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Wicked Blood (Blu-ray)

E1 Entertainment // 2013 // 94 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // March 23rd, 2014

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson's blood is wicked. Wicked pissah, that is.

The Charge

The ultimate endgame.

The Case

For the young and spunky Hannah (Abigail Breslin, Zombieland), life is kind of crappy. She lives in a jerkwater town in the deep South, wiling away her time with her loser uncle. Her older sister (Alexa Vega, Spy Kids) is a bit more adventurous as reflected in her choice of men, particularly the bad-ass enigmatic biker named Bill (James Purefoy, Rome).

Hannah's iffy life is about to explode when Bill runs afoul of her "Uncle Frank" (Sean Bean, Cleanskin), the local crime-lord and soon she finds herself caught in the middle of the violence—and sometimes the wielder of said violence.

Wicked Blood has a few things going for it, but it succumbs to the millstone of mediocrity and, ultimately, oblivion. But since I'm in a relatively jovial mood, having just consumed some tasty homemade chicken and dumplings whipped up by my better half, I'll lead with the good:

It's got atmosphere
Director and writer Mark Young has crafted a decent setting for his saga, opting for the Deep South, which seems to be all the rage for crime movie/show venues these days. It's a good decision, offering a macabre locale, some deep-friend dread and, best of all, the opportunity for --

Sean Bean to whip out his Southern accent
I have to admit, this will be the only thing I remember from Wicked Blood once the years have passed me by. The deeply un-Southern Sean Bean adopts a fantastic accent that makes his voice un-recognizable.

James Purefoy
I'm a firm believer this guy is one the most underrated Alpha dogs working today. Ever since his turn in Rome and subsequent badassness in Ironclad (and Solomon Kane while we're at it), Purefoy, to me, has always flirted with leading man status. He's a biker here and he's good, serving only as a reminder of how much more visible he should be.

Um, there's an explosion
Two actually!

That's about all I can muster. The cast is solid, but the story is mediocre and the pacing is lethargic. Breslin is the de facto star here, but her character is uninteresting. She's a smarmy young person who then goes on some odd outbursts of brutal violence that don't fit her characterization. Which, as previously noted, is uninteresting to begin with, so whatever.

E1's Wicked Blood (Blu-ray) looks and sounds good, sporting a crisp 1.85:1/1080p transfer and a DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio mix that doesn't have to do a whole lot. One extra: a series of interviews with Breslin, Bean, Purefoy, and Alexa Vega.

The Verdict

Guilty of wasting a cool title like "Wicked Blood."

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 65

Perp Profile

Studio: E1 Entertainment
Video Formats:
• 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080p)
Audio Formats:
• DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (English)
• English (SDH)
Running Time: 94 Minutes
Release Year: 2013
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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