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2: Deliverance - Unrated Director's Cut
2007 (2007) - Vivendi Visual Entertainment
Friends! Countrymen! I come to praise Uwe Boll, not to bury
him! Well, perhaps damn him with faint praise is more like it.
Either way, Herr Boll has a reputation for picking fights with
his harshest critics. I don't feel like having my ass kicked,
not over BloodRayne 2
anyway, so I'd better choose my words carefully.
If you're not familiar with the work of Uwe Boll, over the past
few years he's developed a dubious reputation as the worst
director currently working in the business, mostly thanks to
video game adaptations like Alone in
the Dark. As of this writing, no less than four of
his movies are on the IMDb's Bottom 100 list, including House
of the Dead and the original BloodRayne.
no expert on all things Uwe but I have seen the first BloodRayne
movie and it's just awful. It makes virtually no sense and is only
amusing if you get off on seeing actors like Ben Kingsley embarrass
themselves for an easy paycheck.
BloodRayne 2 picks up a
hundred years or so after the first one. Rayne (now played by
Natassia Malthe, taking over the leather corset abandoned by
Kristanna Loken) has emigrated to America, still hunting down
vampires. This time, she's on the trail of Billy the Kid (Zack
Ward), who was apparently a Transylvanian-accented bloodsucker. When
Billy kidnaps the children of a family that Rayne has some vague,
never-explained connection to, she takes it personally. Her first
attack goes badly, so she rounds up a posse of outlaws (pretty
easily, actually) and rides back into the quiet little town of
Deliverance for one final midnight showdown.
BloodRayne 2 is a marginally
better movie than its predecessor, which doesn't mean that it's good
or even more entertaining. The fun of watching actors like Kingsley
and Michael Madsen chew the scenery is gone. The biggest name here
is Michael Paré as Pat Garrett. (You know... Michael Paré?
Eddie and the Cruisers? Streets
of Fire? No? Not ringing any bells? Oh well.) Anyway, the
cast isn't bad and Boll has a few tricks up his sleeve. Rayne walks
into a kind of nifty trap that Billy's set up, where she opens a
door and starts to hang all the kidnapped kids, who have been lined
up with nooses around their necks. That's kind of cool. But five
minutes later, Rayne's still holding onto the rope, trying to figure
out what to do. That's bad directing.
Vivendi's DVD saddles the movie with a muddy transfer and a poorly
mixed audio track that often makes it difficult to make out the
goofy dialogue. Extras include a "making-of" featurette,
some tedious deleted scenes, extended versions of three other
scenes, and an often amusing commentary by Boll, joined for the
first part by cinematographer Mathias Neumann. There's also a
digital comic book about Rayne and her mentor trying to prevent a
vampire from being dubbed the new Dalai Lama (I swear) and a second
disc that apparently includes a complete BloodRayne
video game. I'm not in the business of reviewing video games so I
didn't play it but I might someday be bored enough to fool around
with it and if I do, I'll be sure to update this review. Don't hold
your breath for it, though.
So is Uwe Boll as lousy as his reputation suggests? On the basis of
the BloodRayne saga, I'd have
to say he's not THAT bad. Certainly in a weird way he believes in
what he's doing, so I'd never accuse him of being a hack. And I'd
say it's more likely that I will watch and even enjoy a future Uwe
Boll movie than... say, Who's Your Caddy
for instance. BloodRayne 2
even has some vaguely enjoyable moments, even if they are mostly
lifted from Sergio Leone flicks. My biggest criticism of the film is
that horror movies and westerns aren't two great tastes that taste
great together. As a low-budget western, parts of BloodRayne
2 work. But in a vampire movie, you don't bring a gun to
a stake fight.
Film Rating: C-
Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras): C/C-/B-
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