Drawn in Blood

| May 26, 2015

After the suspected suicide of her brother, Marion (Anna Fin) must travel to his apartment in Germany to get his body and put his affairs in order.  She soon finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery as she comes to believe that her brother did not kill himself.  What follows is a pretty interesting thriller about the events of a comic book coming to pass in the real world.

This is the third Uwe Boll (In The Name of The King) movie I’ve seen now and easily my favorite.  I was on board with this pretty much the whole way through, and appreciated how it kept my interest once things got going and some mystery was injected.  I did find myself tuning out during the beginning, with Marion filing paper work and selling her brother’s camera equipment on eBay.  Once she starts to suspect that it wasn’t suicide and her investigation into the matter begins, I started to really enjoy it.  Would I have approached the story differently?  Absolutely.  It’s a bit too conventional for my taste, structured more like an hour long TV cop drama, which are all identical in their presentation.  First we see a death, then key people come to believe it wasn’t an accident, then we have a series of suspects who all have evidence against them but one by one get exonerated before the hero is attacked by the real killer when he or she least suspects it.  It’s a little dull, and the one thing I would have done differently (simply because I like the rare cop dramas that do this) would be to tell the audience who the killer is right up front.  That way, we can play with dramatic irony and see the characters work to figure out the mystery while we already know who the killer is.

Another thing I really liked about this film was the sparse animated scenes that depicted events from the comic book the story revolves around.  The animation constantly walked the line between being elegant in its minimalism and being sloppy and lazy, but mostly I thought these sequences were beautiful.  A little too beautiful actually since I found myself depressed halfway through the movie because I couldn’t go and read these books about a serial killer seemingly using a young boy to lure helpless women into letting their guard down.  Maybe there’s not enough to that premise to sustain a graphic narrative, but it’s a good idea and I found myself more interested in it than this movie about it.

No special features on the DVD.  Available from Olive Films on May 26.

About the Author:

Joe Ketchum Joe Sanders is a podcaster, playwright, and college instructor in Kalamazoo, MI. He has a master's degree in playwriting and a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Western Michigan University, where he currently teaches thought and writing, and is the host of the Quote Unquote Guilty podcast, part of the Word Salad Network.
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