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In The Blood Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review

In The Blood Blu-ray

Gina Carano carries the flawed action-thriller “In The Blood.”

Ava (a tough lady with a mysterious past) and Derek (who had his own troubled past) hope to put their past behind them and start life anew as a married couple. Their first order of business is a Honeymoon trip to the scenic Caribbean islands. While everything goes swimmingly at first, it becomes apparent that underneath the gorgeous scenery there lies a seedy underbelly. This is especially apparent when Derek is critically injured and kidnapped. While Ava initially believes she can trace the crime back to certain individuals, it soon becomes apparent that this heinous crime is being covered up. Now, Ava has to take matters into her own hands to found out who took her husband and why.

After doing a commendable job in Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire,” MMA fighter turned actress Gina Carano bounces back with another solid performance in this direct to home video thriller. The bad news? The inspirational bad-ass female fighter/actress doesn’t have much to work with here due to a problematic screenplay penned by James Robert Johnston and Bennett Yellin. While the fast paced film offers up exciting action sequences and some truly intense zipline scenes, the fun is interrupted by a largely uneventful middle act and an all too vague background story for Ava that leaves much to be desired. Likewise, the third act feels far too drawn out here as you get the sense that director John Stockwell is trying to take full advantage of the location shooting rather than focusing on the story.

As far as the rest of the cast goes, there are some decent performances here by veterans Danny Trejo, Treat Williams, Cam Gigandet, and Luis Guzman (who isn’t playing a comedic role here for a change). To be honest, however, Carano steals the spotlight from all of them.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? Despite the nauseating shaky cam, the digital cinematography itself is bright and colorful thanks to the stunning Puerto Rico location shooting.

Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 5.1. How does it look? From the club scenes to the shootouts, this TrueHD track is a lively one.

Extras include a Digital HD copy and a 19 minute featurette titled “In The Blood: Behind The Scenes” which features cast and crew interviews, set footage, and discussions about the script and characters.

Overall Thoughts: “In The Blood” is watchable thriller. No more, no less.

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June 7, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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