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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Ostensibly, movie is about making up for a grievous error, but its messages are mixed. A drunk driver who killed a woman decides to stop drinking, but he doesn't give up violence. Ultimate attempt at redemption feels somewhat empty.
Positive Role Models
Characters are rather flat. Most are dealing with painful pasts, with no idea how to move forward.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent guns and shooting. Several characters are shot, many killed. Lots of bloody wounds. Hitting with blunt object. Long, brutal fall down a hill. Broken leg. Dead deer. Coughing blood. Car on fire. News clipping about someone killed by a drunk driver.
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Uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "a--hole," "goddamn," "bastard," and "damn," plus exclamatory uses of "oh my God" and "Jesus," and "Jesus Christ."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Main character is recovering alcoholic who falls off the wagon and drinks shots of whiskey at a bar. Scene at an AA meeting. News clipping about a drunk driver. Bottle of whiskey shown. Frequent cigarette smoking by main character and others.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Blood and Money is a thriller about a veteran/hunter (Tom Berenger) with a dark past who runs across a bank robber and a bag of money in the Maine woods. Expect lots of guns and shooting, characters being killed, a dead deer, bloody wounds (and a broken leg), coughing blood, a car on fire, and a brutal tumble down a big hill. Language is also strong, with several uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "motherf----r," "a--hole," and more. The main character is a recovering alcoholic. He attends an AA meeting but then falls off the wagon and drinks two shots of whiskey. There's a newspaper clipping about a fatal drunk driving accident. The main character frequently smokes cigarettes, as do others. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While this thriller effectively evokes its chilly Maine setting, its lethargic story feels like a collection of familiar scenes slapped together in the right order that somehow fail to work together. The image of a dead body and a bag of money in the snow recalls films like Fargo and A Simple Plan. Unfortunately, the visual richness and narrative brilliance of those movies only make Blood and Money seem even more pallid. Scenes in which Jim talks with Debbie or meets a man at an AA meeting are meant to enrich his character, but they're so disconnected from everything else that they just feel like stepping stones. Other scenes attempt severe stretches of logic.
Eventually, there's no real reason to care about much of anything. Berenger -- an Oscar nominee for Platoon -- is a forceful actor, and he looks natural holding a rifle or tromping around in the great outdoors. But for whatever reason, he doesn't seem to be able to convey his character's deep anguish. Even stranger, despite the guilt and grief that Jim is supposed to have (his own drunk driving was responsible for his daughter's death), his actions don't really reflect this. He atones for his violence with more violence. Ultimately, Blood and Money is about as thrilling as its generic title.
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