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Blood Work

Blood Work

Clint Eastwood uses his real life age (72) as an integral part of his Terry McCaleb, a seasoned FBI profiler, who suffers a heart attack while chasing down a killer.

Two years later Terry, retired from the FBI and with a new heart transplant, just wants to live on his boat and have a little peace.  But, a woman tracks him down and begs him to investigate her sister's murder in a convenience store robbery.

Produced and directed by Eastwood, he makes every aspect of Terry's fragile health an interesting and important part of the man.  From the huge scar that runs the length of his chest, to the invasive physical exams by his feisty physician (Angelica Huston), the audience is privy to all of his vulnerabilities.

The crime story is also better than average.  Instead of the usual high tech equipment we've become used to, Terry uses video tapes that he runs backward and forward looking for hidden clues and good old fashioned gumshoe work to find his man.

The killer does leave some clues that are meant just for Terry.  As in 1993's In the Line of Fire, the killer longs for some sort of personal relationship with his pursuer, and the cat and mouse chase that ensues is top notch.

It's off that Eastwood is willing to play his own age, but still wants his love interest to be quite a few years younger.  As is Wanda DeJesus who plays the dead woman's sister, Graciella.

Paul Rodriguez provides some comic relief as an L.A. cop and Jeff Daniels is terrific as a scruffy marina neighbor.

The screenwriter (Brian Helgeland) has infused this murder mystery with drama, tension and some real surprises.

 
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