Friday, November 25, 2011

Blood Work (2002)

Blood Work, starring and directed by Clint Eastwood, is a mystery thriller that follows an aging FBI agent, Terry McCaleb, who has suffered a heart attack. He received a heart transplant from a woman who was murdered and when he was contacted by her sister, decided to find his donor’s killer. The film is carried through with McCaleb’s undaunting determination-he’s still recovering from the heart transplant and I thought this premise itself was interesting.

This retired agent, fueled with righteous dedication, battles his own deteriorating body. McCaleb is weakening, except his young, healthy heart and his meticulous mind, which remains as sharp as ever.

While McCaleb was usually thoughtful and contemptlative, there were other times when he seemed like a wiser, aged, more reserved Dirty Harry Callahan. Perhaps that’s just Clint’s action face. Either way there are a some dirty action scenes, especially given the character’s condition. Altogether, this is worth-while mystery thriller.

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