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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS LADY CARANO!
...or her family that is.

REVIEWED VERSION: 2014 Starz / Anchor Bay US BLU-RAY (BLU-RAY + DVD + DIGITAL HD Edition)

Director: John Stockwell

Cast: Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Danny Trejo, Luis Guzmán, Stephen Lang, Treat Williams, Yvette Yates

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Ava and Derek Grant go to the Caribbean for their honeymoon...
Published 6 months ago by Caligula II.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bleeding out
This curious little picture manages to showcase Ms Carano's obvious athletic talents whilst giving her some opportunity to show a little bit of range. When her new husband doesn't reach hospital after an accident and her frantic searching turns up nothing but dead ends, she files a missing persons report and is distraught at the lack of empathy and action being doled out...
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5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS LADY CARANO!, 5 Jun 2014
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...or her family that is.

REVIEWED VERSION: 2014 Starz / Anchor Bay US BLU-RAY (BLU-RAY + DVD + DIGITAL HD Edition)

Director: John Stockwell

Cast: Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Danny Trejo, Luis Guzmán, Stephen Lang, Treat Williams, Yvette Yates

SYNOPSIS

Ava and Derek Grant go to the Caribbean for their honeymoon. When Derek goes missing after a fall from a zip line and the local cops don't seem to care, Ava starts an investigation of her own. A lot of things don't add up and she finds herself not only fighting dirty cops, but organized crime as well.

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IN THE BLOOD is Gina Carano's 4th feature movie and so far her best.
Well directed by fellow Texan John Stockwell, IN THE BLOOD starts out rather slow, setting up the stage, but once Ava's (Carano) husband disappears and Ava starts on a one-woman vigilante force after the local cops seem to be unable or unwilling to investigate, things really kick into gear.
While quite violent, the more drastic scenes are either cut very briefly, obscured by a different camera angle or completely off-screen. There is some torture, but nowhere near the torture porn section.
IN THE BLOOD is very reminiscent of the 80s/90s action flicks with Chuck Norris or Steven Seagal with Carano really being convincing as a Terminator 2 Sarah Connor-like action hero than the usual "babes" that usually get these roles.
The movie also stars Treat Williams, Luis Guzman and Danny Trejo in minor roles (Danny Trejo unfortunately only has a camera time of approx. 5 minutes in total).
The story itself has a lot resemblence to TAKEN with Liam Neeson.
There are quite a few plot twists, but not all of them work well. Still the action and the great finale make up for the (very few) flaws.
I liked it a lot. I will most certainly watch this one several times!
Also available on Blu-ray/DVD uncut in the UK.

BLU-RAY DETAILS

Feature running time: 107:40 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 / 16 x 9
Audio: English TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Extras: In the Blood Behind the scenes (19:20)
Region: A (locked)

Picture quality: 4/5
Audio quality: 4/5
Extras: 1.5/5
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 7 Dec 2014
Okay, first off, this movie will never be a blockbuster, but who cares? The female lead was everything I look for to keep my attention throughout the entire movie. Tough, athletic, smouldering, attractive, sexy and a great charisma as well as the ability to act, all these things combined made this a very watchable movie. It wasn't the best script, but it wasn't so bad that it made me reach for the zapper. All in all it was entertaining and yes I would watch it again. Go for it, I dare you not to want to see more of this lady.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trejo is in it for less than 2 Minutes., 25 Oct 2014
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I loved this movie.Its a solid actioner with a great performance from the Female lead,She can go from Beautiful and Innocent to Tough a Hell! in the blink of an eye.The only thing is,if you're buying this on the strength of either Stephen Lang or Danny Trejo(Who they rather Cheekily place on the cover) then you'll be upset,both have a screen time of no more than a Minute each.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bleeding out, 27 May 2014
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This review is from: In The Blood [DVD] (DVD)
This curious little picture manages to showcase Ms Carano's obvious athletic talents whilst giving her some opportunity to show a little bit of range. When her new husband doesn't reach hospital after an accident and her frantic searching turns up nothing but dead ends, she files a missing persons report and is distraught at the lack of empathy and action being doled out by the local police on their honeymoon Carribean island. Hubby's rich family give her less than encouraging response and believing her to be a worthless gold digger, they leave the island believing the police, that the son has been done in. Ms Carano isn't going to be put off; having grown up with a criminal father who has taught her her all he knew, she isn't put off by overbearing cops, shady clubs or local hard men and it isn't long before she's breaking bones to get to the truth. Rather like Van Damme, whose first crop of movies showcased his obvious althleticim, the producers have roped poor Carano into a lower budget Taken style affair where she smashes her way through the criminal underworld looking for her hubby. There are some decent casting choices, Treat Williams, Louise Guzman and Danny Trejo are grossly underused by a fairly woeful script and the plodding screenplay which only comes alive when Ms Carano is kicking in doors and taking names. This isn't the picture to make Ms Carano a star. It's a really mixed bag which, if I'm honest, isn't helped by poor lighting, some uninspired locations and the use of locals instead of actors. That's not to say this is all cheap, the lukewarm script hides a interesting story and the hospital action scenes towards the end are inventive enough. The final showdown is staged in a shanty town which appears to have been chosen for budget pragmatism rather than gritty realism. On a plus side, Amaury Nolasco almost manages to be an interesting bad guy and the final slice of action is competently staged before some grossly moronic scripting makes an entrance. Gina is destined for much better than this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oscar winning acting or a woman capable of knocking someone's face off- which is the more important to you? If it's the latter.., 22 Sep 2014
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Well, I must admit, I thought it was going to be a lot worse than it was (I've seen the film 'Ring Girls'- oh, the horror, the horror!). Not as cool as Haywire but Gina ain't as bad as people make out. However, like so many reviews on here, the ending is a bit of a damp fart. Shame, it could have been so much better. Ok, Gina isn't the best actress out there but they threw her into the limelight with no acting background, what did everyone expect? Most Hollywood stars started out with hideous acting in some hideous films but no one saw them. At least the girl can fight, for real. What she's lacking in acting experience at present, she makes up for in being able to kick some serious ass, for real. Not many Hollywood actresses can do that.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HARDER, QUICKER, FASTER, DIRTIER, 17 April 2014
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This review is from: In The Blood [DVD] (DVD)
Ava (Gina Carano) has had a hard life as the daughter of a criminal. She grew up hard and fast by a daddy who instructed her how to defend herself. As an addict she meets Derek (Cam Gigandet) a rich gentleman who marries her. On their island honeymoon, Derek has an accident and goes missing. The police are reluctant to help. Ava must go "walking tall" all over a poor tropical island while being sought by the police.

Gina Carano is a more convincing tough girl than the models and twinkies who have played those roles. The film is fairly formulaic except it does have some welcomed unexpected twists. Danny Trejo is on the screen far less than Ismael Cruz Cordova, but you might ask who the heck is Ismael Cruz Cordova.

Decent action film with some cat fighting. Although I don't understand why she spared Silvio Lugo (Amaury Nolasco) when we waxed that other guy.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars B-Movie, 6 Sep 2014
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This was a typical B-Movie. but Gina was great she was the reason to se this film.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Considerably better than the trailer etc suggests, 10 Aug 2014
This review is from: In The Blood [DVD] (DVD)
I went in with deliberately low expectations, as the trailer wasn't great and many aspects of the film sounded like firm straight-to-DVD movie territory. Although the cast are quite high-profile, the entertaining Danny Trejo flits between great projects and junk, Cam Gigandet's hardly set the world on fire after his Twilight big break, and Carano's career seems to be building slower than expected (perhaps breakthrough movie 'Haywire' was a bit too obscure and talky for many action fans, leaving a major fight completely off-screen). However, I'm a big fan of female action heroes who look like they could genuinely take care of themselves in a battle, and ex-wrestler Carano has charisma in spades, so I was willing to give this a go.
I'm glad I did, as the movie rises above expectations. When rich kid Gigandet and new wife Carano decide to honeymoon in the Caribbean, everything seems idyllic until an extreme sports accident. Suddenly her husband is missing, she doesn't speak the language, and she's being eyed as a possible murder suspect.
Here, the script rises to the challenge. Written with a little more effort than normal for this kind of movie, the story is affected by the main couple's drug-addiction pasts, and the wife's own childhood history of being raised by an abusive survivalist. Avatar's Stephen Lang pops up in a functional role and has little room to flex his acting muscles, but the combined back-story helps explain why the wife is the wrong woman to mess with, and it helps sell what follows as Carano's character embarks on a socially-inept but amusingly direct and likeable attempt to solve her husband's disappearance, leaving a trail of injured and dead bad guys in her wake.
Director John Stockwell made 'Into The Blue', and although that film's dirtier and rougher 'barrio' scenes didn't sit well with the glossier mood of the rest of the movie, here his experience sets the tone, as Carano's determined newlywed carves her way through dangerous barrios in search of her groom. Although the script suffers from many clichés, it also throws a few small surprises into the mix, and characters you wouldn't expect to assist her often rise to the fore, for credible reasons.
Gradually getting better at acting with every outing, Carano's entertaining leading role makes this a down & dirty beat-em up with a heart and a great location, and is well worth a watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gina kicks ass once again!, 23 Aug 2014
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Gina Carano kicks bad-guy ass in yet another fab starrring role! Buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2014 MOVIE HIT, 12 Sep 2014
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A VERY GOOD MOVIE ... NOT TO BE MISSED!
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