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Blood and Chocolate

A Big, Hairy Conundrum

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The tagline for Blood and Chocolate is enough to make the blood curdle. "Everyone has two lives. The one we show the world. And the one that was never meant to be seen." God, how horrifying it would be if people could actually see me in my boxers, disheveled hair, and ratty t-shirt while pounding out my reviews! Fortunately, I will never tell anyone about this and no one will ever see me in this state.

Our heroine in Blood and Chocolate faces a similar (but arguably hairier) dilemma. Vivian (Agnes Bruckner) is a young lycanthrope (aka werewolf) who lives a reclusive existence in Romania with her "pack". Terrified of being discovered by the humans (i.e. "meatboys" and "meatgirls"), itís a lonely existence for Vivian and her cohorts.

This is compounded by the fact that she doesnít necessarily buy into the ideals of her pack. Further complicating matters is a hunky, young human graphic novelist, Aiden (Hugh Dancy), who has a thing for werewolves (how convenient!) and for Vivian. Needless to say, the pack isnít exactly fond of Vivianís affinity for the bohemian meatboy. Let the angst begin!

The laughable title aside, Blood and Chocolate is ultimately not a terrible film (but far from stellar). It is a teen angst film infused with werewolf (also referred to as "lugaru") mythology. Shunned and hunted by humans, the lugaru are outcasts and they are on the brink of extinction. Delving deeper into the secret society of the lugaru is the most compelling part of the movie. Unfortunately, this isnít the exclusive focus of Blood and Chocolate. Youíve also got an angst ridden romance plot to contend with that just doesnít work that well.

The aforementioned meatboy, Aiden, is charming enough and Vivianís easy on the eyes, but their chemistry onscreen feels a bit forced and obligatory. Granted, Aidenís knowledge and reverence for the lugaru opens the door to the possibility of some kind of connection between these two, but itís hard to swallow the idea that Vivian would compromise the safety of her people for a romance with said meatboy. That being said, Hugh Dancy and Agnes Brucker do a pretty admirable job in their respective roles.

The real problem with Blood and Chocolate is that it suffers from a reasonably sized identity crisis. Is it a romance? Is it a horror film? Is it a teen angst film? It has elements of all three, but as is the case with most cocktails with more than 2 ingredients, the ultimate result doesnít always gel. Additionally, there are way too many unanswered questions about how the lugaru have managed to survive that are more than distracting.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars