Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night - DVD Review

Starring Brandon Routh, Sam Huntington, Anita Briem, Taye Diggs, Peter Stormare and Kurt Angle.
Directed by Kevin Munroe.

Whatever problems Superman Returns had, I didn't think Brandon Routh was one of them. I liked him as Clark Kent/Superman. But here he is completely miscast. Or maybe Bryan Singer (Usual Suspects, X-Men) is better at getting performances out of his actors than Kevin Munroe (TMNT).

Routh is Dylan Dog, a sardonic, conflicted private investigator who specializes in the undead. The role requires someone with star-power and charisma to pull off, and Routh can't. I kept thinking how much more salvageable this might have been had it starred Timothy Olyphant.

Dylan works in New Orleans, home of vampires, werewolves and zombies. It combines noir cliches with horror and comedy, and none of it works. The mystery's uninteresting, the comedy's flat, the creatures are about as scary as a community church's hell house.

Any random episode of HBO's True Blood or WB's Buffy the Vampire Slayer is better. At least Jonah Hex was twenty minutes shorter.

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