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Plot: Retired FBI profiler Terry McCaleb (Eastwood), who has recently had a heart transplant, is hired by Graciela Rivers (De Jesus), to investigate the death of her sister, Gloria, who happens to have given McCaleb his heart. On the case, he soon deduces that the killer, who staged the murder to look like a random robbery, may actually be a serial killer Terry was trailing for years in the FBI. Can the elderly and feeble McCaleb, who had intended to spend his retirement living on his boat in the Los Angeles harbor, and who can't drive, and has to nap regularly, muster up the endurance to find the killer? Runtime: 110 mins Release Date: 08 Aug 2002
Clint even when down, is still top drawer. (by buzznzipp1995)
I had not seen an Eastwood movie in quite a while. Not a new one and I had thought I wish he would come out with something good again. When I was living in Santa Barbara, I went out one night to see a movie and the previews had a 'teaser' trailer for "Blood Work". Watching it, I got that feeling, that he was on to something big again. The crimson trailer played and looked outstanding, the blood red film stock color and the ending with him, taking a shotgun out from the trunk of the car toward something, had me captivated. I hadn't seen Paul Rodrigez, in years on the big <more>
screen, so it was pretty hilarious, seeing him back again and flailing his arms and yelling at Terry, Eastwood shouting "We don't need your damn donuts either McCaleb!"I went and finally saw it when it opened and wow! This for me was another EastWood powerhouse film. He is a retired F.B.I profiler, who has had a recent heart transplant and a 'case' unsolved, has been brought to his doorstep, so to speak.I thought that as 'Terry' Clint was outstanding, with yet another tremendous story. With the addition of Paul Rodriguez, as a sort of 'heckler' to McCaleb's case, it made the story more interesting and a little more fun! I enjoyed the physical distress that Eastwood played out in this story, or murder. He showed his limitations in a believable state and made you pull more for him, almost 'pity' him, but Terry was above that, which made the difference for me watching this. At the point in which the investigation took Terry and the F.B.I woman friend of his, that he helped with her career to the little store market and as they are about to leave, Terry spots someone watching them. Someone who has been following them around and as he goes to inquire as to who and why, he takes her 12 gage out from the trunk and holds it aiming at the vehicle, as it 'spooks' the awaiting 'tailer' the situation escalates into a shooting frenzy that pushes the driver into a 'panicked' state and he does everything he can just to evade that location, car half shot-up!! That was a high octane situation for the film that just adds to the appeal of the story. I also thought that Wanda DeJesus was totally convincing in the role of the murder victim's sister. She was looking for answers, running out of leads and questions then found, Terry. After that, once Terry was involved she found herself falling into love with him, because of the 'care' and time he put into helping restore her life by finding the answers she was looking for with a little more aggressive persistence, and knowing who and what to ask.This casting I thought was well put together, Wanda DeJesus and especially Jeff Daniels as the 'Villian' excellent trade of places for J.D. ! Eastwood is an outstanding director, who doesn't let the viewing audience with a brain down. His stories aren't senseless or overdone, he seems to know what it always takes for that story. ****
Clint Eastwood Terry McCaleb ,"True Crime",'99, was a retired FBI Agent who showed the signs of getting older in this picture. However, despite his age and heart problems, McCaleb was able to make passionate love to supporting actress Wanda DeJesus Graciella Rivers ,"Once in the Life",2000. Jeff Daniels Jasper "Buddy" Noone ,"I Witness",03, lived on a boat next door to McCaleb and helped McCaleb right to the very end of the picture! Anjelica Huston Dr. Bonnie Fox ,"Daddy Day Care",03, tried to help McCaleb with his heart problems, but he <more>
would never sit still for her to take his pulse! Clint Eastwood showed the public that he can still give a great performance no matter what age he graduates to in life!
This movie is one of the best Mystery/Detective movies I've seen in a long time. Very thrilling. Non-stop action and suspense. I would recommend this movie to anyone that is looking for a good movie of 2002.10 out of 10.People who liked this movie should check out the movie "Along Came a Spider"
You'd be "Heartless" not to enjoy this - see what I did there??!? Oh well (by 47464)
As a Clint Eastwood fan I looked forward to watching this film, and I enjoyed it immensely, though I "got" who the killer was about 1/2 way through. Good performances all round. Jeff Daniels gives the best "slacker" performance since De Niro in Jackie Brown. Seek out.
A Bloody Interesting Film (by jcholguin)
Clint Eastwood once again plays a detective but for the FBI, Terry McCaleb. He does not handle a gun very well and his body in this film needs a new transplanted heart. McCaleb was unable to catch a "serial code" killer and suffers a heart attack while tracking the killer down. Wanda De Jesus plays Graciella Rivers, the sister of the heart donor for McCaleb. Graciella's sister was killed in a store holdup, or was it just a store holdup? Graciella asks for the retired FBI man to help solve the murder. This round of murders is not what it seems but turns out to involve the forced <more>
harvesting of organs and rare blood types. Jeff Daniels plays Buddy Noone, a friend and wantabe detective that McCaleb involves in the case. Clues and good old fashion "footwork" are the only things that can solve these crimes. Advanced computers are unable to break the original code in the 2 year old serial crimes until a little boy gives the answer to McCaleb. Full of action and intellectual stimulation of the "gray cells" makes this Eastwood outing one of his best. Wonderful performances by Daniels and De Jesus need to be mentioned also.
I rented this movie with no expectations & no prior knowledge of it. Blood Work turned out to be one of the most entertaining & involving movies I've seen in a long while. I consider that most movies coming out of American main stream cinema virtually unwatchable, this one was a pleasant surprise. I've not read the book so I don't much care whether they changed it! .
Still grand to see Eastwood be his old cool self, albeit with a bad ticker (by Quinoa1984)
Clint Eastwood's 20th feature directed and starring himself, Blood Work, is a good sign in times of recent thriller drek. Here is Clint, 72 years old, and actually doing the right thing; being the old sort of Dirty Harry-esquire type of cop while still being realistic with himself. Truth be told, he won't do movies forever, much less be a cop with almost all the right moves, and here we see him as FBI Agent Terry McCaleb in the beginning try and climb a fence to catch a code killer which resonates from past Eastwood projects and he collapses from a heart attack sad but oddly <more>
accurate . He retires, and two years later a woman comes forth to him asking for help in finding a killer. And anyway, what makes Blood Work so fascinating if only up to a point if seen more than once is that it's a well crafted thriller, one that has the usual police procedural from many years back, a bit of a romance with Wanda DeJesus, and comic relief from Jeff Daniels. So, if you decide to see this latest installment in the sprawling career of Clint Eastwood, keep in mind that it has all the style, music, and nostalgia even in donuts that it had back in the day 30 years ago. And maybe it's just me, but it will be hard not to grin when you see him grab a gun. B+
NEW HEART; NEW BABE; NEW GUN; SAME CLINT - Fun movie. (by Tokugawa)
One wonders how sick and old Clint's movie persona will have to become before he finally becomes unable to bed the young babe and shoot it out with the bad guy. Well, not yet, although his mortality is surely front and center in "Blood Work". As a former FBI profiler, he suffered a heart attack while chasing a serial murder suspect; after a long wait due to his rare blood type he finally got a heart transplant - the catch is he now has the heart of the woman whom that serial killer may have murdered specifically so that McCabe could get the heart. The killer wanted McCabe active <more>
as he enjoyed the challenge and the chase. Then, the sister of the murdered woman seeks McCabe's help, and tells him whose heart he has, thus bringing him out of retirement and into the hunt despite his doctor's orders.All the pieces of the plot fit together rather well, except for the plot hole listed below that to me ruled out a major character as a potential suspect.Paul Rodriguez is both ridiculous and obnoxious as an Hispanic detective with a bad attitude. I suppose he was there for comic relief, but I never found him funny, not in the film nor anywhere else. Jeff Daniels dusts off his "Dumb and Dumber" schtick as the marina neighbor. Tina Lifford is very effective as a helpful Sherriff's deputy, and so is Wanda De Jesus as the rather angry sister who jumps Clint's bones despite the huge transplant scar - and her own sister's heart beating underneath or was that a turn-on? . It is all rather familiar, and basically the same "old" Clint, but nonetheless a very enjoyable movie and a well-written story. For those who say "when will we see a different Clint?", well, we already have in a number of more sensitive films. PLOT HOLE:At the ATM early in the film he unknowingly confronts the actual killer - wearing a woman's crucifix earring in his right ear. Unfortunately, there is a close-up of that same ear subsequently before we know who the killer is , and it is NOT a pierced ear; thus, I ruled him OUT as a suspect. He could not have worn that earring, and don't tell me he used Crazy Glue. This is a plot hole.
sure this movie takes awhile to get going,but it does work.there's a bit of a murder and more mystery to solve,but unlike most formulaic movies of the genre this takes a different approach to things.i found it refreshing actually.this is really a thinking person's movie,and it's nice to have your brain engaged.it's very intelligent,with a good mix of characters.it's not predictable,even though you may think you have it figured out.it has more than one surprising revelation.if you only looking for an action packed,high suspense film,this probably isn't it.i think <more>
it's a testament to the strong writing and direction that a slower paced movie such as this succeeds as well as it does.i never found it boring once.you are always given enough to maintain a steady level of interest.and that's all that's needed you guessing and hooked.i won't say this is a masterpiece.i don't think it's that kind of movie.it's low key and character as well as story driven. an easy 8/10