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Movie review: Crime-drama clichés trip up ‘Blood Ties’
First Published Mar 20 2014 03:13 pm • Last Updated Mar 24 2014 04:17 pm

The crime thriller "Blood Ties," a remake of a French film, is a compendium of every cops-and-robbers cliché you can imagine, with a plate of sibling rivalry on the side.

In Brooklyn, 1974, Chris (Clive Owen) is released from prison after 12 years, and his police detective brother, Frank (Billy Crudup), tries to help him — putting him up in his apartment and helping him find a legit job. But Chris starts falling into old habits, joining an armored-car heist and setting up his ex-wife, Monica (Marion Cotillard), as a madam.

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‘Blood Ties’

Opens Friday, March 21, at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; rated R for violence, pervasive language, some sexual content and brief drug use; 128 minutes.

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Frank, meanwhile, tries to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend Vanessa (Zoe Saldana), drawing the wrath of her imprisoned ex, Anthony ("Rust and Bone’s" Matthias Schoenaerts).

French director Guillaume Canet ("Tell No One"), in his English-language debut, and co-writer James Gray ("We Own the Night") create some dynamic set pieces — particularly that armored-car robbery — but then bog down in leaden dialogue and telegraphed dramatic beats that evoke a long list of better cop dramas.

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