The one name they all fear.
Directed by: Stephen Sommers
Starring: Hugh Jackman,
Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham, Will Kemp
2004 Cosmique Movie Awards
The younger brother of Bram Stoker's hero (in order to protect the studio's franchising rights) is re-imagined as a super-heroic fighter against the forces of darkness, sent to Transylvania to combat Count Dracula, who is using Dr. Frankenstein's lab equipment and a werewolf for nefarious purposes.
If the plot summary makes the film seem overly complicated and absurd, it's nothing compared to the film itself. An homage to Universal Studio's horror films of the 1930s and 40s, the film is packed with monsters and special effects, but a bit thin on plot and compelling characters.
Hugh Jackman is a favorite among Cosmo voters (the only award that "X2: X-Men United" received from its 15 nominations was from voters who wanted to sleep with the boy from Oz), but even he has trouble making this rocky film watchable. All of the characters are paper-thin and completely uncompelling, even the gorgeous Will Kemp who regrettably doesn't show enough of his gorgeous body. And while the effects are handled very well, they come at such a rapid pace that they're disorienting and ultimately a bit too much.
The film might make my list for Best Visual Effects, but it's doubtful that it will make my top five anywhere else. Even though Mr. Jackman himself remains high on my list of desirable bedmates, it's doubtful that even his characterization of Van Helsing can make that character sufficiently desirable.
My Rating: 4
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