Carl C. from INDIANAPOLIS, IN Reviewed on 3/19/2014...
We always loved the Cllint Eastwood series. He directs them himself and the stories all reflect his personality, Not a clunker among them. This movie is a thriller with surprises all through. Watch it.
Ann P. (countryGmaw) from PLAINS, GA Reviewed on 9/20/2009...
Loved this movie. It will hold your interest until the very end. I was real surpised as to who the bad guy was going to be. I am a Who Done It Fan and Eastwood always delivers.
Marc M. (mojofilmguy) Reviewed on 2/9/2009...
Blood Work is one of my favorite Eastwood movies. Eastwood plays these kind of parts so well for so long, I think we take him for granted.
Here he is a retired FBI agent who HAD to retire because of a bad ticker:He just had a heart transplant.
But a woman tracks him down and tells him that his new heart is from her murdered sister(donors are supposed to be anonymous). He is not medically ready for any exertion. But she makes him feel guilty because of where he got his heart and this is the (pardon my expression :) "heart of the story".
But as in his later films, it really is done well, lots of suspense and a great twist ending.
Highly recommended by me !
Forty-three years older
Joseph Haschka | Glendale, CA USA | 08/25/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For those of us Clint Eastwood fans who remember him as the young and headstrong Rowdy Yates in the TV series RAWHIDE (1959-1966), going to see the latest Eastwood Big Screen epic is a sobering reminder that time catches up to us all.In BLOOD WORK, Clint plays Terry McCaleb, a high profile FBI agent who suffers a severe heart attack while chasing (on foot) a vicious serial killer who leaves taunting messages for McCaleb at the crime scene. Terry finds that climbing over fences just isn't as easy at is used to be, but then a Clint Eastwood character in the old days would've just stood back and shot the perp down at long range with his .44 Magnum. Oh, well. In any case, it's now two years later and Terry is just off a heart transplant and retired to his boat. Graciella (Wanda De Jesus) shows up to request that McCaleb get back in harness to investigate the death of her sister, who was murdered in a convenience store holdup. McCaleb at first demurs, but then has a change of heart, so to speak, when he learns that the dead woman was the donor of his new ticker.The best part of BLOOD WORK, also directed and produced by Eastwood, is watching Clint depict the aging, debilitated and physically vulnerable McCabe, who can perhaps be viewed as a composite of all the other heroes played by Clint over the decades, only older. Eastwood, possibly mindful of his own mortality, is perhaps acknowledging time's inexorable march through Terry's persona. Beyond that, the film had its uneven moments. Paul Rodriguez plays Detective Arrango, a Latino LAPD cop so gratuitously buffoonish and unpleasant that I'm surprised the Brotherhood of Latino Law Enforcement Officers isn't suing. Anjelica Huston overacts her role as McCabe's cardiologist, Dr. Bonnie Fox, who's snappishly unsympathetic to Terry's desire to see justice done for the woman whose heart keeps him alive. Moreover, McCabe early on hypothesizes an unknown circumstantial link between Graciela's sister and another man murdered by (apparently) the same killer. Though Terry is proven right, of course, the evidence for this premature conclusion was decidedly unclear to this viewer at the time. Additionally, it was never explained how the killer got access to crucial blood type records, and this was a major loose end in my book since such data isn't in the public domain. On the other hand, Jeff Daniels does a swell job as Buddy, McCabe's neighbor in the next boat slip. Buddy, an affable but unemployed and self-professed loser, supplements monetary support from his father by acting as Terry's driver during the latter's investigations.BLOOD WORK has a plot gimmick that eventually leads to a satisfying ending involving McCabe, Graciella and the Bad Guy. Despite its flaws, I liked this film a lot simply because Eastwood will always be my all-time favorite cinematic Tough Guy."
Slow-Moving, But Well-Made Thriller in Traditional Style
Tsuyoshi | Kyoto, Japan | 12/10/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"My three star rating may look unkind, but actually it is 3.5, so don't be mistaken. Clint Eastwood never played any other role than Eastwood (or Dirty Harry), that's true, but the point is, he does it cool, and does it with confidence. He knows what he is doing, even as a director, and "Blood Work" is another proof that he is one of the accomplished directors of America.Eastwood is ex-FBI profiler Terry McCareb, now retired after one bloody case of murder. Recovered from severe heart attack which hit him during the invetigation, he gets an operation. Now a heart transplant recepient, Terry is advised to live quitely by his doctor Anjelica Huston. But an unexpected visitor comes to him, asking him to help her; her sister was murdered at a grocery shop, and she says she has a good reason to ask Terry to do what she needs. Back in former business, Terry starts his own search for the killer, and the film displays some actions (including shootings) and activities of Terry with his sidekick Jeff Daniels ("Speed" and "Dumb and Dumber"), but it is Eastwood whom we would watch with certain amount of respect and feeling of "wow". In fact, even though he was born in 1930, he still is in good shape, with his tough and cool images all around. You may say this guy Terry is just an elder version of Harry, and you're right. But when Eastwood does it, he does it better than anyone, blending his machismo with some sort of resignation and sadness which only those veterans can exude.Once I heard that Eastwood behind the carema never shouts or yells when shooting -- no "Action!" no "Cut!" -- but speaks it quietly (and in Italian too). Probably so. The pace of the film is always assured, showing that director Eastwood perfectly comprehends his subject. No flashy camera work is there; you see his assured touch of direction, which can be neither too fast nor too slow. Like his previous "Space Cowboys", "Blood Work" never runs, but is always moving.You might find the script of Brian Helgeland ("LA Confidential" "Knight's Tale" and others) a little too transparent, but it keeps you interested even though some of you might detect the truth half on the way. But as I said, it is the film of Clint Eastwood who, as you know, loves jazz music. And like jazz, the film may look too slow and quiet for younger audiences as it goes with leisured pace. But that is his style, and without style there is no cool."
A more than solid Eastwood vehicle
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 08/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We all know good 'ol Clint isn't getting any younger, and he knows that himself which is part of what makes Blood Work as good as it is. Eastwood plays an FBI agent drawn out of retirement to find a serial killer which Eastwood had a heart attack chasing. What develops is a game of cat & mouse between Eastwood and the killer, culminating in a stunning revelation and an ending similar to that of another Eastwood starring/directing effort; In the Line of Fire. Blood Work is a smart, intelligent thriller and a throwbacl to the days when movies didn't have to rely on anemic storylines and bloated special effects to get going. Sadly though, Blood Work will most likely go ignored by audiences while overblown, mindless action pics like XXX rake in the millions. Still though, you should really give Blood Work a try, it's a real gem."
Matthew Gladney | Champaign-Urbana, IL USA | 08/13/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"There is a masked hold-up artist/killer on the loose, and the police believe the cold-hearted criminal to be selecting the locations purposefully, and that his victims are just unlucky, random individuals. Retired FBI agent Terry McCaleb thinks that it is the *locations* which are random, and that the killer's victims are very, very specific. Will his wisdom prevail? That is one of the interesting plot elements in "Blood Work", the 20th movie starring Clint Eastwood that he has also directed.Eastwood plays McCaleb, a gritty man with a gentle streak, who was forced into retirement after suffering a heart attack while chasing a serial killer on his last case. Two years later, McCaleb receives a new heart, and the serial killer is still at-large. Terry McCaleb is Eastwood playing his age. We know that this man used to possess solid physical strength, but age has diminished that strength, so now he is left to rely almost solely on his keen intellect. That intellect does not fail him, although it is sometimes slow to catch on.McCaleb is enjoying retirement on his boat, when he is approached by the sister of the woman whose heart he now has. She explains to him that her sister was murdered (one of the victims of the aforementioned hold-up artist/killer), and she would like for McCaleb to crack the case and find the murderer. At first reluctant, the former FBI man soon acquiesces to the sister's request, and the game is afoot.I found "Blood Work" enjoyable. Watching Eastwood so easily play the role of McCaleb is fun in and of itself, and the story is always involving. It isn't necessarily as realistic as it could have been, but that is part of its charm. McCaleb falls into that realm of the Hercule Poirot detective: a former law enforcement official who should, by no real rights, have access to such things as police discussions of the case, a crime scene, evidence books, and videotapes of murders - yet he does. That is fine. It leaves the story unhampered, and it can progress at a good pace.The revelation of the killer in "Blood Work" I found to be a little weak, and somewhat over the top. I would not dare disclose any more here. But suffice it to say, it jarred me a little bit. Nevertheless, I found the movie a highly entertaining weekend diversion. Blood Work is good work."
Farfetched plot, but still a good story. Fine acting too.
Linda Linguvic | New York City | 01/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I like Clint Eastwood. So naturally I enjoyed this 2002 film in which he stars as well as directs. He's over 70 years old now and, instead of making believe that this is not happening, he finds roles that try to show its reality. I applaud him for this. Blood Work is a good film.Eastwood is cast as an FBI profiler nearing retirement who's being taunted by someone known as the "code killer". After a chase, he suffers a heart attack and the killer gets away. Fast forward two years. He's now the recipient of a heart transplant, and his cardiologist, played by Anjelica Houston, is telling him to take it easy. Ha! You and I know right there that he's going to be swept into some sort of new police work. Well -- it sure is wild. It seems the young woman whose heart he has received in the transplant was murdered. And her sister, played by Wanda De Jesus, is begging him find the killer. Naturally, he now has to use all his years of wisdom to investigate.What follows is a fast paced police procedural drama to which he is personally connected. There are lots of clues and a few false leads and some startling twists and turns of the plot. Tina Lifford is cast as the cop who helps him. She has just the right amount of cop savvy and skepticism to make her very real. Paul Rodriguez is cast as the cop who's jealous of Eastwood's accomplishments. And there's even a ethnic angle thrown in as the murdered woman, her sister and Rodriguez are all of Mexican descent. The setting is Los Angeles and Eastwood lives on a houseboat in the Marina. His next-door-neighbor is Jeff Daniels, who becomes Eastwood's sidekick. I enjoyed all the acting, the cinematography and the storyline. It didn't even matter to me that it was all a little too farfetched and that some of the details of the plot didn't make sense. I just relaxed and let myself enjoy another one of Eastwood's accomplishments. Recommended."