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Blood On Her Name

By Alex Saveliev | February 27, 2020

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: Matthew Pope

Written: 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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  1. Liz Cimino says:

    I thought the premise was good; the movie itself was choppy, confusing & all over the place.
    Disappointing; glad I didn’t pay to see this film.
    I do think the young actor playing her son has potential.

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