This is Clint Eastwood week. Blood Work is currently available on instant Netflix.
WATCH: Blood Work (2002) – Rated R for violence and language.
“Retired FBI director Terry McCaleb (Clint Eastwood), feeble from a recent heart transplant, is hired by Graciela Rivers (Wanda De Jesus) to investigate the death of her sister, Gloria — who is, coincidentally, the donor of McCaleb’s new heart. McCaleb soon deduces that Gloria was murdered by a serial killer he was trailing for years while in the FBI … but can the elderly agent muster the strength to hunt down the killer and stop him for good?”
The script is written by Brian Helgeland from the novel by Michael Connelly. I can’t speak to the faithfulness of the script to the book but Helgeland’s script is quite literate. Characters are likeable and well-fleshed out. Dialogue is believable and flows nicely.
Eastwood’s direction is assured but not flashy. Events move at a brisk clip without skimping on the investigation part. The focus is more on the whydunit than the whodunit.
Eastwood’s performance as an aging detective is quite good. Jeff Daniels is amusing as Buddy. The female leads, Wanda De Jesus, Tina Lifford and Anjelica Huston all do an excellent job, especially as none of them fall into the stereotypical romantic interest role (for the most part).
All in all, this is a very enjoyable if not entirely memorable mystery.
People Watch: Comedian Paul Rodriguez plays Detective Arrango and Clint’s wife Dina plays Reporter #1.