RARA-AVIS: RE: Blood Work movie

From: Dick Lochte ( dlochte@adelphia.net)
Date: 13 Aug 2002

The review in Slate hits the movie's weak points, but hits them too hard. IMO, the first three fourths of the film are terrific, with Eastwood at his best as an actor. It's only in the last fourth, when the script takes a dogleg away from the structure of Connelly's book, that problems set in. Eastwood, for budget reasons probably, decided to keep the finale in L.A., instead of moving it to a less populated area where the hero has no access to law enforcement. That makes the movie hero's actions seem a bit, ah, impulsive. It's a mistake and a big one, but, hey, three-fourths of a good movie trump most of the lousy stuff that's around. And mystery lovers should go see it for one other reason. The entertainment media have decided to make a big story out of comparing it to XXX. It's stodgy old man Clint versus big, bold Vin Diesel. I'm happy to have cast my vote for the fogy.

Dick Lochte


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