The most recent in Netflix’s crowded month of Halloween choices, Night time Enamel brings a stylized vampire story that favors thrills over chills. An unwitting protagonist finds himself a fish out of water when dragged into the ultra-cool glitz and glamor of Los Angeles’s nightlife and thrust into the center of a vampiric coup d’etat. But it surely retains its most enjoyable components relegated to the background, or worse, in favor of an anemic romance and acquainted carpe diem narrative.
Benny (Jorge Lendeborg, Jr.) lives together with his Abuela and doesn’t have a lot social life. When his brother Jay (Raúl Castillo) makes a shock look at residence, Benny talks him into letting him take over for the night time at Jay’s chauffeur gig for a fast technique of incomes money. His duties for the night means choosing up and escorting two mysterious ladies, Blaire (Debby Ryan) and Zoe (Lucy Fry), across the city for the night time, checking off an inventory of events throughout Los Angeles. However Benny quickly finds himself in over his head when he discovers that Blaire and Zoe are bloodsucking vixens on a mission that includes ending vampire peace. Surviving till daybreak may show tough.
A gap sequence that options Jay and villainous vamp Victor (Alfie Allen) units up the overarching plot and emotional stakes earlier than introducing Night time Enamel’s protagonist. However these stakes by no means actually quantity to something and units the priority for the movie’s anemic world-building. Jay and Victor are essential gamers within the underground supernatural struggle, however Night time Enamel prefers to inform over present. The opposing characters often pop up right here and there to provide temporary glimpses of a bigger struggle taking place. Nonetheless, the main focus stays on Benny discovering this world by means of his bloodthirsty passengers.
As charming as Lendenborg Jr. is as Benny, the draw back is that screenwriter Brent Dillon and director Adam Randall solely tease at a way more attention-grabbing world than the one offered. A peripheral scene that includes Alfie confronting vampire royalty (Megan Fox and Sydney Sweeney) cuts away earlier than the motion, keen to leap proper again to Benny’s dilemma of studying to embrace life whereas making an attempt to rein in highly effective murderesses.
It doesn’t assist that Benny’s ethical conundrum feels acquainted. His sluggish realization of vampires, their powers, and management of town by means of an prosperous hierarchy is paying homage to related tales that see normies uncover an underground world of the supernatural. Even Benny’s attraction to Blaire feels telecast in a manner that’s inorganic and sleepy, regardless of taking part in a pivotal function within the movie’s occasions. Each single vampire, save for a short wildcard look by Alexander Ludwig, performs their characters with the identical one-note aloofness that makes them indistinguishable on a personality stage.
What Night time Enamel lacks in substance it makes up for in fashion. The setup means Benny whisks his purchasers from set piece to set piece, showcasing Los Angeles extra and neon-lit nightlife. He zips Blaire and Zoe alongside from high-end social gathering to high-end social gathering, and so they usually end in bloodshed, gunfights, and dying. Randall retains Benny’s journey visually attention-grabbing, a minimum of.
Regardless of a likable lead and a continuously transferring narrative, Night time Enamel lacks chunk. Not even an beautiful manufacturing design can distract from the underbaked world-building and a predictable story. Lots of its supporting gamers are underutilized, and worse, many sleepwalk by means of their elements when not forgotten. That sums up the complete viewing expertise; aesthetically pleasing however sucked dry of any life.
Night time Enamel releases on Netflix on October 20, 2021.