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Blood Ties (2007)

Not Rated | | Action | 28 July 2007 (USA)
Ex Governmental Operative Jack Davis is being manipulated in a life and death struggle by warring factions within the covert arms of the Homeland Security Agency in a fight for ... See full summary »

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Ex Governmental Operative Jack Davis is being manipulated in a life and death struggle by warring factions within the covert arms of the Homeland Security Agency in a fight for congressional funding. When his brother is kidnapped while working for a foreign embassy, Jack pulls out all stops in a race to save his brother that takes him from the desolate mountains of Virginia to Miami, Washington DC, and then into the exotic lands of Thailand and Cambodia. Written by Kely McClung

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"Unbelievable!" - what a bad movie!
10 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite all the relatively "bad" movies that I watch, it's not often that I need to actively force myself to sit through a film's entirety because I'm not really enjoying myself. However, such was the case with BLOOD TIES, an ambitious but ultimately poor movie starring former ninja and stuntman Kely McClung. If I missed any fleeting redeeming factor this disappointing piece of work had to offer, it was because its remaining 90 minutes had already lulled me into a state of lethargy and inattentiveness.

The story: When his brother is kidnapped while working for a foreign embassy, ex-black ops operative Jack Davis (McClung) must travel across the world and utilize all his deadly talents to rescue him.

The career of Kely McClung is an interesting study. Slated to be the next Jean-Claude Van Damme by starring in a picture that Van Damme dropped out of, McClung instead found himself supporting B-movie stars via stuntwork and bit parts for years afterward. He eventually turned to producing and directing, the freshman effort of which was this film. Sadly, as skilled as he is in martial arts, Kely is as unprepared to direct. I realize that with an obviously limited budget, it's difficult to make a film look professional, but as both the director and editor, McClung resorts to sloppy, amateur techniques that I can remember utilizing myself during video production class in high school. The editing is erratic, with quick-cuts all around and weird add-ins like on screen text appearing out of the blue. The camera-work is unskilled, with the camera constantly flying around and rarely settling for a stationary picture; other times, frustratingly tight close-ups are utilized. These features are constant throughout the movie; to the point that just keeping up with what's happening on the screen in a chore. Major minus, movie.

I'd talk about the action scenes, but they're effectively obscured by the aforementioned amateurisms to the point that I'd have to resort to guesswork. Kely does plenty of karate but good luck if you can follow the choreography through the nonstop cutting and zooming of the camera. He has five fights, two of which are one-on-one encounters against Thai film veteran Erik Markus Schuetz: one of these is pretty disappointing, but the other positively sets the low point for film fighting. You literally don't see 90% of the action in that one, which is composed almost solely of sound effects. Jeez, Kely! - and I thought KARATE ROCK was bad on this account!

It's pretty impressive that the film was shot through six cities in three different countries, but you know what? - I'll bet it would've been more watchable if Kely had used the money spent on the airfare to bolster his production values. I must admit, I did not pay enough attention to the intricate story to ever really know what was going on, but I blame it on the aforementioned faults: if I've had a bellyful of sour editing and stringy fight scenes within the first half-hour, no amount of plot points are going to be able to sweeten the pot enough to heighten my rating. I'm sorry, Mr. McClung: you seem like a really cool guy, but your first film here really, really stinks. I'll keep my eyes open for your other movies nevertheless, for they can only improve from BLOOD TIES.


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