Yet another retelling of the Dracula legend, only updated for the younger, hipper crowd!
Dracula, being immortal is now locked in a high tech prison by none other that Van Helsing. Treasure thieves, seeing the elaborate security in place, assume that there has to be mountains of treasure hidden inside Casa De Helsing, and proceed to break in. Coffin found, some one bleeds, Drac comes back, people die. Yay.
There is not a whole lot being added to the Dracula legend this time around. This is more or less the same Dracula tale told over and over throughout infinity, except this time, it’s in the present day. We have Mr. Bitey back in action, we have succubi trying to look all slinky and sexy, and we have a lone maiden confused and the object of Mr. Bitey’s obsession. Yawn. There are a few minor details that have been changed or enhanced, which does help Dracula 2000 stand out slightly from the pack, but the end product, is still left a yawner. As we learn the story of Van Helsing’s process of staying alive, as well as the film connecting the origin of Drac to Judas, we are given a few minor changes that will have you saying ‘hmm, interesting’ in between snores and uncomfortable twitching as you watch Dracula 2000 dig it’s own hole, even deeper.
As far as acting, there’s not much to see here either. Omar Epps and Hyde from that 70′s show make a brief appearance, as do a few other vaguely recognizable faces. Johnny Lee Miller tries once more to reinvent his career, but ultimately falls short with his forced British accent. (I do like Johnny Lee Miller, I think he’s an all right actor, but good lord man, get a new agent!) Dracula himself, played by Gerard Butler is presented as a sulky goth teen, and fails miserably at being menacing, intimidating, or…interested. This guy’s asleep at the wheel here folks. As far as acting goes, the highlight of Dracula 2000 would have to be Christopher Plummer as Van Helsing, he being the only one that didn’t seem bored, clueless or forced.
Dracula 2000 is rather boring at best, and will throw a theory or two at the Dracula pantheon that may make you nod your head once or twice, but in the end, make sure you have a pillow. It’s a snoozer.
2 Sleepy Sulky Goth’s out of 5