Conclusion: Blood has good performances, it literally drips with atmosphere, and it's been capably presented on Blu-ray. But it's not a very satisfying film, and I would recommend any number of British TV detective series instead, e.g., George Gently , which is set in a different era, but also takes place in a seaside environment and explores territory just as dark. Rent if curious. Did you find this review helpful?
Excerpt: A teenager is mutilated, and the suspect – a grizzly, greasy religious convert with a penchant for perversion – will not confess. For Blood , that is cinematic fuel for expansively wide cinematography, and a story of mental desperation. Jason Buliegh (Ben Crompton) haunts a rundown England police bureau and its two lead detectives, brothers Joe and Chrissie Fairburn (Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham respectively).
Conclusion: Blood has some interesting things going on and has the right people doing them, but it takes a lot to get over the main faults the film has, and they distract from a story which could have been an above average production. Technically, the film is not horrible, though it tends to lack anything in the supplement department. Ultimately it is a fascinating rental option, though very little else is going on with it. What Do You Think?
Excerpt: In the drizzly, grayish-blue policier Blood , Paul Bettany plays a detective who kills a suspect in a fit of anger. When it becomes obvious that the man was innocent, Bettany finds himself caught in a double web of guilt and paranoia. Screenwriter Bill Gallagher has told this story before, as the 2004 BBC series Conviction ; for this adaptation, he excises much of the original’s knottiness in order to focus on a handful of core themes.
Excerpt: The BBC's 2004 miniseries Conviction , the saga of a highly dysfunctional cop family, was an underappreciated watermark in contemporary television, a gripping drama that transcended the police-procedural genre through deft characterization and dramatic storytelling. The material always seemed rife with cinematic potential, so it's no surprise that it's been adapted into a feature film, Blood , directed by longtime television director Nick Murphy and written by Bill...
Conclusion: Blood has camp value, if nothing else, going for it. Some of the dialogue is just giggle inducing, but the film has the same impressive visual flair that Ten brought to his international hit Shinobi . Dramatically uneven (and often inert), and with a patently odd sensibility that blends some extremely disparate genres, Blood may still appeal to a select group who wants something decidedly different in either their vampire, martial arts, or indeed softcore porn fare.