DIRECTED BY: David S. F. Wilson
STARRING: Vin Diesel, Eiza González, Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell, Guy Pearce, Lamorne Morris, Talulah Riley, Alex Hernandez, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson and Siddharth Dhananjay
Bloodshot is the film adaptation of the Valiant Comics property of the same name and marks the directorial feature debut of Dave Wilson (also known as David S. F. Wilson). The film focuses on Ray Garrison, a U.S Marine that goes on holiday with his wife to Italy after a successful rescue operation. However they are kidnapped and killed, with Ray being resurrected by Rising Spirit Tech, a company that specialises in developing cybernetic enhancements for disabled military personnel. Company CEO, Dr. Emil Harting, tells Ray that he was resurrected using special nanite technology, making him virtually unstoppable, stronger and heal faster. As Ray starts to regain his memories of what happened and is set out for revenge, all may not be as it seem and Ray will start to question what’s real and what’s not.
Dave Wilson has worked on numerous video games and Avengers: Age of Ultron in the visual effects departments and for the most part he directs the action sequences very well, particularly in when Ray takes on Axe’s convoy in Budapest. In terms of performances, Guy Pearce brings that certain level of gravitas to the material and with the limited screentime that he has, Toby Kebbell seems to have a blast, particularly doing a villainous dance to Talking Heads ‘Psycho Killer’.
While I was looking forward to the film initially, the promotional material kind of killed that buzz instantly as the trailers made it feel like I already seen the film and low and behold, with the film clocking in with an hour and fifty minute runtime, the trailers gave every beat of the film away. While that’s bad enough from a marketing standpoint, the screenplay is very by the numbers, right down to the cheesy dialogue. I also had a few issues with the automated dialogue replacement usage here as 1) it definitely feels used as some lines feel off to what actors are actually saying (there’s one actor in particular in the Budapest convoy sequence that he feels badly dubbed over). I like Vin Diesel in the Fast series and he was a good actor back when he was starting out, but here it just feels like Vin is coasting for most of it here as Ray Garrison, the only time I felt like I was seeing something different from him was when he was sharing the screen with Guy Pearce. Eiza González and Sam Heughan are given pretty weak material to deal with for their characters, through Eiza at least gets to show some depth to her character whilst Sam’s is just so blandly one-note that it does him no favours. The biggest mystery here is why is Lamorne Morris’s character doing a British accent? It’s odd and jarring at first, but his character becomes that cartoonish-comedic relief sidekick but for this kind of film will should work…yet doesn’t as it’s more irritating than funny.
2003 called: it wants its superhero film back. Bloodshot is not a total disaster, it has some decent action sequences but the film overall is so generic and dull, it’s pretty forgettable which a shame considering the ensemble involved.