BLOODSHOT – “Mediocre mindless action”
David S. F. Wilson (Directorial debut)
- Vin Diesel as Ray Garrison / Bloodshot
- Eiza González as KT
- Sam Heughan as Jimmy Dalton
- Toby Kebbell as Martin Axe
- Guy Pearce as Dr. Emil Harting
- Lamorne Morris as Wilfred Wigans
- Talulah Riley as Gina DeCarlo
Is based on the Valiant Comics character of the same name
After he and his wife are murdered, marine Ray Garrison is resurrected by a team of scientists. Enhanced with nanotechnology, he becomes a superhuman, biotech killing machine - Bloodshot. As Ray first trains with fellow super-soldiers, he cannot recall anything from his former life. But when his memories flood back and he remembers the man that killed both him and his wife, he breaks out of the facility to get revenge.
Valiant Comic’s big screen rendition of Bloodshot is like mixing Robocop with Terminator, and then smothering it in mediocre mindless action. Sorry to say, but this is a story that works much better on a comic book page. There, the artist and writer can create literally anything, with zero restraints. Here, we are at the mercy of Hollywood special effects teams and budgetary restrictions. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of big blow ‘em up action scenes. But for every one that looks cool as hell, there is another that looks, well, shoddy as hell. Also not doing the film any favours, is the over abundance of boilerplate dialogue. This is especially true for everything that comes out of Vin Diesel’s mouth (it doesn’t help that he delivers each line with the emotion of a cardboard box). Luckily for Diesel, his imposing stature and physicality fit the character like a glove. And to be fair, this IS a movie titled Bloodshot after all, so I suppose ‘90’s level dumbed-down escapism is pretty much to be expected. At least the filmmakers can find solace in that it’s not a complete bloody mess right?