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Blood Work (2002), R
Analysis Date: August 11, 2002
CAP Score: 30
CAP Influence Density: 1.76
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BLOOD WORK (R) -- And I'll do what I do and tell you why...
Production: Malpaso Productions
Distribution: Warner Bros.
Director(s): Clint Eastwood
Producer(s): Clint Eastwood, Judie Hoyt, Robert Lorenz
Written by/Screenplay: Michael Connelly (novel), Brian Helgeland (screenplay)
Cinematography/Camera: Tom Stern
Music: Lennie Niehaus
Film Editing: Joel Cox
Casting: Phyllis Huffman
Production Design: Henry Bumstead
Art Direction: Jack G. Taylor Jr.
The geriatric Harry. Clint is getting up in years but his style and delivery are timeless. Any fan of Clint Eastwood (which is by now almost a trademark) will enjoy *Blood Work* if they can tolerate the trash.
During investigation of the latest victims of a serial killer, Converse(tm) shoe prints in blood are found. Outside the murder scene, FBI Agent/Profiler Terry McCaleb (Clint Eastwood) notices a gawker with sneakers ... with blood on them. Chase is given. After a distance which would have caused a man one quarter of his age to heave his lunch, McCaleb collapses under a massive coronary. But as McCaleb lies on the ground gasping, the fleeing man stops and starts back to McCaleb. McCaleb manages to fire off several rounds at the man but none seem to hit its target. At least not enough to fell the man. At least the running coward seems to be a male. We don't now ... yet. Something often irks me about cops and robbers (err, murderers) shows. McCaleb simply pointed his revolver in the direction of the possible perpetrator while the perpetrator was standing in an alley surrounded on three sides by buildings with windows. And what do buildings with windows usually have in them? People. After several years of instructing police officers and cadets I found that a cop is not likely going to fire his service revolver in such an irresponsible manner, without a single apparent concern whether the fired rounds which miss the intended target would hit innocent people. Maybe even kids.
After McCaleb empties his revolver, the possible perpetrator walked up to McCaleb and watched him if only for a few seconds as McCaleb lie in agony. Now why would the possible perpetrator be so interested in McCaleb?
The massive coronary put McCaleb on a waiting list for a new heart. Two years later he gets one. McCaleb has retired and lives on a houseboat because he does not like to mow lawns. Either that he has been fitted with a heart transplant or that he is 72 years old is good a reason to retire. Dr. Bonnie Fox (Anjelica Huston) sure insists on McCaleb winding down, quickly.
Aboard his houseboat, McCaleb is met by a woman in her 40s who claims to be "related" to McCaleb. Indeed, the woman, Graciella Rivers (Wanda De Jesus) is quite "related" to McCaleb in the most intimate way ... his heart. McCaleb received her sister's heart. Her sister was murdered at just the right moment and the match of their somewhat rare blood types made her a perfect match for McCaleb. Now that Wanda has some "moral ownership" of McCaleb, Wanda wants McCaleb to find out who killed her sister. She denies trying to hold her sister's heart over his head, but things just point to desperation which can cause many honorable man or woman to seek less-than-honorable means. So, reluctantly McCaleb agrees to look into things. Dr. Fox adamantly opposes McCaleb getting involved at all.
Also murdered moments before Wanda's sister was murdered was a man who had the same blood type as McCaleb. Why would someone be trying to kill people with McCaleb's blood type? I leave that up to you if you decide the amount of ignominy in this flick is fit or not. Remember. It is rated R. And I'll do what I do and tell you why so you can make an informed decision for yourselves.
Thirty-five uses of profanity. Ten uses of the most foul of the foul words [Ps. 12:8, Eph. 5:4]. Five uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and five without it [Deut. 5:11]. Steely cold murder. Intercourse with gender-specific areas unseen. Kidnapping of a mother and her son for extortion and unlawful confinement of them. Gunfire injury to force performance. Much gunfire to kill and a drowning murder. Gunfire murders with one to the head and the contents of the head spewing. Emptying a firearm into a live victim. [Mal. 2:16, Matt. 13:41, Is. 59:7, Prov. 10:23] The list in the Findings/Scoring section will tell all that was noted
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*******Food for Daily Thought*******
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):
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|"There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our nearly seven years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|