Blood and Bone
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|Blood and Bone|
|Directed by||Ben Ramsey|
|Produced by||Matthew Binns
Michael Jai White
|Written by||Michael Andrews|
|Starring||Michael Jai White
|Music by||Nicholas Pike|
|Cinematography||Roy H. Wagner|
|Editing by||Dean Goodhill|
|Studio||Michael Mailer Films
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Entertainment|
|Running time||93 minutes|
Blood and Bone is a 2009 American direct-to-DVD martial arts film directed by Ben Ramsey and written by Michael Andrews. The film stars Michael Jai White, Eamonn Walker and Julian Sands, and features martial artist Matt Mullins and MMA fighters Bob Sapp, Kimbo Slice, Maurice Smith, Gina Carano and Ernest "The Cat" Miller.
In a New York prison, cell mates Isaiah Bone (Michael Jai White) and Danny (Kevin Phillips) talk inside a restroom, when a rival gang led by another inmate, JC (Kimbo Slice), enters the scene in order to kill Bone. But he easily defeats them all, stabbing JC in the arm with his own improvised switchblade.
Having left prison, Bone moves to Los Angeles, where underground fights are being held. One night, after watching a match involving local champion Hammerman (Bob Sapp), Bone makes a deal with promoter Pinball (Dante Basco) to get him into the fight scene for 20% of his earnings (40% if Pinball puts his own money on the line). On that same night, Bone encounters mob boss James (Eamonn Walker) and his girlfriend Angela Soto (Michelle Belegrin). Bone enters his first underground fight and quickly defeats his opponent with only two kicks. Pinball explains to Bone that Angela was previously married, but James set her husband up on a triple-homicide, sending him to jail. When James learned that she was pregnant, he had her undergo an abortion. Since then, Angela has fallen into drug addiction.
Over the next few nights, Bone makes a name for himself in the underground fighting scene, defeating every fighter in his path and earning himself and Pinball thousands in cash. At the same time, he bonds with the people who live at his apartment building: Tamara (Nona Gaye) - the landlady who manages his apartment, Roberto (Dick Anthony Williams) - an elderly Latin-American man whom he plays chess with, and Jared (Brody Lee and Cody Lee), a young boy Tamara adopted after his father was sent to prison. Then, after making the once-undefeated Hammerman fall to the ground, Bone is offered a deal by James. The international underground fighting scene is run by a league of rich, powerful men known as the "Consortium", but mainly by a black market arms dealer named Franklin McVeigh (Julian Sands), and James wants Bone to square off against Pretty Boy Price (Matt Mullins), the reigning champion. Bone tells James he will think about the offer. Later in the party, James orders Angela to get acquainted with Bone in her room. Bone reveals to her that he was cell mates and close friends with her husband Danny in jail. Then one day, Danny was murdered by an inmate named JC. Angela reveals that shortly after Danny went to prison, she gave birth to a son, but lost custody of him and does not know if he is still alive. Bone promises to bring her to her son, but sends her to a drug rehab clinic until she is ready.
The next morning, James offers McVeigh US$5 million to have him get the Consortium approve and schedule a fight between Bone and Price. That night, Bone discovers that Roberto has been murdered in front of the apartment, mauled to death by James' dogs because he witnessed one of James' street killings. Bone declines the offer to fight for James mainly because he never agreed to it; as a result, James orders his thugs to hunt down Bone and Pinball. James' bodyguard Teddy D (Ron Yuan) and his thugs head to the rehab clinic to pick up Angela, only to have Bone and Pinball dispatch them. Transmitting his location through Teddy D's GPS phone, James has the duo follow him to McVeigh's mansion. There, Bone is ordered by James to fight Price and win back his money, or else he will have Angela, Tamara, Jared and Pinball killed. During the conversation, Bone secretly records James' revelation that he had Danny set up and murdered through the GPS phone, which he transmits to Pinball's cell phone; Pinball then sends the video to the police. Bone faces Price, but at the point where he is close to defeating Price, he taps the ground and forfeits the fight. An infuriated James grabs his katana and attacks Bone, but Bone is thrown a jian by McVeigh's bodyguard to even the odds. Bone drops the sword and uses the sheath instead, beating James with it. In the middle of the melee, Bone blocks a sword slash, causing James to cut off his own hand. He runs off before the police arrives at the mansion to arrest James.
The next day, Angela is reunited with Jared. Tamara, who had threatened to kick Bone out due to his association with James, offers him to stay; he declines, saying he will only cause further trouble. Before exiting the apartment, he leaves her an envelope full of cash and asks her to take Angela in once she is rehabilitated. He also parts ways with Pinball, saying he has business to take care of.
During the end credits, James is attacked and sodomized in prison by JC and his gang.
- Michael Jai White as Isaiah Bone, an ex-convict who enters the underground fighting scene
- Eamonn Walker as James, a local mob leader
- Dante Basco as Pinball, a local fight promoter who befriends Bone
- Ahmed Abdulle as Roland, fighter from Boston, Ma
- Michelle Belegrin as Angela Soto, James' girlfriend
- Shannon Kane as Chanel
- Julian Sands as Franklin McVeigh, a black market arms dealer of British descent who runs the international underground fighting scene
- Matt Mullins as Pretty Boy Price, McVeigh's top fighter
- Ron Yuan as Teddy D, James' bodyguard
- Bob Sapp as Hammerman, James' top fighter
- Nona Gaye as Tamara, the landlady of the apartment Bone stays in
- Brody Lee and Cody Lee as Jared, a young boy adopted by Tamara after his father was sent to prison
- Dick Anthony Williams as Roberto, an elderly man who lives in the same apartment building Bone lives in
- Kimbo Slice as JC, a convict who is stabbed by Bone in an attempt to kill him in the beginning of the film
- Gina Carano as Veretta Vendetta, a female fighter
- Ernest "The Cat" Miller as Mommie Dearest, an underground fighter billed as "The Homicidal Homosexual"
- Maurice Smith as Fast Hands, an underground fighter
- Tanoai Reed as Gold Tooth, an underground fighter
- Stuart Wilson as Cowboy, an underground fighter hailing from Texas
- Robert Wall as O'Hara, one of McVeigh's bodyguards. Previously, he played a character also named O'Hara in Enter the Dragon
- Kevin Phillips as Danny, Angela's husband who was cell mates with Bone before being murdered by JC
Kam Williams of News Blaze gave the film 2.5 stars out of 4, calling it "a decent, low-budget splatter affair for folks who care more about body counts and orchestrated martial arts stunts than a coherent storyline. Michael Jai White (Spawn) makes a convincing case here that he deserves future consideration as an action star on the order of a Vin Diesel or a Sylvester Stallone".