Bloodshot Review — Are the Wildly Entertaining Vin Diesel and Sam Heughan Worth the Risk?

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Bloodshot Review — Yes, I attended a packed theater full of huggy colleagues to see this comic book based action movie, but should you?

Bloodshot reviewI suppose that becomes the definitive question these days, doesn’t it? Is this film worth sitting in a theater full (or not so full) of strangers to see? You’ll have to make that decision for yourself, but just know that for you, dear readers, I braved it.

Was it worth it? Well, if you’re into brash action movies, comic book heroes, Vin Diesel and/or Sam Heughan (Outlander’s Jamie, for the handful of men who don’t know this), and not in a high risk demo, sure.

It’s jam packed with flashy CGI, guys and girls pummeling each other, and gratuitous (but not unappealing) shots of Diesel in tight T-shirts. In fact, in the very beginning, after Diesel almost single-handedly foils a terrorist cell, then returns to his wife and unabashedly rips off his shirt to greet her, you think, “Oh, it’s that kind of movie—no subtlety whatsoever.

Which is not necessarily a bad thing, if you know going into it that it’s a film based on a comic book — a Valient comic book, for those who are searching their memories in vain for a DC or Marvel hero of that name. This one’s about a guy who gets killed in the line of duty, then is brought back to life by a major corporation that rebuilds him with nano robots instead of blood. They can reassemble and rebuild him into a super guy whenever he gets hit, shot, run over or even has his head smashed in. As you can imagine, there’s a lot of that, and Heughan, as his ally turned foe, is responsible for a good deal of it.

Rookie director David S.F. Wilson does an admirable job for a newcomer, and it’s fun to see Guy Pearce (as the evil corporate head/mad scientist) in anything he does. Eiza Gonzalez is devastatingly gorgeous as a fellow pseudo cyborg, and Larmone Morris absolutely steals the show as the ultimate coding nerd.

So it’s all pretty much good, violent fun, if there is such a thing. But it might be the last movie you see in a theater for awhile, so choose well.

Rated PG-13

1 Hour 49 Minutes

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Bloodshot Review — Yes, I attended a packed theater full of huggy colleagues to see this comic book based action movie, but should you?

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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and recently founded the new lifestyle website ReallyRather.com, where celebrities and experts share their 5 favorite things in the fields of entertainment, lifestyle, wellness, home and food & drink.

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  1. […] award, Critics Choice, People’s Choice and a Laurence Olivier award. Most recently seen in Bloodshot alongside Vin Diesel, and The Spy Who Dumped Me with Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis, Heughan began […]

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