In a world where comic book movies are bringing in the hugest box office dollars, Sony takes a chance on an independent title starring a recognized action star.
Bloodshot is the story of a soldier who, for lack of a better word “dies” and is given a second chance at life, but now worth enhancements. With his new super powers, he’s our for revenge, and in the process unravels a bigger mystery.
If you’ve seen the trailer for Bloodshot, you can probably figure out the entire movie, because that trailer showed a lot. That being said, I was not prepared for how competent the visual style was for this movie. The director, Dave Wilson, creates some fantastic scenes that show off his talent. There’s a set piece that takes place in a tunnel that I absolutely loved. Unfortunately, some of the editing choices distracts from enjoyment. Lots of microsecond cuts, speed ramping, and shaky cams during the action.
This is definitely is a “B-movie” and it really shows in the third act with the rubbery CGI stunt doubles. The story feels like a 90’s throwback that doesn’t offer anything unique. Other than the impressive visuals, the performances were good, but the actors didn’t really get a lot to work with. The stand out of the film was Eiza Gonzáles as a fellow soldier, who actually had a nice story arc. Also, it’s cool to have a movie about a man with memory issues on a revenge journey, and have it co-star Guy Pearce who did that same thing in the classic “Momento”.
Visually cool, story was a little too by the numbers, the action scenes were good when I was able to make out what was happening.
3 out of 5 stars
“Marquee” Mark Markellus