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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as Joe Fairburn
as Chrissie Fairburn
as Robert Seymour
as Lenny Fairburn
as Miriam Fairburn
as Jason Buleigh
as Lily Fairburn
as Jemma Venn
as Tom Tiernan
as Sandra Buleigh
as Daniel Telphen
as David Saddler
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Critic Reviews for Blood
At times, "Blood," feels like a slightly-filled-out television police procedural with better cinematography, but the performances have an almost Shakespearean grandeur.
The landscape cinematography is often eye-pleasing, but the script is labored, filled with clichés and never allows for character development.
Suffers from a crippling lack of back story and characters whose relationships are fraught with unexplained complexity.
"Blood" unfolds along familiar lines, but it works.
Audience Reviews for Blood
Rather than being another crime thriller about self destruction by guilt, Blood is fresh and intriguing thanks to its leads, directing, and pleasant cinematography.
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.
Bloods' plot may not be the most original, but its the fantastic work from its leads and the strong direction and beautiful cinematography make it a haunting viewing.
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