aka Angel of the Night
Rebecca (Maria Karlsen) has inherited the impressive mansion of her
grandmother, including the dead vampire stashed away in the cellar. Where else
would you put him? While poking around with her stupid boyfriend Mads (Tomas
Villum Jensen) and her stupid sexually overactive best friend Charlotte (Mette
Louise Holland), Rebecca relates the tale of the vampire – a former priest going
by the embarrassing moniker of Rico Mortiz (mostly Erik Holmey) – and the
various idiots encountering him in beautiful Copenhagen.
All this flashbacking does of course culminate in the expected reawakening of
the vampire, his final death, and a scene where the part of him that was a
priest is flown to heaven by an actual angel.
I don’t think I’m going out on a limb when I say Nattens engel’s
director Shaky González rather liked Roberto Rodriguez’ From Dusk Till
Dawn, and who could blame him? I certainly won’t. I do blame him for his
film’s sad attempt at trying to imitate the surface elements of Rodriguez’ style
without showing much feeling for the way they fit together in Rodriguez good
(there’s no middle ground with Rodriguez – his films tend to be very good or
very bad) films. It’s the kind of cargo cult filmmaking that takes all the
signifiers of cool but then doesn’t use them in cool ways, and certainly doesn’t
realize they are only cool when used properly. See also my entirely imaginary
book, “The Zen of Coolness”.
It doesn’t help much that the script González is working from just isn’t good
at all. The episodic nature of the narrative must be a godsend when shooting a
low budget affair but the way it is applied here mostly makes the film feel
unfocused and disjointed, robbing it of any way to build characters that are
actually cool – or at least so memorable you’ll remember anything about
them. The vampire lore mostly seems confused and incoherent, while the jokes are
pretty darn unfunny.
The most memorable thing about the whole affair is the opportunity it
provides for the star spotters among the audience. If you watch out, you’ll see
Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Thomas Bo Larsen and Ulrich Thomsen in
small to tiny roles. Bully for them.