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Danny Trejo, Amaury Nolasco and Gina Carano in In the Blood (Francisco Roman)
Danny Trejo, Amaury Nolasco and Gina Carano in In the Blood (Francisco Roman)

In the Blood: Combat with bone-shattering believability Add to ...

  • Directed by John Stockwell
  • Written by James Robert Johnston, Bennett Yellin
  • Starring Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Danny Trejo
  • Genre action
  • Year 2014
  • Country Britain, Puerto Rico
  • Language English

Like the toughest action heroes, Gina Carano looks uncomfortable doing anything short of kicking ass.

Crammed into a wedding dress, the mixed-martial-arts pinup is as conspicuously awkward as Schwarzenegger’s buttoned-down alter ego in True Lies. But when her strength uncoils, like spring snakes bounding from novelty peanut brittle, Carano’s a force – all kicks, chokeholds, and grappling takedowns. In the Blood sees the Haywire star slotted into a rote revenge plot, avenging the death of her wealthy hubby (Cam Gigandet).

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It’s overlong, overplotted and crowded with a cast of “hey-it’s-that-guy!” C-listers (Luis Guzman, Danny Trejo), but the closed-quarters combat crackles with bone-shattering believability. And that’s really all that matters.

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