It’s very easy to become cynical about yet another superhero movie. ‘Will this one be any different from others’? ‘Will it be exciting?’ are oft-posed questions. Such musings increase when it’s a comic book hero that general audiences know little about. ‘Bloodshot’ is based on a Valiant Comics hero. This reviewer never heard of it either but was reasonably surprised as potential viewers may be at its spectacle and action mayhem.

Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) is a marine who is killed in action along with his wife. Brought back to life by a team of scientists led by Dr Emil Harting (Guy Pearce), Ray develops superhuman powers. Intended to be used as a super-soldier weapon by a shadowy organization, Ray has other ideas. Wanting to know who killed him and his wife, his trail uncovers a global conspiracy where his over-whelming brawn is put to good use.

Directed by David S.F. Wilson, ‘Bloodshot’ is fair hokum. You know what you’re getting with a Vin Diesel film with this being no different. Lots of mumbling, dagger stares into the camera and oil-smeared muscles are on display. Added to that are the action set pieces which are well done. Despite its deficiencies, ‘Bloodshot’ isn’t boring and has good pacing.

Negating ‘Bloodshot’s good points is the mediocre plot. Whilst it embraces the international feel the story needs, it lacks any urgency. You never feel any empathy for our hero with the villains being your standard cardboard cut-outs. There’s little life to the performances although the concept of the nanotechnology Garrison uses for battle is interesting.

‘Bloodshot’ isn’t in the same league as the Marvel/DC superhero movies. Although it tries to separate itself from those works, it generally has the taste of a middling yarn those film’s writers would reject. It wisely keeps Diesel’s acting attempts to a minimum which is a feat any superhero would admire.

Rating out of 10: 4

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