One of the more outrageous figures in the low-budget filmmaking scene of the early 21st century, Uwe Boll was a German-born director, producer and screenwriter who turned out several movie versions of popular video games, including “House of the Dead” (2003), “Alone in the Dark” (2005), and “Bloodrayne” (2005). While technically competent, these pictures were largely uninspired grindhouse-type efforts, and fared modestly at the box office. Boll’s movies were also a favorite target for critics – especially those working for Internet sites – who spared no quarter in detailing their failings. Boll responded by personally attacking writers and sites who had besmirched his work – even challenging several to a public boxing match in 2006.
Born June 22, 1965 in Wermelskirchen, Germany, Boll developed an interest in filmmaking as a boy after seeing the 1962 version of “Mutiny of the Bounty” with Marlon Brando. Like many aspiring filmmakers, he directed his share of short epics on Super… read more
At first sight a progression in Uwe Boll's craft, in that the film, however forlornly, reaches towards a critique of consumerist culture; yet despite this, its flashforward glimpses into the impending violence indicate its ultimately sensationalist aim. After all, consumerist culture -and that includes cinema- holds within itself ample room for exploiting the violence that it claims to abhor.