Blood: The Last Vampire (2009)
Critic Consensus: Based on a classic anime series, Blood: The Last Vampire is a tedious, shoddily acted, amateurish picture that loses all charm in the transition to live-action.
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Critic Reviews for Blood: The Last Vampire
Watch True Blood, Let the Right One In or Twilight instead. Or wait for Thirst or New Moon or Daybreakers or ...
Not only isn't the new effort up to the standards of the anime, it's bloody awful by any standard.
This live-action update of a popular Japanese anime film from 2000 has a heart full of mythology, but its fangs are dulled by an anemic script and clumsy action sequences that are notable mostly for an excess of cheese, not blood.
The peculiar, comic-book-like computer graphics -- artful at first -- finally overtake Blood and make it look like a video game instead of a graceful, graphic martial arts movie.
Audience Reviews for Blood: The Last Vampire
This was a really good attempt at a very cool story. The fight scenes were really quite fun to watch. The girl that played Saya did a bang-up job. The computer generated scenes could have been better, and the scenes with the flying demoms made me kind of snicker. I have to say, the entire time that I was watching this movie I kept thinking to myself that if a kick-butt producer/director got a hold of this story it could be awesome. Let's hope that happens someday. But, until then, this attempt was not too shabby
A warrior vampire in 1970s Japan finally tracks down the demon who murdered her father she has been seeking for hundreds of years. Obviously trying very hard to trade on the popularity of Crouching Tiger and its ilk, Blood: The Last Vampire actually feels far more like Blade or Underworld than the nouveau martial arts films of Ang Lee or his contemporaries. In fact it has more than a little of the Buffy the Vampire Slayers about it, as a high school girl dons a school uniform and sets about chopping up vampire-like monsters in some gaudily shot, over-directed action scenes mixed with some rather ham fisted melodrama. Every part of the film is very derivative, and the plot doesn't really hang together; the ending in particular is very unsatisfying. It does have a couple of decent action sequences, but it's a bit too gimmicky, a bit too messy and a bit too cheap looking to stand out in a hugely overpopulated market place.
I liked the fight scenes. Trying to figure out who was the bad guys and who was the good guys was quite difficult. Maybe if I watch it three times.
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