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A rating of about 4 to 5 is about right for "Bloodknot" (1995), a neo-noir thriller with some erotic material in the mix. The basic plot is okay, which has to do with Kate Vernon (daughter of actor John Vernon) impersonating a mythical lover of Mom Kidder's Marine son who died in a helicopter accident. Her ulterior motive will imperil the entire household as she operates as a duplicitous femme fatale, worming her way into the household and confidence of everyone, with the exception of son Tom's (Patrick Dempsey) girlfriend (Krista Bridges). The father of the family, Allan Royal, has a bland role; their other daughter, Ashleigh Ann Wood, gets only slightly more play. This movie is mainly a Kate Vernon vehicle, and she takes the opportunity to annoy the hell out of us as she suckers the blind and naively trusting family members, vulnerable because of the recency of losing their son and brother.
Why a movie like this fails to achieve more has to do with the story developed from this basic plot, the screenplay, pacing, directing, and editing. Probably no cast could rise above such issues. The story moves ahead very slowly at first, and then gallops too quickly. Too often the characters ignore warnings and turn a deaf ear. Kate Vernon's character is very complex, doing a number of things that do not really add up. The story does not really flow along as it should in order to provide tension and our understanding of the characters. Some subplots do not add much or tie in with the main plot. For me, it became something of a chore to make it through the first half. After that it picked up. The film was trying for a meaningful emotional level that it didn't achieve.
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