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
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.
THE PROS & CONS
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.
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)