Amaury Nolasco (centre) delivers a stronger turn than Danny Trejo and Gina Carano.
IN THE BLOOD (John Stockwell). 108 minutes. Some subtitles. Opens Friday (April 25). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: NN
Gina Carano has a very particular set of skills acquired over a long career as a mixed martial arts fighter. Unfortunately, acting isn't one of them.
Carano is an entirely effective action hero, but she struggles to deliver dialogue or inhabit a character. Steven Soderbergh worked around this in Haywire by casting her as a woman of few words, and her supporting role in Fast & Furious 6 was similarly tailored to her strengths. But in John Stockwell's In The Blood, she's saddled with long speeches and a complex backstory that are entirely beyond her capabilities.
Carano plays Ava, a recovering addict honeymooning in an unnamed island nation (actually Puerto Rico) with her new husband (Cam Gigandet). When he disappears after a zip-lining accident, Ava must punch, kick, stab and shoot her way through the underworld - all with the same raised-eyebrow, clenched-jaw expression - in order to find him.
Problem is, the plot of In The Blood takes a good 45 minutes to get rolling as Stockwell indulges in elaborate zip-lining sequences with the same indifference to pacing or plot that undermined Into The Blue and Blue Crush.
Danny Trejo and Luis Guzmán give similarly noncommittal performances in key supporting roles; only Prison Break's Amaury Nolasco seems to be making an effort, and he doesn't have nearly enough screen time to matter.