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“Bloodshot Action Movie” Not at first, of course. Originally, Bloodshot is the story of the run-of-the-mill superhero origins. A brave soldier named Ray Garrison as Vin Diesel returns home from a state-of-the-art machine and reunites with his beautiful wife Gina as Talulah Riley, only because of the impending disaster. The terrorists who killed Gina put a bullet in Ray’s head.
Bloodshot (2020) Action Movie
When Ray wakes up, he learns that he has been awakened by high-tech nanobots that give him great power, and improved healing features, and other special abilities. It doesn’t take long for Ray to decide to use his power right – but first, he must follow the man who killed Gina and take revenge.
You’ve seen all of this before. A small series of training where the hero learns how his new strength works. Twisted Woman (actually) – Gina’s murder takes place in a digital environment) to give the main character an unpleasant story. A team of supporting characters that don’t like but do work when the chips are low.
However, Ray grabs his prey and kills him before the end of the first act. Suddenly, you realize that everything you’ve seen so far is false (even if you’ve seen Blood trailers, you probably already found that). Terrorism? He is by no means a terrorist. Gina? He is not really dead – if he exists at all.
You see, poor Ray is a mysterious victim of Rising Spirit Technologies, the company that brought him back. After all the machines, RST uses nano-tech to erase and transform Ray’s memories, inflicting a different man on Gina’s murder each time. When Ray wakes up, he has just recovered his trauma, ready to take revenge. The RST points Ray to the next target and lets him handle the dirty work.
Mainly portrayed at the end of Christopher Nolan’s Memento with a superhero makeover (in case this match is not clear enough, Guy Pearce plays Bloodshot cheater, RST founder Emil Harting), and is a clever trick on a tired trope. At some point, it sounds like Bloodshot will recreate the story of the origin of the superhero. Pearce even makes a few cracks about how Ray’s fake backstory is common and hidden. Meanwhile, when Ray starts digging past – his real self – it looks like more bombs will drop.
Not so, though. Not really. With the slightest hint about his relationship with Gina, we never learned who Ray was before RST placed his body. Ray captures the use of RST very quickly and shifts his focus from Gina’s fictitious assassin to Pearce’s army of online-developed soldiers.
From there, things go back and forth as much as you would expect. Not as bad as it gets. The big turn of Bloodshot is its biggest draw, but it has never done anything exciting with its setting. Explained dialogue, bits of slightly engraved letters, and many actions. That’s all there is to it.
At least that action is very good.
Bloodshot is David Wilson’s first movie director but has worked for years on the results and at the movie company Blur Studios, where among other things he directed fast, cooperative trailers in the top video game franchises. We can see how that experience paid off in Bloodshot Movie. While the story plays things very safe, Bloodshot action scenes are small, fun, and have a lot of violent fun.
The sequence of the first Bloodshot action is much better, though not so absurd. Prior to the incident, Goldshot hit a flour truck, covering everything white. Why a pickup truck? Because the dust that filters out the air gives the area a dream-like place, while the white areas look amazing in the deep red light of the area.
Most bloodshed is like that. Happily, you will not have much time to think about it. After the initial dumping of the description, it is not uncommon to wait more than a few minutes before another battle begins. Bloodshot pushes its PG-13 rating to where it is going, too. In fact, while Bloodshot is based on a comedy series, the vibe of it all comes close to 80s sci-fi thrillers like Total Recall and The Terminator. It’s not gory, but it’s on the edge of Bloodshot super-heroics that you don’t find in DC or Marvel.
As expected, the results of the Blood test were huge. It works, it’s small. Diesel has an amazing range, but you won’t see much of it shown here. Here, he stays dead, all the time. Supporting members of actors like Pearce and Eiza González’s Baby Driver is not going well, although it is difficult to say whether it was their fault. The Bloodshot dialogue does not rise above the middle, and the movie does not leave much room for character development.
In fact, after all, there is something removed by the speed of the Blood. Individual scenes are well-rounded, but with such a busy movie, it doesn’t feel like much is actually happening. Sometimes it is overused. Others will benefit from more screen time. The story has no focus and no connection. It all adds up to a movie that sounds like it’s been rearranged in the editing room, probably after long reshoots (that’s just a feeling, though, even though the last-minute delays of the movie suggest some chaos behind the scenes).
In the end, there is nothing wrong with a very annoying Bloodshot. If all you want is a visceral, combat style, you will get it. If you want more, Bloodshot will feel like a missed opportunity. There’s nothing wrong with the flick of action we condemn, of course, but Bloodshot promises a lot. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go well.
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