Blood Red Sky (2021) Netflix Review

Director: Peter Thorwarth

Writers: Stefan Holtz, Peter Thorwarth

Stars: Peri Baumeister, Carl Anton Koch, Alexander Scheer

RATING: 3 Star

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A woman with a mysterious illness is forced into action when a group of terrorists attempt to hijack a transatlantic overnight flight. – From IMDB

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out from the description and the movie stills, that his film is going to be about vampires. Everytime I think film-makers are done with vampires another movie pops up to remind me of that terrible mid 2000s vampire phase, brought on by ‘Twilight.’ But these aren’t your sparkly, beautiful, tragically tortured kind of vampires. These are brutal, bloody and kinda grotesque. This film attempts to do the same kind of thing as ‘Let The Right One In’ where we have vampires, but the film makers try and write them into a more emotional and complex story than usual. Sometime, like with Let The Right One In, this formula works. But in Blood Red Sky, I think it falls a little short of it’s mark.

To begin with, the film is too long. The majority of it’s 2 hour runtime is spent in an aeroplane, with the occupants under the attack of either Terrorists or Vampires, depending on which part you are at. But it doesn’t really take time to tell a story during most of this time. Because the main focus of the plot is a young boys relationship with his sick mother, when they are split up for a good portion of the film, the plot kind of gets lost. Its a big violent bloodbath for most of the film, with a few emotional scenes thrown in to remind us there is meant to be a plot.

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Speaking of those violent bloodbaths, the scenes of Nadja taking on the terrorists, and defending her son and the other passengers are fantastically brutal and very well shot. And as the film goes on, we see Nadja become slowly more and more taken over by that bloodthirst side of her nature, compared to the relatively put together women we see at the beginning of the film. Her story throughout this film on it’s own would have been interesting enough without the added emotional link to her son.

The vampires themselves have very little background or lore surrounding them save for the usual aversion to sunlight, and need for human blood. But I like when we go off book from the more recent version of vampires that are suave and charming and can make a woman drop her pants in thirty seconds flat. These go back to the more traditional and terrifying version, that have no control over themselves and will kill anyone who crosses their path.

A great idea and some really commendable aspects, but the plot felt a little superfluous and it was far too long.

‘Blood Red Sky’ is streaming on Netflix Now!

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