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Blood Ties

Blood Ties
  • 2013
  • France/US
  • 127 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Guillaume Canet
  • Cast: Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup
  • UK release: 15 August 2014

Brooklyn, 1970s: when charismatic Chris (Owen) is released from prison, his cop brother Frank (Crudup) attempts to reform him. Director Canet remakes Jacques Maillot's 2008 Les Liens du Sang, in which he played the cop; the snazzy soundtrack and retro 70s costumes can't make up for his wearily conventional approach.

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Blood Ties

11 Aug 20143 stars

Clive Owen and Billy Crudup lead a starry cast in a fitfully successful retro thriller

French director Guillaume Canet's English-language debut has the swagger of a Cain and Abel version of Mean Streets. The film is set in 1970s Brooklyn and Canet is clearly intent on crafting something that Scorsese or Sidney Lumet might have made back…

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