Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Resident Evil, and now three BloodRayne movies prove that video games transition well to the silver-screen. Many artsy-fartsy movie sites poo-poo the work of Uwe Boll (who directed 2005's BloodRayne), but when I see his name attached to a work, I'm definitely going to watch and enjoy. Say what you want about this movie, but I guarantee you that it is 100 times better than that Twilight garbage. The cast is also first class, including the stunning Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3), Ben Kingsley (Gandhi), Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs), Michelle Rodriguez (Resident Evil), Geraldine Chaplin, Meat Loaf (as an orgy obsessed vampire), Udo Kier, Matthew Davis, and Michael Pare (who appears in all three BloodRayne movies).
The plot: Kingsley plays Kagan, the most powerful vampire in the land. Many years ago he raped and killed a woman who bore his child. The child, Rayne (played by Loken) is half vampire, half human. Rayne has grown into a beautiful but maniacal carnival act. After nightly humiliation at this carnival, she succeeds in a bloody escape. She is hunted down by Kagan's henchmen, as Kagan realizes what a threat she is to him. She is also tracked by Vladimir (Madsen) and his people who realize she could lead him to Kagan. Madsen leads a vampire-killing clan. Rayne, in her attempt to track down and kill Kagan, finds out that Kagan desires an artifact which will give him supreme power. She steals this artifact, and now Kagan really needs to get his fangs on her. Vladimir and his people catch up to Rayne and they form an uneasy alliance in order to rid the land of Kagan.
The adventures along the way are bloody and most violent. Loken, as Rayne, looks really good with a sword and leather wardrobe. Her transition from lunatic circus act to determined huntress is compelling. Throw in romance and betrayal and a gory final conflict and you will never again be tempted to watch a movie with twinkling vampires. A+ for Uwe Boll, Loken, and the rest of the cast. Do not believe the bad reviews of this film. It is exciting and interesting. See the unrated director's cut.
Note: The next two BloodRayne movies are also good ones. I will get to them eventually on this blog. They star Natassia Malthe (Vampire Wars) as a very erotic, but deadly Rayne.