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As Cannes passes its halfway mark, already a number of deals and release dates have been set, with Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past” being just the latest. But away from the Croisette, a number of smaller pictures are nearing release, and a diverse slate at that: a UK cop thriller with a stellar ensemble, a coming of age drama starring Claire Danes, and a space horror with Sharlto Copley in the lead. Director Nick Murphy first landed on the scene with modest horror film, “The Awakening,” starring Rebecca Hall, and now he’s followed that film up with a new ensemble piece, “Blood.” Starring Paul Bettany and Stephen Graham as cop brothers who investigate a girl’s murder, only to try and cover up their actions afterwards, the film also throws supporting turns from Brian Cox and Mark Strong into the mix. The talent is definitely there, and we had »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Blood is an upcoming psychological thriller directed by The Awakening helmer Nick Murphy. Definitely worth your full attention – that’s exactly why we’re here to share the latest trailer and pics from the whole thing, hope you’ll like it. Check it out, and remember: you can’t bury the truth… Murphy directed the whole thing from a script written by Bill Gallagher, which revolves around two brothers, Joe and Chrissie Fairburn, who collapse under the weight of their father’s shadow. Desperate to fill their father’s shoes, they commit the ultimate crime, which turns their lives into a downward spiral of guilt and paranoia. Blood stars Paul »
- Jeanne Standal
Psychological all-star British cop thriller Blood follows two cop brothers who commit the ultimate crime and soon see their world collapse under the weight of their former Police Chief father’s shadow. It’s director Nick Murphy’s big-screen adaptation of the acclaimed BBC miniseries Conviction by Bill Gallagher and features of top cast led by Paul Bettany, who stars alongside the excellent Mark Strong, Stephen Graham, Brian Cox.
Sam Mendes also produces the acclaimed film slated for UK cinemas from 31st May. Check out this first trailer.
When police discover a young girl brutally murdered, brothers Joe Fairburns (Paul Bettany) and Chrissie Fairburns join their supervisor Robert (Mark Strong) to investigate main suspect Jason Buliegh, a local sex offender and social outcast.
Forced to release Jason from police custody, the Fairburns take matters into their own hands in an attempt to coerce a confession. All the while, Joe and »
- Craig Hunter
I really enjoyed Nick Murphy's directorial debut, The Awakening, and back in 2011, we reported on his follow-up, the crime-thriller Blood. The plot centers on two policemen who kill a murder suspect and are then plunged into chaos when they are forced to investigate their own crime. I'm ashamed to admit that I had forgotten about the movie, but now a trailer has been released, and it looks like Murphy has nailed the genre just like he did with gothic horror in The Awakening. Also, I'm not going to turn down a movie with a lead cast that includes Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Brian Cox, and Mark Strong. Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Blood is set to hit U.K. theaters and VOD on May 31st, and be released on Blu-ray & DVD on June 10th. That short release window isn't a great sign, but I'm still eager to see the flick, »
- Matt Goldberg
Amid all the Cannes madness, here's a more homegrown effort for you: the new trailer for Blood, a thriller starring Paul Bettany and Stephen Grahams as Joe and Chrissie Fairburn, cops and brothers investigating the murder of a young girl. But the problem here isn't just finding out who was responsible, but covering up what happened next. For more on that, watch the trailer below. brightcove.createExperiences();As you can see, the film also stars Brian Cox as the brothers' father, a police legend who's just beginning his descent into dementia. The brothers are under pressure to live up to their father's reputation - which may lead to recklessness. Mark Strong plays fellow policeman Robert, who's soon putting pressure on the brothers as he investigates a related crime.Bill Gallagher, of TV series Blackout and Conviction, wrote the script, and Nick Murphy, who directed Rebecca Hall chiller The Awakening called the shots here. »
Directed by Nick Murphy
A psychological thriller charting the disintegration of a police family as two brothers living in the shadow of their father investigate the murder of a young girl...
Supernatural noir is not usually something you would associate with the UK crime output of recent years. Mockney accents and slapstick humour yes, but intense expressionistic layers of guilt ridden dread? None too often, sadly.
Thankfully then, this new movie from Nick Murphy (The Awakening) manages to address the balance somewhat. Based on writer Bill Gallagher's TV miniseries Conviction, it largely succeeds as a tightly webbed thriller with gothic and psychological horror touches.
Concentrating on the investigation into the death of a teenage girl, the film brings the personalities and internal workings of the two brothers ascribed to the case sharply into focus. Their relationship with »
- Flickering Myth
Today we have two new quad posters for the upcoming thriller Blood. Check them both out below (click either for a larger version) Director Nick Murphy (The Awakening) led the helming duties based on a script by Bill Gallagher. The film stars Brian Cox, Mark Strong, Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham,Adrian Edmondson, and Ben Crompton Blood will be released to theaters on August 9th, 2013 Here’s the synopsis for the film The Fairburn brothers (Paul Bettany and Stephen Graham) are detectives who have lived under the shadow of their police chief father (Brian Cox) – a man known for doing whatever it takes to get a confession....
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- Allan Ford
Blood is director Nick Murphy’s big-screen adaptation of the acclaimed BBC miniseries Conviction by Bill Gallagher. It’s a raw psychological thriller centring on two cop brothers, Joe and Chrissie Fairburn, who commit the ultimate crime and soon see their world collapse under the weight of their former Police Chief father’s shadow. The fear of being caught out by their friend and colleague, Robert, turns their lives into a downward spiral of guilt, paranoia and self destruction.
The superb cast is led by Paul Bettany who stars alongside British acting favourites Mark Strong, Stephen Graham, Adrian Edmondson, Zoë Tapper and Brian Cox. It’s also produced by Oscar-winning Skyfall director Sam Mendes and slated for UK cinemas from 31st May. Here we have the new poster.
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- Craig Hunter
Image Entertainment has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to Nick Murphy’s Blood. The police thriller stars Paul Bettany, Mark Strong, Brian Cox and Stephen Graham. Check out the press release for more details.
Los Angeles, April 19, 2013 – Image Entertainment, Inc., a subsidiary of Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje), has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to Nick Murphy’s thriller Blood from Im Global genre division Octane. The film stars Paul Bettany (A Beautiful Mind, Master and Commander), Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Sherlock Holmes), Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity) and Stephen Graham (Gangs of New York, “Boardwalk Empire”). The film was produced by Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, The Kite Runner, Jarhead), the BBC, and executive produced by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes. Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer for Image Entertainment made today’s announcement.
“Blood had a great buzz among critics during its »
- Andy Greene
“Blood,” which premiered in October at the London Film Festival, charts the moral collapse of a close police family. Two brothers, both cops, are smothered by the shadow of their former police chief father.
Charles Gant gave “Blood” a mixed review for Variety: “A quartet of justly regarded British actors elevates Nick Murphy’s sophomore feature “Blood,” but only to the level of superior TV fare. World-preeming at the London Film Festival, this quality crimer lacks the pulse-racing peril that might seal the deal with thriller aficionados, and the title turns out to be more about the family ties that bind than rivulets of red. »
- Dave McNary
Two policeman brothers - Joe (Paul Bettany) and Chrissie Fairburn (Stephen Graham) - collapse under the weight of their father's shadow (Brian Cox) in this hard-hitting British drama from director Nick Murphy. Investigating the murder of a 12-year-old at a shabby British seaside town, they resort to their own tough justice and mete out a lethal attack on the chief suspect. However, another possible culprit emerges and they attract the attention of their suspicious superior officer (Mark Strong). »
“Set in post-World War I England in 1921, The Awakening follows a skeptical woman (Rebecca Hall The Town) who travels to a countryside boarding school to investigate rumors of an apparent haunting. Just when she thinks she has debunked the ghost theory, she has a chilling spectral encounter which defies all her rational beliefs.”
Nick Murphy’s supernatural mystery, The Awakening, would probably be a more effective film, had it been made pre-1999. Its atmosphere and tone isn’t bad per se’, but it definitely falls into the ‘been there, done that’ fare. While it attempts to not be yet another twist-ending The Sixth Sense clone, it unfortunately ends up being that, leaving viewers with a feeling of “oh..well I saw that a mile away”.
Chicago – In contrast with the other subpar supernatural blockbusters released last August, Nick Murphy’s “The Awakening” lacks the cheesy thrills of “The Possession” and the hilarious ineptitude of “The Apparition.” Instead, it’s a humorless and ponderous bore buoyed only slightly by its vivid lead performance from Rebecca Hall, a supremely gifted character actress who has yet to receive the cinematic showcase she deserves.
As headstrong skeptic Florence, Hall charges through the picture, determined to debunk every rumored instance of paranormal activity. Sadly, the clunky script co-authored by Murphy and Stephen Volk spells out all of her inner turmoil with the most dreadfully monotonous exposition. Even before she’s swept into the film’s central mystery, the audience is already bored to tears.
Blu-ray Rating: 2.0/5.0
Murphy has a background in BBC documentaries (such as the splendid reality TV miniseries, “Manor House”), so perhaps he was attracted to the material »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 29, 2013
Price: DVD $19.98, Blu-ray $26.98
British movie The Awakening is an “I don’t believe in ghosts” ghost story.
Rebecca Hall (Everything Must Go) plays Florence Cathcart, a hoax exposer in post World War I England. She’s invited to a boarding school to expose the alledged sightings of a ghost there. But as she investigates, everything she believes begins to unravel.
The movie, which is rated R, was screened in a limited number of theaters in the U.S. and got mixed reviews from critics. Globe and Mail‘s Chris Berube called it “a dull British import,” but New York Post‘s Sara Stewart said the film is “an enjoyably old-fashioned »
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