A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Muddled message about revenge. Movie really doesn't have much else to say.
Positive Role Models
Most characters kill without remorse or consequences. Movie tries hard to paint a few characters as heroes, without much success.
Violence & Scariness
Heavy comic book-style guns and shooting, fighting, punching, stabbing. Characters die; no blood shown. Car chases, explosions. Main character's skin is blown off his face, with skull briefly shown. One character kills another with a pneumatic gun (largely off-screen).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married couple lies in bed; he's shirtless, she's topless, but she's shown mainly with back to camera. The man initiates sex; they nuzzle, start to embrace. Another female character is shown wearing several revealing outfits; she's frequently objectified. Sex-related talk and innuendo.
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A use of "f--king." Also "s--t," "a--hole," "ass," "dumbass," "d--k," "goddamn." Middle-finger gesture.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters briefly sample alcoholic beverages, drinking shots. Cigarette shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bloodshot is a sci-fi/action movie based on a comic book about a soldier (Vin Diesel) who's given superpowers and uses them to avenge his wife's death. Violence is strong and frequent, if largely bloodless. Expect lots of guns and shooting, punching, stabbing, and car chases. Characters die, and the main character's skin is blown off his face (his skull is briefly shown). Language includes a use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "a--hole," and more, as well as a middle-finger gesture. A married couple is shown in bed -- they're both shirtless, but the woman's back is to the camera. They nuzzle and embrace. Another woman is shown in various revealing outfits, and there's some sex-related talk and innuendo. Characters drink shots of liquor, and a cigarette is shown. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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