Movie Review: Bloodshot (2020)

Directed by David S.F. Wilson (in his directorial debut) and based on the Valiant Comics hero of the same name, Bloodshot is a 2020 superhero action film. While holidaying in Italy, veteran soldier Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) and his wife, Gina (Talulah Riley) are kidnapped and killed by Martin Axe (Toby Kebbell) when Ray doesn’t have the intel Axe is after. Soon resurrected by Dr Emil Harting (Guy Pearce), the head of Rising Spirit Tech, Ray finds he has nanites in his body, giving him enhanced speed, power and durability, alongside Harting’s other patients, KT (Eia Gonzalez), Dalton (Sam Heughan) and Tibbs (Alex Hernandez).

+ overall it’s a good cast and good acting, but nothing standout. Diesel himself seemed content to just mumble and grunt his way through most dialogue scenes, wihle Guy Pearce never felt like the nanite-obsessed doctor he was. Gonzalez, Heughan and Hernandez were also find, but again none had any standout action, dialogue or physical moment
+ the comic book style action was good, but a lot of camera cuts made it hard to follow. One scene in particular, such as the first extended major reveal set in a darkened motor-tunnel, (itself already partly done in the first trailer) was probably my highlight

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Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) gets half his face blown off with a shotgun… before the nanites in his blood cause it to reform almost instantly.

– the big twist of the movie comes over 40 minutes in, and this spoiler was already entirely revealed in the first trailer. Overall, the trailers spoiled far too much
– even if you don’t know the spoiler twist, and once that happens, the rest of the movie is so predictable and cliched it almost comes across as a parody

Should you see this film: Nah. I didn’t have particularly high hopes for this, but who doesn’t like Vin Diesel kicking ass? Unfortunately, even that was seemingly done at half effort, leaving this barely on par with the lower-tier superhero adaptions.

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