A blood-born plague races across Germany, giving life to mechanized monsters who are hell-bent on making a bloody mess out of anyone in their path. Known as Demoniacs, these creatures have the perverse ability to meld with technology and wield it as an extension of their uncontrollable cyber rage. Standing in their way is civilization’s last hope for a savior. Joseph Jobson – the mysterious blue rider – fuses with the unreal technology of his battle-tested motorcycle to defend man against machine. But the same tainted blood that carries his strength, threatens to devour his soul - leaving him nothing more than a murderous demon. The future of death is now, and it refuses to be stopped.
The title of the sci-fi adventure Blassreiter
(2008) means "Pale Rider," a standard translation of the description of Death in the Book of Revelation. Motorcycle champion Gerd Frentzen suffers traumatic injuries when a weird mecha
attacks the riders during a major race. A mysterious woman offers him a pill that will restore the use of his legs, but nano-machines in the pill turn Gerd into an Amalgam, a human/cyborg that can fuse with machinery. Gerd struggles to prevent himself from transforming into a creature similar to the one that attacked him, but it's a losing battle. The contagion spreads, both through contact with Amalgams and through the pills the woman offers. Malek, a misanthropic teenager, takes a pill to avenge a friend who was bullied into committing suicide. Fighting the Amalgams are the officers of the paramilitary XAT, including Amanda, who adopted Malek. Disentangling the convoluted story line of Blassreiter
is a real challenge: characters who appear to be protagonists fall into comas or drop dead as the focus of the narrative shifts to someone else. The shots of speeding motorcycles and battling cyborgs provide some excitement, but they're repeated so often, they lose their punch. The filmmakers also shift tone abruptly, going from mawkish sentiment to murderous violence. The pseudo-religious mumbo-jumbo about a "Chosen One" can't disguise that similar nano-plague plots have been used many times before and to better effect. (Rated TV MA; suitable for ages 17 and older: brief nudity, considerable violence, violence against women, sexual situations, profanity, grotesque imagery, potentially offensive religious imagery, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
(1. Prelude to Despair, 2. The Price of Glory, 3. The Infection Spread, 4. Under Siege, 5. The Disdained, 6. The Song That Pities the Demon, 7. At the Ends of Hatred, 8. Weak No Longer, 9. The Price and the Meaning of Power, 10. Inside the Conspiracy, 11. Prelude to Apocalypse, 12. Judgment Day)