Michael Jai White is the new Jean-Claude Van Damme... (by j-k-rodell)
... though not in the field of karate... ; I decided to write this comment because I'm very thrilled about "Blood and Bone" and decided to give it 10 stars. Not that I haven't seen better acting performances and scripts before but this movie is just the ideal of BRILLIANT Sunday-movie-entertainment.I think we've all been waiting for a replacement for the old kick-ass- actors like jean-claude van damme and jet li. We have it now, his name is Michael Jai White and in this movie he is a mean mother-F, an ex-con with a big heart and an attitude.This movie is NOT bad acting <more>
like many fighting movies and the script is simple but its working.I HARDLY RECOMMEND this movie because of it's high rate of entertainment. By my reckon the only people being disappointed about this movie is people who are more in to the Hugh-Grant-is-running-around-in-pyjama- and-is-in-love-with-a-girl kind of movies. Not that there is anything wrong with that. :
Possibly best fight scenes on film... (by A_Different_Drummer)
First, this is not one movie but two. The first is a standard drama about a mysterious stranger that comes out of nowhere to extract vengeance for .. whatever. No offence to the writing team, but we've seen this before. I think Van Damme alone has done this about a dozen times. It's not bad, mind you, but there is nothing in the drama portion of this film that would make you stand in line to see the movie. Which brings us to movie no 2, the fight movie. Now a martial arts is an entirely different kind of movie, and its success rests with two factors, the building of the suspense and <more>
the quality of the skills of the lead. Bruce Lee understood this perfectly and if you do your homework you will find that the film he was working on at the time of his death was about "structured" fights where each fight built on the next to a grand finale. The best fight films of our era -- the first Rockies, ONG BAK 1 not the rest , and the early Van Dammes all understand this principle. Ever Warrior, a great fight film, gets it. The Chinese don't and many Kung Fu films from China miss the boat . Now, if you are still with me, you probably suspect that BLOOD AND BONE has one of the best fight structures in film, therefore putting it as a contender for greatness. Which leaves the lead actor. To make this one of the best fight films ever, you would also need an actor who is not only credible but moves like the wind and gives the impression he could actually make the moves in real life ... if he had to. And that brings us to Jai White. Why this guy never become a fight legend, I don't know. Hell, Stallone is still fighting on the way to pick up his pension checks, so it can't be age. But he is the real deal, and this seems his best star performance. Actor plus well structured pyramided fights equal one of the best fight films of all time
There has been two movies that has really blown my mind this year, first it was Ong Bak 2 which got me thinking. "Well this is it, now we have come to the limit of what is possible" Tony Jaa served us with every fighting style out there in perfection.Now Michael Jai White has broken the limit and stands alone as THE most perfected martial artist i have ever seen. This guy got my attention in Undisputed II. He has incredible talent and has a fitness level i thought wasn't possible.So yeah, this movie has incredible action that gets you on your feet. Michael Jai White is playing <more>
with his styles, you laugh, you clap, you have adreanaline through your body. This is the greatest experience in martial arts you will ever see and i have seen it all. On top of that you have a good storyline with incredible great music and actors. I loved it, this is 10/10. This is THE reason you are watching movies. Out going to the gym
This was easily one of my favorite martial-arts movies in the last 5 years or so. Michael Jai White plays the part perfectly, and his tough yet concerned persona is great. I honestly couldn't think of a better person to fill this role, and his beautiful martial arts style makes it all the better.It does suffer from some lackluster acting jobs outside of White. I thought Dante Basco Pinball over acted quite a bit, and i don't think he was the best actor for the role.Other than that the movie was terrific, and i would recommend it to any martial arts fan.
What a movie (by Kelchubordnor)
So I see an advert for a Michael Jai White movie and I see that the cast is a who's who of the martial arts world. I like my cheesy American straight to video/DVD titles so I figure why not. Okay wow the choreography is superb and sharp and the guys in this movie know exactly what they are doing. The making of literally states that pretty much everybody in this movie has martial arts experience. Many years of.The story is simple guy gets out of prison and looks to make some cash with his fists, well and every other part of his body that can inflict pain. The story unfolds well and Michael <more>
Jai white is a brilliant actor who plays the "warrior well". The premise of the story has been done a hundred times but this is one of the best that I have seen so far. Personally I tend to be entertained when I watch guys who have no martial arts background whatsoever as they genuinely have tried. Matt Damon in Bourne as a prime example. With Blood and Bone the guys are genuinely talented and trained, and there combined years of experience shows in what they can do. Enjoy this movie and please make Blood and Bone 2.
I have watched a lot of martial arts movies. And I mean a real lot, ranging from old school Kung Fu, to the classics of Bruce Lee, to the cheeziest Seagal movies. I've been a fan of White because in his movies, the editing isn't done in an overly cut/choppy manner - which is so standard for fighting scenes these days. Nor are his moves sped up to look like a cartoon. The bonus in this movie is that the story line was actually good enough to keep you interested in what was going to happen next - which is more than I can say for most martial arts movies. Let's face it, most fighting <more>
movies have clear good guys and bad guys with a little revenge thrown in. It's awesome when you have good fight scenes with a story line with some interesting elements in it that are able to draw you to some of the characters. So is the case with Blood and Bone - as the acting and dialog is good, especially for a movie in this genre. If you like martial arts movies, this one will not disappoint you.
"Blood and Bone" is one of the best low budget martial arts films I have ever seen. This was a perfect movie to showcase the talent of the very underrated Michael Jai White. Great fight scenes throughout that are really shot well. None of that shaky camera stuff where you can't tell what is going on. I just happened to watch this movie after watching the movie "Fighting" and I have to say that "Bone" is ten times better. The fight scenes, the music, and even the acting is better. "Fighting" had very little fighting and the little it had wasn't <more>
that great. The camera was too close to the actors and too shaky to tell what was going on. They could have been playing poker for all I know. "Bone" should have been released in theaters instead of "Fighting". If you are a fan of martial arts films and like fight scenes where you can see all the moves, check this one out.
I saw this movie last night and I thought it was a pretty good movie. Michael jai White plays his role pretty good. The fight scenes to me were good compared to some of the other fighting movies that are in theaters. Overall, I enjoyed the movie. This is one of those movies that I would love to have seen in the theaters. If you enjoy enjoy martial arts pictures or just plain ole fighting movies, then you won't want to miss this one. The story line made sense unlike some others that are sometimes hard to follow. The only thing that I would loved to have seen be different is the lines from <more>
Pinball. I think his lines were a little overkill. The writers could have toned it down a little because he wasn't really funny if that's what they were trying to portrait.
Finally...a real martial artist on screen! (by udar55)
Isaiah Bone Michael Jai White is released from prison and immediately enters the world of underground fighting. With the help of Asian manager Pinball the super annoying Dante Basco , Bone wins several fights easily and attracts the attention of local crime kingpin James Eamonn Walker . James is suitably impressed and wants Bone to fight for Mr. McVeigh Julian Sands . Of course, the avid chess player/head smasher Bone has been planning all of these moves carefully as he has his own agenda. With a three word title, cliché story and style that sends me back to the early Steven Seagal <more>
flicks, BLOOD AND BONE is about the best early 90s action flick made in 2009. The plot is straight up Van Damme territory it actually resembles Jean Claude's LIONHEART quite a bit and the film more than delivers in the action department. Jai White, an incredibly talented martial artist, is given lots of time to show off his moves. Thankfully, director Ben Ramsey allows for some long takes that really highlight his flow. The final battle against "Pretty Boy" Price BLOODFIST 2050's equally talented Matt Mullins is probably the film's highlight. Acting wise, Jai White is very good as the stoic Bone. The film's top acting honors, however, go to Eamonn Walker as the gangster who loves his dogs and refuses to curse. He is a real revelation. Julian Sands puts in about 10 minutes as the stereotypical "evil white guy" and he has quickly morphed into mid-to-late 90s Malcolm McDowall. The supporting cast is rounded out with lots of MMA fighters including Maurice Smith, Gina Carano, "The Beast" Bob Sapp and Kimbo Slice, who will surely get a nod for Best Supporting Actor for his turn as jail house thug J.C.. It is really a shame to see Michael Jai White only getting a chance to shine in lead roles in low budget action flicks. Ryan Reynolds gets big films, but this guy can't?