movie moments

movie moments; strigoi & leviathan

Prior to meeting Matt I wasn’t a big movie buff. Occasionally I’d go to the theater with some friends or catch something on television at home, but those moments were rare. Matt got me hooked and Netflix makes movie-watching so much easier (& all too convenient).

We’ve been wanting to go through our instant queue and finally get around to watching some of the movies that have been sitting there. Thus was born Movie Moments. :)

Leviathan, 1989

Leviathan is the story of a group of scientists who discover a sunken Russian submarine which contains a monster that is the product of a genetic experiment.

Who doesn’t love a good monster movie? Leviathan starts off a little slow with lots of infodumps. There’s your stereotypical crew: the sleezy drunk; the all-business one; the one who thinks the Earth has gone to hell and life underwater is far more appealing; the comedic relief; the geologist who has somehow found himself assigned the leader. Despite the cookie cutter set of characters, I enjoyed them.

While on a routine outing, a crew member stumbles upon a sunken vessel. There’s a safe still intact and when he brings it back aboard the ship the fun really begins. After drinking what they thought was vodka, two crew members become sick and ultimately die.

When the on-board doctor tests some tissue samples he discovers that these two crew members had undergone genetic alteration. Back to life as human-fish hybrids, the two are on a mission of their own.

I’m a huge fan of creature features and Leviathan was a LOT of fun! Given that this is a late 80s film, the special effects aren’t the best, but I was able to look past that and enjoy the ride.

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Strigoi, 2009

When the villagers killed Constantin Tirescu, they thought it was justice. Vlad Cozma thinks it was murder. Now Constantin thinks pickles might go nice with blood.

Do you like your vampires with a little less blood and a lot more calories, Strigoi is for you. Also, is you feel Leviathan is slow, Strigoi crawls along at a snail’s pace. It’s never a good sign when you find yourself struggling to keep your eyes open during a film, especially when it’s about vampires returning from the grave to wreak havoc among a town.

There’s virtually no action in this movie whatsoever. The movie tricks you with its opening scene: villagers gruesomely murder Tirescu and his wife. Unfortunately, the excitement stops there.

Vlad went to Italy to pursue a career in medicine, only to find the act of cutting into bodies to be too disturbing. He took his squeamish self home to Romania and discovers his community changed.

Strigoi won all kinds of awards at some film festival, but I couldn’t get into it. At all. Perhaps I’m not hipster-y enough to appreciate it, but I don’t like boring vampires and Strigoi had them in spades. These vampires were not to be feared – unless you have no food left in your fridge. These vampires only feed on blood if they’ve run out of all other options, and even then it’s boring. Multiple people – including the main character!! – were preyed upon, yet they didn’t turn into vampires.

Strigoi left me with so many unanswered questions – why didn’t they turn after being bitten? what were those weird boils on everyone? – and I rejoiced when it finally ended.

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Have you seen either of these movies? If so, what did you think?

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