Bloodshot ★★★

Dave Wilson's Bloodshot is a fun throwback to old school action movies of the variety that became popular in the 80s and 90s, when most comic book properties were still deemed too lowbrow to be taken seriously by film studios. The film stars Vin Diesel as a stoic, musclehead marine Ray Garrison. Following a tense hostage rescue that opens the film Garrison retires to Italy where his beautiful wife awaits. Of course, we all know that scenes involving our action hero engaged in tender lovemaking with a love interest pretty much assure something afoul awaits her, and it's not long that he and his wife are shortly kidnapped and left for dead by mysterious baddies. Fear not, however, our protagonist is shortly after resurrected by a team of scientists led by Guy Pearce and enhanced with nanotechnology that makes him a virtually indestructible super soldier dubbed Bloodshot. As Ray is briefed regarding his new abilities and what happened he cannot at first recall anything from his past life, slowly but surely however old memories begin to resurface as he starts to make sense of his fate as well as the identity of the man who killed him and his wife. With revenge on his mind he hatches a plan to escape the facility and track down his assassin, but he quickly comes to find there's a lot more to his death than meets the eye.

What follows are no shortage of fight scenes, bullets fired, and explosions, all expertly choreographed, it must be said. Diesel doesn't necessarily need to stretch his chops in this role but he makes for a magnetic action lead who meshes well with the aforementioned Pearce along with Eiza Gonzalez and Lamorne Morris. It won't revolutionize the action genre, but for what it's worth Bloodshot is an entertaining action yarn that doesn't overstay its welcome.

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