Louis (Brad Pitt) has decided that he doesn’t want to continue his life of isolation as a vampire any longer and tells reporter Daniel Malloy (Christian Slater) about how he become a creature of the night. Louis was the owner of a plantation in the late 1700’s when his wife died during childbirth. Louis invites death to his door at every turn, but eventually finds something much worse, a vampire. Lestat (Tom Cruise) turns Louis and he literally feels death, but he also is reborn a vampire. Louis can’t stomach the idea of drinking human blood and decides that he would rather live off of rats and chickens. While the pair is hiding in Paris, his need to feed on human blood overwhelms him and he feeds on Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) in an attempt to put this youth out of her misery. He didn’t finish the job and Lestat turns Claudia into a vampire as a “gift” to Louis. Now the three are trying to live their damned lives while trying not to alert the locals to their presence.
One of the reasons I decided to go back and take a look at this film was the enormous success of the Twilight films and books. I honestly feel that this film, or series of books by Anne Rice, may very well have born the overall idea of the aforementioned books. Tom Cruise gets a bad rap due to some of the films he has made over the course of his career, among other reasons. I feel that this film is one that he can definitely be proud of. Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst, and Christian Slater all did an excellent job with their respective roles, no matter how small. The film does primarily follow Pitt, but his way of looking at life, while bleak at times, is beautiful and encompasses a lot of human philosophical points. I feel I should also mention that this is not a vampire film. It’s more of a film that tells the story of people that just happen to be vampires. It’s by no means a horror film, so fans of From Dusk Till Dawn should look elsewhere. While I wouldn’t call this an overly cerebral picture, it did have its moments. I would keep the kids away for general content and a little nudity. I give this one a solid 8/10.