An innocent teenager (Elle Fanning) arrives in Los Angeles in search of a modeling career and, blessed with that indefinable something, quickly rises to the top; this alienates and then angers her blond, lissome competitors, who are a bunch of vampires. (No, really—they're a bunch of vampires.) This stylish shocker by writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) equates physical beauty with the life force—the metaphor is intriguing, but not enough to compensate for his cliched portrayal of the modeling business as a glamorous snake pit. Refn enlisted two female writers (Mary Laws and Polly Stenham) to help with the screenplay, which still comes across like a man's notion of how women feel. With Jena Malone, Christina Hendricks, and Keanu Reeves in one of his most effective modes, as a menacing SOB.
By J.R. Jones