Blood of Redemption (2013) Dolph Lundgren, Billy Zane, Gianni Capaldi, Vinnie Jones, Robert Davi - movie review on The Movie Scene

Blood of Redemption (2013)   2/52/52/52/52/5


Dolph Lundgren in Blood of Redemption (2013)

Lundgren is the Bodyguard

Axel (Dolph Lundgren) has worked for mob family: Serge Grimaldi (Robert Miano) and sons Quinn (Billy Zane) and Kurt (Gianni Capaldi) for a long time and they are like family to him. It is why he is quietly suspicious when cousin Hayden (Robert Davi) asks Serge if he can bring his nephew Campbell (Vinnie Jones) into the family business. But when Serge is murdered it is Quinn who ends up arrested and Axel ends up on the run as he is framed for the murder. Now living in the shadows Axel seeks out Loryn (Jelly Howie), Quinn's girlfriend, to help him solve the puzzle as to who did it so that he can clear his name and get his life back.

There are some movies where I am convinced those who made the movie have forgotten the basic fact that the audience won't have read the script and made a movie which whilst they might know what is happening leave the audience scrabbling for information online to really understand how the pieces fit together. "Blood of Redemption" is one of those movies which in a strange way impressively does its own thing but does so ignoring that the audience need to be able to follow and make sense of the storyline as it plays out. As such whilst we have a murder of a mob family patriarch and a former bodyguard trying unravel who was behind it there are elements in "Blood of Redemption" which leave you scratching your head such as how the heck does the son of a mob boss make it in to the FBI?

But whilst I could ponder what happened to "Blood of Redemption" I have to be honest and say this is a movie which focuses more on style and action than on a logical storyline. As such we have some snappy visual elements including some freeze frames, we also have the growling narration from Axel when it comes to his thoughts on what is going down in various scenes and there is of course the action although that is mostly heavy edited stuff which quite literally dials up the volume on the gun shots. The thing is that the action lacks the same consistency as the storyline which makes this a movie which ends up a bit all over the place.

What this all boils down to is that "Blood of Redemption" might have been a good movie on paper with a good storyline but the finished movie ends up messy and in truth the sort of movie which once it is over you could go back and watch again so you can understand what is going on except it isn't entertaining enough to warrant a second viewing.


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