Character Analysis of Evidence of Blood

Character Analysis of Evidence of Blood

Last night, I watched the 1998 (made for television) movie EVIDENCE OF BLOOD.

Brief Synopsis: When true crime writer Jackson Kinley returns to his home town to attend the funeral of a friend, local sheriff Ray Tindale, he finds himself irrevocably drawn to solve the cold case Tindale was working shortly before his death.

EOB is a classic Power of TRUTH story and Kinley is a classic Power of TRUTH character.

A Power of TRUTH story

These stories begin with an obvious question, mystery or crime. During the course of the investigation a larger truth is revealed. In the end, the investigator discovers some truth about him or herself.

A Power of TRUTH character

These characters constantly look of hidden agendas, conspiracies, and cover-ups. They fear not being able to discern the truth, misjudging people or situations, and betrayal. They question everything and everyone, including themselves.

What I love so much about these kinds of stories and characters is the duality of mysteries. As the protagonist continues to dig for the story truth, he uncovers a truth about himself, often one which aids in solving the story question or mystery.

In true Power of TRUTH form, Evidence of Blood’s protagonist remains affable and self-effacing, even in the face of rejection and refusal. He employs the characteristic tactic of engendering the ‘Us Against Them’ mentality to gather information. And he becomes so engrossed in discovering the truth that he cannot disengage, in spite of several warnings.

While I was initially interested by the angle of a writer, it was the story itself that sucked me into this movie and kept me hooked all the way through. The mystery was engaging, even more so as the story progresses. The slide between the present and the past was flawless. The resolution came as a shock yet was realistic and I loved that it so well played out.

I’d give EVIDENCE OF BLOOD 4 ½ out of 5 stars.