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Blood (2012)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 9 August 2013 (USA)
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Thriller charting the moral collapse of a police family. Two cop brothers, smothered by the shadow of their former police chief father, must investigate a crime they themselves have committed.

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Thriller charting the moral collapse of a police family. Two cop brothers, smothered by the shadow of their former police chief father, must investigate a crime they themselves have committed.

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You can't bury the truth.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Blood - Mord am Meer  »

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The photograph of Lenny Fairburn's (Brian Cox) wife is the director's mum, Angie. See more »

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Robert Seymour: Why do we let people break us?
Chrissie Fairburn: Love.
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References Brief Encounter (1945) See more »

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Guilt and the need to confess
6 June 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Blood" (2012) is fully a neo-noir drama. Of that there can be no doubt. This is a strong story that is a high average at a minimum. It's a bit overdone or over-emotionalized, but that's much easier to accept than the opposite, which would be stony faces in the presence of strong emotions tearing people apart inside. Those expecting a lot of action or a standard police story or a standard mystery will not find it here. This is a movie with a large dollop of interior conflict, in the persons of two brothers played by Paul Bettany and Stephen Graham. They do not look alike or like brothers, by the way, but that happens. They are detectives and a young girl has been murdered by knife cuts. That gets the story going as they fix upon a suspect (Ben Crompton).

Bettany's character is unsettled from the get-go because he is living down an earlier blunder of his that led to a death. He is constantly nervous, rattled and the very opposite of serene. His brother is more settled but loyal and drawn into his brother's troubles. Their dad and former cop, Brian Cox, has what looks like dementia. Mark Strong plays a fellow cop who is not well-liked because he behaves unlike the crowd of cops. He's more cool, distant, contemplative and zen-like.

The title of "Blood" refers to family bonds and close ties that are tantamount to blood ties. These influence strongly the behavior of the brothers and their dad, Bettany in his family, and Graham with the woman he has proposed to. The mother of Crompton is another aspect of this when he goes missing.

This is strong neo-noir with a tragic thrust, so do not expect a happy ending.


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