A role I wholeheartedly and happily dove into with pride and gusto. After the first twenty minutes the pacing goes off the rails and slows to an imperceptible crawl as Crystal and Jeremiah go on the run. Performances are standard fare with Curtis as the exception — her gaze is hypnotizing. But what actually happened when watching of Blood Ransom was this: Phase 1 This is going to be terrible. But as they run farther and as they fall deeper, a dark secret burns even stronger. She has seven days to kill a human with a special dagger or, if she changes her mind, have someone kill her with the same dagger. Phase 2 This is going to be awesome! The vampires go all black-veins when hungry and the filmmakers used it well.
Director Francis Dela Torre succeeded in all levels in this film despite the budget constraints. And I wanted, desperately, to love Blood Ransom. The lighting needed work too. Kudos for: The existentialist dread and hit man Bill. It was lovely to look at and the casting was diverse.
Roman is barely in it. He is supposed to be investigating a murder in a bar and hides the fact that the victims are acquaintances of his. Her gaze, as everyone who have seen the movie said, is so stunning and hypnotizing. Having to do this numerous times through the film pretty much proves this. It starts off as a supernatural crime drama, wanders off into romance, then ponders the major philosophical issues of our day before wandering back into action movie territory. This is no Primer folks, there is nothing cerebral to Blood Ransom that requires you to re-watch scenes to work complexities out. If dela Torre paid for a professional coverage service or two , or got somebody out of his circle to read it, they would have pointed the mess before he spewed it onto film.
Final lesson: Under the right circumstances you can bring a knife to gun fight. Half of it was due to the script and dialog, the other half due to the actors. Cinematography was ambitious, I give it that. There was no middle ground here. Plus the movie introduces a really unique vampire mythos all its own.
While she can't seem to actually write a horror novel she still watches copious amounts of horror movies. Fed on a regular diet of horror novels she still loves a good scare. He is covering for Jeremiah all the while trying to find him. It did not offer anything. However, a strong bond begins to grow between her and Jeremiah as their attempts to flee from the villains that pursue them cause their hearts to grow fonder for one another. A lot happens without you having the faintest idea why or how, mainly because it happens off screen.
It's sexy and very violent, which is how these kinds of movies are supposed to be. There were some seriously art-tastic shots at work here, so kudos are deserved, though minimal. However, every now and again the amateur shone through. So give at least the first half hour a shot if you really, really, really, like vampires. With only one or two outstanding exceptions all the actors were excellent. Someone out there is bound to like it though.
The film also suffers a major identity crisis. Too flaccid and emotionally bereft to be enjoyed by tweens and those who love the Twilight series, too convoluted and dull to be enjoyed by horror fans, it is my conclusion that Blood Ransom should not be seen by anyone. As Jeremiah's plans fail, Roman sends Bill, a psychopathic hitman after them. She is turned to a vampire by flaccid baddy, Roman. We are literally told that all this has happened and is happening, and then forced into the middle of this mediocre affair. Caleb Hunt is also terrifying in his role.
The film is well acted, well shot and well directed. He is a very antagonist and really pumps up the tension. Events get sloppy, transitions are sudden, it feels like things happen just to get characters to particular locations. The remainder of the film has a sound cat and mouse chase that will give the noir-nostalgists a nice feeling in their guts, with a semi-pleasing dosage of crimson to shower in. This story was essentially a bloating non-event. Crystal, the girlfriend of Roman, Jeremiah's American boss whom he kidnaps. Acting was emotionless and bland by most, or over-hammed and dramatic by others.