The Forsaken

If anything deserves to be forsaken, it is this latest attempt to modernize vampire mythology. The Forsaken combines elements of the medieval and modern science to create a hokey take on the origins of vampires. It is important to remember that names really mean nothing in this movie. By the time The Forsaken is over, no one's name will be familiar (maybe there is a Sean or a Nick). It is much easier to describe each person by their physical description. Many of the actors are either second tier actors from first tier WB teen shows, or first tier actors from second tier WB teen shows. Dawson's Creek, Roswell, Felicity, Jack & Jill, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Time of Your Life (okay, that's a FOX show) all have representation.

Pretty boy (Kerr Smith, Hit and Runway, The Broken Hearts Club) is driving a Mercedes from California to Florida as part of a delivery. On the way, he picks up Scruffy Boy (Brendan Fehr, Final Destination, Disturbing Behavior), and later Hot (and often topless) Girl (Izabella Miko, Coyote Ugly). HG is extremely sick, and SB insists that PB help her. SB tells PB that HG has a 'blood disease.' This disease is vampirism, and infection occurs once bitten. There is a conscious effort to stray from typical vampire stereotypes of stakes, garlic, capes, and fangs. Of course, HG bites PB, and SB is already well on his way to becoming a vampire. SB does have drugs that will help stave off the infection. By taking a series of power drug cocktails (there are comparisons made to AIDS), the infection will slow down. The only cure is to hunt down the source of infection, the head vampire. Killing the 'source' of the virus stops the virus cures infected people. The vampires in The Forsaken run amok through the desert like a gang of rogue kids, killing people at random. The Head Vampire (Johnathan Shaech, How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog, After Sex) also has the power to mentally track his 'children.'

There are many holes in writer/director J.S. Cardone's (Outside Ozona, Black Day Blue Night) script. In order to cure himself, SB is hunting down his master. He somehow knows the history of the various vampires (think of it as Dracula meets Highlander), how to kill them, and how to cure himself. How did he know? It's never made clear. The most flagrant violation of reality is when Cardone has the sun rise from pitch-black night and reach noon in around 45 seconds. Huh? How come nobody in the film noticed? To compensate for a lack of story or characterization, Cardone fills the screen with bloody violence and naked women. This may be enough for many adolescent men, but cannot hide the fact that little is going on. The Forsaken is essentially one long chase, with both sides running from, and chasing each other. None of the characters are interesting enough to care about, especially HG, who does not speak for most of the movie. She either runs away or lies under sedation, which is how most people should watch this movie.

Haro Rates It: Pretty Bad.
1 hour, 31 minutes, Rated R for strong violence/gore, language, and sexuality.

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