Blood Ties Reviews
"Blood Ties" is a historic drama thriller that makes NYC in the 70s coming alive. I reckon with James Gray being involved we see similarities to other movies he has directed, which he didnīt do this time around. I see some similarities to "Carlitoīs Way" as well. With that said I think the plot and story is hardly anything special or for that matter that unique. Itīs slow paced and a bit too long. But, the fact that family is the focus point here thereīs something we all can relate to, and I think everybody involved does a great acting job. I personally think Billy Crudup is a very underrated actor, and I think heīs great here as Frank. Without the great performances "Blood Ties" wouldīve been hardly that rememberable. I like that we get to see the great Marion Cotillard and the equally great Matthias Schoenaerts together in yet another movie, even if they donīt have any scenes together. They just add weight to the film like James Caan. "Blood Ties" is not too shabby, but neither a unique one either.
What I didn't like : Marion Cotillard's accent, get a real American-Italian to do the accent, it's a hard one. It's a really nice movie, very well-made, but I don't really see the point of the movie.. I guess the "blood ties' of those 2 brothers (which should have been the central element of the movie) is over shadowed and over-layed by the individual stories of every character (interesting stories but in the end useless)