I'll be honest about this film, I am NOT a big action film fan nor do I
like ultra-violent films. In the Blood is clearly BOTH of these
especially the latter. The amazing thing is that although the violence
made me cringe, it was also a movie that kept me glued to the
screen...and my adrenalin pumping!
The film stars Gina Carano and if you've never heard of Miss Carano, I
wouldn't be surprised. She's only done a few films, though she is
as an MMA and Muay Thai fighter!! And, as you'd expect from a
woman with such training, her skills are INSANELY good. Heck, she seems
tougher and more capable than all the male action stars of the
genreand she makes it all look so real! By comparison, films by Van
Damme and Steven Seagal look like kids' films!!! I also love Carano
because although she is pretty, she's NOT the Hollywood type. She has
real curves and looks like she's NOT the product of plastic surgery and
The film is set on some fictional Spanish-speaking Caribbean nation or,
perhaps, they intend it to be the Dominican Republic (there are three
Spanish-speaking countries in the Caribbeanand it's not Cuba and they
said it wasn't Puerto Rico in the movie*)they never say. Regardless,
the place is corrupt
very, very, very corrupt. It's so corrupt that
when an American tourist is kidnapped (or possibly killed), those
responsible for it pay EVERYONE to pretend it never happenedeven the
cops! So, this leaves Ana (Carano) all alone in a hostile country where
practically no one seems able or willing to help. The neat thing about
the film is that it is wonderful at misdirection. It's a very smart
film as again and again I was surprised by who was behind all this and
why. And, how it all ends is simply impossible to anticipate**.
Overall, this is a super-high action film with an amazing heroineone
that doesn't stand around waiting to be saved by a manand I love that.
Carano plays the real thingand action hero in every sense of the word
and a darn scary one!!
So do I recommend the film? Well, I don't know. Its violence level is
off the charts and it's certainly NOT a film for the kids, your mother
or Father Flannigan! Plus, even if you THINK you like action films, you
might just find this one too intense, bloody and violent. Often, Ana
killsmuch like Sonny Chiba did in his Street Fighter films. But aside
from the violence, it's an exceptional film all around. Heck, even NOW
after the movie's been over for some time, my heart is STILL pounding
it's that intense and that well made.
*They said the film is NOT set in Puerto Rico and talked about how they
can escape to the nearby island of Puerto Rico. But, in reality, the
film was actually made in Puerto Rico. I don't know what this will do
**If you SERIOUSLY anticipated all the twists, turns and surprises in
this film, drop me a line. You are DEFINITELY psychic and I want to
talk to you about the Florida Lottery.