Blood Ties Reviews

  • Nov 13, 2018

    It's an okay watch. The acting is strong, as is the cast. But, the story is all over the place. it feels like they took a 3 hour movie and edited the hell out of it to reduce the watch time to 2 hours. That leaves a lot of gaps in the story. it was free, so I can't complain, but it's not a must see.

    It's an okay watch. The acting is strong, as is the cast. But, the story is all over the place. it feels like they took a 3 hour movie and edited the hell out of it to reduce the watch time to 2 hours. That leaves a lot of gaps in the story. it was free, so I can't complain, but it's not a must see.

  • Feb 26, 2017

    20 mins and nothing has happened, binned... Shame it was a good cast list too

    20 mins and nothing has happened, binned... Shame it was a good cast list too

  • Feb 23, 2017

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  • Jul 19, 2016

    There's really not enough of anything. Like the plot is lackluster, the acting deadpan, the cinematography probably something you've seen a million times.

    There's really not enough of anything. Like the plot is lackluster, the acting deadpan, the cinematography probably something you've seen a million times.

  • Apr 15, 2016

    If your a fan of Martin Scorsese or Sidney Lumet then this film is for you and its a shame that it failed to find a larger audience. Clive Owen plays Chris a newly released criminal who wants to g o straight and put his life back together . Billy Crudup is his younger brother Frank who happens to be a New York cop who has his own problems and needs Chris going back to crime like a hole in the head. Pretty soon both brothers are on a collision course as Chris reverts to type and Frank is forced to choose between his job and his family. If you can handle Owens wobbly accent there is plenty else on offer to sustain your interest. It helps that the female leads are just as strong as the men with Mila Kunis Zoe Saldana and Mario Cotillard all giving great perfomances. Its not perfect the plot does dull a little in places and some plot lines feel a little forced but I really enjoyed this film and its one I feel you should seek out if you love strong acting and drama

    If your a fan of Martin Scorsese or Sidney Lumet then this film is for you and its a shame that it failed to find a larger audience. Clive Owen plays Chris a newly released criminal who wants to g o straight and put his life back together . Billy Crudup is his younger brother Frank who happens to be a New York cop who has his own problems and needs Chris going back to crime like a hole in the head. Pretty soon both brothers are on a collision course as Chris reverts to type and Frank is forced to choose between his job and his family. If you can handle Owens wobbly accent there is plenty else on offer to sustain your interest. It helps that the female leads are just as strong as the men with Mila Kunis Zoe Saldana and Mario Cotillard all giving great perfomances. Its not perfect the plot does dull a little in places and some plot lines feel a little forced but I really enjoyed this film and its one I feel you should seek out if you love strong acting and drama

  • Mar 05, 2016

    Though the film that couldn't be more representative of a specific place (New York City) and time (the 1970s), Guillaume Canet's Blood Ties deals with themes that are timeless. An intense sibling rivalry, one between a cop and criminal, takes center stage, but there's more-arguably too much-going on in this story co-written by James Gray, a filmmaker whose influence is heavily felt. Deception, self-deception, and reinvention also play a part, and while Canet's drama and pacing sometimes leave you wanting more, the film's highs are high enough to leave you satisfied. Frank (Billy Crudup) and Chris (Clive Owen) are the two men at the center of it all. The former is an ambitious cop who has one real weakness-the latter. Chris has just gotten out of prison after a lengthy sentence for murder, and he's only really out on Frank's word. Frank puts him up and finds him a job; he also attempts to reconcile him with his ex, a prostitute named Monica (Marion Cotillard), and two children. It seems Chris is committed to the straight and narrow for a while. Things don't go particularly well with Monica, but he connects with a co-worker, Natalie (Mila Kunis), and works on opening a refreshments stand with a friend in Central Park. Frank, meanwhile, is starting to spiral downward. To say that his fellow cops don't like Chris staying with him is an understatement, but worse is the way he's dealing with the woman he loves. Vanessa (Zoe Saldana) lives with her boyfriend, Anthony (Matthias Schoenaerts), and their daughter, but Frank wants her to himself, so he sets Anthony up to take the fall for some serious crimes. It backfires, but he still goes away for six months for possession of an unlicensed firearm. In the mean time, he wins Vanessa back, but Anthony's impending release looms large over both of them-and Chris, too. Blood Ties feels like a film you've seen before, but it never really gives in to the tropes that come with this territory. Yes, the music and costumes are straight out of any 1970s or 1970s-set crime thriller you've seen, but Canet isn't extremely uninterested in chases and tension derived from action. Make no mistake: Blood Ties is a very tense, involving, and surprising film, but all that comes from its characters and the tangled moral webs they find themselves caught in. Chris is the film's most interesting character (even if Clive Owen doesn't give a performance that's up to snuff with the writing). His violent acts are unconscionable, and the juxtaposition between that side and the side we see when he's around Natalie or his father (James Caan) is startling. Around his brother, he's defiant and difficult-not necessarily a bad guy but very unwilling to provide baby brother with the mea culpa he needs to truly move on. Acting probably isn't the film's strong suit. There's not a performance in the bunch that brings the film down, but with so many big names and so much to chew on dramatically and thematically, you'd like guys like Owen and Crudup-not to mention an actress as good as Cotillard-could excel. On the contrary, the best performances come from surprising sources. Zoe Saldana's involvement tails off as the film progresses and focuses in tightly on just Frank and Chris, but early on, she's fantastic as a woman torn apart by two untrustworthy lovers. The other point on that triangle is Anthony-the film's most dynamic character and the source of its strongest performance. Schoenaerts has really made a name for himself over the past two years or so as a live-wire actor, and all the qualities you loved about him in films like Bullhead and Rust and Bone are present here in lesser but no less effective doses. Blood Ties premiered at Cannes in 2013 (out of Competition), where it was only lukewarmly received. It's hard to say if viewers were expecting something more explosive or if I'm simply in the minority for appreciating its quiet intensity, but there's a lot to admire here, if not as much as there is to admire in Canet's previous two features-Tell No One and Little White Lies. Still, a good story and some authentic, character-driven surprises mean he's three for three from the director's chair and someone I'll continue to joyfully watch going forward. http://www.johnlikesmovies.com/blood-ties-review/

    Though the film that couldn't be more representative of a specific place (New York City) and time (the 1970s), Guillaume Canet's Blood Ties deals with themes that are timeless. An intense sibling rivalry, one between a cop and criminal, takes center stage, but there's more-arguably too much-going on in this story co-written by James Gray, a filmmaker whose influence is heavily felt. Deception, self-deception, and reinvention also play a part, and while Canet's drama and pacing sometimes leave you wanting more, the film's highs are high enough to leave you satisfied. Frank (Billy Crudup) and Chris (Clive Owen) are the two men at the center of it all. The former is an ambitious cop who has one real weakness-the latter. Chris has just gotten out of prison after a lengthy sentence for murder, and he's only really out on Frank's word. Frank puts him up and finds him a job; he also attempts to reconcile him with his ex, a prostitute named Monica (Marion Cotillard), and two children. It seems Chris is committed to the straight and narrow for a while. Things don't go particularly well with Monica, but he connects with a co-worker, Natalie (Mila Kunis), and works on opening a refreshments stand with a friend in Central Park. Frank, meanwhile, is starting to spiral downward. To say that his fellow cops don't like Chris staying with him is an understatement, but worse is the way he's dealing with the woman he loves. Vanessa (Zoe Saldana) lives with her boyfriend, Anthony (Matthias Schoenaerts), and their daughter, but Frank wants her to himself, so he sets Anthony up to take the fall for some serious crimes. It backfires, but he still goes away for six months for possession of an unlicensed firearm. In the mean time, he wins Vanessa back, but Anthony's impending release looms large over both of them-and Chris, too. Blood Ties feels like a film you've seen before, but it never really gives in to the tropes that come with this territory. Yes, the music and costumes are straight out of any 1970s or 1970s-set crime thriller you've seen, but Canet isn't extremely uninterested in chases and tension derived from action. Make no mistake: Blood Ties is a very tense, involving, and surprising film, but all that comes from its characters and the tangled moral webs they find themselves caught in. Chris is the film's most interesting character (even if Clive Owen doesn't give a performance that's up to snuff with the writing). His violent acts are unconscionable, and the juxtaposition between that side and the side we see when he's around Natalie or his father (James Caan) is startling. Around his brother, he's defiant and difficult-not necessarily a bad guy but very unwilling to provide baby brother with the mea culpa he needs to truly move on. Acting probably isn't the film's strong suit. There's not a performance in the bunch that brings the film down, but with so many big names and so much to chew on dramatically and thematically, you'd like guys like Owen and Crudup-not to mention an actress as good as Cotillard-could excel. On the contrary, the best performances come from surprising sources. Zoe Saldana's involvement tails off as the film progresses and focuses in tightly on just Frank and Chris, but early on, she's fantastic as a woman torn apart by two untrustworthy lovers. The other point on that triangle is Anthony-the film's most dynamic character and the source of its strongest performance. Schoenaerts has really made a name for himself over the past two years or so as a live-wire actor, and all the qualities you loved about him in films like Bullhead and Rust and Bone are present here in lesser but no less effective doses. Blood Ties premiered at Cannes in 2013 (out of Competition), where it was only lukewarmly received. It's hard to say if viewers were expecting something more explosive or if I'm simply in the minority for appreciating its quiet intensity, but there's a lot to admire here, if not as much as there is to admire in Canet's previous two features-Tell No One and Little White Lies. Still, a good story and some authentic, character-driven surprises mean he's three for three from the director's chair and someone I'll continue to joyfully watch going forward. http://www.johnlikesmovies.com/blood-ties-review/

  • Carlos M Super Reviewer
    Feb 19, 2016

    It is a world of men, and so all female characters are one-dimensional and revolve around them, while Billy Crudup delivers the only nuanced performance in a weak movie filled with too many characters who are mostly underdeveloped and make it lose focus like a soap opera.

    It is a world of men, and so all female characters are one-dimensional and revolve around them, while Billy Crudup delivers the only nuanced performance in a weak movie filled with too many characters who are mostly underdeveloped and make it lose focus like a soap opera.

  • Dec 03, 2015

    A pesar del excelente reparto y el exitoso emplazamiento setentero, la torpe dirección hace que no haya apenas interés en el lento e insustancial desarrollo de una no demasiado interesante historia. No se muy bien por qué esto es un proyecto francés.

    A pesar del excelente reparto y el exitoso emplazamiento setentero, la torpe dirección hace que no haya apenas interés en el lento e insustancial desarrollo de una no demasiado interesante historia. No se muy bien por qué esto es un proyecto francés.

  • Aug 19, 2015

    While there is much to be commended in the fact that director Guillaume Canet and his production team have here in Blood Ties created a very decent recreation of the 1970's (with an overuse of record players, we get it OK, there weren't IPod's/CD's back then!) there is also much to be made of the fact that Blood Ties is a lifeless, seen a thousand times before, dull and dreary tale that fails to announce to us just why it exists. On paper, things within Blood Ties would seem to add up to a pretty decent family/crime drama, even moments within seem to suggest Sidney Lumet was a huge inspiration. We have a name cast in the form of Clive Owen, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana and the ever disappointing Billy Crudup, then behind the scenes you have a film not only produced but co-written by crime genre specialist James Grey and director Guillaume Canet who has a decent track record in his native homeland of France with films such as the excellent Tell No One and the decent Little White Lies, but nothing within Blood Ties ads up to any anything decent, nothing we see here feels emotionally engaging and no one truly seems to care enough to change it. Blood Ties needed someone too step up their game exceptionally within the piece, yet all participants seemingly rested on their laurels with the material and expected fireworks to happen. Canet's direction clearly did not help this dull overbearing feeling however with his stale, beyond workmanlike gig behind the camera transferring to one of the most bereft of life movies you'd care to see. Where is the tension to be found between warring brothers? The heart pounding experience of a crime in progress or the sparks between lovers? There is none of that to be found here despite the potential for it. Bloods Ties best moments are all taken/borrowed from other much better films of the same genre, whether it be a climatic train station scene (Carlito's Way), a bank heist gone wrong (Heat) or brothers torn between loyalty to their family/friends or loyalty to their job (We Own the Night or State of Grace) and they go to show you just what can be done with this type of film if it's done right. Blood Ties doesn't do many things right and that makes this a film worthy of being crossed off your to watch list, even if the cast list looks like a sure fire success. 1 record player out of 5 For more movie reviews and opinions check into - www.jordanandeddie.wordpress.com

    While there is much to be commended in the fact that director Guillaume Canet and his production team have here in Blood Ties created a very decent recreation of the 1970's (with an overuse of record players, we get it OK, there weren't IPod's/CD's back then!) there is also much to be made of the fact that Blood Ties is a lifeless, seen a thousand times before, dull and dreary tale that fails to announce to us just why it exists. On paper, things within Blood Ties would seem to add up to a pretty decent family/crime drama, even moments within seem to suggest Sidney Lumet was a huge inspiration. We have a name cast in the form of Clive Owen, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana and the ever disappointing Billy Crudup, then behind the scenes you have a film not only produced but co-written by crime genre specialist James Grey and director Guillaume Canet who has a decent track record in his native homeland of France with films such as the excellent Tell No One and the decent Little White Lies, but nothing within Blood Ties ads up to any anything decent, nothing we see here feels emotionally engaging and no one truly seems to care enough to change it. Blood Ties needed someone too step up their game exceptionally within the piece, yet all participants seemingly rested on their laurels with the material and expected fireworks to happen. Canet's direction clearly did not help this dull overbearing feeling however with his stale, beyond workmanlike gig behind the camera transferring to one of the most bereft of life movies you'd care to see. Where is the tension to be found between warring brothers? The heart pounding experience of a crime in progress or the sparks between lovers? There is none of that to be found here despite the potential for it. Bloods Ties best moments are all taken/borrowed from other much better films of the same genre, whether it be a climatic train station scene (Carlito's Way), a bank heist gone wrong (Heat) or brothers torn between loyalty to their family/friends or loyalty to their job (We Own the Night or State of Grace) and they go to show you just what can be done with this type of film if it's done right. Blood Ties doesn't do many things right and that makes this a film worthy of being crossed off your to watch list, even if the cast list looks like a sure fire success. 1 record player out of 5 For more movie reviews and opinions check into - www.jordanandeddie.wordpress.com

  • Jun 06, 2015

    a drama action filled movie around the 1970's. when 1 brother is a cop in love with a woman whos boyfriend is a drug dealer and when his other brother just got out of jail and decides to go his old ways again and start turning ex's into hookers, well there is a lot lot of drama , suspension and voilence.

    a drama action filled movie around the 1970's. when 1 brother is a cop in love with a woman whos boyfriend is a drug dealer and when his other brother just got out of jail and decides to go his old ways again and start turning ex's into hookers, well there is a lot lot of drama , suspension and voilence.