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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thoughtful Clint Film
Clint embraced the process of growing older and more fragile in this leisurely paced and thoughtful cop film. Clint has grown older and wiser, both as an actor, a producer, and a director. Even though I guessed fairly early on who the killer was and the film ran a little long, this film is about the journey. Paced much like "Line of Fire" it also is about the character as...
Published on 16 May 2003 by starlighthotel

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3.0 out of 5 stars The book's better
Familiar story: a film that isn't as good as the book, in this case one by Michael Connelly (of the same title) and which I read a couple of years ago. I already knew that Connelly was far from happy that the lead role of retired FBI profiler Terry McCaleb was played by Clint Eastwood, because he made that quite clear in the sequel A Darkness More Than Night, when McCaleb...
Published on 20 Jun 2009 by OEJ


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3.0 out of 5 stars What happens when hollywood tough guy icons get old? Answer: this movie, 26 Sep 2007
This review is from: Blood Work [2002] [DVD] (DVD)
Clint Eastwood, one of Hollywood's most famous `tough' guys, has lately been turning in pictures ruminating his mortality, and this one is no different. Watching his old films, such as The Outlaw Josey Wells and the Dirty Harry flicks, it's rather startling to see Eastwood looking so --, well, so old.

Blood Work, directed by Eastwood, features him in the role of a retired FBI cop (Terry McCaleb) who was a main media cornerstone. Chasing the "Code Killer," a person who leaves codes for McCaleb to break, he chases him down a long alley and they collaspes from a heart issue.

Two years later, he's living on a marina, trying waiting for a heart transplant. He gets one, and then is approached with another case. Graceille (Wanda De Jesus), the lady who contacts him, has a very convincing argument: he has her murdered sister's heart. He takes the case, despite the very verbal protest from his doctor who threatens to quit seeing him if he doesn't slow down.

The rest of the movie moves through Eastwood chasing the killer. What makes Blood Work such an effective piece of film-making is it shows the `tough man' stereotype as a shell. Seeing Eastwood stoved up and constantly aware of his mortality is rather shocking, and it drives home not only Terry McCaleb's mortality but Eastwood's as well. At the film's climax, there's shots of Eastwood with a gun that look like they're straight out of Dirt Harry. This time around, instead of looking menacing and invincible, Eastwood looks withered, like he's been on the road too long though he can still pack a punch. That exploration of mortality is what makes this film successful.

Another element, largely unexplored in police thrillers, is the duality of man. Without giving to much away, the movie examines the idea of the Ying-Yang, and how both good and evil need one another, forming a symbiotic relationship. One belief is good and evil function because of the conflict they provide, and they need each other. The film rejects this (thankfully), and this rejection ties into McCaleb's retirement and failing health, uniting the two major themes into a very nice, cohesive ending sequence. This theme of duality definetly sets apart Bloodwork and how deftly Eastwood ties that into the mortality issues shows how accomplished these film makers have become in their craft.

The only main issue I had with Bloodwork was the love story angle. While very underplayed, McCaleb and Graceilla eventually get together, but it feels so artificial and forced. It doesn't ring true at all: not that they could not get together, but Eastwood didn't develop the onscreen story enough in that department to make it believable.

Other than the film's weakness in the love story, Bloodwork triumphs. It shows you the Eastwood we've all known and shows that even `tough guys' have to slow down.

September 11, 2002
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The villain is soon obvious - but there's a hole in the plot, 14 Jun 2009
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A. J. Sturgess "Alan Sturgess" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blood Work [2002] [DVD] (DVD)
I won't even try to summarise the story - there are already two almost duplicate reviews which do that. My point is that you'll spot the villain within 15 minutes once the movie moves on to the point 2 years after Eastwood's character has a heart attack. But then there's a glaring continuity error - or is it just a massive hole in the plot? It's all to do with a 'baby minding' event which appears to have happened without incident, but couldn't have. The error is never explained and ruins the whole thing by making the 'unmasking' totally without credibility.

A reasonable film - but definiely not one of Eastwood's best, neither as an actor nor as a director.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ONE DOTH LUST FOR BLOOD!, 26 Dec 2013
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WATCHED THIS ON CHRISTMAS EVE,IF ONLY THE BEEB AND THE OTHER LOT THOUGHT ABOUT THE VIEWER AND NOT THE REPEATED CAST OF CRONIES WITH SOMETHING FLUFFY,NASTY,OR THE NEVERENDING REALITY BAKEDANCE!(THOUGH CALL THE MIDWIFE COULD BE POPULAR WITH ALL OUR NEW BROTHERS AND SISTERS FROM BULGARIA AND ROMANIA!)THIS FILM BLOOD WORK IS VERY GOOD AND JEFF DANIELS ALWAYS PLAYS THE OUTSIDER WELL.HE IS THE JEFF BRIDGES OF EARLIER YEARS.PARTS OF THIS FILM BRING TO MIND THE ENFORCER,AND FANS OF SIR CLINT WILL ENJOY AN OLD FRIEND..NOT AS TOUGH AND WITH NEW FOUND WARMTH TOWARDS THE OTHER CHARACTERS THAT MAKE THIS OLD STANDARD WITH A GOOD TWIST WORTH WATCHING.FROM AMAZON UK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars clint is awsome, 28 Nov 2013
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a great movie at a great price but then again i think anything with clint in is awsome thank you
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, 13 July 2011
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Barbara Awcock (Sussex) - See all my reviews
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Excellent service as ever from Amazon, and a good movie, my husband read the book and he said that the film was really good like the book.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Watchable but no surprises, 11 Aug 2005
This review is from: Blood Work [2002] [DVD] (DVD)
I quite enjoyed this film, it was easy to watch & reasonably entertaining, but it fell victim to one of the classic 'mystery killer' blunders - having a disproportionately famous actor play an apparently small supporting role. Obviously he's going to be the killer!
Also, Angelica Huston was criminally underused & would have been a more convincing love interest for Clint than the young mexican woman - I just couldn't watch the love scene!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Blood Transfusion Needed, 30 May 2005
This review is from: Blood Work [2002] [DVD] (DVD)
This is a tired old movie that does Clint Eastwood no good at all. It's over-familiar territory dealt with in an over-familiar way. The end result is routine, plodding, and not very exciting. It's time Clint handed in his badge and retired (from being a cop, not a film maker).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks direction, 4 Oct 2003
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Michael Bo (Frederiksberg Denmark) - See all my reviews
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Not one of Eastwood's strongest efforts, not even lately. It has its entertaining moment, but lacks direction and substance. And it gets to be pretty boring.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Uneven and loosely plotted, 4 April 2004
This review is from: Blood Work [2002] [DVD] (DVD)
Clint does the grizzled ex-cop routine yet again. Blood Work contains so many U.S. cop-thriller cliches that its hard to keep count, although its the only thing that will keep you awake until the end.
The plot - what there is of it - is ill-conceived and weak, and the overall tone of the piece is damaged because it can't seem to decide what it wants to be....is it Lethal Weapon 5 or Silence of the Lambs 4??? Some moments are played for laughs, others aim at serious psycho-thriller genre, but all are lost because not one scene carries the weight of its convictions.
Angelica Houston is criminally underused, which suggests that the original cut of this film was entirely diffent.
Absolute tripe.
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