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Film Review: Blood Ties

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Blood Ties is a moderately involving, occasionally turgid crime drama, reassembled from the 2008 French-language film Rivals. 1974 Brooklyn provides an atmospheric location-shift for the emotional trials of a very strained family. One brother is a criminal (Clive Owen) and another is a cop (Billy Crudup). The wives and girlfriends (Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana and Marion Cotillard) are occasionally caught in the middle, as are innocent civilians, and a lot of it culminates in shouting and armed robberies.

The acting is sometimes shaky (Clive Owen’s accent leaves a lot to be desired), but Crudup and Cotillard make this worth a look. They both channel a magnetic and brittle power that allows them to steal every scene they appear in.

Director Guillaume Canet (who starred in Rivals) is less adept at directing the action scenes and works better during some of the human drama moments. This type of thing has been done a lot better before (try The Town by Ben Affleck), but as a watchable enough story with a robust attitude you could do worse than this.

Blood Ties (2013), directed by Guillaume Canet, is released in UK cinemas and VoD in the UK by Lionsgate UK, Certificate 15. Watch the trailer below: 


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