Okay. I admit it. I saw footage of this movie leaked on the net a few weeks back and it seemed like it would be really, um, "mature" in its depiction of fangless sapphic bloodsuckers. It seemed like a throwback to the classic "The Hunger" with Lucy Liu and Carla Gugino stepping into the Deneuve/Sarandon, um, brassieres. So what happened? Where is the bloody, disturbing sensual thriller promised? In its place we get a choppy action flick without the budget to compete with all that other teen boy pablum vampire crap! I thought this was gonna be different! One for the <more>
grownups! With good acting and photography by Oscar-winner John Toll! Let's see that movie! Please Mr. Raimi! We can handle it! Otherwise, stop leaking false advertising to drum up publicity for these crass exercises in overfamiliarity.Oh yeah, Lucy Liu is a cutiepie and carries herself admirably. And the British villain is very, very good. And the late Mako steals a scene with exactly one word.
Just saw this at Tribeca. The poster and "blood hunter" subtitle make it out to be an Underworld ripoff, but this engaging flick by the writer of Snakes on A Plane is an attempt at something much more original. Most of the time it succeeds. Lucy Liu is very effective as the reporter who has been turned into a member of a gang of vampires by James Darcy and Carla Gugino. Her journey to becoming an assassin bent on revenge is powerful stuff, including an unforgettable scene where she has to feed for the first time off an old man in a shelter. That moment perfectly captures all that is <more>
good and new about this story, a way to see the vampires that hasn't been shown before. The whole audience covered their eyes on that one. It was great! Another great moment with humor has Lucy picking up an innocent hitch hiker who just might be her next meal. Hilarious and tense. The camera-work and supporting cast including a cameo by Marilyn Manson, great and a really weird one by Nick Lachey are topnotch and the whole thing is set up for an interesting sequel. Highly recommended.
Don't be put off by the lame artwork on the poster, RISE BLOOD HUNTER is a striking, unsettling moody thriller with really fine acting and cinematography from Oscar winner John Toll that has somehow been repackaged as an action movie ! It's not. I read on Shock Til You Drop that this was originally a non linear vampire noir film, told mostly in flashbacks. And guess what? It shows!!! The movie has been rearranged chronologically and it becomes monotonous and not nearly as haunting as you can tell it was supposed to be. Where's the director's cut? Why the studios insist on <more>
dumbing horror down? Why is Nick Lachey in this movie? Why is it anytime someone tries to do something new, the studios try to turn it into the same crap we've all seen a million times? You'd think Sam Raimi would have a little more faith in his fans.
Owing more to film noir than horror films this is a great B-movie that deserves to sought out for a great night at the movies (by dbborroughs)
This review is for the theatrical cut Rise : Blood Hunter hit me like a ball out of left field. The film concerns a reporter, played by Lucy Liu who runs a foul of a group of vampires who kill her for her troubles. Regrettably the vampires botch the job and Liu comes back with a driving thirst for vengeance.Three parts noir and one part supernatural thriller this is the sort of grind house film that belonged in the recent "Grind House" double feature. Moving with a speed and an economy of motion this is a film thats rare to day anywhere, especially Hollywood. The film bleeds off <more>
the screen and you get a sense that this could be happening somewhere real. The story is as tight as a drum with nary a extraneous line or motion, this is a movie that tells its simple story and it tells it well. There are things which it could tell us, or show us, but it chooses not to since that would get away of the story the alchemist for example . There is blood and violence but its always perfectly done for the right effect. The supporting cast is mostly note perfect including Mako, Robert Forrester and Michael Chiklas.While the film has its flaws Liu is a bit stiff at the start the film actually turns out to be a perfectly made B-movie of the sort that hasn't been seen on screens in decades. Taken for what it is the film will probably stand the test of time and repeated viewings to become a minor classic of its type.
I was very pleasantly surprised, having found this DVD in the bargain basement section. I thought the combination of Lucy Liu and vampires couldn't be all bad, and it certainly isn't.At times this borders on soft porn, and there is an awful lot of blood on show. However if you're a fan of vamp movies and bored with the explosion of generic 'let's all jump on the bandwagon' drivel that followed the success of Buffy TVS the best moving picture show ever made, bar none, by the way then this might be the movie for you.This movie starts with Harper's Island starlet <more>
Cameron Richardson getting most of her kit off and never lets up with the nudity and violence. There is no hint of cynicism however, and I found this to be a worthy and artistic film - just not for the uptight or squeamish.If you are a vamp lover and like your shocks to be artistic and intelligent, you will enjoy this movie.
A different vampire tale indeed may contain spoilers (by Athrondmovies)
If you're into all that goth 19th century poser action and lustful blood gorging of for instance "Interview with a vampire" or films like that you'll be disappointed by this movie.Lucy liu plays the role of Sadie a reporter writing a piece about the Goth people of her town which are portrayed as "dungeon and dragons posers" : One of her friends finds an address on a website, investigates, and ends up dead. When trying to find her friend Sadie gets caught by vampires, raped and left for dead. She wakes up in a drawer in the hospital morgue and is fairly <more>
confused. After making her way to a homeless shelter her vampirism takes over and she "chooses" a weak old man for her first meal In one of my favourite vampire scenes ever : .Faced with the horror of her new existence she decides to kill her self and jumps of a bridge into the traffic below. Here starts the revenge story.What make this a different kind of vampire movie is that it doesn't just copy and paste the ole' vampire stereotype into the story. Sadie may have become a vamp, but she hasn't lost her mind and feelings in the process That is, except an irresistible need to feed . Murdering people isn't cool at all, she just can't help it, and when it's done she naturally feels quite bad about it. It's not the sexy bloodgasms of other films, she doesn't even have any fangs to help -and hardly any awesome powers at all... It's just UGLY.The director manages to communicate the horror of this existence and Lucy Liu does a very good job acting the role out. 9/10 from me.Oh yes, some people will characterize this film as a "Lucy Liu nude"-film... We're all born naked, so get over it.
Okay. First the good news: Lucy Liu is sexy and really emotional in this. Her acting chops finally come into play in a movie where she isn't just tough or bitchy. The woman is a really good actress. Most of the rest of the cast is really good, especially Carla Gugino and James d'Arcy American haunting . A few scenes are standouts, particularly a nasty bit of business in a junkie shelter and a very very claustrophobic scene inside a morgue drawer. Now the bad news: Nick Lachey is in this for some incomprehensible reason and it REALLY snaps you out of the story. When will Hollywood <more>
learn that goofy cameos don't belong in horror? You're watching a perfectly cool creepy thriller when suddenly the audience gasps at ridiculous casting choices that have NOTHING to do with the story. That, as well as some cheap attempts at "jumpscares" slightly spoil what is basically the antidote to Blade, Underworld and the rest of the goofy vampire pics of late. The treatment here is much more based on pain and grounded in reality.Definitely worth checking out for fans of vampire fiction.
Rising from out of the ashes of the theatrical version... (by HavardAndersen)
It pleases me to report that RISE works brilliantly in its original 122-minute version. The use of non-linear storytelling is handled masterfully by writer and director Sebastian Gutierrez, and along with the beautifully lush cinematography of John Toll, these devices go a long way in giving the film an edge that most other horror films can only dream of. But then, RISE is so much more than a "mere" horror film, as it is just as heavily rooted in gritty film noir and hard boiled revenge thrillers like KISS ME DEADLY and POINT BLANK, and Gutierrez effortlessly mixes these different <more>
genres into one helluva potent cocktail. He is also greatly helped in making this sell by Lucy Liu, as her acting in this film is completely off the chart. This is without a doubt the finest and most daring performance she has ever given, and the raw emotion she dishes out in certain scenes is nothing short of astounding. So... in the cinematic tradition of vampire films like THE HUNGER, NEAR DARK, and THE ADDICTION, Sebastian Gutierrez's RISE is most definitely a worthy addition to the list.
Unconventional but genial roadshow/midnight vampire opus (by madbandit20002000)
Normally, under-marketed films specifically direct-to-DVD, after domestic/ international screenings have a stigma of being fecal matter, but "Rise" the subtitle, "Blood Hunter", I refuse to acknowledge has a good punch with the label, "Let's have some fun, gang", on it. I heeded the advice, and I'm glad I did.Director-scribe Sebastian Gutierrez wrote or co-wrote the horror opuses, "Gothika", "Snakes on a Plane" and the American version of "The Eye" injects vampires in a "Kill Bill" template, having alternative <more>
newshound Sadie Blake the lovely, criminally-underused Lucy Liu as a wrath of vengeance, after a clan of bloodsuckers not the fanged type, but still vicious "turn" and rape her, when she gets too close to their wrongdoings, after a member, a young girl, is found dead. It's a "hell hath no fury" tour for her on the streets of Southern California, but it gets complicated when Rawlins, a booze-soaked cop Mike Chiklis of "The Commish" and "The Shield" gets involved, since he lost his daughter, said girl, to said clan. The road of retribution is often paved with blood, and it's by the gallons.Is it Shakespeare? No. Is it crap? No."Rise" I saw the longer, unrated, 122 minutes cut can be either loved or despised, along with the other films under the "Ghost House Pictures" banner, co-founded by Sam Raimi the Spiderman and Evil Dead trilogies . I guess I'm a lover, since the film has his trademark gallows humor and over-the-top violence. Despite being 5'3", Liu's more than credible in the role and handles a crossbow pretty well when dispatching the bad guys. Chiklis's nothing special, due to his TV cop roles, but reliable. Chilling are the clan's leaders: cocky Euro trash Bishop James D'Arcy and cool femme fatale Eve Carla Gugino of "American Gangster", "Frank Miller's Sin City", "Righteous Kill", "Watchmen" and Mr. Gutierrez's old lady . In his last role, the Oscar-nominated character actor Mako "The Sand Pebbles", the Conan films, "Samurai Jack" is a modest yet sneaky snake as Bishop's assistant Poe. Look quick for Rob Forster "Jackie Brown", "Lucky Number Slevin" as a john; goth rocker Marilyn Manson as a barkeep and pseudo pop-artist emphasis on pseudo Nick Lachey as a dumb thug.Not everyone will like seeing a film where vampires like to string up their prey, nude ! , by their feet, before devouring them, but "Rise" will satisfy anyone's love for midnight/roadshow/exploitation movies. Just don't watch during the day. . .unless you got the guts!