Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Review: Bloodshot

Release date: March 13, 2020
Running time: 109 minutes
Starring: Vin Diesel, Eiza Gonz├ílez, Sam Heughan

Vin Diesel returns to the big screen but this time it isn't about cars or family but revenge. Based on the best selling comic book by Valiant Comics, Bloodshot is the story of Ray Garrison (Diesel), a fallen elite military soldier who is given a rare second chance. After his body was donated by the military to Rising Spirit Technologies (RST), he was put into Project Bloodshot where he received an advanced soldier nano-technology blood transfusion. Unlike any other test case before he survived, giving him super human strength and fast healing. With this procedure came temporary memory lost about his past. But as his memories start to return, he realizes that his wife has also been killed, causing Garrison to seek out the person responsible for it.

This movie wasted no time with its action and special effects. Even before the title screen was shown, it takes it viewers in the heart of war with a well done shootout sequence complete with slow motion effects. Watching this movie in IMAX was truly a treat as it totally enhanced the the audio, visuals and helped experience the good CGI.  The advanced warfare technology was an interesting touch, and seemed to take a lot from similar movies in this vein (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and even Terminator), but adding its own spin to that trope.  And this action isn't limited to the opening sequence; the longer the movie progresses the more the action piles on!  That final fight sequence truly is the icing on the cake!  Wait till you see how the explosions are handled with the nano tech/overclock rebuild!

Outside of the expected Vin Diesel performance, no one else but Lamorne Morris was truly a standout or even memorable. Morris's character was that stereotypical hacker who we seen over and over but somehow Morris still found some magic in it. The plot had issues; the vast majority of it seemed far too convenient and placed there to tie things together even if it didn't make sense.  Additionally, for a movie that is supposed to be filled with experts, a lot of the actions of the characters felt amateurish, which was hard to overlook. All in all, this movie ticks some nice boxes for action, and is vintage Vin Diesel, but it has enough issues that it should be enjoyed at home.  

For this movie to be the introduction of a franchise I felt it just didn't do enough to get people wanting for more. With good action and effects, but sub-par performances and plot, this is something you can wait for.

Rent it

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