Blood and Wine (1997)
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Critic Reviews for Blood and Wine
An amusingly caustic, straight-up serving of film noir staples spiced with star charisma.
An engrossing thriller - and one sparkling with intelligence, with the surprising twists grounded in credible human behaviour.
When Bob Rafelson decides to get nasty, he really means it.
Rafelson is so true to his sour vision of crime, deception and a rottenness at the core of our natures -- he's as cheerful as a Jim Thompson potboiler -- that we never get a chance to like or care about his characters.
The movie's own payoff is compelling enough, but the project has a weightless feel that limits involvement. Better you give it an hour-and-a-half on video someday, surrounded by wine and snacks.
Audience Reviews for Blood and Wine
With a legendary starring cast (Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine) and a mildly interesting supporting cast (Jennifer Lopez, Stephen Dorff) a beautiful setting (sunny Florida) and a classic tale (thieves who need one more score), this movie has plenty of ingredients to cook up something special. While Nicholson & Caine deliver worthy performances, their characters are chaotic and the overall script leads everyone to places that don't make sense leaving the audience confused and with no one for which to cheer. It's surprising and unfortunate to have so many of the right ingredients being combined in a way that somehow ends up being less than the sum of its parts. 7/19/9
Not even a reminder about how gorgeous J-Lo was in the nineties can save this film. Nicholson and Caine are wasting their time here collecting a paycheque for making nothing out of a B grade thriller.
Honestly, Bob Rafelson should've just not made this third entry in his trilogy of Jack. While there's unsurprisingly great performances from Jack Nicolson and Michael Caine, the performances from Stephen Dorf and an incredibly ethnic Jennifer Lopez completely destroy the movie. The isn't all that unique, but given better talent it could have been a lot more entertaining and worthwhile. While you can certainly go worse, this just doesn't deliver the way that Five Easy Pieces and The King of Marvin Gardens do. It doesn't have anything particularly important to say about the American dream aside from the greed aspect. In the end it's just a poorly done heist movie.
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