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‘Bloodshot’ is a little more than a standard action film

Sean I. Mills
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Posted 3/22/20

The last major Hollywood release for the foreseeable future is “Bloodshot”, a would-be superhero movie that ended up being little more than a standard action film starring a standard Vin Diesel. …

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‘Bloodshot’ is a little more than a standard action film

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The last major Hollywood release for the foreseeable future is “Bloodshot”, a would-be superhero movie that ended up being little more than a standard action film starring a standard Vin Diesel.

You’d think after more than a decade of Marvel making superhero movies incredibly popular that movie studios would be willing to go all-in on a comic book adaptation. But the studio behind “Bloodshot” opted to forgo the character’s iconic comic book look for a largely by-the-numbers action flick.

There are some surprises in “Bloodshot”, but not nearly enough to make the movie worthwhile.

Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, an elite soldier who is brought back to life by underground scientists, and who is given super strength and super healing thanks to nanobots in his bloodstream. When Garrison’s memory comes back to him, he breaks out of the facility to hunt down the terrorist who killed his wife…or so he thinks.

No spoilers, but at least “Bloodshot” is more than just a standard revenge plot. The story has more than a little thought put into it. But once you wrap your head around the twists, “Bloodshot” still just devolves into your standard action flick as good guys take on bad guys with all manner of guns and punching.

The unique thing about “Bloodshot” in a bigger picture sense is that this is the first big screen film for Valiant Comics, an alternative to Marvel and DC that rose up in the 1990s and has remained mildly popular. At one point, there was even hope that “Bloodshot” would lead to a Valiant Cinematic Universe. But those plans have fallen through and “Bloodshot” will have to stand on its own.

Even worse, rather than paint up Diesel to actually look like the comic book character, the movie chose to keep his normal Vin Diesel-ness nearly all the way through. He doesn’t even get the name “Bloodshot”. For some reason, this film was afraid to embrace its comic book roots. It ends up being a detriment to the movie.

If the film had the courage to give it those iconic elements, perhaps this action film could have been more exciting. Vin Diesel is great and all, but if I’ve paid to see a movie called “Bloodshot” then I don’t mind actually seeing Bloodshot on the big screen.

All of the supporting characters fill their roles nicely, be they good guys or bad guys. And the visual and special effects are fine too. The movie just doesn’t embrace that which would have made it really stand out.

All movie theaters in the area are closed, so you won’t be able to run out and see “Bloodshot” on the big screen. But if it comes early to the streaming service of your choice, it’s not terrible.

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