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Bloodrayne script review

11.25.2004

BLOODRAYNE SCRIPT REVIEW
(negative / heavy spoilers)

Director: Uwe Boll
Starring: Kristanna Loken, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Madsen, Meat Loaf, Billy Zane, Will Sanderson, Udo Kier

I'm not a big fan of movies being based on videogames. We're still trying to forget Street Fighter, Super Mario Bros and Mortal Kombat. I'm even more confused when they are adaptations of games I have never heard of. BLOODRAYNE is an example of that. Apparently this project is based upon a successful Playstation 2 game. It's being directed by Uwe Boll and written by Guinevere Turner. The cast is headlined by Kristanna Loken, Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen and Michelle Rodriguez. I'll be reviewing the July 5th 2004 script to this film.

Taking place in the early 19th Century, Rayne (Kristanna Loken), a half-human, half-vampire offspring, sees her mother raped and murdered by Kagan (Ben Kingsley). 10 years later, she's a freak imprisoned in a carnival. Her blood thirst leads to her escape from there. Sebastien and Vladimir (Matthew Davis and Michael Madsen), two vampire hunters called Brimstones, follow her trail. Unlike her father, Rayne wants nothing to do with killing humans. They save her from a possible capture and bring her back to their secret hideout. Katarin (Michelle Rodriguez), a fellow Brimstone, isn't too happy about her arrival. Vladimir decides to train Rayne in the art of vampire-hunting. After being betrayed by Katarin, the trio decide to go face Kagan once and for all.

How many vampires movies have we seen in the past five years? Way too many. This script seems like an amalgam of stuff we have seen before: Rayne is a half-human, half-vampire. Ever heard of Blade? Vladimir and Sebastian are Brimstones, runaway hunters of Vampires. Does Van Helsing ring a bell? Kagan, the main baddie has an army of Throlls (Zombie humans). Saruman and his army of orcs, anyone? The dialogs are extremely lame. None of the main characters are intriguing. The story has some very strong resemblances with Underworld except that film was much more interesting. With only 93 pages, it's quite short for a screenplay. I need to talk about the ending of this screenplay. It's an abomination. There's no way a paying audience will be satisfied with that conclusion. I'm getting the feeling this movie could go straight-to-video.

There's no doubt that Kristanna Loken is one beautiful woman. I'm not so sure about her acting skills. She was very bland in Terminator 3 and didn't really impress anyone. Does anyone really believe that she can open a movie? I don't know who made the most terrible decision: the producers to hire such a dreadful actress or for accepting to play in such a mediocre project. On second thought, perhaps they deserve each others.

I got flashbacks of Jeremy Irons in Dungeons & Dragons while reading the role of Kagan. Ben Kingsley has very little screen time. He's the main villain but we rarely see him. The focus is more on his henchman Domastir. I'm a big fan of Kingsley, but there's no way he's making this movie for artistic values. There's little doubt in my head that Kingsley along with Michelle Rodriguez and Michael Madsen are in this movie only for the pay check. These very gifted individuals are either blind or being mislead by their representatives if they think this film will be any good.

This screenplay was a serious failure from beginning to end. Will it even make it to theatres?

Jean-François Allaire a.k.a. 'DeadPool', at 25 years old, has become a respected entertainment journalist, having contributed articles to Scr(i)pt Magazine and Screenwriters Monthly. J-F also wrote a weekly movie column for Corona's Coming Attractions and eventually TNMC from 1998 to 2003. He's currently a script reader for a Canadian film distributor.

PREVIOUS SCRIPT REVIEWS:
The Legend of Zorro
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Source: JoBlo.com

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