really THE version of "Bloodrayne" to get. It's the unrated
version and also includes a DVD-ROM game!
Films: "Bloodrayne" is based on the video game series of the
same name, which began in 2002. The first film did poorly at the
box office. It's surprising that there have been sequels.
There were, I think, a number of factors why the first film was not a
great success. First of all, I don't think Bloodrayne, as a video
game, was around long enough to develop a large enough following to
sustain a major movie audience. In other words, the movie was
made too soon. Second, this wasn't a very "feel good" film.
Rayne is a tragic heroine, and everyone in the movie besides Rayne dies
before the end of the picture. Third, the bloody action was a bit
over-the-top, even in the regular R-rated version; in the unrated
version...egad! At the time of this movie's release, the most
successful movies ever made had a rating of PG-13 or lower due to the
fact that people under the age of 17 make up the largest block of
moviegoers. If "Bloodrayne" had been edited down for a PG-13
rating, it would definitely have done better. I do believe that,
commercially-speaking, the producers of "Bloodrayne" made all the
mistakes that could've been made in the execution of this film.
Plus, actor Michael Madsen hates this film and has let it be known.
There were some good performances given in the
"Bloodrayne" film, and the story was pretty good, but it certainly
doesn't make the audience cheer or provide a lot of laughs. In
this series, each successive film puts Rayne quite a bit farther in
time. In "Bloodrayne II: Deliverance" (2007), Rayne is in the
Wild West and tangles with a vampire version of Billy the Kid. In
"Bloodrayne: The Third Reich" (2010), Rayne battles the forces of
Hitler in WWII. Kristanna Loken starred as Rayne in the first
film. Natassia Malthe took over the role in 2 and 3. The
first film was released in theaters; all sequels have been
Rayne is a Dhampir, a half-human, half-vampire
creature that kills evil vampires.
Based on the popular video game of the same name. This is EXACTLY
a cross between the Red Sonja and Blade characters. You have a
beautiful, statuesque, redheaded barbarian good with swords, like Red
Sonja, who is half-human, half-vampire like Blade.
There have been three big movies about superwomen
with swords that have all come out at about the same time: Aeon
Flux, Ultraviolet, and Bloodrayne. Bloodrayne is the BEST looking
of all of them. Kristanna Loken of Terminator 3 fame (she was the
bad Terminator) is a lovely and likeable actress. She's good at
playing heroines. No doubt about it, I like her better in this
film than in Terminator 3.
I don't consider this film a superhero show in the
classical or even halfway-conventional sense, but it has a kind of
"superheroey" feel to it and some of the traditional elements of
superheroes. For instance, she has a costume, super-strength, and
super-agility. And like many superheroes, she has unique
weapons...these being two odd, but effective swords. Her
superpower would be that she is half-human, half-vampire. She's a
good person with morals who strongly prefers not to drink human blood,
but blood of smaller, expendable animals. And her adversary is a
tyrannical figure with skills and powers equal/greater than her own.
What makes this NOT a superhero show is the fact
that it's purely of the fantasy genre with no connection to the modern
world and the heroine does not have a dual-identity. But some
other superhero shows don't have these elements, either, so it can
still be called a superhero show...but very lightly.
This movie is vague in a lot of areas, but it's a
fun watch. It's not a big "thinker" movie. This is an
easy-to-watch film with a lot of gore and gratuitous boob shots.
And cat fights. Hey, who said anything was wrong with that?
We need more movies like that nowadays, too, as well as intellectually
Bloodrayne is set in an ambiguous medieval land in
an unclear time period. She was the product of rape between a
human woman and an all-powerful male vampire. So being a hybrid,
her father wants to kill her for some reason. Why?
Dunno. Something about being a Dhampir (that's the term) she has
the natural impulse to kill vampires and he's the biggie on the
block. Rayne has been hiding her whole life from the madvamp
Kagan, but also seeks revenge for his murdering of her mother.
Eventually, she teams up with three vampire hunters led by Vladimir
(Michael Madsen, giving a cool performance), Sebastian (Matt Davis, who
is really a great young actor), and Katarin (the dependably catty
Michelle Rodriguez). She is trained to fight well by her new
friends and they go after Kagan. But Katarin is a traitor and
causes a lot of trouble for the vampire-hunting society.
I just want to give all of you who haven't seen this
movie a heads-up. Everyone in this movie EXCEPT Bloodrayne dies
by the end. If this doesn't bother you, go ahead and watch
it. Things like that in movies usually bother me, but this movie
was more action-based than character-based so it's not overly
unexpected or diappointing. It moves quickly, but the bad thing
is that even though we can't really get into the minds of the
characters, the actors who play them make them so likeable that we hate
to see them die. But, such is life.
Rayne is NEVER referred to as Bloodrayne in this
movie. It's a little unclear why they chose to call this movie
Bloodrayne, but most suitable. There is a LOT of blood in this
movie. A LOT! It's rated R for good reason. They do a
lot with blood squirting. It doesn't look real, but it still
isn't pretty. Don't let the little kiddies watch this one.
Between that and all the nudity this isn't a family-friendly feature,
but it's good for the rest of us.
It's a fun, entertaining show. Nothing high
brow or profound. Just a good story of good versus evil.