)
The movie is fast paced, has some nice one liners, and good overall action towards the end of the film. Fans of the series will most likely appreciate this one, as it is far better than the second sequel was. I didn't completely hate this one, I liked the gore, I liked Corey Feldman's deep voice, even if it seemed force, and I did enjoy the premise, albeit thin. I even appreciated the ending, where we are teased that there will be fourth film that will have Frog fighting not vampires, but Werewolves! Lost Boys: The Thirst is not amazing, but it's actually half-way decent, and I'd watch it again.