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Genre: Horror/Thriller
Starring: Agnes Bruckner, Olivier Martinez, Hugh Dancy, Katja Riemann
Director: Katja Von Garnier
Rating: PG (Some Violence)
Year Made: 2007







Languages: English
Subtitles: Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 38 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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Ten years ago, in the remote mountains of Colorado, a young girl watched helplessly as her family was murdered by a pack of angry men for the secret they carried in their blood. She survived by running into the woods, and changing into something the hunters could never find … a wolf.


After 98 minutes, we still do not understand why the movie is entitled “Blood and Chocolate”. The only contrived connection we can link together is the fact that the protagonist is a werewolf (which means she drinks blood) and she makes chocolates when in human form. But being the objective reviewers we are, we did not let this puzzling aspect of the movie meddle with our review.

Based on the book by Annette Curtis Klause, this werewolf flick tells the somewhat boring story of a girl who has to choose between being loyal to her species and following her heart when a young dashing man enters her life. Let’s just say the ending left us asking ourselves: “That’s it?”

22-year-old Agnes Bruckner portrays this character without much emotional ups and downs that could have been injected by a more able actress. But we did not think that the intended audiences would care – the starlet is comfortable to the eyes, and that’s enough. Then there is Hugh Dancy (Savage Grace, Elizabeth I) who plays her love interest, offering his good looks for the camera lens.

For a horror fantasy genre movie, this one does not have much to offer. The effects are not exactly top-notch, and there aren’t much gore and blood you’d normally expect from a movie involving savage beasts. The story is also nothing to shout about, given its bland treatment.

There are some nice shots of the jungles where the werewolf clan meets though, and the way they transform from humans to wolves is, to put it nicely, lyrically hypnotic. Elsewhere, the scenic and picturesque backgrounds of Romania complement the romance factor of the two leads nicely, thanks to Brendan Glavin’s (Veronica Guerin, Thunderbirds) gorgeous cinematography.

Otherwise, this movie helmed by female German director Kayja von Garnier is one forgettable viewing experience – we have not seen such a tame werewolf flick in a while.


This Code 3 DVD contains no extra features at all, not even a trailer. It is odd that only Chinese subtitles are included.


The disc’s visual transfer showcases the nice cinematography, while the audio track is presented in 2.0 English Dolby Digital Surround.



Review by John Li


Other titles from Origin Entertainment:

. The Contractor

. The Wicker Man

. Wind Chill

. Are We Done Yet?

. Android Apocalypse

. Elizabeth I

. The Proposition

. 3 Needles

. Ghost Rider

. The Pursuit of Happyness

. The Illusionist

. Catch & Release


This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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