on January 06, 2006 by Tim Cogshell
Featuring the characters from the titular videogame, "Bloodrayne" is basically a prequel that explains the origins of the game's heroine, an 18th-century Romanian dhampir (half-human, half-vampire) called Rayne (Kristanna Loken, "Terminator 3"). In this story, Rayne begins as a refugee in a circus freakshow. It's not until she tastes human blood when the circus strong man attacks her that she figures out who and what she really is. She vows never to take the blood of innocents, leaves the freakshow and falls in with the Brimstone Society, led by Sebastian, Katarin and Vladimir (Michael Madsen, Michelle Rodriguez and Matthew Davis), a band of mercenaries determined to kill Kagan (Ben Kingsley), the Vampire King who, it turns out, is the creature that raped and killed Rayne's mother.

German director Uwe Boll ("House of the Dead," "Alone in the Dark") is fast becoming known as one of the worst directors on the planet. Indeed, Boll's films are archetypes of bad filmmaking: his shots don't match, making for wholly incoherent action sequences; his production designs are from high school plays; and the performances of his actors are wildly inconsistent. Yet he continues to license big-name videogame titles and turn them into movies with ever more impressive casts. Geraldine Chaplin, Billy Zane and Meat Loaf Aday appear for cameos, while Boll somehow lures an Oscar-nominated Knight of the British Order to play a character as ridiculous as the King of the Vampires. As for Loken, she's more than passable as a cool and aloof vampire-chick. She has hips and lips, and the penetrating eyes that made her a great killing machine in "T3" don't hurt her as another kind of killing machine here. Unfortunately for her, she is the one performer who can least afford to be in a Uwe Boll picture. The rest of the cast is either so obscure it doesn't matter or so famous it doesn't matter. For Ms. Loken, it matters. Starring Kristanna Loken, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Madsen and Matthew Davis. Directed by Uwe Boll. Written by Guinevere Turner. Produced by Dan Clarke and Shawn Williamson. A Romar release. Action/Horror. Rated R for strong bloody violence, some sexuality and nudity. Running time: 94 min

Tags: video game, horror, vampire, period piece, adaptation, Kristanna Loken, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Madsen, Matthew Davis, Billy Zane, Meat Loaf, Meat Loaf Aday, Uwe Boll, Guinevere Turner

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