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By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Good sci-fi idea thwarted by dull, violent filmmaking.

Movie PG-13 2020 110 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 14+

Boring movie; waste of time.

Skip this one. It was not well-made or put together in a good way. I watched this movie with my dad and neither of us were impressed or satisfied. It was like Bloodshot had completed his mission in the first 45 minutes and then there’s all this extra time they put in. It was like they were stalling with the extra unnecessary violence in order for it to be considered a movie, not a short film. The first 45 minutes weren’t even that good either. There wasn’t enough rising action and suspense to keep me hang onto my attention. I have watched it once, and once is enough for me. There are much better Vin Diesel out there, like “The Fast and the Furious” series and the “XXX” series. Save your time and your money for something other than this movie.
age 12+

Nothin my kids never saw

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Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (13 ):

A pretty good sci-fi plot idea is mostly ruined by mindless action sequences, vacant characters, and a need to completely wring the life out of whatever cleverness the movie might once have had. Based on a popular comic book, Bloodshot doesn't really feel like a superhero movie as much as it does one of the lesser Fast & Furious movies. It's all dumb swagger, chaotic fights, and slo-mo explosions. Both the heroes and the villains are so tediously one-note that it almost doesn't matter who wins. Given the basic skeleton of the story and its potentially interesting twists, it could have really been something. In other hands, it might even have been as good as Memento (which, coincidentally, starred this movie's villain, Pearce).

But first-time director David S.F. Wilson, whose previous work has largely been in video games, takes the easy way out, going for spectacle, traditional plot arcs, and a tidy wrap-up rather than using the idea of identity and memory in any kind of interesting way. Wilson does manage one fairly interesting fight sequence in a blocked-off tunnel filled with powdery clouds of dust. And there's an amusing supporting character, coding genius Wilfred Wigans (Lamorne Morris), who brightens up a few of the later scenes. But for the most part, Bloodshot is wearingly empty entertainment.

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