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Movie: Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2011)

Living investigator. Undead clients. Zombie partner. No pulse. No problem.

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2011) is a comedy horror movie based on the Italian comic book Dylan Dog.

Synopsis: Dylan Dog (Brandon Routh) is a supernatural private investigator, the only trusted human being for the undead - vampires, werewolves, zombies - who are living undetected in the human world. There's a truce in place to keep peace and Dylan is the one they turn to if any of the undead crosses the line.

However, Dylan has retired from keeping tabs on the undead and he's now working as a normal private detective for a living. One day, Elizabeth (Anita Briem) hires Dylan to solve her father's death. He refuses, only to discover that his assistant Marcus (Sam Huntington) is also killed and is turned into a zombie. Now with Marcus as his undead sidekick, Dylan travels across New Orleans to solve the murders.

I've never heard or read the "Dylan Dog" comic series, so I don't have preconceived thoughts about the movie. I like the storyline, simply because I'm fascinated with stories about the undead. However, don't get me wrong, I despise the teen flick, Twilight though. :P

From the Internet: 


"Dylan Dog isn't a terrible movie, just one that feels like a tepid mishmash of secondhand concepts, never developing a distinctive atmosphere or unique personality of its own."

"Dylan Dog feels like its ideas were stolen from western entertainment - a mash-up of sexy vampires, burly werewolves, and comical-gross zombies - which Hollywood then stole back from the Europeans, forgetting that other movies have explored that evil terrain thoroughly, exhaustively and better."
Now, here's my verdict. The sad thing about this movie is the performance from the actors. Brandon Routh has dashing good looks and a body to die for but these alone are not good enough to make him an A-list actor. I'm quite tired and quickly lose interest when I watch his so-so acting with a severe lack of connection to the character that he's portraying.

Sam Huntington saves the movie with his believable and honestly funny antics and we get a couple of laughs, especially when he tries his best to come to terms with his new-found status a zombie. In fact, his presence does provide the much needed distraction to this somewhat boring movie. Anita Briem doesn't do much justice to her character as she also seems to be disconnected and often times, weird and unbearably over-acting. 


Unfortunately, despite having a potentially good storyline, this movie fails to impress the audience with its unsurprising plot developments and unimpressive cast. You might just give this movie a skip unless you've watched all other movies and there's nothing else to watch at the cinema.

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