11 October 2012 10:34 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Much like Nick Murphy’s first film, The Awakening, Blood is a beautifully shot piece of work and packed to the brim with skilled actors, yet it is Bill Gallagher’s TV-lite screenplay – unsurprising given his career as a TV writer – which bogs this corrupt cop flick down in risible clichés and wobbly drama.

Joe Fairburn (Paul Bettany) is a dedicated, skilled detective who works alongside his brother, Chrissie (Stephen Graham), as they are saddled with investigating the brutal murder of a young girl while weathering familial toils, specifically their overbearing, Alzheimer’s-afflicted father and former Chief of Police, Lenny (Brian Cox).

While Murphy has assembled a strong cast, Blood is too gainfully invested in its generic breadcrumb-following, painfully reminiscent of too many rote BBC police procedurals. Keenly skipping over the emotional beats – notably a potentially wrenching scene in which the mother is informed that her »

- Shaun Munro

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