Based on the bestselling Valiant comic book, Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) is an elite soldier recently killed in action and brought back to life by Dr. Emil Harting (Guy Pearce). Reanimated using cutting edge nanotechnology Bloodshot joins meets the other members of Hartings super-soldier program. K.T. (Eliza Gonzalez) who was injured in a chemical attack that caused respiratory failure. She has been modified with a mechanical breathing device that allows her to breathe in gasses that would kill a normal person. Ex-Navy Seal Dalton (Sam Heughan), who lost his legs in an IED explosion; his alteration includes bionic legs and an exoskeleton with a second set of arms that gives him enormous strength. And finally Tibbs (Alex Hernandez), an ex-Army Ranger rendered blind in an IED accident, who regains his sight with high-tech ocular lenses implanted in his combat vest.
Although I know of Bloodshot by seeing a cover here and there in comic shops, I honestly don’t know the character at all. Which is sometimes a good thing, because I won’t be basing any judgment on what they got right or wrong about the character alone. Its a typical comic book-based movie and if you’ve seen all the TV/internet spots for it you pretty much know the whole plot. Seriously, I was expecting a bit more from it, but watching it but the trailers spells everything out for you. Yes, the movie does fill in some minor gaps but nothing so over the top you’re sitting there mouth open in shock. The characters are pretty much as expected, Bloodshot the alpha mercenary controlled by an evil corporation. K.T. the reluctant pawn of the company, Dawson the company man who doesn’t care about anyone but himself, and Tiggs the guy grateful to the company for giving him a new shot at life and will do anything to please his masters.
With a 45 million dollar budget, the movie relies quite a bit on the dialogue and bloodshot trying to uncover the mystery behind RST. and even though the budget is under what you’d usually expect for a comic book movie the CGI parts still look pretty darn good, at least they did to me. The movie has 2 major action sequences and one chase scene, so it’s not your typical Vin Diesel action-packed film. Although the movie is a tad bit lackluster there is one shining star in the whole thing and it’s Lamorne Morris who stars as Wilfred Wigans, a former RST coder who has been on the run from the company for quite some time and is Bloodshots biggest ally in finding out the secret behind RST. While not a major player in the movie Morris certainly added a little oomph to every scene he was in.
For an origin movie, Bloodshot is simply alright, there’s really nothing to write home about with this one. This is the second movie I’ve seen this week that really should be released on Netflix or some other major streaming service. I mean “6 Underground” was 3 times ($150 Million) the budget of this one and it was terrible as far as I’m concerned.