Gina Carano administers the tropical beatdowns of In The Blood

April 4, 2014 5:16 AM

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Gina Carano administers the tropical beatdowns of In The Blood

John Stockwell, the Jimmy Buffett of B-movies, tries his hand at the missing-person thriller with In The Blood, yielding mixed results. Though the movie benefits from the credible presence of MMA fighter Gina Carano (Haywire) in the lead and a rogues’ gallery of character actors in the supporting cast, Stockwell never manages to balance his affection for the Caribbean setting with suspense. Like the actor-turned-director’s other hemp-necklace genre flicks (Into The Blue, Turistas, Dark Tide), In The Blood plays like demented cruise-commercial fan fiction. Sunny scenes of beaches, zip lines, and jet-ski rides awkwardly give way to murky violence and a title-explaining backstory so silly one can’t help but imagine it being pitched in the voice of Donald Kaufman.

Carano and Cam Gigandet star as Ava and Derek Grant, a couple of ex-junkies who met in rehab and are now enjoying a sober luxury honeymoon in the Caribbean. Derek breaks his leg during an outing, but disappears on the way to the hospital. Ava suspects that a local criminal named Big Biz (Danny Trejo...

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