Monday, March 14, 2016

Blood Ties (2013)

Director: Guillaume Canet

Stars: Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, James Caan, Noah Emmerich, Lili Taylor, Griffin Dunne

New York, 1974. Fifty-year-old Chris has just been released on good behavior after several years in prison following a gangland murder. Reluctantly waiting for him outside the gates is his younger brother, Frank, a cop with a bright future. Chris and Frank have always been different, and their father, Leon, who raised them alone, seems to favor Chris despite all his troubles. Yet blood ties are the ones that bind, and Frank, hoping that his brother has changed, is willing to give him a chance - he shares his home, finds him a job, and helps him reconnect with his children and his ex-wife, Monica. But Chris' inevitable descent back into a life of crime proves to be the last in a long line of betrayals, and after his brother's latest transgressions, Frank banishes him from his life. But it's already too late, as the brothers' destiny is bound together, forever.

This was an interesting movie, but not that interesting. The story has been done to death. It is basically the story of brother against brother. One just got out of prison and the other is a cop. These two items do not mesh well together.

The movie is set in the 70's, which I think is one of the best decades. The cast for the movie was really good. There was a talented crew. The story was the problem. It has been done too many times. The flow of the movie is slow. You really have to pay attention to it just to keep up with it. There just is not that much to keep up with is the main problem.


The look and the set of the movie are great. I just was not that interested in the story itself. It is just too old and dated. If you really want to watch this movie, then by all means do so. I just warned you about it. It is not the best. Enjoy.

Blood Ties (2013) Trailer

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