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'Blood Ransom' vampire tale is a bit anemic
'Blood Ransom' vampire tale is a bit anemic

A number of bicultural filmmakers — think Ang Lee and Mira Nair — found their early success delving deep into their heritages and serving up exotic films for American consumption, even if they did so out of practical considerations like lower production costs overseas and foreign film grants. Filipino American writer-director Francis dela Torre does sort of the opposite with "Blood Ransom," creating something passably American but seeming to aim primarily at a Filipino audience. More than anything, the film plays like a vanity project for Filipino entertainer Anne Curtis, making her American movie debut. "Blood Ransom" is a vampire flick straight out of...

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