Synopsis: After he and his wife are murdered, marine Ray Garrison is resurrected by a team of scientists. Enhanced with nanotechnology, he becomes a superhuman, biotech killing machine – Bloodshot. As Ray first trains with fellow super-soldiers, he cannot recall anything from his former life. But when his memories flood back and he remembers the man that killed both him and his wife, he breaks out of the facility to get revenge, only to discover that there’s more to the conspiracy than he thought.
A former top-notch U.S. Solider Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel), wakes up after dying to find out he is now all machine. The military has donated his body for science to Rising Spirit Technologies. In charge of the company is Dr. Emil Harting (Emil Harting), who himself has a bionic arm. Using his technology Harting creates the ‘Universal Solider’ of sorts, (remember Dolph Lundgren and Van Damme circa 1992??) who is bent on revenge in the death of his wife.
Little does Ray know his memories have been implanted and change every time he wakes up. His body is fed intravenously by microscopic nanobite robots. This gives Garrison super amazing powers, healing fast from what could be deadly injuries. Abilities to search the internet in his mind, and track down his next victim of revenge within seconds. What would all of that be if you didn’t have super strength and combat training to execute your plan? Unfortunately, he only has two modes; hero or revenge.
KT (Eiza Gonzalez), can breathe in anything due to her chest implant, is one of Garrison’s fellow super-soldiers. Another, Jimmy Dalton (Sam Heughan) with his bionic legs,(His Character was reminiscent of Stephen Lang’s: Colonel Miles Quaritch in Avatar 2009!). Rounding out the group is a character who is unnamed, search IMDB reads “Alex Hernandez”. Wounded blind soldier with every navigational system imaginable, all fed from cameras to his mind.
Discovering his skills set along the way was done well. But, these scenes should have been expanded on. Almost “brief” in some respects. Some parts dragged out a bit to fill time. Others didn’t even need the time.
I saw this with my husband, Joe, and here are conversation bites after the movie.
Joe: Punching the concrete wall, reminiscence of Rocky, (1976) punching in the meat locker.
Me: He was glistening though. And his muscles. Hercules! Hercules!!
Joe: The love scene, really did they need that in a PG-13 flic?
Me: I liked it. It gave me something to think about tonight…
Although, I would have preferred to see Garrison’s awakening looking like Stallone did
during his thawing out of ‘cryostat’ in Demolition Man (1993).
Joe: Concerning his manly walk through the crash with the truck carrying flour. Why didn’t the
flour explode? Flour IS actually flammable and CAN explode!
Me: Even in powder white he looked good, even though he did ham it up, a bit with his “walk”.
Joe: They waited till the end to show his full potential, could have brought that in a little earlier.
Me: I’ll agree, those bloodshot eyes and swole red chest, yes… I agree.
Ok back to the review…
Everything begins to go haywire when Ray starts to figure out he’s being used by Dr. Harting to kill his enemies. With help from KT who feels empathetic towards Garrison, turns the table on the doctor.
I feel like I have seen this movie many times. While I will say I loved every moment of Vin doing his best butt-kicking ever it lacked even a few things for me. Felt like Groundhound Day (1993) with Bill Murray only in revenge mode.
Is Vin Diesel destined to the scrap heap like other tough guys who have been typecast?
Liam Neeson from Taken(2008) comes to mind, among others.
Personally for me? Can’t wait for Fast 9
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