Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Another Outdoor Vampire Movie, but Lacking the 'Bite'

Cirque de Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, yet another fanged-hero flick was screened at the Swiss Open Air Theatre unfortunately this one was no match in popularity to New Moon WHILE SITTING IN an open air cinema, before an enormous screen (the world's largest mobile one, we're told) is an unmatched one-of-a-kind experience, watching the film adaptation of the first three books in The Saga of Darren Shah entitled Cirque de Freak: The Vampire's Assistant is a bit of a let down. Unfortunately the movie just does not do justice to the relatively popular and successful series of novels owing to a lost-in-translation syndrome. The film opens well the band of freaks with mystic powers at their disposal grab the audience's attention immediately. But about 20 minutes into The Vampire's Assistant, interest waivers and it's generally downhill from there. The plot follows teenager Darren Shah (Chris Massoglia) as him and his friend Steve (Josh Hutcherson) decide to attend an underground, illegal freak show riddled with supernatural beings. There they encounter 220-year-oldВ vampire named Larten Crepsley (John C. Reilly). Soon Darren finds himself in the midst of an age-old war between two warring vampire clans and a world of special effects. Director Paul Weitz (American Pie, About a Boy) was obviously shooting for a comic tone but fails miserably because of a mostly unfunny script and the result is definitely destined to be a box office miss. Amongst those watching the film last night was 24-year-old software designer Sunil Lobo; It's very disappointing. I was hoping for much better. I don't think I'll be watching the sequel. Well, at least it was a nice night out with the great setup in Dubai Media City and the fabulous weather definitely an experience not to miss out on. Davina Raisinghani source-

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