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Blood (2013)

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Critic Consensus: While well-acted and skillfully directed, Blood never quite manages to draw its themes and characters into a coherent, compelling whole.

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The Fairburn brothers (Paul Bettany and Stephen Graham) are detectives who have lived under the shadow of their police chief father (Brian Cox) - a man known for doing whatever it takes to get a confession. When the brothers take an interrogation too far, they raise the suspicions of their colleague (Mark Strong) and suddenly find themselves having to cover up their own crimes.

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Cast

Paul Bettany
as Joe Fairburn
Stephen Graham
as Chrissie Fairburn
Mark Strong (II)
as Robert Seymour
Brian Cox
as Lenny Fairburn
Naomi Battrick
as Miriam Fairburn
Ben Crompton
as Jason Buleigh
Natasha Little
as Lily Fairburn
Zoe Tapper
as Jemma Venn
Adrian Edmondson
as Tom Tiernan
Sandra Voe
as Sandra Buleigh
Jasper Britton
as Daniel Telphen
Stuart McQuarrie
as David Saddler
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At times, "Blood," feels like a slightly-filled-out television police procedural with better cinematography, but the performances have an almost Shakespearean grandeur.

August 13, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The landscape cinematography is often eye-pleasing, but the script is labored, filled with clichés and never allows for character development.

August 9, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

"Blood" may not be wholly original, but it is effective.

August 9, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Suffers from a crippling lack of back story and characters whose relationships are fraught with unexplained complexity.

August 8, 2013 | Rating: 2/5

"Blood" unfolds along familiar lines, but it works.

August 8, 2013 | Rating: 3/4

While hardly reinventing the wheel, "Blood" works best as a tone poem, with unspoken passages detailing a hard life.

August 8, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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In "Blood," Joe(Paul Bettany) and Chrissie(Stephen Graham) Fairburn are the sons of a cop, Lenny(Brian Cox), who still shows up at the precinct house from time to time. So, of course it figures they would become police detectives themselves. Their latest case involves the brutal murder of a young girl. They think they have a suspect in Jason Buliegh(Ben Crompton) who certainly seems sleazy enough but they do not have enough evidence to hold him. So, Joe and Chrissie decide to take Jason to the islands in order to have a further chat with him. "Blood" has certain things going for it like a moody atmosphere and a neat use of locations. On the other hand, it is definitely lacking in the story department. So much so, that it solves its central mystery not once but twice before conveniently forgetting about it. Yes, there is a twist but in the long term that does not really change anything. And then there is the miscasting in central roles which undermines any dramatic exploration of the central relationships. What does work is the scene when Lenny is introduced in the foreground, in front of and interrupting his son Joe.

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