Gina Carano even stood out from the other athletes on the TV show American Gladiators. She was pretty, fit and had an intangible charisma that was undeniable. She made the jump to films in 2009 in a direct to video film but really bust onto the scene when acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh cast her in the lead in his artsy action film Haywire. She followed that up with a significant role in Fast & Furious 6 and now heads up her own film again in this week’s release In the Blood.
Carano plays Ava, a newlywed who goes on her honeymoon with her husband Derek (Cam Gigandet) in Puerto Rico. When Derek gets injured in a zip lining accident and is taken by ambulance to a hospital, he never arrives and vanishes into thin air. With no one willing to help her, Ava takes things into her own hands and sets out to find out what happened to her husband, not letting criminals or police stand in her way.
In the Blood was a surprisingly fun adventure/thriller with some solid action scenes, but the highlight of the film is of course Carano’s presence. While her acting may not be high calibre, she more than makes up for it with charisma and pure kickassedness. And that is not to say her acting is bad, she is actually pretty good and nicely conveys the frustrations of a regular woman in an extraordinary circumstance. When the time comes for ass kicking though, she more than steps up to the plate. I don’t know why Carano isn’t a more prominent figure in action movies yet, she definitely has that same kind of vibe we get from the great Jason Statham. Filmmakers take note: we want to see Carano in more movies…maybe even WITH Jason Statham. Just an idea.
The Blu-ray from Anchor Bay is solid for a lower budget film. The lush surroundings in Puerto Rico are nicely filmed and provide a great setting for the action. The transfer is clean with nice definition and sound, sure to please any action fan. In the Blood is a great addition to Carano’s filmography and hopefully just the beginning of what is to come in the future.
Available June 3 on Blu-ray and DVD.