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QUICK REVIEW: In the Blood

Howdy people of the internet, time for another review and today I’m talking about a film I’ve wanted to watch for a while now, In the Blood. I remember when the trailer for this came out back in 2014 and was interested because of Gina Carano’s appearance as the main character, but missed it on VOD during its initial release. And since I had some time to spare before heading out tonight I thought I’d finally get it off my watch list on Amazon Video. ūüôā

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So the story in this film involves Ava and Derek, a newlywed couple who take a trip to the Caribbean on their honeymoon, but when Derek disappears after an accident, Ava goes on the hunt to find her husband by any means necessary.

The style of the plot is simple enough and was fun to watch at times, however it was needlessly complicated once certain mysteries come to light. The first thing that bugged me was the script as there were moments that could have been really cool, dramatic or surprising, but the scenes weren’t written well,¬† fleshed out enough, or they had such basic/lazy dialogue that lacked impact. Also while a film doesn’t have to spell everything out for you, there’s a difference between finding out information based on the details you are given and making assumptions to fill in the gaps because the film doesn’t tell you anything, and this film sometimes fell into the latter. For example, there’s a clear language barrier for Ava once she’s on the hunt in the Caribbean, but film seemed to address it whenever it wanted in the sense that when:

  1. Ava talks to the locals in English and they don’t understand her.
  2. Or Ava talks to the locals in English and they do understand her but still talk in their common tongue.
  3. There’s moments where Ava randomly talks in the local’s language, letting us know that she can speak it, but only when she wants to.

This happened a lot and was confusing and annoying as the film didn’t properly indicate to what extent that ava could speak or understand the language and vice versa for the people she encountered other people. And while the plot a little extra meat than expected in terms of the overall story it was a little nonsensical for my liking.

But let’s move away from the story and onto the cast. Firstly there’s Gina Carano as Ava who I liked a lot, now while som her emotional material could have used some work, you could see that she was at least trying and where she did succeed was in being a badass. She commanded the screen and had a magnetic presence when fighting or intimidating her enemies, and it also has to be said that she was gorgeous! ūüėõ I love Luis Guzm√°n and he had a pretty interesting role to play as Chief Ram√≥n Garza, Cam Gigandet was alright but kind of plain as Derek Grant, Ismael Cruz Cordovawas kind of good as Manny, I also quite liked Amaury Nolasco as Silvio Lugo, and while it was fun to see Danny Trejo as Big Biz he wasn’t in the film nearly as much as he could have been.

When it comes to the action this was where the film shined. While the film wasn’t sure shot as well as it could have been for the fight scenes, overall there were some pretty cool displays of hand to hand combat and firefights which were nicely choreographed and violent.

In conclusion In the Blood was a fun little action film and proves that I’ll watch Gina Carano beat people up in any film, and while the story and script were a little generic and silly, it was servicable. ūüôā

So have your seen In the Blood and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next episode, laters! ūüėÄ

 

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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In the Blood Trailer #1 Review

Howdy people and it is once again time for another trailer review and today’s review will be on In the Blood, the next film with a leading role for Gina Carano. Now I happened to catch this trailer by chance and thought that there looked like there’d be enough to talk about, so here we are haha.

Firstly check out the trailer below:

Okay, this seems cheesy as hell, but it also looks like it could be kind of fun.

I mean sure the plot seems very similar to stuff we’ve seen before and there is a lot of absurd and random stuff going on with Gina Carano’s character and the shit she gets up to, but sometimes if handled correctly it can lead to some guilty pleasure fun.

The cool stuff in this trailer just involves Gina Carano running around and kicking ass and to be honest I’m fine with that. Apparently she did well in Haywire and I loved her fight scenes in Fast 6 and while this film doesn’t have the same kind of creative talent, it looks like Carano will still unleash hell on all of these guys.¬†Other cool points to not about the trailer was¬†¬†Luis Guzm√°n, love that guy and then there’s Danny Trejo, whenever he makes an appearance in any film you know you’re in for a good time or at least a guilty pleasure kind of time. ūüôā

So was there anything I didn’t like about the trailer? Well firstly, any trailer that starts out with dubstep is just asking for trouble, it is such an annoying sound and doesn’t make any trailer look good, AT ALL. Secondly, Carano’s character seems to go to great lengths just to find out what happened to her husband, she better be a cop or something because a lot that stuff she’s doing to people can’t be legal or done by a normal lady. And lastly there wasn’t enough Danny Trejo, that guy is awesome.

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In conclusion the first trailer for In the Blood¬†looks decent enough. We have another film where Gina Carano is in a starring role and the action looks pretty mental. The only thing that concerns me is the story, looks very similar to stuff I’ve seen before. This film could just end up being something average or bad, but I’m just hoping that it’ll be good film and that it’ll advance Carano’s acting career a bit.

So what do you think of the second official¬†In the Blood trailer? Whatever your thoughts are, drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya later! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Scream “MACHETE!” again in this Machete Kills Review

Howdy ladies and gents, its review time once again and here’s my second review of the day in the form of Machete Kills. Now I have been looking forward to this film for a long time, I really liked the first film, I even reviewed it the other day and so I wasn’t sure how they’d be able to top the original, but the trailers looked solid and the cast looked awesome so I had high hopes. So I watched it yesterday and after mulling it over I’m ready to give you lot my thoughts.

The plot can be described as the following premise:

Machete¬†returns as former¬†police¬†detective-turned-spy, who is recruited by¬†U.S. President¬†Rathcock¬†to stop madman revolutionary Mendez¬†from launching a deadly missile aimed at¬†Washington, D.C.¬†However, Machete soon learns the real threat is an international criminal organization led by an eccentric billionaire¬†arms dealing¬†terrorist¬†named Luther Voz, who has launched a¬†conspiracy¬†to start riots in every country.”

I thought the story, while ridiculous as all hell was an enjoyable one. Just like the last film everything feels like a parody of the genre the film’s portraying, but in addition to that there’s notable references to other film genres and films specifically that you wouldn’t believe actually made it into this film. I liked seeing the continuing story of Machete and the crazy individuals that surround him whether they be allies or enemies, one thing that can be said about his lifestyle is that it is anything but boring. One key thing that I think is this film’s strongest and weakest element is stupidity. I hate to call this film stupid, but some of the ridiculous stuff that takes place in this film is absurd and it can either be amazingly funny or dumb down an already silly film and make it less fun.

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Also the cast are pretty good too, though some stick out more than others. Danny Trejo is still just as badass as Machete Cortez, he’s still this tougher than tough, completely stern and cool as hell. Trejo hasn’t changed much in his performance but that doesn’t distract from his performance, as the central character he still rocks it.¬†Michelle Rodriguez is still hotness and cool as tough as Luz/Sh√© and¬†Jessica Alba as Sartana Rivera was alright but not really in the film long enough to be credible, in a way I was glad when she did disappear.

Sof√≠a Vergara¬†as Madame Desdemona was great and sexy, she was this crazy woman who has this proper hatred towards men and has a specific beef towards Machete.¬†Amber Heard¬†was super hot¬†as Miss San Antonio, she was Machete’s handler and gave him intel on his mission.¬†I also liked the contributions from¬†Cuba Gooding Jr.,¬†Antonio Banderas¬†and¬†Lady Gaga, those three in particular have some cool moments in the film. And then there’s¬†Mel Gibson¬†as Luther Voz, he was simply brilliant. I have missed Mel Gibson in films so much in recent years and I was glad to see him return, he still has a wonderful screen presence and was hilarious, menacing and all sorts of badass as the key villain in the film who has a crazy plan that will change the world.

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Demi√°n Bichir¬†as Mendez was this mental as this bad guy who had like two split personalities and this made for some really funny and random scenes. Charlie Sheen was awesome¬†as President Rathcock, it was a good role for him, it wasn’t over done nor was it too cheesy, it was just decent and very him.¬†Vanessa Hudgens¬†as Cereza was decent but not in the film long enough to leave an impression and¬†Alexa Vega¬†as KillJoy looked hot but didn’t do that much outside of her action scenes,Marko Zaror¬†is a beast¬†as Zaror, he’s this mutant martial arts guy who moves all over the place and kicks the crap out of everyone and it was awesome!

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As for the presentation it is pretty good. Visually the film is even more crazy than before, the film grain is back, the action is ridiculous, violent, hilarious and stupidly creative and the special effects used for the GCI blood and green screen backgrounds look so cheap but it adds to the charm of the film. Also the soundtrack by Carl Thiel is good but not nearly as good as the original and was severely lacking in the Machete theme song.

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In conclusion Machete Kills, just like the first film¬†was frigging awesome. It is so over-the-top, action-packed and hilarious, but here its ridiculous factor is cranked up even higher than before. While it doesn’t have the same initial wow and shock factor that made the first so much fun and it is really silly at times, I can’t help but like random stuff like this. Good times were had with this film.

7/10 (More of the same carnage from before but on a larger scale,¬†highly recommend if you’re a fan of the original.)

So what did you think of Machete Kills? Did you like it or hate it? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review! ūüėÄ

 

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Scream “MACHETE!” with me in this Machete Review

Hello there ladies and gents of the internet, its time for another film review. Now every once in a while you watch a film that just makes you go, “what the fuck man?” But it makes you say it in a fun way and that’s what Machete is. I saw this film in the cinema back in 2010 and I remember really liking it, so now the sequel is out and also since I haven’t seen the film in a round 3 years I thought it would be about time to revisit this film and see what the deal is.

The plot of this film finds¬†Machete a renegade former Mexican Federale, roaming the streets of Texas after a shakedown from drug lord Torrez. Reluctantly, Machete takes an offer from spin doctor Benz to assassinate McLaughlin a corrupt Senator. Double crossed and on the run Machete braves the odds with the help of Luz, a saucy taco slinger, Padre his “holy” brother, and April a socialite with a penchant for guns. All while being tracked by Sartana, an ICE agent with a special interest in the blade slinger.

I’m just going to say this right now, the story in this film is ridiculous… But that’s what makes it so fun! The film knows what it is and doesn’t take itself seriously at all, the question is whether or not you’ll be down for it or not. There is story to follow and it is basically a tale of revenge for Machete along with corruption within politics and freedom and justice for Mexican people. I personally love how unapologetic the film is when it comes to its style of being an exploitation film, its loud, over-the-top, random as hell and has some parts that don’t really make sense, however those are the key things that make this film special.

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Also the cast are pretty good too, though some stick out more than others. Danny Trejo is badass as Machete Cortez. If you’ve seen Trejo in any other film or TV show then you know what you’re getting into, but in this film he’s such a badass. Machete has such a great screen presence, he’s so cool and just one guy you’d love to know personally. Then there’s¬†Steven Seagal as Rogelio Torrez, he’s the main antagonist of the film and I love how cool, how badass and how generically villainous he is.¬†

Michelle Rodriguez as Luz/Sh√©, my god she is hotness, Rodriguez is usually pretty sexy but in this film she’s especially hotness and she also has a cool part to play in this film, she’s undercover, smart and has a way with weapons.¬†Jessica Alba as Sartana Rivera, while looking pretty fine I feel like her character is the weakest of the cast. Her character is a bit of a douche but then she has a random change of heart eventually through that really doesn’t make any sense, plus her acting sometimes isn’t very convincing.¬†Jeff Fahey was very good as Michael Booth, I thought he played an interesting and shady character and I liked how he double-crossed people and while he worked for other people, he always looked out for number one.¬†Cheech Marin as Padre Benicio Del Toro, was one of my favourite characters, Marin plays a very innocent and yet badass when need be and I liked his action moments too.

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Don Johnson as Von Jackson makes for a pretty good villain who really hates Mexicans and tries to keep them from getting into the US via border control.¬†It was also good to see¬†Shea Whigham as Sniper, after seeing Boardwalk Empire I’ve started to notice him in so much more films these days and in this film his role is small but definitely memorable. Also¬†Lindsay Lohan as April Booth is a bit random in the film but to her credit she’s alright and has some cool moments. And lastly seeing¬†Daryl Sabara as Julio feels random as hell, but it’s also funny and kind of works too and it’s not surprising considering that Sabara worked with¬†¬†Robert Rodriguez on the Spy Kids films.

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I also want to touch on the presentation too. Visually the film is crazy, I love the film grain used and the over-the-top violence in the form of blood and dismemberment is awesome, cheesy, ridiculous and hilarious. Also the soundtrack by Chingon is pretty cool, epic and the main Machete theme song is awesome as hell!

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In conclusion Machete is one of those ridiculous films that comes about and its either something you love or hate. For me this film is ridiculous, violent and random as well, but at the end of the day its fun and that’s all that matters to me. The film is fair from perfect and has a few flaws, but it’s definitely a film that I’d recommend for a film night of fun with friends and possibly some alcohol haha.

7.5/10 (An unapologetically fun-as-hell kind of film)

So what did you think of Machete? Did you like it or hate it? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and be show to come back for my review for Machete Kills! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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