BLOOD MONEY REVIEWED
“Blood Money” is the latest film handled by Lucky McKee. I’m a big fan of McKee and I like this low-budget take on a DB Cooper style figure. But, Cusack has to get the drama and modern lunacy going while hunting three kids for his money. Ellar Coltrane is the good guy, but only in the sense that the movie needs a counterbalance. While his other two friends aren’t evil, they’re driven by personal desire. Cut to Yoda cackling about something and burning a tree down.
What hurts the movie is its overwhelming economy of convenience. Everything just happens for the kids and Cusack’s Miller character. Miller lands just in the right spot to find his money. The kids just happen to find it at the right time. Plus, they get to keep the action going for a good long time before interference raises its head. There’s suspension of disbelief and then there’s Brechtian level tactics of calling attention to the facade.
I didn’t hate it, but I wasn’t enjoying the film through its duration. But, I’m a weirdo that likes to bug readers. Give it a shot.
- 2.40:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track