Bloodshot (2020)

dir. Dave Wilson. Based on the comic books of the same name. Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) and his wife were killed, he is brought back to life as a techno-super solder by scientist Dr. Emil Harting (Guy Pearce). Wacky over the top sci-fi action, with quick cut un-emotive CG mayhem. The narrative feels too much like a re-hash of ROBOCOP (1987), but quickly gets much more interesting. The style of the film is cheesy pop action, but I could see the same concept being explored in a much more sophisticated sci-fi thriller. It’s always great to see Guy Pearce, such a fun screen presence. The film doesn’t take itself very seriously, and there are a few laughs in the final act. I still don’t get the appeal of Vin Diesel as an action star, there is not much physicality, and he always seems too humourless to deliver action hero banter. I’ve not read the comics, but just from watching the movie, I think the producers should write a cheque to Hideo Kojima, as so much of the tech seems right out of his video game series ‘Metal Gear Solid’.

By Nicholas Hudson-Ellis

Co-Founder & Film Programs Manager of Bangkok Screening Room.

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