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Blood On Her Name

By Alex Saveliev | October 5, 2019

Pope, who co-wrote the script, proves adept at keeping tricks up his sleeve, unraveling things patiently: Leigh’s (not as) complicated (as it thinks) relationship with daddy, her background and the details of the murder. The filmmaker ratchets up the tension, skillfully pulling us into Leigh’s claustrophobic world, a world of morally ambiguous (to put it kindly) characters. He stages sequences with the confidence of a more experienced director: a close call in the victim’s garage; a powerful father-daughter confrontation; an intense encounter with Dani; a brutal kitchen face-off.

“The filmmaker ratchets up the tension, skillfully pulling us into Leigh’s claustrophobic world…”

Pope is also wise enough to keep the focus on his lead. Whether throwing up after hearing a voicemail or (rightfully) punching a man in a bar, Bethany Ann Lind commands our attention throughout. Stoic and resolute, she makes the guilt gnawing at her palpable. The rest of the cast holds up – particularly Patton, the screen veteran that he is, radiating gravitas.

There are times when the narrative’s proverbial “feet” become a bit wobbly. The flashback sequences to Leigh’s youth are obvious and unnecessary. Its ruminations about guilt, and the twisting of ethics in a morally-corrupt society have all been done before. An injection of self-aware humor here and there would’ve been welcome. Yet Blood on Her Name is a fine showcase for its star, and a sturdy debut from a director to watch.

Blood on Her Name (2019)

Directed by Matthew Pope

Written by Don M. Thompson and Matthew Pope

Starring Bethany Anne Lind, Will Patton, Elisabeth Rohm, Jared Ivers, Jimmy Gonzalez, etc.

Movie score: 7/10

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"…it doesn’t quite draw blood, but you’ll sure remember her name"

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