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What's All The Fuss About?

  • May 30, 2006
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+1
"Bloodrayne" has received nothing but poor publicity from the moment it hit the big screen. It's been written off for everything from bad acting, horrible action, and darn-near porn sequences. However, after watching this flick, I don't really see what all the fuss is about. Sure, the acting is really bad at times, but I've seen worse in many other flicks. The action looks pretty good in my opinion, though the blood and gore is actually silly at times. As far as the porn goes, there's a bunch of naked prostitutes in one sequence who do nothing more than lay around on Meatloaf and Rayne gets a little lovin' on the bars of her cell, but nothing that goes any farther than flicks such as "Body Heat" and "An Officer And A Gentleman" and, more recently, "Hostel."

Many people seem to be turned off by the fact that the movie doesn't follow the video game as closely as they'd like. "Resident Evil" did the same thing, but managed to handle its own story a little better. "Tomb Raider" is better as a game, no matter how nice Angelina Jolie looks in those tight little outfits.

The cast is pretty stiff at times, but I feel that that is primarily due to the fact that the script was rather stiff as well. Michael Madsen turns in a pretty bad performance as Vladimir, and Michelle Rodriguez is, well, Michelle Rodriguez. She plays pretty much the same character in every movie she's in, and I'm glad that her role wasn't expanded too much. Ben Kingsley, who's overrated in my opinion, doesn't have much to do in this flick until the final minutes, in which he delivers his lines in standard Kingsley fashion. Matt Davis, as Sebastian, delivers a pretty good performance, but the standout is Kristanna Loken as Rayne, who manages to take an iffy character and make her pretty decent to watch on the screen. Billy Zane has a minor role as Rodriguez' father, but he makes the most of it as he fumbles along nonchalantly as the mortal and immortal worlds collide.

The bloodletting in this flick is borderline silly. In one particular fight sequence at a monastery (headed by none other than Udo Kier, an underused actor in just about every flick he's in), the blood flows at an unusually high rate. At certain points, you can actually see the gas used to blow the blood out of the "bodies" as each is impaled, hacked, decapitated, and smashed. However, this is a frequent happening in B-movie action. It's nothing new to fans of any old school zombie flicks. What's even funnier is that the main characters get nary a drop of blood on their clothing while the blood is flying.

So why did I give this flick three stars? For the simple fact that all involved seemed to know that it wouldn't be a great film and some of them, particularly Loken, Zane and Davis, seemed to have fun with it. Madsen and Rodriguez didn't seem too happy to be there, but they aren't as great at acting as they might think they are. What's really funny about this flick is that Madsen and Kingsley were in "Species" and Davis and Rodriguez were in "Blue Crush." Rodriguez is also a veteran of the video game genre, having been in "Resident Evil" before "Bloodrayne." That's quite a bit of trivia for one flick.

If you enjoyed Loken, I suggest picking up "Dark Kingdom," which is a nice step above "Bloodrayne." It's got the whole dragon and sorcery thing going for it, and it's based on an ancient tragedy.

I'll admit that most people will probably not enjoy "Bloodrayne" as much as I did, but it isn't as terrible as many have posted here. It's silly most of the time, stiffly acted, and there's a little more flesh than most video game flicks, but it's worth at least a rental.

In short, "Bloodrayne" is an average low-budget action flick based on a video game. It's not nearly as good as the "Resident Evil" flicks, but it suffices.

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Director: Uwe Boll
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror
Release Date: January 6, 2006
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Guinevere Turner
Runtime: 1hr 35min
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