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Blood and predictability

February 06, 2007|by DARCY SHULL

Have you ever had the experience of watching a movie that is nothing like the book, and after paying $8 to see it, you walk out severely disappointed?

Prepare yourself for a similar happening if you're planning to see "Blood and Chocolate," the modern werewolf tale that opened recently in Hagerstown. Not only was the story line rather shallow, it's also hard to understand at times, especially if you haven't read the book.

Basically, the plot is this: A Romanian teenage werewolf named Vivian is torn between her love for a young human man named Aidan and her obligation to her pack.

Werewolf laws state that no one in the pack may communicate with humans for any reason other than hunting. The leader of the pack, Gabriel - also Vivian's uncle - discovers Vivian's passion for Aidan and sends his son to kill him. Instead, Aidan kills Gabriel's son (his girlfriend's cousin), and, as a result, becomes the next hunting target for the pack.

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As in the usual love story, the girlfriend saves the boyfriend, and - yes, you guessed it - they run away together and live happily ever after.

In other words - "Blood and Chocolate" is typical and predictable. I figured out in the beginning of the movie what was going to happen at the end, without ever reading the book. The main character is uptight and boring, and the acting was pathetic, not to mention that almost every character had a different accent.

Besides all that, the dialogue wasn't so fantastic either. The only good part about the movie is that they use real, gorgeous wolves instead of animated ones.

I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who read the book or to anyone who might read it sometime in the near future.

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