HTF REVIEW: "Blood Work" (with screenshots)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator

    Jul 3, 1997
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    Real Name:
    Ronald Epstein

    Blood Work

    Studio: Warner Brothers
    Year: 2002
    Rated: R
    Film Length: 111 minutes
    Aspect Ratio: 16X9 Enhanced Widescreen (2.35:1)
    Subtitles: English and Spanish

    The key to catching a killer
    is only a heartbeat away.

    Though the opening of this film could easily remind
    you of a Dirty Harry film, Blood Work is
    the farthest thing from that series -- it's Eastwood
    playing an over-the-hill FBI profiler called back
    to duty one more time.
    Terry McCaleb (Clint Eastwood) is a famous FBI
    profiler who has solved many highly publicized cases
    in his day. However, he quickly finds himself in
    retirement after chasing down a cold-blooded killer
    and ending up with a heart attack as a result. As
    we move two years ahead, we find McCaleb with a
    transplanted heart and what would seem to be a new
    lease on life. Living on his boat, he looks forward
    to taking it easy for the rest of his life, that is,
    until he meets Graciella Rivers (Wanda De Jesus) who
    tells him that his donated heart came from her murdered
    sister. As Terry investigates Graciella sister's
    murder, he quickly finds unusual details in the
    killing and links it to another seemingly random
    stickup homicide. Meanwhile, he is getting an
    increasing amount of pressure from his doctor
    (Angelica Huston), who fears that he is endangering
    his own recovery by taking on too much.
    One would think that the 72-year-old Eastwood would
    bring a tired presence to this film. Actually, it is
    that very presence that's a blessing to the film. He
    so faithfully portrays a man at an unhappy turning
    point in his life who has difficulty getting the job
    How is the transfer?
    Once again, Warner Brothers has given us a first-rate
    transfer. Images are sharp and bright, flesh tones
    are accurate and blacks are very deep. There's no
    film grain to be seen here at all. Many of the film's
    night scenes also remain detailed. What more can be
    said here?
    The 5.1 Dolby Digital mix has a very warm sound to
    it which becomes evident in the opening credits as
    deep, bass-filled jazz fills the front channels while
    the sounds of Los Angeles city rise up in the rears.
    You suddenly hear police calls from the right rear
    channel as a helicopter soars across the listening area.
    You would think that since this film is mostly
    dialogue driven there wouldn't be much emphasis put
    on the rear channels. Wrong. The rears always seem
    to be alive with ambient noise whether it be the
    sound of water and gulls in the harbor or eerie creaks
    that emanate from a ship's hollow innards. Overall
    LFE activity is minimal, except for adding emphasis
    to gunfire.
    Special Features
    Added features are kept to a minimal here, and there
    is no audio commentary.
    Making Bloodwork is interesting to watch for
    the mere fact that it's Clint Eastwood who is in
    charge here. The actor/director talks about his
    desire to make films that have enough obstacles
    to make the project challenging to him. Jeff Daniels
    talks about his character and the difference of
    playing besides Jim Carrey vs. Clint Eastwood.
    Anjelica Huston and Wanda De Jesus also talk about
    working with Eastwood. Wanda goes on to talk about
    her individual research into what happens to family
    members when they lose a loved one to homicide. Paul
    Rodriguez gets into the fun by describing what a
    "Rango" is. He also gets quite serious in describing
    what a major opportunity it is for him to play in
    this film. The featurette ends quite nicely with
    Eastwood being completely honest, giving the reasons
    why he chooses to direct in this stage of his life.
    (length: approx. 18 minutes)
    A conversation in Spanish with Clint Eastwood
    is a promotional vehicle put together for Spanish
    audiences. It gives us a more intimate look at
    actors Wanda De Jesus and Paul Rodriguez, who not
    only have some funny stories to tell about their
    experiences, but talk about the importance of having
    films that star Hispanics. We mustn't forget that
    there is a huge Hispanic audience out there who look
    forward to seeing their kind represented in American
    films. Eastwood joins the pair and even tries out
    some of his rusty Spanish. Do yourself a favor
    and watch this wonderfully warm piece.
    (length: approx. 14 minutes)
    Finally, there's the film's original theatrical
    trailer as well as the teaser trailer.
    When you are done watching those, check out the
    rather lengthy cast & crew filmography.
    Final Thoughts
    I found Bloodwork to be a very relaxed and
    enjoyable crime mystery. There's nothing flashy
    here -- no explosions nor digital effects. What
    most attracts you to this film is just watching
    Clint Eastwood being Clint and nothing more.
    Well worth your time.
    Release Date: December 27, 2002
  2. Dwayne

    Dwayne Supporting Actor

    Jan 22, 2000
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    Thanks, Ron. I'll have to give this one a spin.
  3. Todd Beachler

    Todd Beachler Stunt Coordinator

    Sep 10, 2000
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    Good review. I saw this in the theater. More of a rental then one to buy as it is a 'blah' whodunit.
  4. Tyler DJW

    Tyler DJW Stunt Coordinator

    Aug 13, 2002
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    Thanks for the review as always. I must say that this is the worst film I saw this year. It was one where I was hoping for a real plot twist just to prove me wrong, but I was literally able to sit there and predict how the plot would unfold well before McCaleb figured it out. I found most of the roles were just stereotype characters. Achh, I just thought it was terrible. [​IMG]
    I guess I put it out there as a warning. Hey, it's just one guy's opinion, but I would give this one a miss.
    PS - My girlfriend relinquished all movie-selection decisions to me for over a month to make amends for choosing Bloodwork over Minority Report

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