Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #311 Blood Work

In Uncategorized on August 29, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Movie #311 Blood Work

(2002, US, d. Clint Eastwood)

Blood Work has the appearance of being a suspense thriller that could be a lot better than it actually is. Though it’s refreshing to see this type of film now, in an era where the story about an older cop trying to solve a mystery would never be made. There were tons of these films back in the 90’s and early 2000’s: adult crime films. Where have they gone? But that amount of novelty aside, Blood Work is nothing too special. It follows all the cliches and conventions of these types of films: the cop is old, he’s seen a lot, but he’s about to retire. Just then, he’s faced with a case that’s way too personal for him to ignore. He takes it, and slowly uncovers it, but in order to do so, he must look back at his own life. And of course, the villain happens to be someone who we’ve all been given clues about but never actually really suspect…unless of course, we’ve seen enough of these films. Though it benefits again from an interesting plot line, some very tense moments that had inklings of the sort of tensions that abided in films like Zodiac and Memories of Murder, and a very strong pay off at the end regarding the content of the clues (you’ll understand if you watch it), Blood Work in the end suffers from the misfortune of treading the same material a lot of these films (even some that starred Mr. Eastwood) already have. But hey, it’s still a good movie.

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