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Gothic action adventure prequel to the popular video game. In medieval Romania, the evil Lord Kagan (Ben Kingsley), vampire supreme, seeks to increase his dominion over the land. On hearing of three magical talismans that can bestow immortality, Kagan scours the country in his quest for ultimate power. Ranged against him are the Brimstone Society, devoted to restoring order to the land, and stripping Kagan of his power once and for all. They soon enlist the help of Bloodrayne (Kristanna Loken), a half-human, half-vampire warrior, who they train to hunt down the forces of darkness. Her lust for vengeance, and blood, eventually leads her to the man who raped and brutally murdered her mother - her father, Lord Kagan.
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Director: Uwe Boll
Cast: Kristanna Loken, Michael Madsen, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Rodriguez, Billy Zane, Michael Paré, Udo Kier, Matt Davis, Will Sanderson, Meat Loaf
Production: Germany/US 2005
Taking place in 18th century Romania, the film centers on Rayne (Kristanna Loken) who is half-human and half-vampire, conceived when vampire King Kagan (Ben Kingsley) raped her mother.
At the beginning Rayne is kept as a circus attraction which draws the attention of Sebastian (Matthew Davis), Vladimir (Michael Madsen), and Katarin (Michelle Rodriguez), members of the Brimstone Society (a group of Buffy-like vampire slayers) who plan to use her to kill Kagan. Kagan himself also hunts Rayne for an amulet in her possession. She manages to escape from the circus before either of them arrive.
The three slayers do manage to catch up with Rayne and take her to their headquarters to convince her to fight with them. She accepts and seeks an audience with Kagan by using the amulet. She is captured but her slayer friends intervene.
Yes, I really liked BLOODRAYNE. Sue me!
While the story certainly is not an Oscar winner, but what to expect from a movie based on a video game?
I don't usually care much for Uwe Boll movies, but I did enjoy BLOODRAYNE. His direction of BLOODRAYNE relies much on action scenes and gory CGI effects to cover up what the script lacks. The splatter effects are - for CGI - pretty well done. Splatter fans should have a ball.
The cast does the best with what the script allows - there really isn't that much oportunity to excel.
I always liked Kristanna Loken and if you are a fan of hers you will enjoy the movie.Read more ›
The acting, script and action sequences are very Zena Warrior Princess or the Mortal Kombat TV series style, so if you liked those, then you may like this. Van Helsing, this isn't -after all it was filmed on 1/7th the budget. That said it does a good turn at entertaining in the blood and schlock school of gore with plenty of squirty blood scenes and throat slitting [almost a decade before Game of Thrones]. The film has some very good set scenes, town squares, monasteries, dungeons and the like, whilst others look very staged. The script can also be somewhat limp and stilted in many places and there's even a gratuitous sex scene [with nipples] that seems quite irrelevant.
The disc itself has language options [actually 5.1 sound or subtitles -not languages], scene selection and 4 special features [Directors Commentary, CGI making off.., Dinner with Uwe Boll & storyboards]
If you're a fan of the games then this probably isn't for you.Read more ›
Yes, there is a lot wrong. The pace is completely messed up. The action continues on quite quickly, whatever is happening, which makes a change as most films with pace problems are far too slow, but ti means that emotional high and low points aren't given the attention they need to make an impact, there is no suspense and no build up making the ending very disappointing. It's also obvious that the actor's didn't have any fight training, and some of the acting is awful - none worse than Ben Kingsley though who manages with incredible skill, to bring absolute zero depth to his character and reels off his lines like he's reading a laundry list. Then there are other problems like the wholly unecessary flashbacks (especially the later one) and the info dumps put in so the audience aren't wondering whatever happened to the plot.
All that said, it could have been a lot worse. Loken fits the bill perfectly, capturing Rayne's elegance, beauty and ferocity very well. They even got her look right. The action is entertaining enough (if only because it's stupidly gory at times), but because of the fast pace it washes over you quite quickly and it ends up being moderately enjoyable despite it all.
In summary, its worth watching if you're a Bloodrayne or action/vamp. fan but don't expect too much.