Blood Ties 2014

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Violence erupts when two brothers on two sides of the law face off over organized crime in Brooklyn during the 1970s.

Starring:
Clive Owen,James Caan
Runtime:
2 hours 8 minutes

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Blood Ties

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Director Guillaume Canet
Starring Clive Owen, James Caan
Supporting actors Lili Taylor, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ben Smith [SHELF HEROES] on 5 Nov 2014
Format: DVD
After the well-received Little White Lies and Tell No One, French director Guillaume Canet makes his English language debut with a remake of Les liens du sang (2008), a film he originally starred in. Transplanted to Scorsese and Lumet inspired 70’s New York streets, the retitled Blood Ties tells a story of rival brothers on different sides of the law. Fresh out of prison, Chris (Clive Owen) is looking to get his life back on track, go straight, make amends with his ex-girlfriend Monica (Marion Cotillard) and all that good stuff, whilst his clean cut brother Frank (Billy Crudup), usually the beacon of the police force, is playing on dangerous ground while shacking up with Vanessa (Zoe Saldana), the girlfriend of a thug he’s just put behind bars (Matthias Schoenaerts). As Chris tries and fails to stay out of trouble the brothers are set on a collision course – but they need each other's help more than ever before. Also, James Caan is in it.

There is plenty wrong with Blood Ties but, propelled by an all-star cast and lovingly observed period design, it’s able to get away with far more than it should. The Coupe DeVilles and Chevrolets purr around city streets above steaming manholes, the Isley Brothers spin on a record player and Clive Owen hulks around the underworld in a leather jacket – it’s not a bad little world to spend two hours in. But although this familiarity is the film’s charm, it’s also ultimately its downfall.

Right from the opening credits on a black screen with the sound of the city heard through an open window we are thrown back to Serpico or Popeye Doyle’s apartment. Canet has well understood these surface ticks and small details – but has become so wrapped up in them he’s forgotten to actually portray any depth in his characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Glenny on 14 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
I was lucky enough to catch this in the cinema earlier in the year.
Loved it then, and loved it even more when I rewatched it on DVD after ordering it here from Amazon.
If this film had De Niro in it instead of Caan, or Scorsese instead of Camet name as director, it would be five stars all the way and there wouldn't be a bad review. Yes - its European looking, very bleached out, silences - but its a great film.
And the soundtrack! If your not foot tapping along to "Back in the New York groove" in under 2 minutes, you are either deaf, or just stupid!

Loved it that much - I bought the original French film that this is based on - Les liens du sang.

Get on board people and enjoy this great film.
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A conventional yet good crime/family drama, with excellent actors. The choice of a this french director make it look less conventional than it could be, more focused on characters, dialoghes, atmosphere and less on action and usual cliche crime scenes, although I expected something even more original. It looks like a movie made by an american director who tries to himitate european crime films (in the tradition of noir and polar), and not like a french director who tries to bring his european background into an american story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr S D Sharpe on 23 Aug 2014
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Three of us watched this and were very entertained and impressed. Gripping action start which slows for a while into setting up the family background but slowly gathers pace to a gripping end. Good acting from the 2 key players. This has a lot going for it and definitely recommended for a good couple of hours of engaging entertainment.
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Format: Blu-ray
Gripping thriller this, building throughout with stellar performances all round
one of the best Films of this Genre I've seen
Yes we've seen some elements before but this carries it off
In to the All time top 20 it goes!
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What a waste some great actors, including James Caan and Clive Owen!
They could have done so much more.
Simply a boring movie, although there were some great 70's tunes featured throughout
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