Hey 3.5 readers. Your old pal BQB here, braving the Coronavirus so you don’t have to.
Also here with a review of Bloodshot.
Hollywood has mined so much gold out of the Marvel and DC universes that they’re turning to the lesser known Valiant comics. Did you even know they existed? You’re not a true nerd if you didn’t. Could this be the start of a Valiant comic cinematic universe?
Anyway, Vin Diesel plays Ray Garrison, a soldier who dies in battle and is resurrected by a team of scientists. He now benefits from nano-tech in his blood, which reconstitutes his flesh in seconds after he is shot, stabbed, injured or what have you. Looks cool on screen.
From there, he joins a group of ex-soldiers who have all died and been brought back in larger than life ways thanks to technology.
I have to admit, for the first half-hour or so, the film seemed pretty basic. Not dull but not really grabbing me. However, without delving into spoilers, a surprise twist occurs that left me on the edge of my seat for the rest of the film. I thought it was clever and worth watching as the twists and turns keep coming at a rapid clip after that.
I’m sad critics don’t seem to agree and unfortunately audiences might not get to vote with sales due to the pandemic. However, I hope word of mouth spreads because I think it is a great flick that could be the start of an awesome franchise for Diesel. Obviously, he’s done great with Fast and Furious, though attempts to double that momentum with Riddick fizzled. I think he’s got something here with Bloodshot though the critics disagree.