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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. 🙂

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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! 😛 I love Luis Guzmán and he had a pretty interesting role to play as Chief Ramón 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. 🙂

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! 😀

 

 
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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 Guzmán, 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. 🙂

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! 😀

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

 

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The Last Stand Review

Alrighty then this is the film I have been waiting to see for ages now (that seems to be a reoccurring theme with the films I’ve seen of recent), finally getting to see Arnold “The Legend” Schwarzenegger back on the big screen after almost a decade of absence. So is The Last Stand a good time or just a waste of time? Read on in this review to find out.

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So the story goes a little something like this:

“The leader of a drug cartel busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff.”

I thought the story was good for what it was; it moved at a decent pace and was simple and straight to the point. While it is a bit cheesy, generic and predictable at times it still worked. Those looking for a much deeper story need to reassess what kind of film they are watching, action films have always been light on story and in today’s world of action films it is more about the spectacle than the actual story itself.

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For me it really was the characters of the film that made The Last Stand so much fun. Let’s start with the big main man himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Sheriff Ray Owens. Schwarzenegger was great as this rough-around-the-edges sheriff who protects this quiet town, he’s a nice guy but know when to get serious. Ray is a seasoned warrior who knows what danger is and will put up a good fight. Schwarzenegger though much older than before can still move around, handle a gun, drive fast cars and get into fist fights and make it look good. I liked how the film was aware of Arnie’s age and made scenes for him where he isn’t as fast as he was where he does take time to get from point A to point B and lastly he isn’t invincible like he was in some his previous films like Predator or Terminator 2. Arnie was cool and I also liked some his dialogue and the way he pronounced certain words. Also Johnny Knoxville as Lewis Dinkum was great, he had some great scenes with Arnie and wasn’t nearly as overbearing as I thought he’d be. He was relevant and useful so yeah I enjoyed the crazy and funny antics of Knoxville a lot.

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Now let’s talk about Luis Guzmán as Deputy Mike Figuerola, I swear this was like my favourite character in the film. He had the best lines in film and was funny as hell, the way he ran around and was in some of these dangerous and funny situations made him not only hilarious but also cool too. I seriously just want to meet Luis Guzmán in real life and hug him! Then there’s Jaimie Alexander as Deputy Sarah Torrance. Even though this is an action film full of gun shooting, car chases and explosions, Alexander still finds a way to look beautiful as hell. Besides that she handled herself pretty well and had plenty of action throughout the film so good on her. Rodrigo Santoro as Frank Martinez was good too, he was a useful member of the film that I didn’t expect and Zach Gilford as Deputy Jerry Bailey was nice, he had some funny scenes in the film. And lastly Forest Whitaker as Agent John Bannister was pretty good, he had some good scenes, some great exchanges with Arnie and I thought it was funny when he got frustrated and swore in the film, which was just great.

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As for the presentation of the film I found it to be pretty good, there were some well-organized gun shoot-out scenes and I liked the car chases too, they were filmed well especially the one part where there was a chase through a cornfield. There were some nice camera work used and I also thought that the violence in the film was nicely done too. I can’t really say much for the soundtrack, it worked where it needed to but it wasn’t overly memorable though.

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In conclusion The Last Stand is just a fun little action film that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It is a bit generic, cheesy and predictable, but if you’re willing to look past that then you’ll definitely enjoy the characters and the great chases and action sequences. Just don’t set your expectations too high and you’ll have fun with this film especially if you’re an Arnie fan. It’s great to see Schwarzenegger back on the big screen and hopefully this is the start of many more films to come.

Rating: 7/10

So what did you lot think of Arnie’s return to the big screen in The Last Stand? Did you like or hate it? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and I’ll catch ya on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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