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Perfect Creature (2006)

The vampire myth is given a stylish 1960s treatment, where a human cop partners with a vampire cop to stop a vamp bent on creating a war between the two "separate but equal" races.

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Lilly
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Edgar
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Jones
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Augustus
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Dominic
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Frank
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Stephanie Kelly (as Lauren Jackson)
Peter McCauley ...
Professor Liepsky
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Console Operator #1
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Freddy
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Howard Anderson
Roi Taimana ...
Abernathy (as Roimata Taimana)
Aaron Murphy ...
Slum Kid
Scott Morrison ...
Console Operator #2 (as Scotty Morrison)
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Set during the 1960s in an alternate New Zealand known as Nuovo Zelandia, PERFECT CREATURE imagines a world where vampires and humans peacefully co-exist, with the bloodsuckers the next step in human evolution. This delicate balance looks to be destroyed when an influenza epidemic begins to sweep the human population and one vampire turns to preying on humans. The church sends out Silus to catch the renegade vampire, Edgar. Silus joins forces with a human police captain, and discovers that Edgar harbors dark secrets. Written by bondish

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Humans And Vampires Have Lived In Harmony.... Until Now. . .


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Rated R for violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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18 October 2007 (New Zealand)  »

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Criatura Perfeita  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)
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In this movie, Lilly carries a Japanese Type 14 Nambu semi-automatic pistol and Det. Jones carries a German Model C96 "Broomhandle" Mauser. These very unusual pistols - particularly the Nambu - are virtually never seen outside WWII movies. See more »

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Look and feel let down by dull story and action
23 May 2007 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Oh, I really wanted this film to be better.

So much potential with the alternative reality and the wet gritty feel of it all. The interactions between the characters held the possibility of layers of intrigue and backstory which could have led to spin offs into other media.

But it plays like a hastily written love story wedged into an interesting world view. Just when the story seems ready to move into an action sequence, it gets all boring and at the exact moment you expect some deeper relationship exposition, it stumbles onwards to progress the action.

The acting is great (even if a number of the actors are regular players on New Zealand TV and film), cinematography and editing is OK but nothing special, and the effects are passable for the budget. As an overall look it scores well, but it is no white knuckle ride.

My immediate comparison is to a films like Night Watch/Day Watch, Blade, Dark City or Underworld. Budget aside, these other films score so much better because they seem to get the pacing right. Ultimately, I found that I struggled to sit through the whole thing. I just kept thinking of other things I could be doing ... it just didn't engage me as it should have.

I'd still recommend seeing this film as it does throw up some cool ideas and grim images. But don't expect action and adventure at every turn.


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