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Blood Ties 2014

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Violence erupts when two brothers on two sides of the law face off over organized crime in Brooklyn during the 1970s.

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Clive Owen, Billy Crudup
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2 hours, 8 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Guillaume Canet
Starring Clive Owen, Billy Crudup
Supporting actors Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Caan, Noah Emmerich, Lili Taylor, Domenick Lombardozzi, John Ventimiglia, Griffin Dunne, Jamie Hector, Yul Vazquez, Eve Hewson, Anais Lee, Mirabelle Lee, Richard Petrocelli, Mark Mahoney, Vincent Lamberti
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on November 11, 2014
Format: DVD
Family tension, gritty 70’s crime sprees, hookers, conflicted cops, jilted convicts, blood in the streets; ‘Blood Ties’ has it all. Now, I say all of this and the first thing you’re going to think is that this movie is one of those tightly wound action flicks that star Bruce Willis and are directed by Michael Bay and yet ‘Blood Ties’ defies it’s genre and it’s material by maintaining a slow burn with a slick cast and a smart director. It never thrusts too much in your face at one time, but pulls back and develops a rich tapestry of characters, themes and plot points over the course of two hours that leave us absorbed in this world.

Guillaume Canet’s crime drama is set in the 70’s and focuses on two brothers on different sides of the law. Frank, the younger brother, grew up straight. He watched his older brother make mistake after mistake and used that as inspiration to right wrongs and stay on the straight and narrow. Because of that, Frank is a cop, while his older brother Chris is a con who was just released from prison. With nowhere to go and an ex-wife who hates him, Chris winds up moving in with Frank, much to the dismay of Frank’s department. Still, Chris seems determined to clean up his act. He gets a good job, reunites with some buddies who have some interesting business ventures lined up and even gets a new flame, Natalie. Still, your past haunts you, and both Frank and Chris wind up realizing the truth of that statement. Frank finds his passions for an ex-flame, Vanessa, to be too much for him to ignore, even if that means putting away her current boyfriend, Scarfo, and Chris finds that he can’t seem to live down his past and soon he decides to embrace it.

But, when morality divides brothers, is blood truly thicker than water?
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Blood Ties is a muscular and old-fashioned drama of crime and family. It is the first English-language film by French actor and director Guillaume Canet, perhaps known best behind the camera for the art-house hit Tell No One. He shares writing credit here with director James Gray, who has developed a small, but potent cult fan base for his films set in and around Brighton Beach, including We Own the Night and Two Lovers. For his fans, his authentic, soulful, and urban touch overshadows any repetition in regard to content and location. This new film bears a strong resemblance to We Own Night: the focus is once again on brothers, one an honest detective (Billy Crudup) and the other a career criminal (Clive Owen), and their painful bid to understand and forgive one another amidst escalating tension and violence.

This is not a hard film for a cynic to criticize, so I am not surprised by the mixed reviews. Though played by recognizable performers such as Marion Cotillard (the director's wife), Mila Kunis, and Zoe Saldana, none of the female characters are complex, functioning only as girlfriends and wives, betrayers and prostitutes. For Gray, it could be described as a cinematic greatest-hits record, constructed from characters, confrontations, and themes lifted from his overall oeuvre. And understatement is not always the film's strong suit: note how a scene in which one character, a former drug user, relapses is set to none other than "Heroin" by the Velvet Underground. Despite the flaws, however, Blood Ties is still entertaining, overflowing with period-perfect design choices and exciting heist and chase sequences. And as the brothers, both stars are riveting; they give the domestic dysfunction depth and grit, ensuring the audience invests in their shared fate. Owen in particular shines as a man who motions at times toward nobility and redemption, but always finds himself turning again to murder and theft out of desperation and self-hatred.
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I really wanted to like this movie, given the cast. After reading the summary, I thought to myself, "oh, another one of "THESE" movies"... meaning that the criminal just out of the joint and just need to do one last "job" (so he says) mixed with the 2 siblings on either side of the law family drama. Don't we have enough of those movies? Anyway, the mere fact that Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Lili Taylor and James Caan are in this movie led me to give it a chance. They were wonderful, the movie was very lackluster, to say the least.
The first half was extremely boring and, given that so little happens, I was surprised that they didn't take that to be the perfect opportunity to work on some character development, cuz there's virtually none of that. I really didn't care what happened to any of these people. Except maybe Lili Taylor's cuz she just plays sincere and caring so well.
As I said, all the actors were wonderful, including Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana and Marion Cotillard (none of whom get a whole lot to work with... the women in this film are pretty much relegated to being girlfriends or ex-wives). There was some good action and suspense for a bit 2/3rds of the way in but then a really boring car chase. I had to laugh when the maracas kicked in on the Latin tinged suspenseful score during the chase scene. I don't know... had a feeling that the original screenplay was edited like crazy and the finished product was, unfortunately, this.

3-stars just for the actors being in the film and doing a kick-ass job (oh, and also for the costume, prop and set designers!!) but 2-stars for the film.
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