Blood Ties

Blood Ties

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New York, 1974: Chris is released from prison. Reluctantly waiting for him on the outside is his younger brother Frank, a cop with an aspiring future. After trying to stay on the straight path without any success, Chris inevitably descends back into a life of crime and puts Frank in a tough predicament. Should he cover for his brother and salvage the only family he has? Or should he do the right thing and risk destroying everything he loves?
Copyright Date: ©2014
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
digital,optical,5.1 Dolby Digital,rda
1 videodisc (128 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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kozakd
Mar 20, 2016

I loved the period piece and the attention to detail in the wardrobes and decorating. Owen and Cotillard are mesmerizing to watch, especially together.

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Monolith
Jul 25, 2015

It wasn't mind-blowing, but I was entertained. I am somewhat of a pro-retro dude however. Clive Owen in a role I would've never imagined for him, and Mila Kunis looking absolutely delectable.

harrybrowne Jun 15, 2015

Clive Owen commands the screen in every film he does, and no exception here. Much to like here, much not to.

Great story, some very wooden acting, some absurd dialogue. Great soundtrack, gut-wrenching ending.

Worth viewing anyway.

I struggled with this movie before finally throwing in the towel with a little under a half-hour left. The viewer is always fully aware that he/she is watching a colorless crime drama set in 1974. The performances are spiritless, particularly Billy Crudup's. There is nothing novel or intriguing about this production. We have seen it all before countless times and done much better. The one positive comment I do have is Marion Cotillard, playing Clive Owen's junkie prostitute ex-wife, is truly beautiful.

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slarsen
Feb 05, 2015

Cops and Robbers. I watched two brothers trying to live their own fractured lives without hurting each other. Good movie.

7duffy Nov 03, 2014

Decent stroy, good acting and solid direction. Captures the 70's and Queens or Brooklyn, very well. A real NY feel to it. Enough action and drama to keep it interesting. Clive Owen, despite being British, does a great job. Great 70's soundtrack.

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jimg2000
Oct 15, 2014

Based on the French novel "Two brothers, a cop, a crook" and adaptation of french thriller Rivals (2008). Though filmed in 2013, the movie has a real feel of the 70's, good music, bell bottoms, cars with big chrome bumpers and grimy New York city boroughs.

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john_doh17
Aug 12, 2014

Pretty good story about brothers that end up going in different directions. It seems kind of inevitable that things won't end well. The pacing was pretty good, and the acting was very solid.

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jimg2000
Oct 15, 2014

Chris: You wanna know what I did? Why I went away?
Natalie: Yeah.
Chris: I got 12 years for killing a guy. He raped and killed a woman I was with. Listen, I spent most of my xyzking youth in correction houses and prisons, that's who I am. You wanna leave, leave.
Natalie: The few times I've seen my father, he was behind bars. But what I hated the most is that he always lied to me. I'm not sure I can get past this. But if you want me to, ... you gotta always be honest and you gotta tell me the truth.

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jimg2000
Oct 15, 2014

A toas to Chris: attention, a few words...Hey, just give me a minute! I was nine years old when my pop died. He was a good man. That was the toughest day of my life. I wasn't left with much, you know, uh, a mother who was never home, or who couldn't care less. No brothers, no sisters...Nothing. That day I became part of Chris's family. I never went hungry. Nobody bullied me. He became my older brother, the family I never had. I was just... I was just a kid three houses down... And he did that for me.

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