BETTER THAN AVERAGE
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 04/10/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"BLOOD CRIME is a made for USA tv movie that is much better than one usually gets in this genre. Johnathon Schaech delivers a good performance as a cop who tires of being a cop and heads off from his Seattle roots with his wife, played by Elizabeth Lackey. She wants to go camping, so they find a nice little spot and as hubby goes off to a convenience store for snacks, his wife is brutally attacked, almost raped and has to fight her way free. Later, she identifies a local redneck as her assailant, upon which Schaech viciously beats him, but puts him alive and breathing in the back of the truck he was driving, locks the doors and off he goes. Later, when he meets up with the town sheriff (icily played by the always dependable James Caan), he finds out that the guy his wife accused has been found dead, beaten to death, and low and behold, it's Caan's renegade son. At this point, Schaech does some evidence tampering, stealing, etc., to keep Caan from knowing about his involvement with his son.
Caan and Schaech play off each other nicely and Lackey is much better than she was as Dean Cain's wife in "Boa." Director William Graham keeps the plot moving and there are some unexpected twists and turns.
A tight, well wrought tale of vengeance and family dysfunction."