The outcast orphan Milo is a lonely teenager that lives with his brother in a dangerous neighborhood. Milo is fan of vampire stories and movies and he randomly kills people to drink their blood like a vampire and steal their money. When he meets the depressed teenager Sophie, they become friends and spend their leisure time together affecting Milo. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This is not "Let The Right One In" or "Bram Stoker's Dracula," but in a good way.
I have been waiting to see this movie for a few months now. It just
recently got released to DVD so I picked it up. I'm a very tough movie
critic, especially when it comes to horror films and even more
specific: vampire films.
We have seen the extreme violent and evil natured vampires, and then
there are the ones with some empathy and humane features. This film is
the latter of the two.
The film isn't based mostly around the sole plot of the vampire, but
more around the "vampire's" surroundings, interactions, thought
processes, and interests. A select few will really resonate with this
movie. If you were ever the different kid at school, it's almost a trip
down memory lane. Milo is a selective talker and generally unafraid of
bullies, whether at school or around his housing project, and takes it
with stride. "It is what it is," he says to the other main character
Sophie. Sophie is a bit of a polar opposite of Milo. She is more of an
extrovert and not afraid to make the first move. Of course, this
creates some friction between the two but that eventually will develop
into what I think the movie is honestly about.
This movie isn't centered around his vampiric tendencies: whether they
are real or not is for you to decide. It strives more for two people
who don't feel they belong or exist in this world. One feeling that way
towards the beginning and shifting to the other towards the end. The
movie doesn't flesh out much of Milo's background or Sophie's, but I
think that's the point. It would have been less interesting if you knew
more about either. This isn't one of the best movies I've seen all
year, but it has been this week's best by far.
The movie centers around the human condition more than anything, and
how people learn to cope with it, or sacrifice to make something larger
than themselves be improved or saved.
Don't get me wrong, this film is definitely a slice of life dealing
with vampire elements, but it's also about two confused individuals
trying to figure out things together. I liked the ending personally, it
jumped into a moment of Milo's life and jumped out of it with two
people's lives changed for the better or worse. It's completely up to
you. This won't scare you, it's more of a drama/crime/mystery. But I
loved it. I would honestly give it a solid 6 out of 10, which means I
thoroughly enjoyed and will probably show it to someone or watch again
It was a very blood sucking satisfying but, "realistic," as Milo says
so much during the movie, reality. It is a more toned down Let the
Right One In, but I would say it leans towards that type. So it's up to
you if you are interested in a semi complex layered story that has to
do with vampire elements.
I would rate it 6 out of 10, but I went with a 7 so it hopefully
secures the solid 6 it deserves.
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