Lucy Liu has continued to prove she's more than a pretty face with her more recent work, (Lucky Number Slevin)however she must've had gambling debts or something horrible happen to her, to have been forced to make "RISE: THE BLOOD HUNTER."
Directed by the same man responsible for "SNAKES ON A PLANE," Sebastian Gutierrez, at least that other film was supposed to be schlocky. "RISE" BLOOD HUNTER" actually tries to take itself seriously, and the viewer has to pay the price. The victims on the screen are the lucky ones, for they get to leave the movie early. This "Unrated" version is 25 minutes longer than the "theatrical" version, and its structure is entirely thrown out the window, with flashbacks, flash-forwards and more editing structural complexities that can't mask a very untalented director and horrible script. Liu plays a reporter whose most recent article about the "hip" nightlife scene, lands her into a nest of vampires, unhappy with the attention her article has brought to them. She's turned into a vampire and spends the rest of the film trying to exact revenge on the evil doers that have victimized her. It's just an awful film, without any redeeming value. Even Michael Chiklis is wasted here, making his "THING" role in "F4" seem like "Hamlet" compared to what he's dealing with here.
SONY has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are solid and the night scenes have an impressive amount of detail. Deep blacks and grays provide better than average depth.
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It's an engaging mix, filled with surround and discrete effects, as well as some decent bass moments. However, none of this stands out enough to mask the film's major shortcomings.
SONY has provided featurettes, a storyboard comparison and trailers.