The special effects with the nanites are terrific.
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The film adaptation marks the directorial debut of David S.F. Wilson, and Jared Leto was originally considered for the lead, before the studio settled on Diesel. Leto will be starring in (Morpheus) later this year — coronavirus willing — and honestly seems to be a better fit for that role.) Per the official synopsis:
After he and his wife are suddenly assassinated, Marine Ray Garrison ( Vin Diesel is brought back to life by a team of scientists. Enhanced with nanotechnology, he becomes a superhuman, biotech killing machine — Bloodshot. As Ray first trains with fellow super-soldiers, he struggles to recall anything from his previous years. But when his memories flood back and he remembers the man that killed both him and his wife, he breaks out of the facility hellbent on revenge, only to discover that there’s more between what he originally feels and a conspiracy.
The twist — revealed in the trailer — is that the man who resurrected him, Dr. Emil Harting (Guy Pearce) is deliberately wiping Ray’s memories after each mission and rebooting him with false ones, the better to manipulate him into killing specific targets (mostly former colleagues who tried to leave the company over ethical qualms). Think The Punisher meets (Memento) . Ray manages to escape and finds an ally in tech wiz Wilfred Wigans, played by Lamorne Morris, who provides some much-needed comic relief. And of course, Bloodshot must eventually fight to the death against fellow super solider Jimmy Dalton ( Sam Heughan , almost unrecognizable from the Outlander heart-throb role that made him famous).
Is Bloodshot a perfect film? Far from it, particularly in this cinematic golden age of superhero movies. There’s nothing here we haven’t seen before, no new twist or angle to make the story fresh. The plot is predictable, the fight scenes are fairly routine, and the beats follow the well-trodden superhero movie formula to a fault. But it’s a solidly competent addition to the genre, and the visual effects with the nanites are pretty spectacular. Plenty of first-time directors have done far worse on their freshman outing, so kudos to Wilson for giving us an entertaining escape as we hunker down to beat back a pandemic.
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