Bloodshot Review

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Bloodshot features a familiar story, cool tech and some flashy action, but it's mostly just Vin Diesel being Vin Diesel and director David F.S. Wilson doesn't seem to think that most will notice or care.

Bloodshot is Vin Diesel‘s latest action film that could potentially become a franchise, based on a comic book series of the same name and directed by David F.S. Wilson. Bloodshot is action-oriented and focused on the technology behind the soldier, but unfortunately the story is a carbon-copy of a dozen others, struggling to find urgency in a time where an “okay” action film just isn’t going to cut it.

Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) is a simple soldier, serving his country and successfully finishing his missions in hopes of returning home to his wife and living the simple life. She wants him to hang it up and retire, while he continues to do the bad ass hero thing, because it just fits him.

That all changes when his wife is kidnapped and he is essentially killed, only to wake up in a futuristic lab, with doctors telling him that he has been brought back to life and given new purpose.

Dr. Emil Harting (Guy Pearce) reveals to Ray that his body has been donated to a greater cause and that is to become the first super-soldier that is powered by millions of nanites/nonorobotics that self-heal his body as he takes gunfire or any sort of damage.

This makes Ray a powerful and mostly unstoppable soldier that can use the technology and his own skills to hunt down virtually anyone. His first target becomes the man that killed his wife, which leads Ray down a path of revenge and hate as he starts to wonder how he was brought back to life in the first place.

Bloodshot is essentially Source Code meets RoboCop, with a dash of just about any other super-soldier/weaponized man cliche thrown in for good measure.

It’s based on a comic book that I am unfamiliar with, which makes my opinion entirely dependent on the film and no other previous expectations.

And as its own film, Bloodshot is mostly just fine, serving as a familiar action film that features some cool tech and flashy action, but no real meat.

It mostly follows the fairly predictable story beats laid out in front, allowing for Vin Diesel to throw in his own Diesel-isms, including the tank tops, the transparent white shirts and his corny smile that is reinforced by his non-stop ability to wreck some fools.

All that is missing is a trusty bottle of Corona, which was most-likely removed in post due to the whole coronavirus shenanigans.

But seriously, director David F.S. Wilson shoots Bloodshot with a steady eye, focusing on the film’s action in a way that at the very least makes for an occasionally entertaining flick that’s obsessed with slow-motion photography, mixed with bright reds and dark backdrops.

I respect the film’s ability to explain everything with its tech, even if its larger-than-life and maybe not fully thought out, but at least everything looks cool and realized and not far from our own future.

The action is decent enough too, blending tons of CGI with some fun fist fights and shoot outs. The film might not hit on an emotional level, but it should satisfy most craving a $5 popcorn flick with not a lot of brains on it.

Bloodshot‘s supporting cast coasts by, attempting to give stable performances while surrounding Vin Diesel‘s outlandish presence which seems to feel so forced when placed against his Fast & Furious filmography.

Diesel seems best when playing opposite his Fast-isms, delivering subtle dramatic performances, otherwise everything else sort of feels like an extension of Dom, outside of maybe Riddick.

I walked into Bloodshot fully knowing what to expect and I can honestly say that I wasn’t disappointed. The film wasn’t nearly as over-the-top and silly as I was expecting, yet it didn’t really surprise me with a deeper story or focus on its characters. Bloodshot as a character feels like another random solider given a gift that decides to hunt down the baddies and that’s about it.

Nothing about Vin Diesel‘s performance heightens the character or makes me want to look into the comic book for more material. That being said, the action works and the tech is kind of neat, making the film feel like not a complete waste of time. It’s fine and I feel like most people won’t want to settle for fine when they’re forking over $15 for an IMAX ticket and for that I would say skip Bloodshot and wait to rent it, because it offers nothing new or groundbreaking.

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