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Bloodrayne II: Deliverance
Dir: Uwe Boll
Star: Natassia Malthe, Zack Ward, Michael Pare, Chris Coppola
Brief: Ah, this is why people hate Uwe Boll.

Look, I speak as one of the few people on the planet who found the original Bloodrayne other than unwatchable dreck. So when I say that the sequel is a soporific, poorly-constructed, badly-executed waste of time and effort for all concerned, including the viewer - for God's sake, listen to me. There is simply no rhyme or reason present here, right from the setting which goes from Middle Ages Europe to the Wild West without any credible explanation. Billy the Kids (Ward) is a vampire, kidnapping the local kids, in some kind of half-baked plot device that makes no sense, involving him waiting for the railroad to reach town, to spread his curse. I guess going to a town that already has trains would be too much work. Rayne has to round up a posse to take on Billy and his blood-sucking cronies. Y'know? For the kids....

Malthe is not an adequate replacement for Kristanna Loken. While there are some settings in which she would make an appropriate Rayne, this isn't it. I can do no better than reproduce goatdog's limerick on this issue:
    She's entirely too soft-spoken.
    She pales next to Kristanna Loken.
    She's not half as pretty,
    her accent is shitty,
    and her ass-kicking skills appear broken.

Beyond that, even my usually forgiving nature kept stumbing into holes of logic. For instance, Rayne's posse is mostly there because she blackmailed or threatened them, yet this apprarently creates immediate loyalty, to the point they are prepared to die on behalf of a cause they know basically nothing about. Similarly, there's a newspaper reporter (Coppola): his third scene explains his presence, yet mostly makes you wonder exactly what he was doing in his first two scenes. The film doesn't even have consistency of vampire lore: can they, or can they not, be killed with regular bullets? The film says no, but then...

It's not just a bad vampire movie. Probably worse, it's a bad Western. Overall, it's just bad: I generally have more time for Boll than most people [National Treasure was much, much worse than House of the Dead], but even I cannot defend this on any level. The original had a lunatic sensibility, heaving everything at the screen it could find: it may not have made much sense, but you did remember it. The sooner I can forget this, the better-off I will be.

[September 2008]

See also...
  • Bloodrayne
  • Bloodrayne 3: The Third Reich

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