Bloodshot – Film Review
by Fran Winston
Directed by: David S. F. Wilson
Starring: Vin Diesel, Eiza González Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell, Guy Pearce, Lamorne Morris, Talulah Riley
In cinemas March 13th
Vin Diesel takes a break from making yet another Fast and Furious movie to star in this offering based on the Valiant Comics superhero of the same name.
He plays the titular character, Ray Garrison, aka Bloodshot, who sees his wife tortured and murdered before he too is killed. This would usually mark the end of a story but in this case, it is just the beginning as he is brought back to life by a team of scientists led by Dr. Emil Harting (Pearce). However not only is he resurrected he is also enhanced with enormous strength and healing powers making him part of a new breed of super-soldier. Initially remembering nothing of his past life it is not long before the memories come flooding back and he attempts to track down his wife’s killer to exact revenge. But it seems that nothing is quite as it seems and he may need to look elsewhere to find the real bad guy.
Diesel gets plenty of opportunity to flex his muscles here and indulge in some old school action. Bloodshot is rough and ready and not afraid to use his fists and Diesel seems to relish in it. There are plenty of huge scenes where he gets to strut his stuff and these should satisfy fans. Unfortunately, he fails to connect with the emotional arc of the story (yes there is one – even in an action/superhero film). The scenes with Garrison and his wife are pretty cringe-worthy and not helped by some seriously clichéd dialogue.
Pearce is wasted. A fine actor he totally dials it in here and hams it up to the nth degree. That said even at his worst he still outshines his co-stars (no offence to them but the cream always rises). Safe to say this is action by numbers from the script through to the characters, to the fight scenes. The effects are OK and if this wasn’t a superhero movie that would be enough. However, people are now so used to seeing absolutely seamless CGI and effects in the MCU and DCEU that they do seem somewhat lacking. Actually, if I didn’t know this was a contemporary film I would have said it was made several years ago based on them.
Despite the convoluted plot and the cheesy dialogue, this should keep Diesel fans happy until another Fast And Furious lands. It is an action thriller in the old school vein (it actually reminded me of Robocop in parts) that will definitely entertain fans of the genre. If you’re not an action fan you might find this a bit mediocre. It is very much aiming for its target audience and won’t necessarily appeal to anyone who isn’t already a fan, but if you want 109 minutes of unpretentious superhero shenanigans this will do the job.