In the Blood (2014)
Gina Carano stars as Ava, a trained fighter with a dark past. When her new husband (Cam Gigandet) vanishes during their Caribbean honeymoon, Ava uncovers a violent underworld of conspiracy in the middle of an island paradise. Armed with a deadly set of skills, Ava sets out to discover the truth - and to take down the men she thinks are responsible for his abduction, one by one. (c) Anchor Bay
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Critic Reviews for In the Blood
The closed-quarters combat crackles with bone-shattering believability. And that's really all that matters.
Carano, a former mixed-martial artist, won't be vying for an Oscar any time soon but she can more than hold her own as an action star. She deserves a bigger canvas on which to show off her skills.
This isn't much more than a straight-forward, get-the-baddies action flick.
The jaw-drop factor that comes from seeing Carano's moves is often spoiled because of too much cutting or, in the case of the dance club sequence, excess strobing.
Carano is an impressive woman, but she's no Meryl Streep; and even Streep couldn't make a movie this by-the-numbers look like anything more than it is: violence with interruptions.
In the Blood is generic B-movie fare, bloody and, alas, increasingly dumb.
Essentially a gender-swapped riff on the Taken films, the film is as by the numbers as they come.
Most of the dialogue consists of "Where is my husband?" And, for variety: "Tell me where my husband is!"
What starts as a mystery involving shadowy gangsters on an unnamed tropical island turns into a sort of medical drama involving endless fights, torture, and gunfire.
I'm convinced Stockwell just sits around his Top Gun mansion reading scripts until he finds one containing the magical combination of cerulean water and two piece swimsuits.
Saddled with a weirdo, disturbing ending. Still, there's still a certain ramshackle appeal to this starchy, Taken-meets-Turistas revenge flick, which could just as easily be titled Woman on Fire.
"In the Blood" will appeal to fans of "Taken" -- a lone warrior with a set of skills who tears apart a foreign land to find a loved one. Justice is served, but at a very bloody price.
"In the Blood" is a dull piece of nonsense that makes one feel bad for straight-to-DVD staples like Treat Williams, Danny Trejo, and Luis Guzman.
Audience Reviews for In the Blood
A fun, intense and terrifically old-school action-thriller. A Taken style film with lots of hand to hand combat, gun-play, suspense and a riveting star performance by Gina Carano. Carano is sexy, strong and filled with energy. Their is way to few action films that have strong female leads and Gina Carano just might be one of those real bright female action stars that can fit the bill. It has a great cast involved. Luis Guzman is terrific. Amaury Nolasco is excellent.More
Entertaining Straight Up Action Flick with Influences from Taken.
Good Action/Thriller Movie! In the Blood has nearly the same plot as the Liam Neeson thriller Taken but it is much easier to swallow. The difference between the two is that the earlier picture was a high-gloss Hollywood production while this one is shot more like a documentary. It is by no means perfect, but you at least feel like you've entered into a very dark and dangerous world. You can believe what you're seeing. Overall, this is a super-high action film with an amazing heroine one that doesn't stand around waiting to be saved by a man and I love that. Carano plays the real thing and action hero in every sense of the word.
When her husband goes missing during their Caribbean vacation, a woman sets off on her own to take down the men she thinks are responsible.
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