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Blood Work
Rated R
Runtime: 1hr 47min
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Daniels, Anjelica Huston, Wanda De Jesus, Tina Lifford

MFG Rating: 4/5

The 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.

Clint Eastwood in Blood WorkAlthough 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.

We 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 effects.

McCaleb 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.

Blood 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.

- Billy Bob

 

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Gun Play
                   
What would a Clint movie be without a couple of shootouts?


Blood & Gore
                   
Some blood here and there but nothing to really utilize the R-rating.


Car Chases
                   
Sorta, Clint is on foot though, and he's not as fast as he used to be.


T&A
                   
Not even close, they wasted a perfectly good R-rating!

Chuckles
                   
A couple of humorous moments...