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Blood review

A crisp little Brit-thriller, that doesn't quite escape its TV origins

Forgive the generic title and parochial scope, and there’s a fine, if minor-key, film here.

Based on writer Bill Gallagher’s 2004 TV series Conviction (and it shows), it follows small-town policemen brothers Paul Bettany and Stephen Graham as they investigate the killing of a 12-year-old girl.

It verges on ponderous, but with a top cast, including Brian Cox and Mark Strong, some big themes (family, memory, guilt) done small, it’s a crisp, cold little thriller with a real sense of the noose tightening around otherwise unremarkable lives.

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Matt Glasby

Matt Glasby is a freelance film and TV journalist. You can find his work on Total Film - in print and online - as well as at publications like the Radio Times, Channel 4, DVD REview, Flicks, GQ, Hotdog, Little White Lies, and SFX, among others. He is also the author of several novels, including The Book of Horror: The Anatomy of Fear in Film and Britpop Cinema: From Trainspotting To This Is England.