6.5 out of 10
Release Date: 29th April 2016 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Toby Tobias
Cast: Kacey Barnfield, Ben Lamb, Antonio Magro and Iggy Pop
Writer: Toby Tobias
Trailer: BLOOD ORANGE
If you’re here to find out whether Iggy Pop’s (THE CROW 2) first leading role in decades amounts to much stick around. This four-hander sets its stall out in Sexy Beast country – it’s a Meditereanean thriller featuring dodgy brits. It offers plot chicanery, a very watchable cast, aided immensely by a note-perfect performance by Mr Pop. He’s ably supported by Kacey Barnfield (WORLD WAR DEAD), Ben Lamb (NOW YOU SEE ME 2) and Antonio Magro (TITANIC (TV)).
Ben Lamb plays Kacey Barnfield’s ex-lover and son of the man she was married to before she hooked up with Iggy Pop. Lamb’s father left all his money to Kacey when he died and now he’s come to Iggy’s house to blackmail and settle the score, only he’s not as fly as he thinks he is. It would seem that the blackmailees are holding all the cards… Then Antonio blunders in and upsets the house of careful plans.
Reverse engineer the film, so of the turns are down to luck and couldn’t have been planned BUT these small inconsistencies don’t upset the viewers enjoyment. It’s a real pleasure to watch the Peter Rabbit like Ben Lamb walk into the Lion’s Den and still think he can come out victorious. Iggy Pop was born to act and it’s a real shame we don’t see more of him in the movies, which makes Blood Orange that little bit special. Because of my fondness for this icon I was quite willing to get the best out of this little thriller and it did not disappoint. It’s nowhere near my favourite film of 2016 but at least it’s got a few ideas and works very well within it’s narrow scope.
6.5 out of 10 – A fun little jigsaw puzzle to enjoy but you’ll only remember it for being the one set in Spain featuring Iggy Pop.
Review below by Matt Usher
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Kacey Barnfield: World War Dead, Roadkill (2015), I Spit On Your Grave 2, Green Street 3, Resident Evil 4, Lake Placid 3, Grange Hill (TV)
- Ben Lamb: Now You See Me 2, The White Queen (TV)
- Antonio Magro: Titanic (TV)
- Iggy Pop: Sharktopus vs Whalewolf, Suck, Persepolis (voice), Coffee & Cigarettes, Snow Day, The Brave, The Crow 2, Dead Man, Tank Girl, Hardware (voice), Cry Baby, Sid and Nancy