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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Good Show
As someone whose taste in cinema does not usually run to much violence, choice language or blood (vampires excepted); I really enjoyed this film! No mere fest of foul language, tough guys, hot chicks, dangerous drugs, big guns, oh, and a Porche for good measure - although it's all there - "Bonded by Blood" has much more going for it. Cleverly directed by Sacha Bennett,...
Published on 28 Sept. 2010 by The Dame

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3.0 out of 5 stars Bleak Underworld Film
As a newbie to this story (not having seen the previous movies) was expecting something along the lines of Snatch or the excellent Dead Man Running. However, this is a fairly unrelenting and at times very dark and gritty tale. Follows the story of some real life criminal events from 15 years ago but the sequencing and chronology sometimes gets a bit muddled - it seems at...
Published on 3 Jan. 2011 by Northern Warrior


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bleak Underworld Film, 3 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Bonded By Blood [DVD] (DVD)
As a newbie to this story (not having seen the previous movies) was expecting something along the lines of Snatch or the excellent Dead Man Running. However, this is a fairly unrelenting and at times very dark and gritty tale. Follows the story of some real life criminal events from 15 years ago but the sequencing and chronology sometimes gets a bit muddled - it seems at times the director is trying to do Ritchie, but without the laughs. Well actually there are a few, mainly gallows humour and some of the sex scenes.

However essentially it is a tale of criminal wheeling and dealing, backstabbing and shifting allegiances (the suburban settings do make you wonder what might be going on in your own street). Even without knowing the story in advance, I can't say the final twists came as much of a surprise though it as at that stage the events gelled into place a bit better.

Picture quality average and the primarily techno soundtrack suits the era well, but don't waste money putting on the surround system.

Certainly worth a rental, as I did, but not one I would add to my permanent collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok but it doesn't come close to 'rise'., 26 Dec. 2010
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The film isn't a carbon copy of 'essex boys' and the brilliant 'rise of the footsoldier' but tells more of the story through Darren Nicholls and how he's coping with watching over his shoulder every night and day under the witness protection programme and about his testimony of what happened. You also see a bit more of Mickey Steele and his motivation surrounding the events. I think where 'rise' goes into much, much more detail before and after events and as good character development this film firmly jumps into events before the shootings.

Terry Stone is good as Tucker and Tamer Hassen as Tate, both quite menacing characters. But where 'rise' showed the real brutality, and how these guys really were like, this film tends to show a more glamourous side to the story. Both different films which is good. But where 'rise' is in your face and gritty all the way through this film as breaks and as its funny moments. It really isn't a bad film as some people are making it out to be though, it just tells the story differently and gives us some more information the other films didn't have surrounding the murders, plus the acting is good throughtout most of the film. I'd definately recommend renting it if you've seen the other two films or if you like a good gangster flick....or wait until it comes down cheap! wrong thing it as on the case though...'brutal, even better than rise of the footsoldier' I'll tell you now, it doesn't even come close!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Good Show, 28 Sept. 2010
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As someone whose taste in cinema does not usually run to much violence, choice language or blood (vampires excepted); I really enjoyed this film! No mere fest of foul language, tough guys, hot chicks, dangerous drugs, big guns, oh, and a Porche for good measure - although it's all there - "Bonded by Blood" has much more going for it. Cleverly directed by Sacha Bennett, this film has excellent touches of visual humour, some very funny lines, and a number of intense performances. There is even a Shakespeare reference - but don't let that put you off! Tamer Hassan as Pat Tate, high on cocaine and drunk on machismo is superbly scary. You have to duck when he starts pumping out the expletives. Altogether a much classier offering than previous efforts in this genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept me to the end, 21 Sept. 2011
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I hadn't actually heard of this movie and stumbled upon it searching on here so had no expectations for it atall.
Have to say me and the wife both enjoyed it and it entertained until the end.
The language is terrible but it really doesn't bother us it's just reality.
The storyline is good, a slightly different take on the events leading up to the murders than ROTFS. We actually see the planning of the event which is cool.
The acting was mostly good all round, a couple of the female characters were slightly weak in moments but not bad.
It's very violent, gritty, moves along at fast pace and there are no boring slow bits which is a bonus.
I'd rate Rise of the Footsoldier as the best of the movies about the range rover murders with this a close second and essex boys 3rd as all the characters were entirely fictional.
A good solid effort all round.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Brit-Crime Flick, 6 Dec. 2010
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Bonded By Blood stands out from the scores of Brit Crime films that have been released in recent years. This film is darker, more violent, more real than many titles in a similar vein. That said don't be dissuaded if violence is not your thing; this is an excellent film featuring a great cast of both usual suspects from Brit-Gangster films (Tamer Hassan) as well as some new upcoming talent (Adam Deacon.)
If you like films like Rise Of The Footsoldier, Layer Cake, Football Factory or The Firm, definitely check this film out. Perfect to watch with a few mates over some beers, and perhaps because it's based on a true story, it just feels much more realistic than, say, overly-slick Guy Ritchie films. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Other than Adam Deacon cast as Nicholls I'd say the casting is pretty strong. Alot of the actors in ROTFS also ..., 19 Aug. 2014
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Very difficult not to compare this film with the likes of 'Essex Boys' and 'Rise of the Footsoldier'. This is a must watch for anyone who takes a fleeting interest in British gangland culture or the Rettendon Murders.

Other than Adam Deacon cast as Nicholls I'd say the casting is pretty strong. Alot of the actors in ROTFS also feature in this film. Terry Stone retains his role as Tony Tucker. Neil Maskell I feel plays a better Craig Rolfe than Roland Manookian and Tamer Hussain plays a convincing Pat Tate; feel that Craig Fairbrass edges the Tate role in Rise though. This film is more intricately woven into the Rettendon murders story than the more cinematic ROTFS.

The film tells the story as faithfully as possible; the truth is the truth isnt known! A good, gritty gangland film worth a watch in its own right, the fact that its portraying a real life event draws you in even more to a world unthinkable to most.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a watch, 7 Jan. 2011
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This film is definitely worth buying if you're interested in the Essex Boys/Range Rover murders. Great acting and some of the scenes with Pat Tate are hilarious. You learn a lot more about Michael Steele in this film and just how organised he was as an importer. There are 1 or 2 scenes more brutal than in Rise of the Footsoldier but the shootings at the end are not one of them, I didn't expect this anyway as Rise of shows you actual real footage close-ups of the bodies when they were being taken away.

I'm glad I bought this and will watch it many times again, but personally I think Rise of the Footsoldier is a better told story by Carlton Leach.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great, 1 Mar. 2014
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bought this dvd for my fella, he was made up with this dvd, said it was great & will watch over and over again
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1.0 out of 5 stars BONDED BY BLOOD IS CRETINOUS CRUD, 17 April 2015
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Everywhere you look in Bonded by Blood are B-movie bozos from a dozen guns and geezers movies. Ah Vincent Regan, last time I saw you was getting off with two hookers in Amsterdam in St George's Day and so on..It's Thugs Anonymous and their presence helps sink a grim and pointless return to the Rettendon Range Rover slayings of December 1995, Along the way are inevitable detours to legendary Basildon night spot Raquels, where gangster good times give way to treachery and foul-mouthed retribution in a sea of cocktails and dodgy pills. But the birds are well hot. They'd do anything for a line of coke. Wouldn't you, darling?

Bonded by Blood claims to draw on the accounts of former bouncer and self-confessed bad boy Bernard O'Mahoney, who has developed a nice few earners from Rettendon (go see the Danny Dyer documentary on the man) and police informant Darren Nicholls, both featured here. But it all feels like a tepid reworking of Rise of the Football Soldier, which tried to make legends out of former hooligan king Carlton Leach and his charming Essex mates. There was a lot of bombastic rubbish to get through in that film, but at least it tried.

Terry Stone had such a riot as Tony Tucker in Rise of that he is back again as .......Tony Tucker, without the wig. Craig Fairbrass almost stole said movie as ex-jailbird Pat Tate, chewing up the scenery and going to war with pizza chains. Tamer Hassan is a poor replacement, turning in surely his worst ever performance, not helped by a script that tries to ratchet up the violence and tension, but leaves the film looking ridiculous and plain nasty. Witness the drugs torture and beating administered to a hapless friend of Pat's wife, the much put upon Kierston Wareing. Outside the marital bed, Pat's cocaine-fuelled wintry car crash featuring his mate's Porsche, oral sex with a stripper in a nurse's outfit and a collision with a tree is pitifully unfunny, so too all the boyish bluster about guns.

The third member of the doomed trio is Craig, played by Neil Maskell, Danny Dyer's sidekick in Football Factory. Last time round, it was Roland Manookian from those same terraces. Give me Neil, on balance, who gets to sound quite nasty dealing with an unimpressed Asian arms dealer.

Not to be forgotten, Adam Deacon's dopey turn as Darren, so crucial to the story. "Those boys were becoming the grim reapers of Essex," Adam's voice-over warns as another head gets kicked at Racquels. You don't say..... His wife doesn't realise what hubby has got into but warns sharply: "I could do without the language." Too right.

The "what on earth are you doing here?" award undoubtedly goes to Alex MacQueen, brilliant as Whitehall mandarin Julius Nicholson in The Thick of It. He gets an early look-in here as a prison governor coping with the aftermath of a riot over some dodgy haddock. "Give them something fresh," the man orders. If only.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Violent, 24 Dec. 2012
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The main story of the Essex night life in the 90s and a particular set of thugs
the tragic consequences of drugs greed and insanity

probably caused by the steroids rather than the e's
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