Blood and Bone is the title of a movie released in 2009. Jumping on to the direct to DVD market, it is a basic action story involving an ex-con leaving prison and entering the world of illegal street fighting. This convict goes by the name of Bone and there is more to his agenda than breaking skulls and earning some cash.
Blood and Bone was directed by Ben Ramsey, who also has directorial credit on the movie Love And A Bullet and screenplay credit for the 2009 movie Dragonball Evolution. The screenplay for Blood and Bone was written by Michael Andrews. The movie stars Michael Jai White of Spawn fame, as well as Julian Sands, Eamonn Walker, Dante Brasco, Michelle Belegrin, Nina Gaye, and Ron Yuan. There is a slew of famous mixed martial arts fighters featured in the movie as well. A little Kimbo Slice anyone?
Michael Jai White is in great form in Blood and Bone. I’m not sure why he hasn’t embraced becoming a huge action star or someone hasn’t directed him in that route, because the man has fighting skills and in Blood and Bone he is definitely buffed up. Supposedly he chose to do this movie as the lead because of the obvious real martial arts knowledge present in the script. Michael Jai White has great presence on the screen and the fight sequences are mostly cool. Every now and then there would be a hit that obviously came nowhere near the bad guy flailing away as if he just got plowed over by a truck, but White wasn’t working the camera.
Blood and Bone is direct to DVD quality through-and-through, but it is good quality if you are a fighting or action movie fan. This harkens back to the early days of Van Damme and movies such as Lionheart or Bloodsport. If you listen to the screenwriter on the special features it was also made to be an ode to old Clint Eastwood westerns, with the no name man coming to town to duke it out with rough characters. I actually do not recommend listening to the special features though. The screenwriter and everyone talking come across as a bunch of blow-hards hyping up how great the movie is or how great their work on it was, kind of spoils the movie to see them portray themselves like that. How they see the movie and how the movie really is, is like night and day.
The other actors in the movie are hit and miss with Eamonn Walker being a hit and Julian Sands being a horrible miss. To compliment the performance of Walker and shame the performance of Sands is Dante Brasco as a loud mouth fight promoter who I thought was a stand out after Michael Jai White.
My biggest complaint about Blood and Bone would be a scene in which Julian Sands and Eamonn Walker’s characters have a discussion that is too blunt and directly about racism and how the white man puts the black man down. It was way over-the-top cheesy to suddenly be preaching like that.
Aside from one silly scene and some questionable supporting actors, Blood and Bone is well worth a rental if you’re looking for some action, but not worried about an original or even well constructed story. Michael Jai White plays one tough cookie quite well.