Bloodline

A high school counselor will go to great lengths to protect his family and his students.

 

United States
2018
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Character Focus: 
Serial Killer Film
Relative: 
Mother
Father
6
Dexter uncensored
4
5.04
7.04
7.04
2
2
3
Performances
Pace
Dialogue
Essentially, Bloodline is Dexter if Dexter’s showrunner had shown it all. It’s Dexter without the humor and with a few improbable twists. This movie is extremely violent when often steers away from its most poignant subjects. Seann William Scott plays a vigilante serial killer with debatable motives. He’s an interesting casting choice and sure gets out of his comfort zone as an actor.
We know Scott for his comedies, but I totally bought him as a zealous school counselor who kills a few people. Two scenes in Bloodline were hard to swallow, and they were the exact same revelation involving two different characters. It took three screenwriters to come up with this script, but it could’ve used a few more passes. The most improbable plot elements bring this movie down.
It’s hard to sum up Bloodline without spoiling it, and the spoilers are where problems arise. Mind you, this is a well-made film that looks good, captivates the audience, earns our sympathy, and features talented actors. The gore looks real and painful. That said, the simple story that gets us hooked, initially, becomes convoluted passed the halfway mark.
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