Bloodshot (2020) movie review
Based on the comic series by Kevin VanHook, Bob Layton, and Don Perlin, Bloodshot stars Vin Diesel as Ray Garrison, a soldier who is reanimated with enhanced abilities after he and his wife are killed. The film was directed by first time feature director Dave Wilson and adapted for the screen by writers Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer, who both have a mixed bag of work. Bloodshot opened this weekend along with two other wide release films, none of which seem to have much critical talk whatsoever right now. Bloodshot does hold the lowest of the bunch with only a 36% on Rotten Tomatoes however, which might not hurt its box office run since we might not have any new movies open next week.
So honestly, I was going to introduce this movie and make fun of it at the same time, with something that this genre can understand like: When evil bad man kills army man and wife plot device, science guy makes army man super invincible man so army man can go punch evil bad man lots. But the second act of the film changed my mind and showed me that the film was slightly smarter than I thought it was, only to end up a bit bored by the end. So how is Bloodshot? It’s a dumb sci-fi action movie, and if you told me right not that this film was supposed to be released in 2005 but got caught up in a legal battle or something, I’d believe you. Bloodshot just isn’t very good though, and it’s easy to see what went wrong here.
Okay there are lots of little things right and wrong in this movie, so I will go back and forth and jarringly plow through all the things that don’t make or ruin this movie just for the sake of covering them. Most of the performances are fine, but I stopped focusing on how decent Vin Diesel was after the first act, and by the end I could only focus on how over the top Sam Heughan was as a character. For the budget, which isn’t very high, the film looks decent enough. However I didn’t think any of the visual effects were particularly great, and the editing was almost consistently terrible. Fights just go cut cut cut cut cut, and I barely knew what was happening. Humor was hit or miss, but the self-aware humor was both welcome and one of the more redemptive aspects of the film. And Steve Jablonsky’s score was enjoyable not altogether forgettable.
Forgettable is the word I would use to describe the rest of the film unfortunately, and that falls somewhere between the seemingly uninspired story as well as the way it was adapted. If you haven’t seen the trailer you will enjoy it more than I did, since the trailer gives away the single most interesting thing in the movie. However it’s not like the film knew how to give that away in the movie either, as Sam Heughan’s villainous McEvil-Robot-Leg-Guy just explains everything while chewing gum harder and meaner than Violet Beauregarde ever could. Seriously if crafty had given this guy and apple or a carrot, he would have reached maximum evilness. Anyway, the film is also often pretty dumb, if you aren’t getting that clue by now. The forethought isn’t very thorough, often failing to follow the few rules it lays out for a totally unrelatable immortal killing machine that feels like Vin Diesel showing off his muscles at least twice.
Really I think the biggest problem with this movie is just how predictable and cliché it is. Once you get to the second act of the film, you’ll know literally everything else that is going to happen. And it doesn’t help that nothing in this movie is great on its own, keeping the movie from being, well, good. The movie is cheesy, often very unintelligent when it could be otherwise, and the action is so rapid and jarring that it leaves you only clinging to, well, Vin Diesel mumble-growling? Guy Pearce being a corporate science guy? I mean that is entertaining, but gosh the villain is so stupid that it doesn’t make is better. Yeah look, it’s just a big dumb action movie that isn’t terrible because it didn’t cost a lot of money, and sadly its like the biggest thing coming out for another month. So just turn off your brain, grab a can of aerosol, and head to the theaters to see a significantly worst version of Upgrade (2018) meets Robocop (1987)! 5/10, but it could be worse! It could be every movie not coming out in the next couple weeks.
So Bloodshot? Did you see it? What did you think? And what film of the last few years do you think belongs in the early 2000s? Be sure to leave a like or a comment below and let us know!
-review by Ryan Prince