Review by: Katherine Kaminsky | Rating:
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Making of; A Conversation in Spanish
with Clint Eastwood, Wands De Jesús and Paul Rodriguez;
CLINT Eastwood has produced 18 films, directed 23 films and starred
in 44 films. I doubt Blood Work will be the triumph of those achievements.
Terry McCaleb (Eastwood) is a celebrity FBI agent, a press hero
catching the bad guys. While chasing his latest case, a psychopath
dubbed by the tabloids as the Code Killer (due to
him leaving coded messages at the murder scene), McCaleb suffers
a heart attack.
Two years and one heart transplant later, the retired McCaleb
is being carefully monitored by Dr Bonnie Fox (Angelica Huston)
when he is approached by Graciella (Wanda De Jesus). She persuades
him to become involved in an unsolved murder personal to them
Helped by neighbour, Buddy Noone (Jeff Daniels), and reluctantly
by former colleague, Detective Jaye Winston (Tina Lifford), McCaleb
comes out of retirement to solve the murder, igniting a fresh
killing spree by the still at large Code Killer.
This suspense thriller, directed and produced by Eastwood and
based on the novel by Michael Connelly, starts as a promising
plot line, but deteriorates all too quickly as it clumsily lays
out clue after clue until you suspect you are being fed a red
herring. Youre not!
Eastwood whispers his way through the film, creating little suspense
or tension, while Huston makes only a brief appearance, and is
memorable for wearing more eyeliner than any doctor Ive
The saving graces are Wanda De Jesus and Tina Lifford. The real
problem is with the casting of the psycho. Although a competent
actor, perhaps his features are too strong.
If you dont get it from the balaclava scene, then you will
from the bit where he sports fake facial hair, which does nothing
to disguise who he is.
However, top cop McCaleb still does not figure it out. In fact,
it takes a small boy, surprise surprise, the late victim
10-year-old son, to decipher the Killers Code,
providing the only believable moment in the entire film.
This, peppered with two cops (Paul Rodriguez and Dylan Walsh),
contributing an unamusing comic double act, leaves Blood Work
hard bloody work to recommend.