Written in Blood


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Rating: R

Michael T. Weiss as Matthew Ransom
Peter Coyote as John Traveller
Maureen Flannigan as Jude Traveller
Steve Rankin as Luke Williams
Dan Gauthier as Mark Pearsall
Gwen McGee as Captain Streeter
Nancy Valen as Mary Ramson
Jennifer Jostyn as Stacy
J. Karen Thomas as Gottlieb
Eamonn Roche as Alvarez
Bob Bancroft as Miles Mendelson
Leslie Ishii as Judge Kirkwood

Special Features:

Other Info:
Widescreen – 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 95 Minutes

This film was originally released in Europe in 2002. It now makes its debut in the US. The following is from the DVD cover:

“Passion, murder, and revenge collide in this powerful crime thriller with an intriguing cast! After Detective John Traveller (Peter Coyote — E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, A Walk to Remember) is incarcerated for the murder of his wife and her lover, he suggests that his ex-partner, Matthew Ransom (Michael T. Weiss — TV’s The Pretender, Bones), look for clues in the pages of Sherlock Holmes mysteries. The last thing Ransom then expects is to be attracted to Traveller’s sexy daughter (Maureen Flannigan – TV’s 7th Heaven) … or for all fingers to begin pointing to her as the prime suspect! With a riveting story and a great cast of stars, Written in Blood is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!”

Written in Blood is rated R for language, violence and some sexuality

The Movie:
In short, this is a terrible movie. First of all, it’s incredibly predictable. I had the killer spotted as soon as they appeared on the screen. It doesn’t help matters that the synopsis on the cover described everything but the last 10 minutes of the film. The other problem with Written in Blood is that it uses every cop cliché in the book. You have the surly homicide detective who loses his partner and throws himself into his work. You have the Lieutenant who yells a lot at our hero. You also have the Lieutenant unfairly suspending our hero. You have detectives fighting with each other. It’s all here and done extremely poorly. At times it even seems like a soap opera as we discover that every cop on the force is sleeping with another cop’s wife or has a relative who is. It’s no wonder there’s so much crime in this city when the cops are all fighting because they’re screwing each other. The performances aren’t any good, either. To sum it all up, I wouldn’t recommend viewing this film unless you’re a really, really big fan of Michael T. Weiss from The Pretender.

The Extras:
There are no bonus features on this DVD.

The Bottom Line:
A weak story, clichéd characters, and predictable ending makes Written in Blood a film well worth passing on.