Review: BLOODRAYNE 2: DELIVERANCE (2007) | Casey's Movie Mania | Movie Reviews, Features & Others

Thursday, 19 May 2011



Yeah, I know that (everyone) will agree with me that Uwe Boll's big-screen adaptation of BLOODRAYNE (2006) is a far cry for what it supposed to be. Despite the first movie's bucket of blood and gore and Kristanna Loken's generous display of ample bosoms, it's a train wreck at the low point imaginable. You guessed it: lame acting, weak script, tedious direction and badly-choreographed action sequences. BLOODRAYNE came and gone with a huge box-office disappointment and not to mention being trashed being by critics. But whatever the case was, Uwe Boll is simply unstoppable and he clearly doesn't gives a damn of what people said bad things about him. Like it or not, here's BLOODRAYNE 2: DELIVERANCE, in which Boll has originally intended for a trilogy purpose (he is slated to complete the third and last chapter that sets during WWII-era).

At the beginning, the sequel, which unsurprisingly goes direct-to-DVD market, is somehow ambitious: a feminist-vampire flick crosses with Old West. Cool hybrid like this can be very potential, but at the sloppy hands of Uwe Boll, you don't have to be a genius to figure out how is this film turns out to be. The movie begins with Newton Piles (Chris Coppola), a chubby reporter on assignment for the Chicago Chronicle, sets his foot at Deliverance, Montana to pen a story about the Wild West. But the small town of Deliverance, as Piles discovered, turns outto be a surprisingly quietest town on the frontier he never expected in the first place. Not at least when Mayor Holden (Michael Robinson) announced to Piles that once the railway is completed by next week, Deliverance will be slowly garnering popularity. Soon it doesn't take long before something bad is happen: A hoard of evil cowboys, lead by Billy the Kid (Zack Ward) arrives to the small town and starts wrecking bloodbath, slaughtering townspeople and kidnapped all the children. What's more surprising is that Billy turns out to be a bloodsucking vampire, who first stunned everyone by biting the sheriff's neck to death. Billy spared Piles his life, so Piles can writes great story about him. Apparently Billy is intended to use Deliverance as his starting point to create his own bloodsucking kingdom as well as taking over the country.

Enter Rayne (Natassia Malthe), the half human/half vampire who saddles on a horse who make her way to Deliverance to visit her old friends, only to discover that they have died mercilessly. Then she make acquaintance with the legendary Pat Garrett (Michael Pare), in which he offers her a help to find whoever responsible for such grisly murder. And once Rayne arrives at the town of Deliverance, all hell is about to break loose.

Christopher Donaldson and Neil Every's screenplay is chock-filled with popular references of the Old West genre including the one with Clint Eastwood-type, and shed of UNFORGIVEN (1992) which is notably on a newspaper reporter is helping an evil villain to write a great story.

Director Uwe Boll also seemingly channeling a bit of Sam Peckinpah at one point, with orgy of violence and hails of bullets are mostly choreographed in slow-motion style but with little impact.

The biggest problem about this sequel is Boll seems to forget what makes BLOODRAYNE the video game is such a cult hit among gamers. Here, the movie is surprisingly slow-paced and deals with too much stilted dialogues. There aren't just enough action we can expect from Rayne like the first movie. Perhaps that's clearly explained this sequel is obviously lack of proper budget.

The only good thing is the cast, though they remained strictly one-dimensional type. Replacing Kristanna Loken who originally slated for a comeback but unable to do so because of her scheduling conflicts due to her commitment with the upcoming TV series, PAINKILLER JANE, is Natassia Malthe who actually bares better physical resemblance to the video game version. She looks certainly sexy and stunning in her all-leather cowgirl getup but that's just about it. It's sad to announce there's no nudity expected here and Malthe's acting is disappointingly wooden that you wished if Loken will return instead. Zack Ward is deliciously over-the-top as the vicious Billy the Kid and that's the least compliment for being a juicy villain unlike the bore-like-hell Ben Kingsley's villainous role in the first film who spends most of the time barking orders and sitting on a chair.

Sad to say this sequel scores even lower point than the dreadful original. Now we just wait and see how Boll is going to deliver his proposed third installment

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