Clint Eastwood, Jeff Daniels, Anjelica Huston, Wanda De Jesus,
opening scene of Blood Work may remind you of Dirty
Harry, especially with the 70's "wokka wokka" sound
track. But this movie features Clint Eastwood in a role that is
a radical departure from Harry Calahan.
Eastwood is once again playing the role of a homicide investigator,
this is not the steely eyed ultra cool detective that spouts one
liners inbetween blowing bad guys away with his 44 magnum hog leg.
Instead Clint is playing a character named Terry McCaleb, a famous
FBI profiler who has solved many highly publicized cases. But Terry
is getting old and has a heart attack while chasing a suspect. A
couple of years later he receives a heart transplant and suddenly
finds himself lured back into action working on a case that the
local police can't solve.
certainly appreciate the fact that Eastwood has not only acknowledged
his age, but in his recent roles has in fact embraced it. He directed
and produced Blood Work and did his usual excellent job. Although
we get some shoot outs, there are no bigtime explosions and the
like. This is a good old fashioned thriller with a great story and
interesting characters, and it does not need big stunts or special
is a very interesting character and a radical departure from what
we normally see from Clint. He has the desire and knowledge to return
to his former glory and the case he is researching needs his skills.
But he spends the entire movie popping pills, running a fever, clutching
his chest and generally looking like crap. His physical infirmities
no longer let his body keep up with his mind. The characters combined
with tons of unpredictable plot twists make it a joy to watch the
story unfold despite a few slow spots.
Work is one of the few movies this summer really tailored to adults.
And that's not a bad thing, it was a refreshing break from explosions
and digital effects. If the audience we saw it with was any indication,
it really hit the target. We may have been the only people in the
theater under the age of 50. After the movie we found ourselves
craving filet-o-fish and coffee. Anyhow, if you do not mind the
smell of ben-gay, go check out the movie. We give it 4 stars.
would a Clint movie be without a couple of shootouts?
blood here and there but nothing to really utilize the R-rating.
Blood & Gore
Clint is on foot though, and he's not as fast as he used to
even close, they wasted a perfectly good R-rating!
couple of humorous moments...