REVIEW: BLOODRAYNE

CAST

Kristanna Loken (Painkiller jane)
Michael Madsen (Powers)
Matthew Davis (The Vampire Diaries)
Michelle Rodriguez (S.W.A.T.)
Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3)
Will Sanderson (Alone in The Dark)
Geraldine Chaplin (Chaplin)
Udo Kier (Blade)
Meat Loaf (Fight Club)
Michael Pare (The Virgin Suicides)
Billy Zane (The Scorpion King 3)
T.J. Storm (VR Troopers)
Mike Dopud (Stargate Universe)

The film centers on the character of Rayne, an unholy breed of human and vampire called a Dhampir. Dhampir are unaffected by crucifixes and do not thirst for human blood. She is the daughter of the Vampire King Kagan who has gathered an army of thralls, both vampire and human, in order to annihilate the human race. She was conceived when Kagan raped her mother, and she later witnessed him killing her.Sebastian, Vladimir, and Katarin are three members of the Brimstone Society, who fight vampires. They hear of a carnival freak who may be a Dhampir, so Vladimir plans to recruit her in order to kill Kagan. Kagan is also hunting for her, fearing she will interfere with his plans. Rayne escapes captivity at the carnival. On the road, she encounters and saves a family being attacked by vampires. A fortune teller reveals to Rayne that Kagan has become the most powerful vampire in the land and resides in a well-protected castle. She tells Rayne that Kagan seeks an ancient talisman, a mystical eye, and if she finds it, it would allow her to gain an audience with Kagan. Rayne sets out to the monastery to find it.2006_bloodrayne_013Rayne shelters for the night at the monastery and later sneaks away to where the talisman is guarded by a hammer-wielding, deformed monk. The talisman is further protected by booby traps, and when Rayne lifts it from its pedestal, the chamber floods with holy water. As Rayne hangs from the ceiling to avoid the water, the talisman falls from the box but she catches the eyeball. Examining it closely, the eye magically becomes absorbed into her own eye, and when she falls into the water she is somehow unaffected by it. When she leaves the chamber, the monks explain the artifact is one of three body parts which came from an ancient vampire called Belial, who had found a way to overcome the weaknesses of a vampire. The eye overcomes holy water; the rib overcomes the cross; and the heart overcomes sunlight. The parts have been hidden across the lands. As Kagan wants all these parts, it becomes the heroes’ mission to stop him.maxresdefaultRayne is brought to the headquarters of the Brimstone society and they agree to work together to kill Kagan. Katarin does not trust Rayne and betrays Brimstone to her father, Elrich, who has fallen in league with Kagan, but seeks to betray him and gain power for himself. The location of the heart talisman is known to Katarin as her grandfather hid it in water-filled caves. She seeks it out but Rayne fights and kills her for it. With the talisman, Rayne attempts to gain an audience before Kagan, but he takes the heart and throws her in the dungeon. He plans to extract the eye as part of a ritual. He realizes too late Rayne had only given him an empty box and not the heart. Sebastian and Vladimir intervene, battling Kagan and his minions, but both are fatally wounded, leaving Rayne in a final battle against Kagan. As Sebastian dies he fires a final bolt from his crossbow, but Kagan is too quick and is able to catch it. Rayne is able to summon her last reserves of strength and plunge the bolt into his heart. The battle ends. Rayne seats herself in Kagan’s throne. The film ends when Rayne leaves the castle and goes to the mountains.bloodrayne00As an adaptation of the video game, BloodRayne fails pretty miserably because it changes too many character traits in the lead and completely disregards important plot points in the source material. As a horror movie, BloodRayne also fails pretty miserably because it just isn’t scary or even particularly suspenseful. When all things are seriously considered, BloodRayne is in fact a pretty bad film full of predictable characters, obvious plot twists. Ben Kingsley simply sleepwalk through the film and to see Michael Madsen trying his damnedest to look like he knows what is happening around him. All of this while Lokken chops peoples heads off, screams a lot, and generally overacts. BloodRayne is a train wreck, but it sure is a fun one.

REVIEW: PAINKILLER JANE

MAIN CAST

Kristanna Loken (Bloodrayne)
Rob Stewart (Beauty and The Beast)
Stephen Lobo (Smallville)
Noah Danby (Bitten)
Alaina Huffman (Stargate Universe)
Sean Owen Roberts (The Flash)
Nathaniel Deveaux (Andromeda)
Melanie Papalia (Suits)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Adrian Holmes (Arrow)
Michael Rogers (Sanctuary)
Apollonia Vanova (Watchmen)
Bill Marchant (Stargate SG.1)
Jennifer Copping (Slither)
John DeSantis (The New Addams Family)
Garry Chalk (Dark Angel)
Chuck Campbell (Jason X)
Tom Butler (Blade: The Series)
Garwin Sanford (Stargate: Atlantis)
Vincent Gale (Van Helsing)
Meghan Ory (Sanctuary)
Martin Christopher (Stargate SG.1)
John Reardon (Scary Movie 4)
Peter Deluise (21 Jump Street)
Rachel Hayward (Jingle All The Way 2)
Jody Thompson (Flash Gordon)
Sonya Salomaa (House of The Dead)
Ryan Robbins (Arrow)

The series stars Loken as Jane Vasco. She begins as a DEA agent, where in the course of her work she encounters Andre McBride (Rob Stewart), who is the leader of a team of agents working for an unspecified government agency. The team is based in a disused subway station named Deckard Street. She is forced to join the team after she probes “too far” into their operations. It is then revealed that the team’s mission is to identify and neutralize “neurological aberrants” (“neuros”) — human mutants with supernormal mental powers. Dialogue in the pilot states there are dozens of variations, and the reasons neuros use their abilities vary. It is then theorized that the aberrations interfere with the brain’s ability to distinguish right from wrong.18833621During the pilot episode, Vasco discovers that she has superhuman abilities — supernormal regenerative powers bordering on invulnerability. This is realized when she is pushed through a forty story window and falls to her apparent death, only to later revive and recover completely. However, she still feels the pain of her injuries before they heal. The team’s doctor, Seth Carpenter, identifies her abilities as not like those of the neuros they track, but “something else”.

Yet another in a long line of TV serials that never survived beyond its initial season,makes its debut on DVD.Not knowing anything about it I went into it with an open mind,and I must admit I was very impressed.Theres noting deep or meaningful on offer here,its just a sci fi,action series,and viewed just as that then its a winner,serving up plenty of action in each episode,and maintaining a solid standard of production values throughout its run.Kristanna Loken does well in the title role,though it must be said it demands more from her physical prowess than acting ability.

As good as I found the show to be,I can kind of understand why it was cancelled.It doesnt do enough to stand out.Its a good example of its kind,but there is nothing new on offer.Everything about it is a formula that you will have seen before,just put together in a slightly different order.But this doesnt make it a bad show,as I said it impressed me and I really did enjoy every episode,and as long as your not looking for something groundbreaking,I think you will too.Obviously it helps if your into the sci fi,action genre,but it isnt a requirement,as it keeps thoes elements of the show from taking over too much,which is a good thing if your more of an action fan.A shame the show was cancelled,but Im glad it eventually found its way on DVD.