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30 DAYS OF NIGHT

In a sleepy, secluded Alaska town called Barrow, the sun sets and doesn`t rise for over thirty consecutive days and nights. From the darkness, across the frozen wasteland, an evil will come that will bring the residents of Barrow to their knees. The only hope for the town is the Sheriff (Josh Hartnett) and Deputy (Melissa George), a husband and wife who are torn between their own survival and saving the town they love.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: M18
Release Date: 29 Nov 2007
Genre: Horror / Thriller
Running Time: 1 Hour 53 Minutes
Distributor: COLUMBIA TRISTAR FILMS
Cast: Danny Huston
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Format: 35MM

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Watch this if you liked: "Night Of The Living Dead" and "Halloween"

It's Halloween season and if your idea of a celebratory night of fright is to watch blood splatter all over the screen in a mindless drivel of a movie, "30 Days Of Night" is right up your alley. However, if you are looking for a meaty plot that you can sink your teeth into, stay away from this effort based on a comic book by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith.

The movie is ostensibly set in Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost town of the US that never sees the sun for 30 days each year. On the eve of the countdown to this long 'night', strange things start happening. All the sleigh dogs in the outpost are brutally slaughtered, cell phones are mysteriously destroyed and the power station goes on the blink. Most of the townsfolk fly south to spend the winter, except for about 150 or so who are forced to stay put - including the town sheriff (Josh Hartnett as Eben Olsen) and his estranged wife Stella (Melissa George).

As soon as the sun sets, the terror starts, predicated by an obnoxious stranger (Ben Foster) who warns: "That cold ain't the weather, that's Death approaching." Sure enough, the people are savagely attacked, bitten and eaten alive by hordes of visitors who look and act like a cross between vampire and zombies. Where do they come from, and why do they pick Barrow as their diner? Nobody knows, and after a while, nobody cares.

The most part of the movie deals with the fight-or-flight options open to Sheriff Eben and the survivors - and they mostly choose to hide from the bloodsucking monsters that could not be killed by bullets (silver or otherwise). Knowing that they have 30 days of feasting, these vampires take their own sweet time to decimate the town.

Unlike most vampire movies that offer 'rules' on vanquishing the villains (usually driving a stake through the heart), there seems to be none here. The monsters only fear sunlight - so we are guaranteed lots of blood-splattering sequences alternating with scenes of panic and grief. Yes, Eben and Stella get to settle their differences while clobbering the monsters but most of the time, they seem helpless against the fanged hordes led by Marlow (Danny Huston, playing a hybrid of Christopher Lee and Freddy Kruger, and sprouting gibberish).

For movies like this to work, the audience need to root for a hero. The closest we get to one here is Eben but he seems to be more of a wimp than a champ, offering few workable solutions except the ultimate (but irrational) twist at the climax. Still, Hartnett, George and most of the cast put up solid performances despite a screenplay full of plot-holes and loose ends.

If you are looking to getting trapped in a blood-soaked nightmare for a couple of hours, this is it. However, if you need something more intelligent to scare you out of your wits, check into Room "1408".

Cinema Online, 23 September 2008
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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