Blood Ties (2014)
Critic Consensus: Blood Ties boasts a fine cast and palpable period detail, but ultimately fails to do much of anything new with its formulaic story.
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as Lieutenant Connellan
as Fabio De Soto
as Policeman Station
as Cell Guard
as The Girl
as Policeman Officer Norm
as Policeman 50's
as Head Internal Affairs
as Young Chris
as Old Man
as Policeman #2
as Young Frank
as Jack Wheeler
as Ruby Bartender
as Ryan Smith
as Fake Cop
as Bored Hooker #1
as Swat Cop #1
as Park Goer
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Critic Reviews for Blood Ties
In its lesser moments, the film is overwrought and derivative but, at its best, it has a real flavour of Friedkin, Coppola and Scorsese.
It starts out feeling like too many stars in search of a story, but Owen excels as a charismatic brute, and the tautly handled set pieces drag you back in for a solid payoff.
A cunningly chosen soundtrack featuring the likes of Ace Frehley, Al Wilson and the Isley Brothers attempts to paper over the cracks withcool, but it's not convincing.
Not quite an unimaginative crime film, not quite something better.
Blood Ties has a heart of plastic. Yet there's a sturdiness to the script, and the performances are real enough to crackle.
Audience Reviews for Blood Ties
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.
So much talent. So little result.
A powerhouse crime-drama that shines with the gritty storytelling of Scorsese. A strong script, a gorgeous cast and a great soundtrack are only a few things that stand out in this project. A tough, stylish, gritty and mesmerizing movie that explodes with drama and action. A powerful and outstanding movie that's riveting, exciting and action-packed. The best crime-drama since The Town. Writer, James Gray and Director, Guillaume Canet craft a dazzling and epic piece of crime and brotherhood. It's one of the best movies of 2014. An instant classic. A hard-hitting and deeply absorbing character study. A remarkable all-star cast. Clive Owen gives a powerful and explosive performance, its his best role in years. Billy Crudup is outstanding. Mila Kunis is terrific. Zoe Saldana is excellent. Marion Cotillard is fantastic. A film that will entertain you all the way to its beautifully tragic ending.
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