Wicked Blood

Feature Film - 90 min, USA/2014
Premiere USA 5 February 2014
BluRay/DVD USA: 4 March 2014
Deutschland: 19. Mai 2014

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Premiere of "Wicked Blood" at the Santa Barbara Film Festival

5th February 2014, 07.20 pm at Metro 4 Theatre 2
6th February 2014, 10.30 pm at Metro 4 Theatre 4







Main Cast:  
Sean Bean "Uncle Frank" Stinson
Abigail Breslin Hannah Lee Baker
James Purefoy "Wild Bill" Owens
Lew Temple Uncle Donny
Jake Busey Bobby Stinson
Director: Mark Young

A teen girl devises a plan to extricate herself and her drug-addicted uncle from their hopeless lives... (source: https://www.facebook.com/wickedbloodthemovie)

Hannah Lee Baker is a bright teen girl trapped in the dark Southern underworld of violence and guns, meth labs and vicious biker gangs, and whose only refuge is chess. She lives with Amber, her older sister; and her uncle Donny, an addict. All live in fear of “Uncle Frank” Stinson, who runs the illegal family business with an iron fist, aided by his psychotic younger brother Bobby. When an FBI agent threatens to destroy her family, Hannah devises a plan to extricate herself and her drug-addicted uncle from their hopeless lives. Hannah envisions each person in her life as a chess piece, and begins a game to outwit her Uncle Frank. (source: http://markhyoung.com/wickedblood.html


Filming April 2013 - 24 May 2013
Locations Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Producers Eric Bassett, Jason Pinardo, Nick Stagliano

Entertainment One/USA (?)
Anchor Bay Entertainment Ltd/UK
KSM GmbH/Germany

Premiere USA: 5 February 2014 at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

first official Trailer:

EFi's review:

I had high hopes for Wicked Blood, with all the lovely photos, tweets and facebook messages posted from members of cast and crew from during the production, transporting the friendly spirit on set to the longing fans.

During Filming (from: Twitter, Teamsammedina)

Sean with Director Mark H. Young (from: www.markhyoung.com)


Also, the story bits which had leaked - on purpose no doubt - during filming, kept my interest in the finish product alive. And Frank Stinson looked like a diversion in the choice of Sean's roles. So, just to make it clear – after all these years I'm still a huge fan of Sean Bean and his work, his work ethics and the way he approaches the characters he portrays.

I had the good fortune to be able to see Wicked Blood some time prior to its release on DVD/Blu-ray on March 5, 2014 in the US and the UK, and so didn't had any prejustice. The production company had hopes for a theatrical release but it wasn't picked up. For years, Sean and James Purefoy (currently starring in the TV-series The Following) wanted to do a movie together again, after having a lot of fun working on "Sharpe's Sword," filmed in the Ukraine in 1994. Both did look sooo very handsome wielding their swords in these early 19th century clothes – and of course, also without ...

I use a quote from another review about Wicked Blood, because it sums up what I couldn't say any better: "Bean and Purefoy both sport fine southern accents, but their characters have so little screen time they’re more like decorative touches." And what is worse, they have very little screen time together and hardly any interaction, besides their friendly football banters behind the scenes waiting for their next call to the set.

Above: James Purefoy and Sean Bean having fun in Sharpe's Sword, 1994
Down: James Purefoy and Sean Bean filming again together 19 years later in Wicked Blood, 2013 - obviously still having fun!

Sean doesn't get to do much in this movie, let alone has to act. He mostly sits around, looking pissed yet handsome, listening to what the characters around say to him and eventually reacts. His *biggest* scene is at the Sunday family dinner table early in the story, where he has more text than in the rest of the movie combined.

Sean as Frank Stinson, sitting around, looking p..... (but handsome)

During what was apparently meant to be a showdown between the two main opponents, Frank Stinson (Bean) and Wild Bill (Purefoy), he at least gets to run and hide and shoot a gun, and then drives off in a car for the final showdown. The main body of action and acting lays on the shoulders of Abigail Breslin, in one of her first grown-up roles (coming fresh from filming August: Osage Country), who would have needed more guidance from the writer/director Mark H. Young. But she does a pretty decent job with handling all of it, even gaining some sympathy for her character.

Unfortunately all the characters stay strangely pale and unimpressive; I found it hard to follow their actions. The movie over all isn't bad, it is is just missing a lot of things that make up a movie, and chances are that it might almost be forgotten in a weeks time after watching it. I did like the music though.


EFi 5 March 2014

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