It's truly a shame that a piece of cinematic filth like "American Hustle" is recognized as a legitimate 70s throwback gangster film. It's even more despicable that it wins/nominated for awards. I can't emphasize just how poor of a film that is. Blood Ties is everything that American Hustle is supposed to be. Amazing acting, amazing character depth, Clive Owen is amazing as usual. The 70s cars, music, everything is perfect. This movie is 1000 times better than watching Bale mumble and stumble around in his fat cheesy wardrobe for 2 hours. The other guy from Sliver linings <more>
movie and Hangover, is such a poor poor actor it's laughable. Any way, this is about Blood Ties. It excels as a gangster/cop movie. It's authentic. It's a shame that this movie will win no awards and will linger with a 6ish rating on here when it is 1000 times better than American Hustle....God that movie is horrible.I personally hope that this movie was made specifically to show how awful American Hustle is. The Director must have.
Real meat and potatoes from the 70's & 80's. It has a real feel to root on the bad guy. Nice plot with plenty of questionable characters, who all have weaknesses. Rise to the top dirty. Good stuff! A must buy! A need to see film. Remember the 70's, Starsky & Hutch? But with real life drama. It doesn't make any sense having golden dreams. If you have a blood thirst for easy money. Standing on the bottom rung of a ladder will push you to heights unknown. You start out greedy, with all intentions on bringing everyone up with you. Watch out for back-stabbers that linger <more>
like jackals with no back bone. Reminds me of the "Dead Presidents" but catch me if you can. With all the taste for the unfortunate.
Blood is thick, and messy, because it comes from our hearts. (by face-819-933726)
Too many period pieces miss a very important detail; If the movie is set in the 70's then there should be brand new things just things from that era. Too often you see people dressed for the time, but they are using, or carrying antiques that just look like props. There is no separation in this movie, you will feel like you are in New York in the 70's. The production team has done a fantastic job here in making everything about this movie feel as though it was actually filmed in that world, at that time. The acting is tight all around, this is a blood is thicker than anything movie, <more>
and the family bonds are stranger, and more dynamic than you will be expecting, which I found very Enjoyable, and unique. This type of movie always draws a line in the sand and says that one side is one way, and the other is opposite of them, but in this movie you can see that it is far more unclear than that, and people are more complicated, and surprising than we ever give ourselves credit for. I give you this movie that I wish was mine to give, so I recommend that you watch it when you get the chance, and hope that that will do.Jesse of www.jesse.ca
Blood Ties reminds me somewhat of the 2007 film, "We Own the Night." Despite similar themes and a similar plot, I felt connected more to this story. Maybe it was because of the character-driven plot and the excellent lines of dialogue, but this movie is a solid piece of art exploring themes of brotherhood....but from opposite sides of the law. The movie isn't flawless, but it's one movie people should check out. Guillaume Canet's English-speaking film debut is about a man named Chris, who was just released from prison after serving 12 years for murder. He is picked up by <more>
his younger brother Frank, who serves as a cop. Chris tries to live life as a regular man, but once he rejoins his crime life, Frank must decide which life is better: his brother's or his as a cop. For a limited release, the film has an excellent cast. I thought everyone did a solid job, though one could deny this film is their best works. Clive Owen, as always, delivers a good performance as the crime- happy Chris. Billy Crudup does the same as his younger brother. James Caan delivered a tasty role as the father of the two men. I particularly liked Marion Cotillard's haunting, sexy performance as Chris's ex-wife, Monica. Finally, Mila Kunis did a decent job as Chris's new lover, Natalie. Overall, Blood Ties is a great crime film that fits extremely well in its 1970's setting. I loved the soundtrack of the film, which added to the groove of the movie. It felt like this film was made in 1975, and that is an added bonus. If you expect an action/gangster film, look elsewhere because this a film focused on the characters. However, that ending was a very strong ending, better than I expected it to be. My Grade: A-
I just returned from a screening of this film, and I feel the need to say that it was a really pleasing experience.At first I had some doubts about it since the first reviews I'd read about the film were not too promising. It was supposed to be decent yet too long, and not really compelling. I'm very glad to say that I ignored these and went with my gut feeling to go see it anyway. Thoroughly well executed as well in music score as visual cinematography, the real standout in this one is the fact that it really gets you to understand both sides of the brother's stories. It is <more>
really hard to tell who's wrong and who's right by the time you get to the end of the screening. An obvious call as it may seem at first but when the chips fall as they do one might have to reconsider their opinion. The excellence of this movie is the way in which it manages to blend ethical questions, family ties, and personal beliefs in a way that makes perfect sense without wanting to be overly self-aware or condemning. It is and remains a tale of two brother's with diverging paths and beliefs in their respective lives and how they interact with each other and their shared environment. Praise to Clive Owen for portraying his character the way he does, he really fits the part and gives a more real and deeper dimension to the role. Every other actor and actress' portrayal is also quite spot on, and even the 'bad guys' in it feel relatable. It has a long runtime but to me it never felt as such, it doesn't bore and in my opinion its runtime seems necessary to let you see every aspect of the story. A solid character study of two brother's that want to like each other and do so in their own way but struggle with their different views on life and the fine line between right and wrong.Maybe "Blood Ties" isn't the best film that has been released this year but it's solid both in story as in execution. It certainly deserves better than 'moderate' reviews.
Love the movie. One of the best movies I have seen. Excellent story and good screenplay to go with it. However, need to be patient to follow the story line effectively through. Not a simple straightforward story which we usually see in movies. Good family crime drama. It is a thriller reaching the climax at the end. Like the ending too. The starting and the ending of the story blend together very well. In fact all the actors and actresses portrayed their parts very well indeed. The story is adapted from a French novel and movie. Clive Owen did a very good job as the other brother. Good choice <more>
of 60s music back ground. If you like simple straightforward action movie, then this is definitely not your type. Watch it patiently and you will love the movie!
Movie based on character development, great one by Canet (by July_Faraday)
IF YOU EXPECT THIS TO BE A CLASSIC Hollywood GANGSTER MOVIE, YOU WILL BE DISAPPOINTED! It's not, it's way more than that, it's almost entirely based on the characters development. As the movie unfolds, we learn more and more about the lives of the two brothers, and the circumstances in which they keep finding each other, which makes it very hard for them to connect on a brotherly level. The actors play their roles to perfection, very believable, specially Clive Owen and Marion Cotillard. The cast is exceptional and bring out the essence of the period. I really enjoyed this movie <more>
from beginning to end, and I'm glad it wasn't action based. I didn't find the 2 hours long like some of the viewers, although I understand it's not for everybody who usually expect more dynamical plot from a 70's movie.