Lionsgate // 2011 // 89 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Judge Roy Hrab (Retired) // April 26th, 2011
Getting In Was Easy.
How do films like this get financed? I mean it. Does anyone know?
In some small town somewhere in the United States of America there are people. One of these people is sheriff Michael Spencer (Luke Goss, Hellboy II: The Golden Army). Michael has a brother. His brother is involved with some gangbangers led by a couple of dudes names Elias (Tamar Hassan, Kick-Ass) and Zed (Vinnie Jones, Snatch). Zed and Elias kill Michael's brother. Naturally, Michael gets a bunch of tattoos and joins the gang to get revenge. For some reason, some other dude wears a Roman centurion helmet in a battle for continental gang supremacy...
First things first: This film is terrible. OK, what else?
The last time we saw Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and Val Kilmer collaborate on film together was the mediocre Gun. Is the second time a charm? No. Not at all. Not even close. Astonishingly, Blood Out is markedly worse than Gun. Also, despite both men being featured prominently on the disc case, Jackson (playing a corrupt cop) is barely in the film at all; his last scene occurs before the halfway point and his performance is mediocre. Kilmer (playing rival gang leader, Arturo) has more screen time, but most of his lines are non sequiturs. And, unfortunately (or fortunately), "50 Cent" and Kilmer never grace a scene together.
Anyway, the presence, or lack thereof, of Messrs. Jackson and Kilmer is really beside the point. The bottom line is that Blood Out is just a bad movie, filled with meaningless and unoriginal action, characters, and dialogue. The plot is not coherent: Michael's infiltration of the gang is not an undercover operation. He literally walks away from his job, gets tattoos all over his body, and joins the gang. The gang, in turn, just accepts whatever background information Michael gives and quickly allows him to move up the ranks.
The rest of the film is a patchwork of gratuitous violence, an awful rap music soundtrack, and some bizarre and random displays of sadomasochism and nudity. All of it merely highlighting the complete absence of a plausible and compelling story. For example, the film's climax is a "gladiatorial" contest between the gangs of Zed and Arturo with each gang picking a fighter to represent them. The stakes: control of North and South America. Huh? How could this ever make sense to anybody? Also, let's not forget the scene where a car containing Zed and a pregnant woman flips over more than a dozen times, but guess what? Both emerge from the wreck with only minor scratches. Plus, Michael is on the roof of the car and is thrown off just before it flips. He is unscathed, too.
Bizarrely, Blood Out has been given a Blu-ray release. The 1080p/1.78:1 presentation is acceptable for the most part, but some scenes, typically nighttime fight and action sequences, appear grainy. The audio is inconsistent. The dialogue is quite subdued, but the soundtrack is blaringly loud.
The extras include the obligatory and lame making-of featurette with cast and crew. A trailer for the film is also available.
You've got to be kidding me. There are no redeeming qualities.
This film wasn't worth making and is definitely not worth watching.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080p)
* DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (English)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 89 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Rated R