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

Report a problem

Similar News Items

Paul Bettany
Mark Strong (II)
Brian Cox (I)

IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners