Ray Garrison, an elite soldier who was killed in battle, is brought back to life by advanced technology that gives him super human strength and fast healing. With his new abilities, he goes after the man who killed his wife, or at least, who he believes killed his wife. He soon comes to learn that not everything he learns can be trusted. The true question his: Can he even trust himself?
The 2020 sci-fi movie definitely does a great deal to emphasize the unreliability of the narrators telling Garrison’s story, and even manages to throw in some cool action sequences as well. However, what it excels with in action, it lacks where storytelling is concerned.
A great deal of the film’s delivery is clunky, with several awkward camera angles and the actors’ unconvincing line deliveries. The film looks nice on paper, but genuinely messy and off-putting at times when put on the big screen. As Garrison learns the truth about his situation, that he was revived only to serve as a mindless hitman for a dangerous corporation, things do get interesting, but only slightly.
There is a great deal of violence in the film, but none that can be considered terribly gory. There are also implied instances of nudity, and language ranging from mid to heavy toward the film’s conclusion. All in all, the film is fairly harmless in terms of action movies, but if you were going for a compelling story, maybe go and read the graphic novel it was based on instead.
The Dove Take:
Most people would kill to have a second chance at life. But for Ray Garrison, he doesn’t have much of a choice. Bloodshot is a high-action thriller that looks at life through a fresh pair of eyes over and over, but might not be something you would want your younger kids to see just yet.