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British crime drama starring Paul Bettany and Stephen Graham as police officer brothers who struggle to maintain their sense of morality while investigating a murder. With their father Lenny (Brian Cox) also an officer of the law in his heyday, policing seems to run in the veins of Joe and Chrissie Fairburn (Bettany and Graham). However, when a young girl is discovered murdered - the most horrific crime to afflict the community in recent memory - the brothers face a stern test of their mettle. A local convicted paedophile Jason Buleigh (Ben Crompton) is their prime suspect but they struggle to locate concrete evidence of his involvement. Disturbed by the fact that his own daughter is around the same age as the murdered girl, Joe decides that using the strong-arm tactics favoured in his father's day is the way ahead. However, when they drive Jason out to a remote area one night in the hope of eliciting a confession events threaten to spiral out of control...
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The acting is consistently good, with Brian Cox a monumental presence, albeit something of a crumbling edifice, as the father-figure, old-school retired policeman now in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Stephen Graham as the younger, follower-brother is moving. The women are largely irrelevant, as this is a film that's much more about male relationships, father/son dynamics, and the toxic nature of some families. It's also about how institutions, and families, create and perpetuate their own myths and ways of seeing things.
The stand-out performance (not for the first time, I'm an admirer of his acting ability) is by Mark Strong as the conscientious, solitary detective, whose adherence to his job and to the law allows him no alternative other than to see the investigation through to its inevitable (and predictable) conclusion. Strong is one of those actors capable of saying a lot without words, and the amount of sympathy his character clearly feels for Paul Bettany's Joe is moving.
I am giving the film only 4 stars as it is a little predictable, but on the plus side it's well paced, moving and well acted.
And on a completely different note, many of the reviews of 'Blood' speak to its Greek-tragedy element. All I could think was how very Irish it was, with men who express themselves better when the drink flows, the suppressed male violence of it, and the final rejection of the father's teaching at the end by Joe .......
It's not pleasant nor indulgent, but faces and characters are true, real and the power of the show doesn't rely in gunfights but in the moment right before and right after shooting, in the drama and tragedy that every action and reaction brings with itself
Well their boss knows better and realises that they are going to have to let him go with their circumstantial, at best, case. The thing is they feel personally affronted by this person. So after a night partying where their father (Brian Cox) has regaled them with tales of police confession extractions, in the good old days, so duly inspired they come up with a cunning plan. That is when everything goes massively wrong and they become the police assigned to solve a crime that they themselves have committed.
This is a great plot and a stellar cast and is actually rather good but considering the cast could or should have been a lot better. We have Mark Strong playing the loner cop who just wants the truth and he is one of the best actors of his generation. Brian Cox is always excellent but does not get much screen time as the dementia suffering ex cop. It is gritty in places and actually griping, but the whole thing has an inevitability about the ending which became a bit too predictable a bit too early. Still I did enjoy most of this and I have not seen the original TV series so am unable to compare, but there is enough here to like hence my rating. Still nice to see some great British talent all in the same film and this is far from being a poor film, director Nick Murphy filmed this around The Wirral where he grew up and has to get thumbs up for the setting and cinematography and I look forward to more from him.
Blood was enjoyable and reasonably unpredictable, with a few moments of powerful performances and intense emotions. But it felt more like a long episode of a British TV drama, and not much like a 'proper' film. Nothing like the quality of shows like True Detective or Ray Donovan.
It struggles to live up to the promise of the plot and cast - perhaps because of actors playing the pivotal roles. Brian Cox is brilliant as the bullying patriarch, losing his faculties along with his temper. But Mark Strong and Paul Bettany - both of whom are excellent in general - feel misplaced in their roles. Strong seems unlikely for the quiet loner who's always been intimidated by his brash superior. And Bettany simply doesn't seem right as Brian Cox's laddish son; he's too intellectual, not enough of a boor. As the plot hinges around these relationships, it all loses steam somewhat.
Despite that, Ade Edmondson puts in a great cameo as a distressed OCD witness. And there's some powerful filming of the coastal seascapes. It just doesn't match the majesty of, say, Wallander.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good film with a great cast. But not quite as wonderful as the original TV series it was based on "Conviction" - check it out on DVD.Published 11 months ago by Ms Alison Gummer
For me it was the kind of movie you get to the end of and think "well I'll never get that time back again" Not a fan!Published 13 months ago by Patricia47
The film has an excellent cast including Brian Cox as the faded patriarch of a police family with Paul Bettany and Stephen Graham portraying his two contrasting sons, detectives... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Moira