Bloodshot (2020) Review

Bloodshot (2020) Review

During a break in the Furious and fast franchise, Vin Diesel thought it wouldn’t hurt to start another one at the age of 52, so here we have Bloodshot. The attractiveness of the film for the Romanian public is obvious: a former soldier brought back to life with the help of nanotechnology causes havoc in his missions. Unfortunately, the story is about that, and the audience will be left with only a series of good-looking images and that if they forget the ridiculous lines and some of the worst interpretations seen lately on screens.

Diesel is Ray Garrison, a Marine brought back to life after a mysterious villain (Toby Kebbell) kills his wife with a cattle pistol and then executes him briefly. With the body full of dwarves, microscopic robots capable of healing any wound, Garrison will soon discover that his savior, scientist and billionaire Emil Harting (Guy Pearce), is a more complex individual than it seems at first sight. Here begins a journey to recover memory and escape from the nets of an unscrupulous puppeteer …



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What spoils the story a lot is first of all the fact that the hero simply becomes invincible after the revolutionary “treatment” with dwarves. His skills have great potential for special effects, but what emotion does the viewer feel when he knows that Garrison cannot be defeated? Thus, the film is content to turn into a series of violent executions of the protagonist’s opponents, executions that do not take long to become repetitive. And where is the beauty when the hero behaves like a block of stone where enemies can fire bullets, Garrison’s only “suffering” being the fact that his body glows red in places where dwarves go to work? A funny find rather than an impressive one, I would say …

Even if the film shyly raises an interesting issue, that of a unique form of slavery, Bloodshot does not waste any time with relevant topics, it only has so much money to spend on special effects. Another problem would be interpretations. Okay, we already know that Vin Diesel isn’t an actor (or at least he’s stubborn enough to be on screen and not play), but what did director David SF Wilson have to do with poor Sam Heughan, the Scottish actor who became famous for playing the striker? protagonist of the series Outlander? If an actor can be so good in a series and then so uninspired and exaggerated in an action movie, usually the problem is not his talent and versatility, but what the director asks him to play …



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Bloodshot also brings to attention the funny Lamorne Morris, known for his role in the sitcom New Girl. Even if the actor uses the same comic resources to become the hesitant hacker Wilfred Wigans, at least he is a breath of fresh air and humor among the often timeless and always bombastic remarks of the other characters. Where else do you put bizarre escapes (at the beginning of the movie, the dwarves need 15 seconds to heal a trivial cut, but then healing is almost instantaneous when the hero is riddled with bullets) and mutant bunnies have taken out of their hats (a villain is identified only because is in a convoy of five cars as if only the villains were moving in such convoys). All in all, Bloodshot manages to be nothing more than a blockbuster full of muscles and devoid of heart and brain.