So before Daybreakers, and the groan inducing Twilight series kicked off, Vampire movies made their way through the foreign film circuit with Twins Effect. Legend has it that if a vampire absorbs the blood of all six princes of the ruling class of each vampire nation, he will open a path called “Day for Night” from the vampire bible, which essentially allows him to walk in daylight freely. This film is a pure bubblegum vampire flick, meant more to serve up some charm and fun, but never really wanting you to take it seriously. With the basic story and plot said and done now, you may find yourself wanting to roll your eyes and think of reasons why this movie probably won’t interest you but I need to add that The Twins Effect had some cool aspects.
Oh, and did I mention Jackie Chan is in this? You actually get to see Jackie kick some vampire ass! Unfortunately, there isn’t much in the way of gore here, but I think that stems from the fact that the two stars of the film, Choi and Gillian, are pop singers in their native land. More importantly, there is an emphasis of quality in the fight choreography. One aspect that helped in this regard is the featured weapon of the protagonists – a sword with a retractable spear ended rope.
This is not a scary horror movie, and is certainly incapable of causing nightmares. What is missing is the mordbid darkness and violence found in Blade, Underworld, and latter seasons of Buffy. Considering the direction of this movie, this is actually for the best. Second, while this dub may be better than most dubs, it’s still a dub. I risk sounding like a snob, but dubs tend to dumb down the dialogue and you really lose something not hearing the original actors deliver the lines. Even if you can’t understand what they’re saying, you can hear the emotions in their voices.
In the end, this movie is saved by the grace of its writing. The characters are charming even when they’re behaving nonsensically, and the dialogue is so goofy that it’s downright believable. Nothing special here but nonetheless watchable. The film does not have the cheap feel that plagues many Hong Kong films. The story line really held my attention and the special effects were no less than excellent. After watching the movie I knew I had to have it for my DVD collection. Lastly, it is always awesome to see Jackie Chan make an appearance in anything nowadays.