In the Blood **Dir: Mark Abraham. With: Joe Cole, Kenny Doughty, Stuart Graham, Brian McCardie. 91 mins. Cert: 15
This lo-fi Brit debut follows Hyena and Snow In Paradise in attempting to convert its budgetary limitations into a grimily serious aesthetic, but it’s as listless as its protagonist: a junkie safecracker (Joe Cole) given 24 hours – without smack – to secure a payload for crimeboss Peter Bowles. Fine actors (Alison Steadman, Phil Davis) nudge our boy forward, yet the rehabilitation and race-against-time narratives prove fundamentally at odds: we’re left watching two movies cancelling each other out. Its one oddly resonant image – the shivering addict, alone in a basement with the unyielding safe – gets forgotten about amid standard geezers-with-guns histrionics.
In the Blood is now playing in selected cinemas.