Blood Ties is a 2013 French–American crime thriller film directed by Guillaume Canet, packaged on Blu-ray.
New York, 1974. Chris has just been released on good behavior after several years in prison following a gangland murder. Waiting for him reluctantly outside the prison gates is his younger brother, Frank, a cop with a bright future. Chris and Frank have always been different, and their father, Leon, who has raised them alone, seems strangely to prefer Chris – this, despite all his troubles. Yet blood ties are the ones that bind.
Frank, hoping that his brother has changed, is willing to give him a chance; he shares his home, finds him a job, and helps him reconnect with his children and his ex-wife, Monica. But Chris’ past quickly catches up to him, and his descent back into a life of crime becomes inevitable…
- Making of
- Director's commentary
Blood Ties Movie Reviews:
“Blood Ties evokes the brilliantly ramshackle, down-and-dirty spirit of Sidney Lumet… Owen, in this role, looks like a towering, depressed-greaser version of Nicolas Cage, and he's mesmerizing… Pure Hollywood.” Entertainment Weekly
“Served with such relish that the fun proves infectious” The Guardian
“Opens with a fantastic and thoroughly exciting hotel-room shootout… Impressive period detail and high-octane action sequences.” ReelFilm.com
“Clive Owen hasn't been this good in a long time, and with a meaty lead and complex character, he runs with it. Compelling and watchable… the main thrust of two brothers inevitably caught in each other's various spirals is fascinating.” Indiewire