Blood Ties (2014)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Blood Ties boasts a fine cast and palpable period detail, but ultimately fails to do much of anything new with its formulaic story.


Movie Info

New York, 1974. Fifty-year-old Chris (Clive Owen) has just been released on good behavior after several years in prison following a gangland murder. Reluctantly waiting for him outside the gates is his younger brother, Frank (Billy Crudup), a cop with a bright future. Chris and Frank have always been different, and their father, Leon (James Caan), who raised them alone, seems to favor Chris despite all his troubles. Yet blood ties are the ones that bind, and Frank, hoping that his brother has … More

Rating: R (for violence, pervasive language, some sexual content and brief drug use)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: James Gray, Guillaume Canet
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 24, 2014
Box Office: $41.2k
Runtime:
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Cast


as Natalie

as Vanessa

as Marie

as Lieutenant Connellan

as Fabio De Soto

as Yvonne

as Janie

as Tommy

as Policeman Station

as Cell Guard

as Mechanic/Witness

as Michael

as Policeman Officer No...

as Policeman 50's

as Policewoman

as Manager

as Head Internal Affair...

as Young Chris

as Old Man

as Policeman #2

as Young Frank

as Jack Wheeler

as Ruby Bartender

as Ryan Smith

as Bored Hooker #1

as Swat Cop #1
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Critic Reviews for Blood Ties

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (14)

If you hear an unearthly sound during Blood Ties, it might be Sidney Lumet's ghost attempting to contact his lawyer.

Full Review… | August 13, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

Seems to be the continuation of a narrative that only exists in its characters' heads.

Full Review… | March 27, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

Everything is in place to have created a truly sensational piece of cinema, and yet you can't help feeling somewhat cold towards this film, despite the memorable, impactful finale.

Full Review… | August 29, 2014
HeyUGuys

While the story centres on twisted moral dilemmas, this 1970s-set thriller takes such a hesitant, internalised approach that if never lets viewers under the characters' skin.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
Contactmusic.com

The film is too sprawling and unfocused to deliver real emotional clout, but there are are some gripping stand-offs along the way.

Full Review… | August 16, 2014
Movie Talk

In its lesser moments, the film is overwrought and derivative but, at its best, it has a real flavour of Friedkin, Coppola and Scorsese.

Full Review… | August 15, 2014
Independent

Audience Reviews for Blood Ties

½

So much talent. So little result.

jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A powerhouse crime-drama that shines with the gritty storytelling of Scorsese. A strong script, a gorgeous cast and a great soundtrack are only a few things that stand out in this project. A tough, stylish, gritty and mesmerizing movie that explodes with drama and action. A powerful and outstanding movie that's riveting, exciting and action-packed. The best crime-drama since The Town. Writer, James Gray and Director, Guillaume Canet craft a dazzling and epic piece of crime and brotherhood. It's one of the best movies of 2014. An instant classic. A hard-hitting and deeply absorbing character study. A remarkable all-star cast. Clive Owen gives a powerful and explosive performance, its his best role in years. Billy Crudup is outstanding. Mila Kunis is terrific. Zoe Saldana is excellent. Marion Cotillard is fantastic. A film that will entertain you all the way to its beautifully tragic ending.

allan913
Al S

Super Reviewer

Crime runs in the family.

Good Movie! Excellent story and good screenplay to go with it. However, need to be patient to follow the story line effectively through. Not a simple straightforward story which we usually see in movies. Good family crime drama. It is a thriller reaching the climax at the end. Like the ending too. The starting and the ending of the story blend together very well. In fact all the actors and actresses portrayed their parts very well indeed. The story is adapted from a French novel and movie. If you like simple straightforward action movie, then this is definitely not your type.

New York, 1974. Fifty-year-old Chris (Clive Owen) has just been released on good behavior after several years in prison following a gangland murder. Reluctantly waiting for him outside the gates is his younger brother, Frank (Billy Crudup), a cop with a bright future. Chris and Frank have always been different, and their father, Leon (James Caan), who raised them alone, seems to favor Chris despite all his troubles. Yet blood ties are the ones that bind, and Frank, hoping that his brother has changed, is willing to give him a chance - he shares his home, finds him a job, and helps him reconnect with his children and his ex-wife, Monica (Marion Cotillard). But Chris' inevitable descent back into a life of crime proves to be the last in a long line of betrayals, and after his brother's latest transgressions, Frank banishes him from his life. But it's already too late, as the brothers' destiny is bound together, forever.

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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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