Blood and Money (2020)


“It’s just so strange. Nothing is as I imagined it would be.” – Debbie

“It never is.. for anyone.” – Jim Reed

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Aug 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A hunter comes across a dead body and a bag of money and needs to try and decide what to do with them.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about a few months ago ad was intrigued largely due to the fact that it stars Tom Berenger.

He does a wonderful job in the lead role and is able to rise above this very generic storyl ine.

The story itself is purposely slow paced and that actually enhances the movie because it adds to the suspense and tension as things move along.

The minimal dialogue in the film also adds a lot to the story because it allows for this story to unfold in a more visual way instead of a verbal one.

We get to see more of the actions of the characters than their opinions or thoughts on the matters at hand.

The film’s cinematography is superb and they really are able to transport us to this cold weather climate while also making us feel the cold that these characters do.

The interactions between the characters are done in a realistic way which helps add even more to the realism of this story.

Bottom Line – Berenger is great in the lead role here, but the story feels a bit too generic for its own good. The story moves along at a pretty slow pace and that actually helps things since it adds to the suspense and tension of the story. The film has minimal dialogue which also helps give us a visual story that works well. The cinematography is also great and really makes the cold weather location really seep in as things move along.  The character interactions are done in a realistic manner which also helps things feel more genuine the whole way through.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – As Jim has finished his meal at the Diner, (time 13 mins 11 secs) his cutlery (both knife and fork) are 180 opposite to his seated position, it appears that the set manager placed the plate with cutlery facing them instead of Jim, hence the orientation of the knife and fork to Jim on the plate are inaccurate. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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