Director Nick Murphy made an auspicious debut with his 2011 gothic horror film, The Awakening. It was atmospheric but left enough leeway to let his excellent actors help carry the drama. I had high hopes for his follow up feature, Blood, but the result could not be more disappointing. Unwilling to simply be a bland crime drama, Blood never misses an opportunity to grab hold of a coincidence that’s either laughably contrived or painfully forced. Furthermore, the excellent cast is completely wasted by going through the repetitive motions of feeling guilty before feeling guilty followed by more feeling guilty. This exploration of guilt would feel more rewarding if the film ever dared to push beyond the obvious moral ramifications, but the film is too busy running around in gorgeously shot circles.