Leigh Tiller (Bethany Anne Lind) has a decision to make after she kills somebody in a confrontation. Unfortunately, she makes the wrong decision and disposes of the body, hoping that the mistake she made will go away and she can get on with the rest of her life.
Leigh lives with her teenage son, Ryan (Jared Ivers), she’s estranged from Ryan’s father and she has to deal with her own father, Sheriff Richard Tiller (Will Patton) on a daily basis. On top of this she doesn’t trust her father around Ryan because of the things he did when she was a child.
However, despite all of this, and as much as Leigh wants to forget about her dark past, eventually her conscious gets the better of her, leading her into more danger as she has to work to clean up the loose ends that lead her to the murder.
Matthew Pope’s directorial debut, Blood on Her Name is a taut, engrossing thriller with a wonderful cast, beautiful cinematography and a tight script. The film follows Leigh’s emotional state right throughout the film and it’s thanks to Lind’s performance that her character stays as sympathetic and likeable as she does.
The script also plays out during the film preferring to show and not tell the audience what they need to know all the time, which keeps the pace of the film tight with no wasted moments.
The whole feel of the film is that of any small town in America and is the kind that many film lovers have seen time and time again. However, keeping the focus so close to Leigh and her family makes the films tense and at times emotionally heart breaking as the audience watches her anguish as she decides what is to be her next step.
Blood on Her Name isn’t very surprising in terms of its plot (bar the final act perhaps), but there is just enough to keep the audience invested even though deep in their hearts they know the story will not end well for everyone.
Not exactly a film to watch to cheer yourself up after a long and stressful week, but for those who want to indulge in a bit of heightened drama told well then Blood on Her Name delivers everything that you may want.
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