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Blood Work (2002), R
Analysis Date: August 11, 2002
CAP Score: 30
CAP Influence Density: 1.76

MinMax: -78

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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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  • Ps. 12:8 and Eph. 5:4. Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it]. Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 and Eph. 5:4 to also warn of the creeping desensitizing power of this sort of "entertainment"; of the "excusing" or "overlooking" of such sin in the name of entertainment.]
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [vain: shav' {shawv}; false, emptiness, nothingness, lying, worthlessness (of conduct)]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
  • Mal. 2:16 "I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate a man's covering himself with violence as well as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith. [The is another lesson in this. Note how whenever God speaks of his hatred it is always about man's behavior and never man himself.]
  • Matt. 13:41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.
  • Is. 59:7 Their [from Is. 59:4, "their" is they who trust in vanity, speak lies, conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity] feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.

    *******Food for Daily Thought*******
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    Blood Work (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • message written in blood
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly, some in long series
  • fighting
  • kidnapping of mother and son to extort
  • firearm threats, repeatedly
  • intentional gunfire injury to force performance
  • "marketing" in human organs
  • unlawful confinement of mother and son'
  • automatic gunfire to kill
  • defensive gunfire
  • control by firearm
  • bloody injuries, repeatedly
  • drowning murder

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 35 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • ten uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • "ownership" through donated heart from relative
  • offer to lie
  • father absenteeism
  • lie about identity
  • racial insults

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • anatomical reference
  • workup to intercourse
  • intercourse with gender-specific areas unseen
  • vulgar comment
  • sex talk

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking
  • booze

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 5 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 5 without

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • graphic murder victims, several
  • gunfire murders, twice to the head, imagery repeated several times
  • 6 graphics gunshots to kill in cold blood with impacts seen
  • drowning murder

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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.

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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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