Take Edge of Tomorrow, recreate the concept into something extraordinarily bland, take a little bit of Source Code but remove all of the originality, and you've now discovered Bloodshot.
Visual effects artist Dave Wilson makes his directorial debut with Bloodshot, and while there are signs of unique creative choices here, they all don’t come through in the purest way. Wilson’s dull direction is lacking whimsy, heart, and most of all any kind of chemistry between leads.
When the credits rolled and I found "Story by Jeff Wadlow" presented, I knew I had wasted an hour and fifty minutes. While I admire a simplistic plot, Bloodshot is something we've seen plenty of times before, and this plot isn't bringing anything new to the table. It offers twists and turns that could be figured out from the trailers alone, leaving little surprises along the way for the audiences to be genuinely surprised by. Predictable beyond comprehension, Bloodshot is a forgettable experience that has been numerously done prior and in much superior ways.
ACTING | CHARACTERS | DIALOGUE:
There's a distinct acting style that Vin Diesel has when he's not in a Fast and Furious film - similar to a style that Nic Cage has in all his roles. Now I never dislike a Vin Diesel performance, in fact it sometimes seems like he's not giving even an ounce of the possibilities he could offer. Diesel is no Nic Cage and that's majorly because Diesel is afraid to take the out of left field risky films that Cage takes almost every outing. Diesel doesn't have the charisma of Keanu Reeves or Nic Cage, instead having to be a total badass in every scene and delivering zero of the emotional depth needed to bring life to his characters beyond cars. Supporting characters don't help the film along either with a lackluster villain and less than explored henchman that take on Diesel as a threat. The only shining character is Lamorne Morris (New Girl), who doesn't show up in the film until nearly the closing scenes, but his character shows by far the most humanity among the cast.
VISUAL EFFECTS | MAKEUP | DESIGN:
MUSIC | SCORE | SOUND DESIGN:
Composer Steve Jablonsky delivers a futuristic score that replicates the stylings of the classic 80s outings such as The Running Man. Out of everything delivered in the film, the score is easily the most promising part, with the only disappointing element being the simplistic weapon noises.
The effects are embarrassing to look at, especially near the film's concluding moments as things get a little too hectic on screen and create a false sense of urgency. It does have some slight glimmers of strong CGI throughout, however a majority of the time it's bogged down by sloggy direction and wasted budget producing a completely cartoonish character design of Diesel instead of appropriately using makeup. What visually stunning shots should have been were quickly sacrificed for a mass amount of cartoony CGI and forgettable imagery.
I found Bloodshot to be a film that leads nowhere. Unlike successful films like Source Code and Edge of Tomorrow where I easily grew to appreciate the leads, Bloodshot fails to deliver even an element that could be considered as a successful turn. Diesel fails to draw in crowds throughout and visual director Wilson can't quite get his ideas on screen in a fascinating or captivating way.