Monday, June 29, 2020


Based on the comic of the same name, Bloodshot is a sci-fi action flick starring Vin Diesel as United States Marine Ray Garrison resurrected using nanite technology which can repair his body making him an ideal candidate to join the team of enhanced soldiers (Eiza González, Sam Heughan, and Alex Hernandez). Haunted by fragments of memory, Garrison leaves Rising Spirit Tech to kill the man (Toby Kebbell) responsible for his wife's (Talulah Riley) death... or so he thinks.

The character seems tailor-made for Diesel with simple motivations (honor, family revenge) and a desire to kick-ass. The basic set-up works fine for an action flick, even if the value of the other soldiers is questionable. Then there's the twist of the CEO (Guy Pearce) reprogramming and sending the half-cocked Garrison after targets by fabricating memories that never existed. The problem, of course, is once the truth is revealed the movie doesn't really have anywhere interesting to go as it devolves into a basic shoot 'em up with hacking and science-driven subplots that get increasingly ridiculous as the film slogs its way to the finish line.

Bloodshot is for fans of Vin Diesel who though the xXx franchise was too highbrow. While the concept, even the twist, may be interesting, neither director Dave Wilson nor screenwriters Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer have any idea on how to make the film payoff at the end as it inevitably fizzles. Bloodshot is available on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K, and several streaming services.

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