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David Boreanaz - "Valentine" Movie (2001) - Boxofficeprophets.com Review

By Stephanie Star Smith

Thursday 24 February 2005, by Webmaster

Beyond the Slimy Wall: Valentine

We here at BOP are an eclectic group, and our tastes in movies run from the serious cinephiles to the foreign-film aficionados to niche film lovers. Thus was born the idea for this weekly column, devoted to horror films of all shapes and sizes, but concentrating on those B- and C-grade films that mainstream reviewers disdain, but are the bread-and-butter of every spook movie lover’s viewing. So come with me as we venture beyond the slimy wall, uncovering the treasures - and burying the time-wasting bombs - that await those who dare to love the scare.


Sometimes you watch a film for all the wrong reasons.

Maybe you’re over at a friend’s house and whilst flipping channels, he lands on a film that you wouldn’t otherwise choose, but watch to be polite. Or perhaps you’re out on a movie date, and all the films you wanted to see are sold out, and there’s only one film available that you haven’t seen. And occasionally, you watch a film because a favorite actor is starring in it, and you decide to give it a look-see.

It was that last reason that got me to watch Valentine. Well, sort of.

I wouldn’t exactly call David Boreanaz one of my favorite actors; in fact, there were certainly times in his early days as Angel when use of the term “actor” in referring to him was an act of extreme kindness. But the casting of Boreanaz as Angel was one of those examples of serendipitous matching of performer to role that one always marvels at later; in fact, it’s hard to imagine anyone more suited for the role. Or a role more suited for the admittedly-limited abilities of its portrayer. Add in the undeniable chemistry between Boreanaz and Sarah Michelle Gellar - it fair leapt off the screen - and what was likely a goodly amount of on-the-job training, and by the time the spin-off series wrapped, at which point Boreanaz had been playing Angel for eight seasons (I’m counting the character’s tenure on Buffy, so please, no letters telling me Angel only ran five seasons; I know that) and Boreanaz had certainly become adept at the portrayal of the vampire with a soul looking for redemption from his past misdeeds.

So I was kinda curious to see what he’d do in another role. Add in that Valentine is a horror film - albeit a slasher, my least-favorite sub-genre - and it wasn’t all that difficult to choose to invest the 96 minutes to check it out.

And what I found was that Boreanaz was basically playing Angel. Because except for the vampire thing, a character description of Adam Carr, Boreanaz’ character in Valentine, sounds remarkably like Angel: brooding, somewhat mysterious, given to violent outbursts, and ambiguous as to whether he’s good or evil. Like I said: Angel.

The remainder of the cast is adequate - because really, how much acting skill does a slasher film demand? - and there are a couple of plot twists that make you doubt just a bit the identity of the killer, which, if you’re paying attention, you’ve already deduced near the end of the first reel. And the film does come up with a new way to kill someone, which is otherwise the great failing of slasher flicks; after you’ve seen half-a-dozen or so, you’ve pretty much viewed every imaginable way to end the life of one of your fellow men or women. And believe me when I say that once that novelty has worn off, there’s little reason to watch a slasher.

Except when it stars someone you like. Well, kind of.

Still and all, Valentine is a decent entry into the genre, and given the paucity of St Valentine’s Day-specific horror flicks, it certainly will fill the bill for the get-your-baby-to-move-closer portion of your Valentine’s celebrations. And at just over an hour-and-a-half, it won’t wear out its welcome.

I see by the shadows falling from my bust of Pallas that our time is up. Until next time, then, when we will once again venture Beyond the Slimy Wall.

2 Forum messages

  • Valintine wasnt the greatest ..But hay I saw it for david Boreanaz (Im not afraid to say)and I bought it for the same reason...But I wouldnt say David isnt much of an actor ,he was great in Angel..and Im sure theres the right movie out there to prove he a cut above the rest.....Hay Johnny Dep was told he wouldnt make it after "21 jump street"...Now hes is well in demand for movies.

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  • The person’s so far off the money. First off though, those of you who say "I love him but he sucks" save it. That is not a compliment and no one wants to hear it. Secondly, I hopelessly love Angel. He’s the greatest and most sincere nice guy on the planet. When watching Valentine, I thought I’d feel the same way since it’s DB, but from the first scene I thought his character Adam was a sleazy jerk. He didn’t act anything like Angel. Critics like to criticize, but David has shown he can pull off anything.