“Wicked Blood” – The family that deals drugs together, dies together
Written and directed by: Mark Young
Starring: Abigail Breslin, Sean Bean, Alexa PenaVega, James Purefoy, Jake Busey, and Lew Temple
Hannah (Abigail Breslin) is an orphaned teenager living with her sister Amber (PenaVega) in the care of their drug addict uncle Donny (Temple). One day, the F.B.I. shows up asking questions and telling Hannah that it is only a matter of time before they bust her uncle and ship her off to foster care. Wanting to keep what is left of the family together, she decides to approach her drug lord uncle Frank (Sean Bean) about running packages for him to make money.
Not shockingly, this turns out to be a pretty bad idea, as Hannah decides the money Frank is paying her is not enough. She gets deeper and deeper into the “Family business” and the further she goes, the higher the stakes. When things turn violent, she has to make a choice. Does she look the other way, or bite the hand that feeds her in order to salvage the family life she wants?
“Wicked Blood” is not what I would call “A thinker”. The plot is fairly straight forward and simple, with familiar twists (people not who we think they are). It is successful though, in being an entertaining hour and a half of drug fueled violent family drama. The entire cast turn in good performances with the roles they are given, and the story is good enough to keep you interested all the way until the end.
It is especially nice to see Breslin branch out into a darker and more mature role. She is definitely capable, and I am sure this is just the tip of the ice berg for her. It was also fun to see Sean Bean play a bad guy again. I had almost forgotten him as anything but Ned Stark.
Overall, I enjoyed “Wicked Blood” for what it was. A semi-gritty crime drama involving family ties. Good for a date night flick when it’s the guy’s turn to choose.