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Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

  • Film
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
The latest bid to fill the looming gap left by the end of ‘Harry Potter’ is this scattershot but entertaining adaptation of ‘The Saga of Darren Shan’, a series of kids’ books narrated by the central character, a teenager caught up in a supernatural war. John C Reilly gamely chomps the scenery as showman Crepsley, who invites Darren (Chris Massoglia) into an underworld of freaks and vampires. There’s a lot of backstory and the plot is often hazy. There are also so many characters that some barely register, while others – like our teen hero – are just unlikeable. It’s very energetic, but a more relaxed sequel, in which everyone has fun, might be a big improvement.
Written by Tom Huddleston

Release Details

  • Rated:12A
  • Release date:Friday 23 October 2009
  • Duration:108 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Paul Weitz
  • Screenwriter:Paul Weitz, Brian Helgeland
  • Cast:
    • John C Reilly
    • Josh Hutcherson
    • Chris Massoglia
    • Patrick Fugit
    • Ken Watanabe
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