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Blood Simple (1984)

Director:
Joel Coen
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Thriller/Crime
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Blood Simple
RUNNING TIME
97 minutes
Producer:
Ethan Coen
Screenwriter:
Joel Coen
Ethan Coen


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Ray John Getz
Abby Frances McDormand
Marty Dan Hedaya
Private Detective Visser M. Emmett Walsh
Maurice Samm-Art Williams

 

Review

The Coens' first feature is undoubtedly style-over-substance, as their meticulously plotted murder mystery unfolds in a detached, almost inhuman Texas atmosphere involving characters who never ask the right questions and instead concern themselves with artificial dialogue. However, the subtler interpersonal aspects is not the point in Blood Simple - a film in which the visuals and nifty technical aspects are the main contributors to the atmospherical, sometimes disquiting effect. The Coens show tons of flair and imagination through numerous cuts and compositions in subdued lighting full of long shadows and dreamy footage, making their film appealing and enticing. Unfortunately, there isn't much dramatic value in the love triangle (especially not the Getz/McDormand-relationship) to give it all the depth and potency it could have had, but that doesn't make the final fifteen minutes of the film less exhilarating. A young and beautiful Frances McDormand is the film's best asset in front of the camera, whereas M. Emmett Walsh' performance verifies Roger Ebert's Walsh/Stanton rule.

Copyright 13.6.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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