Friday, 10 June 2011

Bloodrayne 2: Deliverance (2007)

You know, I sat through the first Bloodrayne film, so I should have known better than to watch this one. The Bloodrayne movies are loosely based on the cult video game series of the same name, and Deliverance is the second in what quickly became a byword for the worst kind of video game adaptations.

While the first movie had a campy quality to it, not to mention a cast including Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Kristanna Loken and Michelle Rodriguez, Deliverance feels like a different property altogether. While the first was basically a big, mad fantasy movie with vampires, this second flick moves us forward in time (and indeed locale) to the Wild West, where a vampire cowboy with a comedy accent is killing the locals and having his henchmen take away their children.

Then comes Rayne (this time played by Natassia Malthe – Typhoid Mary in Elektra- instead of Kristanna Loken), the pouting bloodsucker with a pair of awesome blades and a permanent scowl. She teams up with local badasses and members of a secret society and sets about kicking some vampire ass.

When written down like this it doesn’t sound so awful, but when you sit through ninety minutes of low budget Wild West clich├ęs interspersed with some decent action sequences, it gets hard to suspend disbelief. If the decent scenes in this film were stacked up, you’d be left with a ten-minute fight sequence and a bunch of nicely staged gore, but when you watch the whole film, those moments of quality are spread out kinda thin.

The cast ham it up nicely, and Uwe Boll does a good job of hiding the limited budget, but the finished product looks and feels like a TV movie. The stock images during the opening titles are a nice touch, nicely setting up the era, but then we’re into b-movie territory, and not in a good way.

However, when all is said and done, and all geek bitching aside, Bloodrayne 2: Deliverance is just a video game movie, and can be quite entertaining with some snacks and a pack of beers. The Wild West setting and tropes may turn a few viewers off the idea, including me, as they are laid on so thick that you might start thinking they yelled ‘Yee-Haw!’ at the start of each take instead of ‘Action’. There’s blood, violence, darkness and Rayne pouting while kicking ass with her swords. If that’s your thing, then here’s a film you can sing your fangs into. Oh dear lord, did I just say that?

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