`Forsaken' is a bloody mess

April 28, 2001|By Chris Hewitt | Chris Hewitt,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE

Say this much for "The Forsaken": It's efficient. It manages to work boobs and blood into the very first shot. The bloody chests are not the last ones we'll see in "The Forsaken." By my newspaper's count, a total of nine breasts are displayed (there's a side view) in the movie.

I lost track of the bloodletting, but I can assure you that there's plenty of that, too.

Imagination? Originality? Intelligence? There's not so much of those.

"The Forsaken," in which a cross-country driver (Kerr Smith) meets up with a bunch of skanky vampires, borrows heavily from "From Dusk Till Dawn" and even more from "Near Dark." I'd call it a remake of "Near Dark," except that, unlike "Near," "Forsaken" has no style, humor or scary parts.

What it does have - other than the breasts, I mean - is a particularly icky sound effect when teeth sink into skin.

And the script is so overripe and cliched that the friend who went with me asked, "Was this movie made by the WB?" Both Smith ("Dawson's Creek") and Brendan Fehr ("Roswell") are moonlighting from the WB, but you can tell "Forsaken" didn't come from the WB because all of the shows on that network at least have a sense of fun and because none of them can show nine breasts.

`The Forsaken'

Starring Kerr Smith, Brendan Fehr, Izabella Miko, Johnathan Schaech and Carrie Snodgress

Directed by J.S. Cardone

Rated R (bloody violence, nudity, raw language)

Released by Screen Gems

Running time 90 minutes

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