Johnny and Elizabeth fall in love after meeting at a bar, only for Johnny to fall victim of a terrible accident early in their relationship. A man offers him eternal life as a vampire. Johnny then has to try to live a normal life with help from Elizabeth and this man.
The reason I sat down to watch this movie was because Ronny wasn't interested in seeing it. We joked around that I should review it instead of him, since I've seen the "Twilight" movies and this movie is being compared to them. But rather than taking it as a joke I decided to accept the challenge and see what I thought. It felt a little hard that I was gonna review it since that's not something I do.
I'm no expert on this type of vampire movies, but I still have some opinions on them after the "Twilight" movies. I've also read some vampire novels when I was younger and even I, of course, was a little "obsessed", but those feelings have gone away. I think what always caught my interest with the movies I've seen and books I've read, was not the vampires themselves or how "cool" they are, but more often than not the forbidden love that comes with such stories. I'm a bit of a sucker for love stories. Since "Twilight" is aimed at teenagers and "Daylight Fades" was quoted on the cover as a "beautiful Twilight for adults" I thought it would be fun to see what similarities they did and didn't have.
The movie is about Elizabeth and Johnny who meet at a bar and find interest in each other as the night progresses. Later Johnny gets into an accident that almost costs him his life, but that's when a mysterious man enters the picture and offers him etarnal life. The mysterious man is Seth, a vampire. After the trauma Johnny tries to live a normal life with help from Seth and Elizabeth. Later on Elizabeth finds out she has a past with Seth. Johnny early realizes that life as a vampire isn't that easy. Staying away from humans and only eating animals is hard. After being at a party with Elizabeth, Johnny gets into a fight with some guy and it doesn't end well.
Personally I don't see that many similarities between "Daylight Fades" and "Twilight". "Twilight" is more focused on a love story while "Daylight Fades" focuses more ona a person that has become a vampire and tries to live a normal life. Since these movies aren't that alike in my opinion, I can't continue to compare the two and will talk about "Daylight Fades" for what it is.
So the question is: Was this a good movie? My answer is that it wasn't bad, but it was nothing special either. It just... is. There were parts of the movie that I didn't really get why they were in the movie, because they didn't do anything special for the story. They just felt like fillers. I didn't get the ending either. But none the less I liked the dark esthetics. Some of the actors did a better job than others (sometimes the dialog felt a bit fake and weird). Something that annoyed me was that when the vampires had been feeding, the blood around their mouthes looked more like they had been drinking alot of wine. As for the effects, they were alright. Some CGI here and there but it kind of works. The movie isn't that effect-filled. Something that I really liked was that when Johnny got aggravated he bit his victims in an unusual way. Instead of just biting and sucking the blood, he first tore off a piece of flesh. This came as a surprise to me. But I liked it! I think that this seperated it from some other vampire movies.
If you are a big fan of vampires then it doesn't hurt to have seen "Daylight Fades", as they have twisted the myth in some areas. Alot of it is familiar but it still stands as a fresh take. There's not alot of gore or nudity but it doesn't hurt a story like this. I can't say that I'm overly impresed by the movie but I still think it is worth watching if you have the interest. All the comparisions with "Twilight" have gone a bit too far since I don't think they share that much. In the end there's just one thing to ask yourself before you watch the movie: Do you want to see another vampire movie?