Monday, August 16, 2010

Blood: The Last Vampire (2009)

Based on the popular Anime of the of the same title, BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE follows Saya, a beautiful young vampire hunter that must fulfill her destiny by destroying the demon lord Onigen. Although this adaptation attempts to give a greater depth to the story presented in the animated version, the narrative is disjointed at best, with no discernible purpose or sense of direction. Sub-plots are set up but never fully developed, while many of the major characters arrive and disappear without any explanation. BLOOD's primary color filters, framing, and editing give it the distinct look and feel of a live-action comic book. Chris Nahon undertakes a series of ambitious high-powered action sequences that display decent fight choreography and an incredible amount of gore. Unfortunately, the restrictive budget severely detracts from these scenes, as the film relies on a heavy amount of computerization that cheapens the overall effect. The creature designs also suffer as a result, being nothing more than computerized abortions. Nahon and company make a valid effort at bringing the cartoon to life, but the film proves to be as soulless as its demonic characters.

Rating: 6/10.

If you liked BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE, check out:
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2 comments:

  1. I remember being so excited that this was coming out because I loved the comic version of it. It has to be some of the saddest CGI. Husband still has not forgiven me for dragging him to this one :)

    Cheers!

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  2. It was ambitious, but the anime was much better looking. I did like the expanded storyline though!

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