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.Flew largely under the radar and only earned 2.5 out of 4 stars at the News Blaze, though it has developed a cult following for its fight choreography and the use of prominent MMA fighters.
This movie contains examples of:
- All Amazons Want Hercules: One of the street fighters (played by real-life MMA star Gina Carano) is very impressed with how easily Bone beats people up.
- An Arm and a Leg: When James loses it and tries to kill Bone with a katana, he is instantly made to regret it. He gets beaten down with nothing but the scabbard of a Chinese jian and eventually gets his hand sliced off with his own sword.
- Asian and Nerdy: Pinball heavily averts this. He uses a lot of urban hood slang and curses just as much.
- Ass Shove: In the end, James gets sodomised with a shiv.
- Berserk Button: James really doesn't like people swearing around him.
- Black Is Bigger in Bed: In a surprisingly funny moment, James responds to a racist tirade by relating story about how rich white men from hundreds of years ago used to think they were superior to all the dark skinned savages they met until "one of them dropped their loin cloth".
- Boomerang Bigot: James to an extent, though he does come to the defense of his ethnicity when a member of another bad mouths it.
- Celibate Hero: Though he gets the number of a female fighter after winning a match, is bribed with sex by James to fight for him, and shares tender moments with Tamara, Bone is never shown actually having sex with anyone. Even when he shares a bed with Tamara, they notably have all their clothes on.
- Comically Serious: This little exchange after Bone clears out an entire crowd of fighters.Pinball: Goddamn! You just took out the whole village! The whole motherfucking village! *wooh's at the wad of money in his hands, previously liberated from an opposing gangster's pants, and promptly sniffs it*
Bone: You know where that's been, right?
Pinball: Goddamn you one crazy sonuvabitch!
- Curb-Stomp Battle: This is Bone's specialty.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Arguably subverted in the case of Bone and Angela, as he's only interested in her to fulfill a promise to his dying friend. Played straight with Tamara; he cites more pressing "business" and the fact that "[he's] trouble" as reasons to not stay with her.
- Engineered Public Confession: Before the final fight, Bone accuses James of having his friend Danny sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit, murdered before his release, taking Danny's wife Angela for himself, and having Bone's fellow boarder Roberto killed. James immediately cops to everything, unaware that Bone is secretly taping his confession on a cell phone. Bone sends the footage to Pinball, who presumably gives it to the police.
- Excuse Plot: It's as bare-bones as you can get with a revenge story. Bone is out for revenge against a local mob leader who had his friend Danny framed for triple homicide and subsequently killed in prison.
- Faux Affably Evil: James. Under the veneer of cheerful and cultured civility is a brutal thug who's a massive Sore Loser and thinks nothing of having a soon-to-be father framed, jailed; and murdered in prison in order to steal his wife.
- Fight Clubbing: James has a huge stake in it, and Bones gets himself involved with Pinball as his promoter.
- Guile Hero: Bone, in addition to being an action hero, is also manipulating events to the best of his ability throughout.
- Invincible Hero: 'Bone', even more than most of the heroes on that page. The only reason an opponent ever gets in a hit that actually leaves a mark is so he can get patched up by his Sassy Black Woman landlady and give her a Tai Chi lesson. It doesn't matter how many opponents he has, or what weapons they have, he pwns them. At least the other examples lose a fight or at least look like they might at times. Not Bone.
- Lightning Bruiser: Again, Bone. The guy is visibly ripped, strong enough to knock out the massive Hammerman without any fuss, and fast enough to take on 4 opponents without taking a single hit.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Big Bad James tries to put on this front. Deep down, he's just a thug, which is made all the more evident when he claims to not be a drinker, smoker or using profanity. But when his plans fall apart all around him, he suffers a Villainous Breakdown and loses all sense of composure, cursing repeatedly in every scene thereafter.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: So there's this girl you really like, but she's married to another man and about to have his baby. What do you do? If you're James, you have her husband thrown in prison for a crime he didn't commit, of course! And just to make sure there's nothing standing between you and the prize, arrange to have the husband murdered behind bars, the baby placed in foster care and get the girl hooked on drugs so she'll always be dependent on you. All's fair in love and war, right?
- Polar Opposite Twins: While we never learn much about him, we do learn that Bone had a twin brother, who was killed by Bone's enemies in a case of Mistaken Identity. He tells this story while serving time in prison.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: A few but James most prominently. He actually attempts to avert this- he doesn't smoke, drink and (usually) avoids profanity, but deep down he's a violent and sexist thug with delusions of grandeur.
- Prison Rape: At the beginning of the movie, JC notes that he's seen this happen to guys like Bone, despite their muscular builds. In a Call-Back, it's the final fate of James, who has a muscular build.
- Really Gets Around: James thinks this of Bone after he sends Angela to seduce Bone into agreeing to fight Pretty Boy Price, then later finds him in bed with Tamara. Strangely, in the latter case, they are on top of the covers and fully clothed. Maybe he doesn't know how sex works…
- The Scourge of God: With the Gengis Khan references it was to be expected but Isaiah Bone does fit the trope description this site uses as well.
- Signature Move: Bone can kick the shit out of people. He prefers a powerful thrust kick (and a leaping roundhouse kick) to finish his opponents. Justified, as Michael Jai White is a black belt in Tae Kwan Doe (a kick-heavy martial art) in real life.
- Tempting Fate: Ecstatic after Bone decimates another opponent, Pinball declares that he'll take opponents on two at a time. The fighter's manager, upset at the loss and reluctant to pay up, immediately takes Pinball at his word and sends two more of his fighters after Bone. And then three… and then four – you know what? Just send everybody.
- Wicked Cultured: James thinks he's this, specifically by claiming to be a warrior scholar of Genghis Khan.
- Becomes a bit of Dramatic Irony as he is describing his philosophy and scholarship to Bone: the movie makes it clear that Bone, and not James, is "The Scourge of God" that Genghis Khan once claimed to be, and that it is James that will take the brunt of that fury.
- Would Hit a Girl: James. With a car. He also raises his hand against Angela when she repeatedly curses at him.