This film tells the story of
the Hamilton family and follows their struggles to stay together after
the death of their parents. Oldest brother David pulls double
shifts at the local slaughterhouse to make ends meet and to provide
for this twin brother and sister Darlene and Wendell as well as the
youngest brother Francis. Of course this is further complicated
by the fact that they are all modern day vampires and have a basement
full of bodies! Add to that the teenage angst of the youngest
brother Francis as he rebels and begins to question their lifestyle
eventually running off with one of the familyís still living victims
and you have a very messy situation.
Iíll admit that this is a
very clever attempt at a vampire movie. The story tries to hide
the fact that they are vampires and is supposed to have a shocking reveal
at the end that to be honest you have to see coming. And while
the story of the vampire family is sort of unique the characters are
broadly drawn and clearly ďinspiredĒ by characters from other vampire
movies. You have the oldest brother who is an unwilling vampire
that uses needles to drain the blood (Martin), an unrepentant violent
brother who enjoys playing with his food (Near Dark), and the death
obsessed Goth chick (pick one!). For me this really cancels out
any unique take they were going for with the family trying to pass as
normal. The cast does do an excellent job portraying their characters
without going over the top, which they could of, easily done.
The movie isnít exciting but is evenly paced with very little in the
way of slow spots. Except for a little bit of blood there really
isnít any gore and the special effects amount to a set of fangs.
The Hamiltons is a fairly unremarkable
and mediocre movie that most fans will watch and forget about pretty
quickly. If you like vampire movies you may want to rent this
one. I really donít recommend that you purchase it because you
will watch it once and put it on a shelf to collect dust.