I never read the comics on which this film is based, so I can’t say how closely they follow the storyline from the comics. That may just put me in the best position to review the movie, since I went in with no preconceived notions, no set of requirements that the movie had to achieve; rather I should say I had no preconceived notions specific to this movie, beyond those I would require of any film: a coherent story, good acting, competent cinematography, etc. How does BLOODSHOT stack up as just another random movie, then? Not too badly. Vin Diesel doesn’t possess the acting chops needed to anchor the film and give it its humanity. The lead character should be suffering the effects of PTSD and coming to terms with the fact that he was dead. (Like, literally dead, before the miracle of modern Science brought him back to life; the miracle in this case being nanites in his bloodstream. Honestly if you remember JASON X, where Jason gets “upgraded” and becomes uber-Jason, that’s the exact same thing that creates Bloodshot. Only JASON X was a more fun movie.) Likewise the script doesn’t pause long enough to explore the human element, choosing to rush past any opportunities for fight scenes and explosions.
The plot here is solid and the FX are impressive, and the film is certainly entertaining enough, but BLOODSHOT disappoints in that it could have been something greater than it is. Untapped potential is a hell of a kryptonite for a hero to have. Grade: B.