Noob Reviews: Earth and Blood
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Earth and Blood?
Earth and Blood (known as La Terre et le Sang in its native French tongue) is a 2020 French action thriller which sees four criminals break into a police station and steal as much cocaine as they can carry. Unfortunately, what started out as a straightforward job where they were meant to steal the cocaine and return it to their employer (a drug lord by the name of Adama). The criminals decide to keep the cocaine and sell it themselves. So that they reap all of the financial rewards.
Overconfident and overly cocky, one of the criminals brings his younger brother (Yanis) into the scheme and has him hide the cocaine whilst they look for a buyer, which he begrudgingly does at his boss’ sawmill.
After the criminals are caught and interrogated by Adama’s men to learn the location of the stolen goods. And the rest of the sawmill has gone home. It is up to Yanis, his boss (Saïd) and his boss’ daughter (Sarah) to alert the police to what they have found and survive the wrath of Adama as he searches for his stolen drugs.
What type of genre is the film?
Earth and Blood is an action thriller.
Do you have a trailer or trailers to show us?
- The official trailer linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -
Alternatively, you can also find Earth and Blood on Netflix here.
When was Earth and Blood released?
Earth and Blood was released in April this year (2020).
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Earth and Blood?
Earth and Blood, in theory, comes across as a fun and action-packed watch when seeing the trailer but in reality fails to deliver on all fronts and is, dare I say, perhaps one of the first films I have reviewed that came close to not even being rated.
To begin with, Earth and Blood’s story is an overplayed one that has been around in films, television shows, books and games for as long as I can remember and has nothing at all to make it truly stand out and be unique. Which is a shame with the location it had (rural France) and vast scope of story elements not yet explored. Instead, it is predictable, underwhelming and comes across very rushed in its short one hour and twenty minutes run time.
When looking at the cast, I thought Eriq Ebouaney as Adama would make a fantastic drug lord as I loved him in the zombie horror The Horde from 2009. However, in general, the cast was unbelievably dull. There was zero motivation from all characters, except for Sarah. And you could tell they were as thrilled about acting as you were as watching with very minimal dialogue for the majority of the film, prolonged and predictable fight sequences. A severe lack of any meaningful story or character development arcs. And awkward acting where lines were delivered as I said with little to no emotion, energy or conviction. What I would also consider a colossal oversight is that Sarah is deaf and communicates through sign with her father (Saïd), but there is no translation on what she (Sarah) is saying. Hardly any responses from Saïd that gave context to how Sarah replied. And as the only actor/actress that appeared to be giving her screen time her all - it really left a feeling like she had been robbed of being able to be a more significant part in the film.
Last but not least there are very few special effects in the film, and those that are used are overused to the extreme, for example, a moment where Adama walks out of a farmhouse into the rain to hunt Sarah. Everything runs in slow motion, the music ramps up and yet everything is so overdone it just cheapens what is meant to be a critical moment in the film. It is really a genuine shame. If the film had been better structured, had a more robust script, better cast and more balanced action sequences - it would have been fantastic. Instead, I found myself bored about twenty minutes in and can’t bring myself to suggest this as worth a watch - if it will save but one person from having to suffer watching the film themselves.
What rating would you give Earth and Blood?
I would rate Earth and Blood as a 1 out of 5 bananas.
Earth and Blood comes across more like a film student’s first-year project as opposed to a Netflix original film in terms of quality and really is a disappointment on so many levels. From the non-existent dialogue to a loose story, over-played stereotypical tropes and lifeless cast. Blood and Earth is one movie I can wholeheartedly say you can skip as you would not be missing out on anything. Although some reviews have said the film takes a while to build up, before it gets good, by the time it does (get good) the credits have already rolled.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Earth and Blood and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion. You can check it out on Netflix here.