Review by Bradley Smith
Can you ever really leave the past in the past? Probably. But in film, almost never. In the gritty thriller Blood Brother, a cop has to face his past when an old friend gets out of prison after taking the fall for a crime they and a couple others all committed together.
Right from the moment he is released from prison, it is clear that Jake (Jack Kesy; Deadpool 2, Death Wish) is going to be trouble. Sonny (“music artist” Tremaine “Trey Songz” Neverson; Baggage Claim) starts taking abuse almost instantly; turns out Sonny, now a cop, offered Jake a ride, but Jake neglected to mention that others were coming to pick him up. This may seem like a harmless prank, but just wait. They meet up later to split up money they had stolen 15 years earlier; the crime for which only Jake did time.
All seems good that night, but then Jake takes a dark turn that puts him and Sonny squarely on opposite sides of the law… until maybe they aren’t again. There are a lot of edge-of-your-seat thrills and dramatic moments leading to a somewhat predictable showdown. “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” Maybe not literal graves, but Jake’s need for revenge will mean that Sonny and Jake’s lives will never be the same by the end of the movie.
The story is interesting and thought-provoking and the performances are decent enough, though the characters are a tad flat. It is a straightforward revenge story, complete with quick flashbacks to the original crime and discussions by the two leads about how the other is/was wrong. I cannot say it is memorable or I would want to watch this again, but it was fun and if you are a fan of revenge/crime thrillers, you might be entertained.
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