“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
How bad is it? It's one of the worst of Uwe Boll's video game adaptations (that's bad).
Should you see it? No.
If you aren't familiar with the video game from which this film came, you can't follow the plot - and I can't help. Rayne is the child of a vampire and a human and she needs to acquire artifacts before a villain uses them and the film jumps back and forth between people trying to get these unexplained objects, with little narrative sense. There's some excellent actors - Ben Kingsley (!), Michael Madsen, Billy Zane, Michelle Rodriguez - among the poor - Meat Loaf, Udo Kier - but all are woefully miscast. The special effects, mostly beheadings, are pathetic, particularly given the relatively high budget.