Blood (UK, 2012)

mv5bmtkynzg1otmyn15bml5banbnxkftztcwnzgzote4oq-_v1_uy1200_cr9006301200_al_Directed by: Nick Murphy. You know the drill—I took one look at the cover, and what did I see? Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Mark Strong, Brian Cox. Pretty good start! What’s it about? I look at the back of the DVD, and it talks about murder, mystery, betrayal, all that good stuff. How could I resist? The verdict is…pretty good. Not great, unfortunately, not even terribly good, but pretty good. This was an adequate use of all the mega talented actors in it, but considering all the talent, this movie doesn’t really offer a remarkable addition to the filmographies of anyone involved, which is a shame. The basic story has all the ingredients of something potentially really compelling and dark and full of psychological tension and difficult moral choices, etc, but the delivery just kind of falls short. For something with this much built-in tension, the movie sort of glides along more or less serenely, and resolves more or less peaceably. It’s interesting—how can stakes this high resolve so lightly? Maybe we should study this film as an exercise in what not to do when constructing a suspense thriller. Was this based on a novel? I could see maybe the interior lives of the characters really going a long way to fill this thing out. As it is, this is a pretty standard, ho-hum, and maybe even below-average British crime movie. And I can’t believe I’m saying this, because I love British crime thrillers, and I love all these actors, but there’s kind of no reason for you to see this, other than the great performances.


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