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2nd January 2020

He’s Just Trying To Help Those In Need, Right?

Seann William Scott (‘American Pie’ ‘Goon’) successfully goes against type with his portrayal as a School Counselor who has the urge to kill those that hurt the ones he cares about.

‘Bloodline’ is in no way a great movie, but I couldn’t keep my eyes off it! I had so much fun with this film.

First-time feature director Henry Jacobson creates a 70s/80s Slasher throwback that hits every note of bloody nostalgia from old Carpenter and De Palma films. With the help from Cinematographer Isaac Bauman, both have built a very dimly lit look at family life and how far we would be willing to go for family.

Evan Cole (Scott) has a child on the way with his wife, Lauren, Mariela Garriga (“Nightmare Cinema”), and his mother, Marie, Dale Dickey (“Iron Man 3”, “Hell Or High Water”), decides to come help the new parents out.

Once the baby arrives, Cole tried to become the best father he could be, and his paternal instinct kicks in when he seeks to hep out the kids at work. One of the kids he helps, Chris, Raymond Cham Jr. (“Sneaky Pete (TV)”), is convinced that Cole may not be who he seems after a few sessions don’t go as planned.

Scott creates a powerful screen presence that we haven’t seen from him in since 2012’s ‘Goon.’ With his heavily dramatic turns in this film and on the underrated last season of TV’s Lethal Weapon, I think we should be seeing more of these kind of roles for him.

Dickey provides a much needed second fiddle to Scott, as I didn’t feel enough coming from Garriga. It could have been the writing with Garriga, but she didn’t seem the right choice for what they wanted from her.

The kills we see in this movie can be quite disturbing for some, but I felt like they were shot beautifully and well executed. Did not mean to throw in that pun…

Overall, I really enjoyed this bloody mess and hope to see Scott taking more swings again. Blumhouse has some very underrated gems that get limited viewings, and I hope this becomes a cult classic in the future.

Evan values family above all else, and anyone who gets between him, his wife, and newborn son learns that the hard way. But when it comes to violent tendencies, it seems the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

22nd September 2019

Henry Jacobson

Avra Fox-Lerner, Will Honley, Henry Jacobson

Running Time:
1h 37Mins

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