Blood On Her Name is an intense roller coaster ride that explores what it would be like to live out just about everyone’s worst nightmare.
Matthew Pope really showcases a talent for building tension with this film. From the very first shot of the film to the last, you’re engaged and kept on your toes. It’s incredible all of the material the director squeezed into an hour and a half with fully realized characters, interesting story lines, dynamic camera work, and gorgeous cinematography.
Leigh Tiller gets thrown into a real life nightmare when she accidentally murders a man, then decides to cover up the incident. This film in tone reminds me of movies like Prisoners, You Were Never Really Here, and Widows because from start to finish, it’s very dour, and never really lightens up. Which isn’t a bad thing! It’s very haunting to see this woman already struggling with family issues and other normal everyday struggles while also having to live with this guilt of killing a man she didn’t intend to murder. Like I said before, something like this is something that we all could go through, and it’s terrifying. I love that the film stays grounded the entire time and never feels like it’s being ‘hammed up’ for entertainment's sake; it feels completely authentic which just adds to how horrifying it can be at times.
ACTING | CHARACTERS | DIALOGUE:
Bethany Anne Lind really shines in this film. The supporting cast all does a fine job, but this really is her film. Her performance is restrained and completely heartbreaking. Every line of dialogue she says, you can feel it, and feel for her. Not that the movie needs carrying, but she really carries it all the way home. We do spend quite a bit of time with other characters who aren’t nearly as compelling, but they do feel realized enough for a pass, and they thankfully don’t take anything away from Leigh. I do wish we could have spent more time with the victim’s family and how his death/disappearance is affecting them.
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MUSIC | SCORE | SOUND DESIGN:
Blood On Her Name really lacks in the sound department. A lot of scenes leading up to big moments in film fall a little flat due to the score not having a real presence. I’ve said this a million times, but a great score can add SO MUCH to building tension and setting a tone for a movie. The sound design does its job well, as nothing is distracting or sounds out of place, and when we’re in outside environments, the sound helps to immerse you into the scene.
The technical aspects of the film, apart from the camera work and cinematography, are all very serviceable. Nothing is really noteworthy, and everything serves its purpose very well.
Blood On Her Name is a gripping indie thriller that rides the line of being great, but has a few aspects holding it back. If this movie seems like your speed, I highly recommend giving it a chance.