Based on the bestselling comic book, Vin Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, a soldier recently killed in action and brought back to life as the superhero Bloodshot by the RST corporation. With an army of nanotechnology in his veins, he’s an unstoppable force –stronger than ever and able to heal instantly. But in controlling his body, the company has sway over his mind and memories, too. Now, Ray doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not – but he’s on a mission to find out.
What We Thought:
If Bloodshot came out 20 years ago it would have been a groundbreaking film ala The Matrix. Unfortunately it’s coming out in 2020 when we’ve seen so many similar movies already. After seeing the film, a friend and I discussed how many movies it reminded us of. It was quite a bit.
Vin Diesel plays a soldier who is killed and gets reborn using technology. Right there alone movies like Universal Soldier, RoboCop, Upgrade, Idris Elba’s character in Hobbs & Shaw, all come to mind. The tech corporation that repaired him have other former soldiers that have been upgraded who now have super human abilities. The corporation wants to change the face of battle. Diesel’s character simply wants revenge on the man who killed him and his wife. He escapes and figures out how to use his new technology and get his revenge!
End of story right? Well not exactly. There’s a big surprise reveal that you should see coming a mile away. As soon as one character is introduced you know he’s probably the bad guy. The movie shifts into Diesel dealing with this twist and I won’t spoil it for you.
At times the movie is Memento, Universal Soldier, XXX Return of Xander Cage, a comic book movie, maybe even a little bit Edge of Tomorrow. I pretty much like all those things so I didn’t hate this, but it’s definitely not great. I’d watch it again at some point on home video, but it’s opening in March for a reason. There is way too much slow motion in it. Almost so much you think you’re watching a DCEU film or Zack Snyder flick. It’s also very heavy on CGI and even when it’s not, you can tell at times it’s Vin Diesel’s stunt double (especially from behind).
I went into Bloodshot with low expectations. I was kind of hoping it would be so bad that you would laugh at it, not with it. It’s not that bad, but it’s also not that good. For a movie I didn’t expect much from, it being watchable is a pleasant surprise. With so many movies being pulled from theaters before their release, your choices are being limited. Maybe this will see a bigger box office return because there isn’t much like it at the movies currently or in the near future.
Directed by: David S. F. Wilson
Story by: Jeff Wadlow
Screenplay by: Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer
Based on: The Valiant Comic Book
Cast: Vin Diesel, Eiza Gonzalez, Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell and Guy Pearce