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Thirst (2009) – Subetha

Thirst (2009)

Sang-hyun is a priest who cherishes life; so much so, that he selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project meant to eradicate a deadly virus. But, the virus takes the priest, and a blood transfusion is urgently ordered up for him. The blood he receives is infected, so Sang-hyun lives — but now exists as a vampire. Struggling with his newfound carnal desire for blood, Sang-hyun’s faith is further strained when a childhood friend’s wife, Tae-ju, comes to him asking for his help in escaping her life. Sang-hyun soon plunges into a world of sensual pleasures, finding himself on intimate terms with the Seven Deadly Sins.

This is such a strange film. It seems to muddle its way through the first half, meandering aimlessly to before making some almost profound statements about why life as a vampire may not be so great.  It’s trying hard, ah bless, but not hitting the spot.  I watched it from beginning to end and must say its ok despite appearing a little lost and as vampire love lust story’s go it’s got to be better than some of the Hollywood teen drivel released last year!

The film explores many moral dilemmas for its main two characters  delving into their tormented psychological states but despite the attempt at intellectualising the story I was left stony hearted and unmoved by the shallow one dimensional characters but still strangely drawn to finding the story’s eventual conclusion. Funnily enough the ending was just what was expected, no surprise there.

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