New Blood

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * * * · )    DVD Rating: ( * * * * * )

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I don't remember who it was that recommended this movie to me or why it ended up in my cute little NetFlix rack, but I am glad it did. New Blood is an excellent gangster movie made in Canada. Following the lines of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, New Blood doesn't have a lot of ties back to stereotypical gangster films. The movie begins with a powerful image and then leads into a scene of solid gangster carnage in the form of bodies littering a yard with a hard edge techno soundtrack in the background. Right away I was sold. For a second I thought the movie was going to suck when two very stereotypical cops who say things like "This is big, gentlemen. I have politics to deal with." Luckily these two cops aren't in more than five minutes of the picture, the rest being the flashback of the only remaining survivor of the horrors from the night before. The main plot follows four new up and coming gangsters, all adorned with very cool eye tattoos, as they join some veteran gangsters for a kidnapping. The story at this point begins to twist and weave until you aren't sure who is lying and who is telling the truth. The emotion in some of the scenes is pretty spooky, giving a true feeling for self-sacrifice. The movie stars Goodfellas. Just one of many stories.