The big hero action flicks have evolved over time with the changing technology, dropping the story driven plot components for the spectacle of booms, punches, and CGI work. Still, you have to give them props at the creativity they can muster given this day and age. As such, today, another action flick hopes to rear its adrenaline-fueled head and unleash the bullet storm of box office bucks for the audience. Will the built, rogue soldier of Vin Diesel be able to bring his legacy to new heights, or is it another cop out of a comic book turned movie. Robbie K here to give you the insight in the latest films, before the virus suspends all the films for a time being. Today we review:
- Fast Pace
- Explosive opening
- Cool Concepts with Semi Realism
- Decent Fight Scenes
- Comedic At Times
- The Editing For the Scenes
- The Hacker
- Bloated Dialogue At Times
- Some Of the Overkill use of Slow Motion
- Shaky Camera Syndrome
- Limited Use Of Other Characters for Much Of the Movie
- The CGI At Times
Let’s get to the point at hand, you go to an action film you want the pace and effects to make your adrenaline pump right? Bloodshot does not pull any stops, dropping right into a battle scene with an explosive opening that brings plenty of what is to come. Once the story sets up after this, the movie dives into showing off some cool technological components, areas that could very well be seen in the near future given the focus. It’s these technological prowess that the movie is anchored on, with much of the designs for story, development, and the action scenes all dependent on the augmentations seen. Fortunately, the movie exploits this to full effect and brings some decent action sequences to the mix, primarily during the explosive climax when all styles of fighting are brought together in a decent finale. However, the factor that really elevates this movies is all the sound and film editing that supports the CGI scenes in front of me. Explosive sound effects riddle the theater with wall shaking goodness, sound tracks of orchestra elevate the moods and adds that adrenaline rush, all while visuals are blended together beautifully. It’s definitely these components that were my favorite part of the movie and I think the biggest selling point of this film. However, there are some comedic moments to help spruce things up, usually well-timed jokes or a cliched line from Vin Diesel’s repertoire as the primary ammunition. This reviewer though really liked the hacker character though, whose British mannerism and comedy attitude were the biggest relief and fit very well despite being the one pinpoint of light.
However, the spectacle of the film can only distract so long from the rest of the things I did not like as much in this movie. Predictability is the name of the game, thanks again due to trailers and just the linear telling this film takes. Obvious foreshadowing from dialogue and a big early scene should give more than enough away for you to realize where the movie is heading, which should allow you to enjoy the spectacle. Bloated dialogue tries to paint a more engaging story, but it does little other than provide weaker backstory and attempts at character development. Sadly, Bloodshot does not do the best job with backstories and character utilization outside of select scenes where they make a start at using them. Perhaps a little more mission use of them, meeting some better development would have helped, but where comic books have time the movies did not so they cut their losses. In terms of the action spectacle itself, the movie hit a few things that I’m not the biggest fan of. Action scenes can really use their work to emphasize violence, bashing, and that epic finishing move. However, in this movie, it gets a little overused, showing off cool portrayals of skin damage and anatomical healing, but at the same time making for boring bouts of Vin Diesel walking. Tough atmosphere it may establish, the overuse was boring at times and I would have loved a little more dynamic work. Dynamic work though does not mean having to have a camera that looks like it’s in an earthquake movie, and Bloodshot has its moments where sporadic camera shifts don’t bring me into the action, but rather take away from it. Finally, you will hear the CGI looks bad, and I’ll agree at times it really does look fake and forced, similar to the Smith vs. Neo fight in the Matrix Reloaded. I’m guessing budget to make the action fights the most realistic got cut, but at least it moves well and has the special effects to lessen the blow. Still, given all the other impacts it was trying to make, I think Bloodborn could have used a little more polishing on this front.
Overall, Bloodshot is an action movie that works to pull the thrill of the 90s action back into the modern day. It’s got great editing to sell the action scenes and give you those thrills, alongside a pacing that works for this genre. Amidst this technological stunt show, there are a few decent performances, and the comedic work of the Hacker character helps stir some things up amidst the constant fighting on hands. Still, the movie has an okay science fiction plot that won’t leave as much on an impression, especially given bloated dialogue, limited secondary character use predictably. Sadly, the stunning editing still needed some polishing with the CGI work itself, primarily during said action moments. Still given the effects, you could probably find enough reason to check it out in theaters, but otherwise hang out for this one for a home viewing.
My scores are;
Movie Overall: 6.0