Bloodshot - C
Rated PG-13, 110 minutes
The mediocre new action thriller and superhero film "Bloodshot" brings to life yet another comic book superhero, except this one is neither Marvel or DC, but a Valiant Comics character. That said, comparably speaking it’s B-grade, cheesy stuff, but is suitably over-the-top and entertaining. While its storytelling is far from perfect, it's a perfect part for "Fast and Furious" star Vin Diesel, someone who's not exactly known for their subtly.
After he and his wife are murdered, marine Ray Garrison (Diesel) is resurrected by a team of scientists. Led by scientist Dr. Emil Harting (Guy Pearce), he is enhanced with nanotechnology, he becomes a superhuman, biotech killing machine - Bloodshot. As Ray first trains with fellow super-soldiers, he cannot recall anything from his former life. But when his memories flood back and he remembers the man that killed both him and his wife, he breaks out of the facility to get revenge, only to discover that there's more to the conspiracy than he thought.
"Bloodshot" a serviceable, mildly enjoy but forgettable superhero film, is directed by David S. Wilson in his feature film debut and co-written by "Kick Ass 2's" Jeff Wadlow and "Arrival" scribe Eric Heisserer, and comes armed with a handful of decent action set pieces and energetic visuals though lacking Marvel power or heft. The story, featuring a heavy amount of flashbacks, can be both occasionally ridiculous and utterly predictable (Diesel as a superhero? There's no way anyone can bring him down!), but Wilson keeps it going until an action-packed climax.
It's also nice change of pace seeing Emmy-winner Pearce playing a baddie, though he lacks the evil to make it memorable. "Baby Driver's" Eisa Gonzalez is a lovely counterpart of Diesel, while further support is added by "Outlander" hottie Sam Heughan, as well as "New Girl's" Lamorne Morris, who comes in late in the film, providing one-liners and needed comic sensibility to balance out the usually stoic Diesel as Wilfred Wigans, a name that seems directly lifted from Batman or Superman.
Designed to be the first installment of a series of films involving Valiant Comic book characters, "Bloodshot" is an imperfect, energetic start, but it has miles to go to get to the Marvel or DC level. That said, Diesel is much better off as Groot.