The main character in British filmmaker Nick Murphy's color-bled police drama "Blood" might as well be human conscience.
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Not since Adrian Lyne's 2002 drama "Unfaithful" has sheer conscience been such a driving force for characters.
Paul Bettany and Stephen Graham play cop brothers living in the shadow of their father (Brian Cox), a legendary policeman known for his toughness and results.
During a brutal interrogation, the siblings inadvertently kill a murder suspect, but they justify it by knowing he did it.
When it becomes apparent the suspect was innocent, guilt begins quietly eating away at the brothers, pitting their proper judicial attitudes against self-preservation.
Based on a British television series, "Blood" is a long slog as a drama. The angst-laden characters are as desolate as the gray, wet landscapes superbly captured by George Richmond's widescreen cinematography.
Bettany excels at portraying internal conflict in a movie that proves even well-acted suffering can reach a point of diminishing returns.
"Blood" opens at the Streets of Woodfield Theaters in Schaumburg. Not rated; contains violence, adult language. 93 minutes. ★ ★
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