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.
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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
Watching Nicholson and Caine compete in this thriller is entertaining to a certain point, and then you begin rooting for no one since it all comes down to greed.
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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