BLOOD AND WINE could be the warm-up for a double feature with a flick from the mid-1980s, BLOOD SIMPLE. Both revolve around ensemble casts where no relationship may be worthy of, much less built on, trust.
BLOOD SIMPLE's the better film but BLOOD AND WINE is not without its creepy charms. Michael Caine stands out as hot-tempered, TB-suffering safe cracker hellbent on pulling off one last caper with partner Jack Nicholson. Speaking of Nicholson, critic Roger Ebert said it was BLOOD AND WINE, not AS GOOD AS IT GETS, that was the Oscar-worthy performance the great actor did that year.
Some of BLOOD AND WINE's plot devices struck me as a little weak, not that I want to give too much away. But just as you start to un-suspend your disbelief, Caine, Nicholson and Jennifer Lopez electrify the next scene.
And to give the story some credit, BLOOD AND WINE has Lopez's character taking a boat ride with a young man with whom she has a mutual attraction. Yet nothing happens while they have each other alone at sea. Again, without giving away too much, later on they are alone in a bedroom for the first time, with further results at least one of them would not expect!
See BLOOD AND WINE, and if you have never seen BLOOD SIMPLE, get both. Trust me.