Needless to say, Comic Book movies are the in thing right now. With Marvel dominating the box office and DC trying to catch up, movie studios are now searching for other titles they can adapt to hopeful success and create another shared universe of inter-connected movies and characters.
Based on a 1992 comic book series by Vertigo, Bloodshot delivers an origin story about marine Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) who after completing a hostage rescue mission in Mombasa, is spending time with his lovely wife Gina on the Amalfi Coast. Soon after he and Gina are kidnapped by the merciless Martin Axe (Toby Kebbell) and executed.
Ray wakes up in the lab of Rising Spirit Technology (RST), led by Dr Emil Harting (Guy Pearce) and his gorgeous assistant KT (Eiza Gonzalez) and learns he has been brought back to life – regenerated through nanites. This allows Ray the skills of super strength, the ability to self-heal and interconnect with technology at speed – basically making him unstoppable. But of course, with great power comes great responsibility as Ray learns Harting plans to use his new weapon to carry out RST’s dirty work. Soon becoming self-aware, Ray vows revenge against Martin Axe and all involved in his execution.
Anyone who isn’t familiar with the source material (this reviewer included) will see there’s more going on than meets the eye and whilst the plot does seem pretty standard, a series of nice twists send Bloodshot into another surprising direction. There are a number of stunning visual touches that are refreshing within this genre.
Whilst the action comes thick and fast, it does get a little OTT towards the climax and could benefit from a more contained finale as the effects begin to look somewhat ropey. It is also difficult to disassociate tough guy Diesel from his other famous roles in the Fast & Furious/Riddick movies from Bloodshot as his character is a little too similar – even having the same wardrobe throughout.
That aside, Bloodshot is a still a fun ride that may kick off another shared universe that fans of the Valiant comic books are hankering after. Keep your expectations less than Marvel like and you’ll enjoy it.