Bravo Darrell Roodt, You Oscar Nominated Director You, Bravo! In the same year the man directed Yesterday, a movie that was nominated at the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film, he directed his REAL masterpiece, Dracula 3000!
The movie has such a brilliant premise!
People like Dracula right?
And Space right?
So why don’t we combine Dracula AND vampires.
Doesn’t that sound fantastic?!
What if we promise to make a movie about Dracula in space but then barely HAVE Dracula and instead make it about Dracula infecting the rapper Coolio and having HIM be the main Monster!
That sounds…well I already used fantastic…and brilliant…I don’t know what word I should use to describe it…I know! I’ll make up a word!
And my oh my do I love the production values. Roodt made the great choice of having almost every shot be really close or in an uncomfortable close up and, with the repetitively ugly ship that looks like a warehouse that the characters inhabit, gives off a wonderfully claustrophobic vibe that gives off a creepy sense of atmosphere. In addition, this movie has some of the greatest special effects and props I have ever seen in a movie that was made on such a low budget!
The characters and performances are also exquisite. The characters are all interesting in that none of them are likable. They all treat each other horribly throughout the whole movie. Some may find it irritating and hard to watch these characters bicker all the time but obviously, by having all these characters be jerks, Roodt was trying to do some very keen social commentary on the nature of man and how fickle it really is. The actors portray themselves this beautifully by giving off deadpan, emotionless performances while having faces that one may say would make them look “bored” but really they intentionally do it because, by all of them giving emotionless and lifeless performances, what Roodt is really doing is showing how artificial we humans have really become.
After all, we’ve seen all these actors in other, more well known movies and we’ve all seen them emote in these more popular movies so it’s not like they were given bad direction or just didn’t give a shit, nay, they did this on purpose because they wanted to fit the director’s vision!
And the ending! Oh god the ending! Nothing is more fantabulistabrilliantistic than the ending! At the end, most of the crew mates are dead with only two survivors left. However, the ship is headed towards the sun and there is no way to stop it so what do they do?! Have sex! Just…just fantabulistabrilliantistic!
It just fits the theme of the vagueness and artificiality of human nature so well! By having sex at the end, the two characters realize how out of touch humanity has become. In fact, they are so out of touch that one of them is a literal robot! But, by having sex, they decide to re-connect to their inner human nature.
In other words, this ending is basically a giant metaphor for humans realizing how distant they’ve become and connecting with each other again! It’s also why one of the crew mates is a robot because what Roodt is saying is that we’ve all basically become robots and need to re-connect to our human side!
But really this is just…just…the best film I’ve ever seen and it was a CRIME it didn’t win every Academy Award in 2005. Below I’ll link the trailer but you should go, go, and watch this masterpiece of cinema: