The Transfiguration ★★★

While it manages to establish and sustain a world-weary tone through its ominous score and deliberate pacing, Michael O’Shea’s urban vampire thriller is largely content to echo other films in the genre. Featuring a protagonist who offers critiques on similar films like Martin and Let the Right One In, it sets itself up for comparisons that it can’t quite withstand. Centering largely on two kids who seem sweet but entirely mismatched to their situations, the film never establishes any real pathos. They talk in scene after scene about their past abuses but remain ciphers. Ultimately, that turns this into a fairly empty, if watchable, exercise in style… one that deftly (and somewhat predictably) refuses to commit to its supernatural elements.