Blood Work


Blood Work

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Blood Work is a routine, but competently made thriller marred by lethargic pacing.



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A retired detective must battle former colleagues and his own failing health in order to bring a murderer to justice in this action drama produced and directed by its star, Clint Eastwood. Terry McCaleb (Eastwood) was one of the best and most thorough detectives at the FBI's Southern California office, until a massive heart attack sidelined him from police work for good. Following a heart transplant which saved his life, McCaleb has resigned himself to living quietly on a houseboat for the rest of his days, observing a strict health regimen prescribed by his cardiologist, Dr. Bonnie Fox (Anjelica Huston). However, McCaleb is persuaded to take on one last case through the insistence of a woman named Graciela Rivers (Wanda De Jesus). Rivers's sister was murdered in cold blood by a mugger, and her heart was used for McCaleb's transplant; now, Rivers wants McCaleb to find her sister's killer. McCaleb agrees to take on the case, but he quickly discovers his weakened physical condition makes the rigors of handling an investigation far harder and more difficult than its ever been before; he also can no longer drive a car, and must persuade his oddball friend from the marina,Buddy Noone (Jeff Daniels), to ferry him around town. Before long, despite these drawbacks, McCaleb discovers evidence which suggests the murderer may be a serial who uses random street robberies as a cover, but he finds that Ronaldo Arrango (Paul Rodriguez) and John Waller (Dylan Walsh), the police detectives assigned to the case, are not especially interested in sharing the glory (or their legwork) with the former FBI point man. Blood Work was adapted from the novel by Michael Connelly; Brian Helgeland wrote the screenplay. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Clint Eastwood
as Terry McCaleb
Jeff Daniels
as Buddy Noone
Anjelica Huston
as Dr. Bonnie Fox
Wanda De Jesus
as Graciella Rivers
Tina Lifford
as Det. Jaye Winston
Paul Rodriguez
as Ronaldo Arrango
Dylan Walsh
as Detective John Waller
Mason Lucero
as Raymond
Gerry Becker
as Mr. Toliver
Rick Hoffman
as James Lockridge
Alix Koromzay
as Mrs. Cordell
Dina Eastwood
as Reporter #1
Beverly Leech
as Reporter #2
June Kyoko Lu
as Mrs. Kang
Chao Li Chi
as Mr. Kang
Robert Harvey
as Restaurant Manager
Matt Huffman
as Young Detective
Mark Thomason
as James Cordell
Maria Quiban
as Gloria Torres
Brent Hinkley
as Cab Driver
Natalia Ongaro
as Receptionist
Amanda Carlin
as Office Manager
Ted Rooney
as Forensics #1
Craig Hoskins
as Helicopter Pilot
P.J. Byrne
as Forensics #2
Sam Jaeger
as Deputy
Derric Nugent
as L.A.P.D. Officer
James W. Gavin
as Helicopter Pilot
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  • Dec 30, 2011
    Terry McCaleb: Remember how you said I was your friend, and I could tell you the truth? Well I don't need you at all.  "He's a heartbeat away from catching the killer" Blood Work gets a lot of shit and it is easy to see why. This is a predictable and lazy thriller from Eastwood. The plot is interesting enough to make it passable, but when you think Eastwood, you think of high quality films; not this. The supporting cast is extremely bad. Eastwood even seems to be sleepwalking through his role, a role which he has played a hundred times. He plays his standard old detective, who is done with his career, but wants to solve one last case.  A woman comes to McCaleb, a retired FBI man who has just gotten a heart transplant. The woman who comes to him, had a sister killed and that sisters heart went to McCaleb. So he feels that he must help her out, despite objections from his doctor and the authorities. He starts to piece things together, such as linked murders. The killer is also leaving messages, he says at all of his killings, "Happy Valentine's Day." This is a very average and pretty dull film from Eastwood. It isn't up to par with the majority of his work, but it also isn't his worst. If you're a big fan of Eastwood, it is still worth a look. Bad Eastwood is still decent when you look at what other directors throw out there.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    A chilling movie with a predictable plot, good acting, great concept, interesting conclusion. So basically, Im glad I saw it.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    It's low for a Clint Eastwood film, but not at all uninteresting. It's just a harmless predictable movie.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2011
    It's low for a Clint Eastwood film, but not at all uninteresting. It's just a harmless predictable movie.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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