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 out in 2020 when we’ve seen so many similar movies already. 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 as good as it could/should be. 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).
Bloodshot was one of the last movies released in theaters before lockdown. It got one weekend before the plug was pulled on the world. I honestly don’t know if that hurt or helped the movie. It certainly wasn’t going to earn Fast & the Furious type money, but Diesel’s XXX: Return of Xander Cage did well over $300 million worldwide in 2017. Honestly I think it might sell well on digital right now because people are craving entertainment. With limited options, a decent action movie with big explosions does help pass the time. I definitely recommend it for those of us stuck at home without much to do. It is a fun way to kill some time and even though I don’t love it I still have to recommend it to those action fans/comic book movie fans who want something to watch.
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Cast & Crew:
Director: David S. F. Wilson
Executive Producers: Dan Mintz, Louis G. Friedman, Yu Dong, Jeffrey Chan, Rita LeBlanc, Buddy Patrick, Matthew Vaughn
Based on: Valiant Comic Book Story by Jeff Wadlow
Story by: Jeff Wadlow
Screenplay By: Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer
Producers: Neal H. Moritz, Toby Jaffe, Dinesh Shamdasani, Vin Diesel
Cast: Vin Diesel, Eiza Gonzalez, Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell and Guy Pearce