This movie is in Spanish, with English subtitles.
Junio Valverde, Mar Sodupe, Blanca Suárez, Jimmy Barnatán
Leo: Look, if it were up to me, I’d take a hot chick over a good chick any day.
Santi (Valverde) is a teenage boy who is allergic to sunlight and spends his days indoors and his nights at school or with his few friends. With his condition getting worse, his doctor urges his mother (Sodupe) to take Santi further north to a small town surrounded by mountains where the days are much shorter. Shortly after they arrive there, people start getting killed violently. Santi believes a strange creature of some sort is the culprit, but the townspeople target Santi as the prime suspect.
In some ways the setup of this movie is a good one, with Santi’s sensitivity to light. But the payoff just isn’t there, mostly because for a guy that’s allergic to sunlight, he sure spends a lot of time outside in the sun. I think it would have been better if he had been much more allergic to it. To the point that he just can’t afford to go out in the day at all. Then, when his only sanctuary – the night – is invaded by this strange, murderous creature, it would have that much more of an impact. As it was, after their move, his sensitivity to light really didn’t play that much of a role in the plot.
Speaking of the creature, the eventual revelation as to what’s going on there is quite underwhelming. In fact, it’s a bit silly. There are a few moments where tension is effectively built, but once the whole story is revealed, it’s hard to take it very seriously.
The acting is mostly alright, though the lead performance, by Valverde, is a little too reminiscent of Hayden Christiansen’s whiny portrayal of Anakin Skywalker in the most recent Star Wars movies. He even looks a bit like him.
Being acted and directed generally well, this movie was easy enough to watch (which is not always true of attempted scary movies), but there was nothing special that would elevate it up above others in the genre. Especially not the far-fetched story.
A hoodie and sunglasses are apparently enough to protect a person from the sun if they’re allergic.
10 – 3 for an overall silly story – .4 for the lead performance kind of annoying me – .6 for some lack of originality (see: use of night vision camcorder) = 6.0