Over the years, we have seen many action-thriller movies of terrorists attacking an airplane and our heroes using tactics and their bravery to bring everyone home safely. But how do you feel about the person saving everyone, being a blood-sucking monster? Yes, we are talking about vampires here. This July, Netflix brought us an action-horror film written by Peter Thorwarth and Stefan Holtz. And this is why we love it.
Blood Red Sky opens with an amateur, who is actually a character named Fareed, landing at an RAF airbase in Scotland with a terrorist situation on board. We see one young boy getting off the plane but no sign of anyone else in. Suddenly we see the person who landed the plane but the officials are hesitant to get him out at first because of this Islamic origin. When the young boy was brought in for questioning, he could not speak at all, being in total shock.
Cut to a few hours earlier, we see our protagonist Nadja, played by German actress Peri Baumeister and her son Elias played by Carl Anton Koch boarding the flight from Europe to the USA. Nadja looks like a cancer patient and we see her taking some kind of injection to keep her condition in check. Later we see the flight is being highjacked by a group of terrorists and they separated Nadja from her son and her medicine, which eventually leads her to change.
Soon we find out she is actually a vampire with a conscience. She tries to fight off the terrorists but during the fight, one terrorist overpowers her and takes her blood for turning himself into a vampire. Eventually, the movie gets to a point where we see a fight between a good vampire and an evil vampire. Now Somehow Nadja takes things under control but loses at a cost of losing herself to the battle she has been fighting for a long time.
The one thing we love the most about this Blood Red Sky was the mother-son bonding. The writers did a great job showing us that no matter how bad the circumstances are, a mother’s love for her child concurs all, almost making us remember the father-daughter situation in “Train to Busan” movie (2016). Nadja gave in a good fight against her vampiric instincts just so she can be an exemplary mother to her son.
We really appreciate the story because, unlike “30 days to Night” (2007), where all the vampires are bad, it gives us both sides of a coin with Nadja who was a victim of circumstances, forced to become a vampire by accident and the sadist terrorist Eightball, who choose to become a vampire. Also, this movie covers some of the social issues. We see Fareed been judged by the officials just because of his name. This throws light on the social issues we still cannot correct.
Netflix delivers us a movie packed with action, violence, and thrill in a claustrophobic setting that creates an engaging horror story. We feel the plot is exquisite giving us a completely new story with a proper mixture of friction and reality, but the movie is awfully long. Although all the actors did a really great job at portraying their characters, the movie was slightly predictable and boring in few places. This is not the first time; we fall in love with a vampire but can definitely say we respect Nadja’s character and also the actress playing the role.
We get a good vampire movie after a long time with the proper balance of emotions and horror, definitely one of the good vampire movies of this decade. So now you know folks, what to watch next time you feel like getting your blood chilled.