The only thing left unsliced is the ham in BloodRayne, yet another video game adaptation by German genre specialist Uwe Boll and a movie with more fading - or faded - talent than an Italian basketball team.
The first movie was actually quite likable. It had a hot-red haired actress as the main character and the role fit her quite well. It's the closest to the game's story and for a low-budget it performed greatly at the time. I'm comparing it with current gen films like "Nocturna". Ugggh, I don't want to remember I saw that. Compared to the latter, this movie is 100 out of 10.
Our blood-smacking antiheroine, Rayne (Kristanna Loken), isn't a vampire; she's a dhampir, a half-human, half-vampire cross-fiend who's as anguished, strange, and sloppy as mercenaries, or movies, get.
BloodRayne: 7 out of 10: Uwe Boll is not the next Ed Wood, Not even close. (To every person who blithely claims this is the worst film ever I recommend Raptor Island on the Sci-fi network as a primer on how bad genre films can actual be or perhaps a made for PAX disaster film such as the obviously titled Killer Flood: The Day the Dam Broke.) Yes Uwe's House of the Dead was a particularity stupid film. I hated it too. But Uwe knows how to point his camera in the general direction of the action and keep the action at a pace that holds ones interest.
BloodRayne is a surprisingly enjoyable genre romp. Yes all the individual criticisms at the film from the bizarre choices in hair pieces and costumes to the silly dialogue are true. But c'mon it's a video game/vampire movie. Really how high are ones expectations going in? For a video game movie it isn't half bad. (Its tons better than say Doom, not as tightly put together as say Resident Evil) Uwe brings a refreshing European sensibility to sex and violence in the movie (In other words plenty of gratuitous nudity and violence). He also makes good use of the Romanian landscape bringing an almost Peter Jackson feel to the proceedings.
Also in campy side of things it's always fun watching Hollywood professionals ruin careers for the sake of a paycheck. (The way Madsen looks and acts in this movie I wouldn't hire him to do my lawn and Kingsley acts as if he is auditioning for the Mr. Burns role in an upcoming live action Simpson's movie) So Uwe Boll isn't the next Ed Wood more a talentless Paul Verhoeven. Hey at least his films are getting better and BloodRayne is a surprising fun film for those with a less discriminating taste.
Another movie from Uwe Boll. Again it is a videogame adaptation and hilariously bad. It is for you to decide if it is entertainingly bad or just awfully bad. Just for reference: Uwe Boll is a legendary director. He is famous for making some of the worst movies in recent history and using a German tax shelter to fiance his movies (German stupid money was the applied term). It is the (origin) story of Rayne who is a Dhampir (Half-Vampire) and her struggles with her heritage, life and Vampire father. As you can already see by the ratings the movie is bad. This includes the acting, (out of character) decisions and story. I must admit that it is entertainingly bad and I had a lot of fun. I know that this is unitentionally and I should rate this lower but it is my honest opinion and why should I lie here. Overall a guilty pleasures of a hilariously bad but entertaining movie. You will either enjoy it because of this or hate it with passion.
I've never played the video games so I can't comparisons between this movie and the games, but I can tell you this movie is freaking terrible. Honestly I have no idea why this was allowed to be made. The plot, acting, writing, setting, and special effects are all terrible. This is one of the worst movies ever created. Now I know Uwe Boll movies have a reputation of being horrible, but I found enjoyment in his movies House of the Dead and In the Name of the king: A Dungeon Siege Tale, just because they had a so bad it's good quality to them. And I was hoping to find that same enjoyment here, but as you can tell I didn't. In case you can't tell I strongly recommend you avoid this movie at any and all costs. It's horrible and 95 minutes of your life you wont get back.
This movie didn't really fulfill what was needed to fulfill and do the game justice. Of course, the movie basically put me to sleep on most parts. Sure, some scenes were OK and other scenes where there was actually some action into it, it was good, yeah, but it wasn't "great."