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Blood and Chocolate

Year: 2007
Production Co: Berrick Filmproduktion
Studio: MGM
Director: Katja von Garnier
Writer: Ehren Kruger/Christopher Landon/Annette Curtis Klause
Cast: Agnes Bruckner, Hugh Dancy, Oliver Martinez

Watching werewolf movies these days is like following a sports team that never wins. There's a glimmer of hope that gets smaller every time, waiting for your soul to be crushed a little more every time they take the field.

The idea behind Blood and Chocolate has some promise, but using pat and pretty characters and not even being a little bit interested in werewolf mythology flushes any residual goodwill down the toilet. I had to pause the DVD about three quarters of the way through to do something else and when it came time to sit back down and finish it I found I just wasn't interested.

It's not that we expect Oscar winning, An American Werewolf in London -level craftsmanship every time, but after running through the forest in tattered clothes in human form snarling and with their eyes changing colour, the werewolf hordes just leap into the air and change into wolves with a wave of CGI colour and continue the chase. It doesn't even have a pretense of adhering to any of the mythology that makes the werewolf such a great monster.

Generic and boring but attractive teen girl and werewolf, Vivian (Agnes Bruckner), lives in modern day Bucharest and has an uneasy relationship with the rest of her pack, including the bearded Eurotrash villain straight out of Central Casting, the bad boy cousin who's constantly watching her every move and the rest of the hordes of monsters who hide in plain sight.

But when she meets scruffy comic artist Aiden (Hugh Dancy), they two fall in love and she starts to break all kinds of werewolf codes that will see her excommunicated from the pack and him likely killed outright.

It's got nothing to do with werewolves and everything to do with heavy lidded moody teen angst. If that's all you're after watch Twilight again and go back to your default stance of waiting for another decent werewolf movie.

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