Blu-ray Review: INTO THE ASHES

INTO THE ASHES was written and directed by Aaron Harvey and stars Luke Grimes, Marguerite Moreau,Robert Taylor, Brady Smith, James Badge Dale and Frank Grillo.

Nick is an ex-con adjusting to a normal life in rural Alabama with a new job and a new wife. When some former associates track him down looking for retribution, he is forced back into the desperate and violent life he thought he left behind.

Into the Ashes follows Nick (Luke Grimes), a former small time crook who’s moved on with his life with his wife Tara (Marguerite Moreau) where he now works an honest job at a furniture store. Tara’s father Frank (Robert Taylor) is the sheriff, and even though he’s aware of Nick’s shady past, the lawman knows the young man loves his daughter. What happens is, Nick’s former associate Sloan (Frank Grillo) gets released from jail and decides to track him down and pay him a surprise visit and the newly freed con doesn’t come alone.

The thing is, Sloan blames Nick for his jail time and Nick was left with some money that he put to good use. When the unthinkable happens, Nick is left for dead but is able to escape death and he tracks down Sloan and his goons to get some sweet revenge. Nick recruits the help of his close friend Sal Porter (James Badge Dale) and the two men go on a hunting trip for justice. Nick could have done things the right way but the law couldn’t do what he had to do to pay back Sloan.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Into the Ashes ended up being an intense revenge-thriller that follows this man who defies death to get vengeance on his former partners in crime after the unthinkable happens. I really liked the story and thought Aaron Harvey did a great job bringing it to life on screen. I also thought the cast did a really good job with their characters, especially Luke Grimes and Frank Grillo. Even though Grillo’s screen time is limited his villainous character definitely packs a vicious punch. This is an entertaining watch that doesn’t hold back when it comes to its violent tone because it packs a brutal punch. I have to admit that I’m kind of biased when it comes to Into the Ashes because it was filmed right here in my area but the movie really is a well executed revenge-thriller that’s worth a watch. Into the Ashes will be available on Blu-ray on September 3rd.

Distributor: RLJE Films

Run Time: 97 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a making of and behind-the-scenes featurette that also has interviews with some of the cast and crew.

  • Building the Fire: The Making of INTO THE ASHES (12:36)
  • Shooting the South: On Location (07:67)

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