This is one of those cases where I’m not that familiar with the source material, so I’m going into this review like I’m part of the general audience. From what I researched, Bloodshot is a comic series under Valiant Comics, which was formed by a former Marvel editor in 1989. Most recently, Valiant are getting into the film business to create their own cinematic universe just like Marvel did with this movie, distributed by Sony, being the kickstarter. So what was the first impression? Well, let’s find out. This is Bloodshot.
U.S. Marine Ray Garrison is killed by a group of mercenaries along with his wife. He’s then revived by a company named Rising Spirit Tech that specializes in cybernetic enhancements, injecting him with nanites that gives him super strength and healing abilities. If you’ve seen the trailers for this film, you’ve pretty much seen the entire movie and know what’s going to happen. He sets out on his own to find the people responsible for the death of his wife and it turns out that the same company that revived Ray is using him to take out specific targets. That’s the whole movie in a nutshell, no surprising twists and turns, well, maybe except for his wife leaving him and starting a family with someone else. There’s not much else to say about the plot. It’s messy, dumb, and predictable. You know exactly where it’s all gonna go.
As for characters? Well, they’re all either one-note, bland, and/or annoying. Vin Diesel plays the titular character and… let’s be honest. The dude has never been a great actor, he always play the same archetype. Whether it’d be Fast & Furious or xXx or the Riddick movies, he’s always the rough-voice stoic badass and that’s exactly what he is in Bloodshot. Guy Pearce plays the C.E.O. of Rising Spirit and he’s one-note, Eiza Gonzalez is the female lead who doesn’t become a love interest (which I’m fine with since not every male and female lead needs to be a couple), there’s a British black guy who helps our protagonist in the latter half of the movie and he’s pretty much comic relief. Funny enough, the actor who plays him, Lamorne Morris, is from Chicago. Seems like the only time Hollywood couldn’t find another British black actor. Okay enough of that. What about the action? It’s alright, I guess. All of the actions sequences in this film are shot like an action film from the 2000s where everything moves too quickly and there’s a lot of CGI that’s just distracting, especially in the final climax where Bloodshot is fighting two characters with cybernetic enhancements. That shit looked like a poorly rendered cartoon. This movie lacks an identity for itself. It takes a lot from every action movie cliche out there and does nothing to make itself stand out. At the end of the film, I didn’t have that feeling of, “I want to see these characters again,” because they were so poorly developed that they might as well be cardboard cutouts. I never read the Bloodshot comics and this movie is not a good first impression as it doesn’t make me want to read them. Maybe the comics are better and this is just Hollywood not knowing what they’re doing, but I wouldn’t know.
I give Blodshot a 3/10. This is not a good movie. Bland acting, a subpar script, standard action scenes, and a feeling that nothing was accomplished in the end. It’s a generic action movie that brings nothing new to the table. If Valiant were expecting this to kickstart a huge franchise, then they did not succeed at all. Even without the CO-VID pandemic, I don’t see this ever making Marvel money. If you just want to kill time and watch a dumb movie, check it out. Otherwise, it’s an easy skip for me.