BLOOD AND MONEY
Filmed in the snow covered, backwoods of Northern Maine, BLOOD AND MONEY centers on a dying retired veteran (Tom Berenger) who, during a hunting trip, mistakenly shoots and kills a woman who just happens to be carrying a duffle bag of stolen money that she and her four male companions had taken during a deadly casino robbery.
Trapped in the dense forest, Berenger must now outwit the four remaining bandits, who will stop at nothing, including more murders, to retrieve their pilfered loot. His advantage is that he knows the woods, and they don’t.
Directed by John Barr, the tense drama is enhanced by many magnificent winter scenes, as well as a stellar performance by Berenger in what is really an unsympathetic role. Yet, he is the “hero” of the story, so we go along with him.
The DVD from Screen Media contains a “making of” featurette that includes interviews with Berenger and others.
July 1, 2020
HOPE GAP is a beautifully photographed, marvelously acted drama about a depressing subject: Divorce.
Bening becomes totally unraveled at the rejection, and it is only her son who keeps her from doing something desperate.
A major co-star in HOPE GAP is the sea side scenery, particularly the spectacular White Cliffs of Dover.
William Nicholson wrote and directed the semi-autobiographical film, released onto DVD by Screen Media.