Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) is a soldier who returns home to his loving wife. Life seems too good to be true, and it’s only enjoyed for a short duration. Ray’s wife is captured, murdered and Ray himself is killed. But! After this tragedy, Ray wakes up in a lab with a completely changed body. His body has been donated to science. Upon waking up, Ray is advised of his current situation. We also know that Ray is now all alone and doesn’t even have family who will miss him. But now he has new abilities which have never been seen before. These abilities include Ray being able to selfheal and incredible strength, all thanks to the latest advancement in technology. With this new body, Ray has been given a second chance and begins his new life by seeking revenge on the man who killed his wife.
For those who are not aware, Bloodshot is one of the first films based on a Valiant Comic. In case you’re wondering, Bloodshot differs from the standard Marvel, DC or general superhero story.
For the most part actor Vin Diesel gives a likeable performance, but sadly his character is wooden with minimal back story for his audience to invest in. This type of character seems familiar when it comes to Vin Diesel films. I’m honestly not sure why this is common for him.
One element that I did appreciate in Bloodshot was the film’s visuals and special effects. Seeing flesh shot come off someone and see it all reconnect was fun during action sequences. There are effects here that take away from realism by turning characters into full CGI, making this film look more like a video game. This type of visual takes away from the suspense but keeps the film a mindless action film.
As a plot, I was a little curious about Ray’s world, but the so-called twists and consequences which involve the leading character are far too predictable. The reveal and main plot also feels like something movie lovers would have seen in the early 90s. It’s unfortunate given the strengths of both the visual effects and the leading man that the film couldn’t deliver a richer story.
Overall, Bloodshot has an appealing setup, but the outcomes for the leading man are predictable ones. Action sequences do manage to bring some creativity to the screen, but at many times they also take away any realism making characters look more like a video game than a film. This takes away any suspense or excitement I had desired. This film is relatively brainless and sometimes this type of film is precisely what a movie lover needs to enjoy the evening. I found this film to be OK.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden