Rise - Bloodhunter details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Lucy Liu, Robert Forster, Cameron Richardson, Allan Rich, Samantha Shelton, Kevin Wheatley, Margo Harshman, Cameron Goodman|
Rise - Bloodhunter
|Run time:||1 hour 34 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 Dec 2007|
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Not As Good As It Thinks It IsBy Vivacia (28 reviews) from London , 01 Nov 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]Firmly aimed at the male demographic, Rise - Blood Hunter is a vampire film in the mould of Blade. Except without the cool martial arts. Or supernatural strength. Or humour. Or fun for that matter.
The film follows the actions of Sadie Blake, previously a reporter, now a vampire out to get revenge on the ones that tortured and turned her. And that's about it. There's a little time spent on Sadie's reaction to discovering her 'condition' and how she adapts to her new eating habits but this is done quickly and sporadically through flashbacks.
The overiding impression when watching Rise is that underneath what we're seeing is a pretty decent story, but it is hindered by lack-lustre performances, and non-linear editing. Personally I would have liked to have seen this film in chronological order, working towards the moment of Sadie's revenge, but alas we must join Sadie on her wanderings down memory lane instead. And this raises (see what I did there?) another problem with the film - Lucy Liu. Normally a funky addition to casts, here she sleepwalks through her role and struggles with the dull dialogue she's been given. Ironically, she repeats the word 'slow' many times throughout the film, which is a pretty good description for it as a whole. In fact none of the cast really seem to be sinking their teeth into their roles (okay, I'll stop now) but it's not entirely suprising considering the clunky script.
Rise is not the worst vampire film out there, but it certainly is a strong contender. Redeeming features are few, though the amount of naked flesh (particularly Lucy Liu's) will tick some peoples boxes. And the amount of blood will tick others. But overall I can't recommend this as a great example of a vampire movie - approach with extreme caution.
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keeps you watching but dont expect traditional vampiresBy CarnageAce (94 reviews) , 05 Apr 2013I found this slow but I couldnt stop watching, the use of dreams to tell the early parts of her story were over long, they ether should have done it in one block or found a different way to tell it, a thing that helps you keep track is when she has long hair its the past shorter hair the present. The vampires are not the super powerful creatures of the night we are used to, more the immortal human who live for blood and sex that can not die by normal means but they still take a while to heal the damage to there bodies.
Lucy's new dietBy tintag27 (43 reviews) from Macclesfield , 05 Jun 2011Lucy Liu seems doomed to be typecast as the sexy, feisty action girl you don't want to cross, but this outing is more stylish than sleazy and the plotline is not as predictable as you might expect. Lucy Liu fans will forgive the gore for those great headshots.
Averagely good...By Sarbs (124 reviews) from Essex , 15 Feb 2011Agreeing with most of the other reviews, I found this an 'average' vamp movie.
The good bits: Taking vampires back to the monsters they are supposed to be, not fluffed up but viscious and ruthless. Bishop was an amazing choice and played the 'baddie' with unnerving ease.
The bad bits: Lucy Lui can only do the 'cold killer stare' emotion is very hard to see in her, the way it swung back and forth a straight out story would have been better, the 'fight' scenes seemed staged and didn't flow well enough, it was longer than necessary and the story seemed to meander slightly.
All in all it's not the worst you'll see but by far not the best either.
Nothing specialBy brokenking (268 reviews) from Bristol , 14 Oct 2010There are better vampire films out there. There is nothing actually wrong with Rise it just covers old ground but fails to provide anything new that might set it apart from the crowd. In fact, given the production style I wouldn't be surprised if this was made for TV. Not bad but you won't be missing anything special either.
Could have been better but still not bad. . .By a customer from Bristol , 13 Mar 2009Well what can i say, Rise had the ingredients for a right good laugh, a new retelling of the vampire mythology with Lucy Liu at the Helm. Unfortunately it all went a bit flat, the flashback telling of our heroins conversion into a blood sucking immortal muddles the story when a linear chronological order would have been much more effective and allow us to get in to the main story, and, behind our leading lady. Even with the flashbacks its all still a bit patchy and nothing is really explained about the process she goes through. if you want gore , its not there. if you want scares , it doesn't have any. if you want a great story line , well , no , not there . . . BUT , for some odd reason i enjoyed it and if you want a bit of fun i think you might too. i agree totally with the review Vivacia wrote a little further down, but i would say that to me it seemed a bit more like a Buffy the vampire slayer for teenage boys. I'm still not sure why this is an 18 rated film , its got a little bit of nudity, but other than that even the swearing is light. OK I'm rambling, to sum up if you want an hour and a half of throw away fun then go for it, if you're looking for a thought provoking tale with shocks and horrors then look elsewhere.