(2.5 / 5)
The majority of the world may recognise the names of Marvel and DC Comics, but may not know that there is a multitude of other creators of superheroes. Valiant Comics was an off-shoot of Marvel that has had various degrees of success, specifically their marquee character, Bloodshot. A marine who had been killed and then brought back to life by a team of nanotechnology experts.
Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) had been a team leader of soldiers who performed special ops missions to rescue hostages in war-torn areas of the world. After each operation, the key incentive in his life was to go home to his wife, Gina (Talulah Riley). While the Garrisons were on holiday in Italy, the couple is taken captive by Martin Axe (Toby Kebbell) and his team. He wants to determine how Ray and his unit had found their last hostage, but when he does get the information that he desires, the unknown villain kills the couple.
Then unexpectedly Ray wakes up from his nightmare and discovers he has been resurrected by Dr. Emil Harting (Guy Pearce) and his team of scientists. They used high-tech nanobots to regenerate the soldier’s body, equipping him with the ability to heal at an accelerated rate and super-human strength combined with the capacity to manipulate the technology around him.
The former military officer is introduced to a team of re-engineered military personnel that were designed for greater things. The team includes KT (Eiza González) and Jimmy Dalton (Sam Heughan), who look to guide Ray through the trauma of beginning a new life. Initially, he does not have any memory of his past, but then a series of triggers cause him to remember the man behind the death of his wife. This leads him to seek out Martin Axe and bring him to justice for his actions, but quickly the former marine realises things are not what they seem.
At first glance, Bloodshot looks like a typical film in the realm of Vinema (Vin Diesel films). A world of beautiful people who find themselves in a fantasy environment of invincibility and unlimited resources. The expectation becomes a world of superheroes done in the Fast & Furious style. The atmosphere of quippy one-liners, overused slow-motion effects and gorgeous women being attracted to short bald men, then things take a turn. The twist in the tale of this story lifts this from a predictable and cringe-worthy experience to something that could be taken seriously.
With a moderate budget and a first-time director (David S. F. Wilson), the production team manages to deliver a better than average superhero that could gain a reasonable cult following. Vin Diesel plays to the character we know and does not surprise anyone with his mono-toned manner, but his fans will love it. Guy Pearce and Lamorne Morris as Wilfred Wigans (a self-proclaimed superhero alter-ego name) provide the gravitas and humour needed to make this a consideration when going to the cinema. Especially those fans who are missing the regular injection of Marvel films during the year. This film is reminiscent of many of the origin films of the past decade. Surprisingly, there is more to this potential franchise than thought initially by this reviewer.
Bloodshot may not have the box-office recognition of Ironman and Batman, but the story is reasonably entertaining and contains characters worth future development consideration. Will it gain the following needed to become a franchise? It is hard to know during this uncertain cinematic climate. Still, one thing can be said, it is better than any of the Zack Snyder-inspired DC films and does deserve more credit than many might be willing to give it.
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REEL DIALOGUE: Do you want to live forever?
With Bloodshot, there are possible discussion points with revenge, grief, justice and more. Without adding in any spoilers, one element that this film opens the discussion on is immortality. Ray Garrison is given the gift or maybe the curse of regeneration and eternal life. Something that he first sees as valuable, but eventually determines that it means nothing without the one you love. A form of eternal life that is exceptionally unappealing and it makes sense why he tries to escape from this world.
This is where the promise of eternal life that comes from the God of the Bible turns things upside down. It is not based in the world of Hollywood, but a description that goes beyond human comprehension. To dig in deeper, it’s all there to be considered in Revelation 21-22.
Where the world of super-humans and nanobots merely makes the world messier, God has an offer for eternal life that provides comfort and solace.
Where can I find the answers to reconcile myself to God? Luke 15:11-32, Ephesians 4:32, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4