Monday, February 17, 2014

BloodRayne (2005)

SPOILER WARNING!!! This post spoils movie BloodRayne (2005).

I am using term horror movie loosely this month. BloodRayne is more fantasy movie than horror movie. But it has vampires and I wanted to do it here. So this month it is horror movie. This my first Uwe Boll post. Uwe Boll is infamous for making bad movies. I tried to figure out, what makes this bad movie. I can't pinpoint anything. It is just bad.

Movie has interesting cast. There are Michael Madsen, Udo Kier, Meat Loaf, Michelle Rodriguez, Billy Zane, Ben Kingsley and Kristanna Loken, who all have been in much better movies. I liked Terminator 3 (2003), thanks for asking. Some of these actors are there just for paycheck, without putting too much effort into acting. Either that or Michael Madsen put Oscar worthy performance of a man, who really doesn't care about anything. Even in fighting scenes others save him, because he doesn't care to react to enemies.

Kristanna Loken tries, but it is not enough. She is only one, who really tries in this movie. Others put their average or as little as possible performance. I am not sure, if it is director or script, but movie never starts to work or have interesting moments. Maybe actors knew, what they were doing and adjusted their performance according that. Kristanna Loken had leading role. She did her best to show, what she could do. It is shame, that rest of the movie didn't help her.

Evil vampire Kagan controls the land. Brimstone society fights against him. BloodRayne is dhamphir, child of human and vampire. Kagan is her father. She is half vampire and half human. It is not told, how she is any different from vampire. Only difference seem to be, she fights for humans. It wasn't shown, that blood would heal vampires like it heals BloodRayne. That could be another difference. Circus has captured BloodRayne. She is presented to audience as freak. One night BloodRayne tastes human blood. She goes crazy and start to kill circus members. Even her friend. She was so crazy, she didn't recognize her before it was too late. Escape scene was cut out of sequence and pretty badly. It was only part that was so bad, it jumped in your face. Rest of the movie wasn't as bad.

There are bad moment after that too. Dialog doesn't always make sense. Actors change their mood in a second without any reason. Same happens with Sebastian in final fight. He got injured. First he is like nothing happened. Second later he falls down dying. Few moments later he is ok again. After helping BloodRayne to kill villain, he continues his dying. BloodRayne is only one showing any emotion. She stops doing that after her friends are killed in the end. Michelle Rodriguez is always angry, but that seems to be her normal state when camera is rolling on any movie. Michael Madsen's death scene is one of the best ever. Enemy holds him still. Ben Kingley just holds his sword, casually walks to Michael Madsen and let his sword penetrate Michael Madsen's chest. Neither actor put any effort to scene. That was villain killing the male lead.

This movie is based on video game. I have no idea, how faithful this is to video game. This story could have made interesting movie. BloodRayne is interesting character. Dialog rewritten and with better director, this had been better. Movie had good actors, who could have done better job, if given better material and director to work with. Strangest thing is, that this movie has two sequels BloodRayne II: Deliverance (2007) and BloodRayne: The Third Reich (2011). Both directed by Uwe Boll. Kristanna Loken is replaced by different actress in those movies.

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