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Blood Trap

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Plot Overview


babyIn her halcyon days Cheryl (Alexandra Paul) was a good sport, a real looker, and a heart­breaker to the guys. She fell for bad boy Kurt Bradford (Michael Riley) and married him contrary to her family's wishes. When they had a “care­less accident,” Kurt wanted to get rid of “the mistake,” but Cheryl named their kid after her mom Emily. When Kurt became volatile in the home, Cheryl fearing for her daughter's safety skulked off in the night. They got divorced while Kurt sans alibi was in prison.

happy familyIn the ensuing ten years, Cheryl has come up in the world. While working as an office assistant she caught the boss's eye and married her prince charming Gregory Wilton (Bruce Boxleitner) who provides them an idyllic home. Emily (Annie Bovaird) a champion gymnast unfortunately has a flareup of her child­hood leukemia that their doctor wants treated with a bone marrow trans­plant … if a suitable donor can be found. They are down to their last hope: low life Kurt.

hour glassapplying makeupaccountant at deskKurt now two years out of prison is back to his “same old, same old” self (“Who did you cross now, Kurt?”) He has a hot girl­friend Taylor (Sophie Gendron), a “swanky little place in the city,” and a pending debt to the mob, which he can't pay by their deadline. Ever the hustler he sees deliverance in his ex's situation, but trying their best they can't come up with the moolah.


Game-winning handAn obscure biblical character Agur while not claiming to be any great one (Prov. 30:2-3) offers a chapter of advice to his buddies (Prov. 30:1). Of fundamental importance is his prayer, (Prov. 30:8-9) “Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.” Vanity and lies are what Kurt a grifter specializes in. He hustles pool in which he wins by “skill and certainty.” He loses at poker when the other guys “got lucky.” He trafficks in stolen cars, B&E, and various scams having no security. He might score big, but again he might get wiped out.

birthday partyfamily dinnerGreg's family is presented as an example of being fed “with food convenient for me” (“They looked like they had money.”) Emily has her favorite, pan­cakes, for breakfast. For a snack there's granny's triple whammy chocolate thunder. When hungry they can “call for the pizza guy.” For the adults there's beer in the fridge. Emily's birthday party features a two-layer cake to be cut ten ways. They're comfortable.

“Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD?” is illustrated by mob bag­man Russo (Chuck Shamata.) He declines a diamond ring Kurt offered as security, because says he, “My wife has enough diamonds.” One can be so awash in wealth as to let honest tokens slip by, sparkly things or acknowledge­ments of the Lord.

“Or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.” A guy hurting for money can steal and swear by God he didn't take it. In Kurt's case he uttered the F–word just once when he stumbled upon the antsy mob's “message” laid out on the floor.

Production Values

man and child” (TV Movie 2004) was directed by Douglas Jackson. It was written by Suzanne Dolan, Mark Evan Schwartz and Ken Sanders. It stars Alexandra Paul, Michael Riley and Bruce Box­leitner. Alexandra Paul gave a wonderful performance as a pressed-upon mom. Michael Riley was a very intense low life. Little Annie Bovaird was quite the charmer.

red maple leavesThe film was certified TV–14. It was shot in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. While not a major studio production, it made the most of what it had. Acting was service­able, editing was proper, music was on key, runtime was modest, and the script was credible.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

Notwithstanding its subjects of divorce, mob violence, and mortal disease, this one managed to stay within the bounds of good taste. We hope till the end for a family-friendly resolution. It could fill the void for a low key drama.

Movie Ratings

Action Factor: Weak action scenes. Suitability for Children: Suitable for children 14+ years with guidance. Special effects: Average special effects. Video Occasion: Better than watching TV. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall movie rating: Three stars out of five.