Who knows what nanotechnology is? For the uneducated, nanotechnology is the use of robots that are miniature size. While I can see something like this used is the future for medicine and business, we are still a while from that kind of tech. I could potentially see the use of nanotechnology to help redirect cells in bodies to heal parts of it faster, and maybe even to areas not originally accessible. Would something like this suddenly find Band-Aid companies out of business? Maybe, but it'll depend of what kind of medical advancements they can do with this.
Today's movie takes that kind of healing to turn someone into a superhero. In someway, that's got to make them of the most powerful of all. After all, no matter what ones power is and no matter how strong they are, if injured, they still need to heal. Unless of course your Wolverine or Deadpool and don't need to rest to heal. A story can still create tension with that if they can get to someone they care about. Again, body healing is different then mental healing. So let's see what nanotechnology can do for an action movie in Bloodshot.
US Marine Ray Garrison (played by Vin Diesel) leads a successful mission in stopping a terrorist group and saves the life of a fellow solider. He also returns home to his wife Gina to live a nice life on the coast of Italy. That happiness of short lived as mercenaries kidnap them both and demand to know how they uncovered the terrorist location. With no answer, they kill Gina and him. But rather then dying, Ray wakes up in a laboratory. This turns out to be a company called Rising Spirit Tech who builds optics and cybernetic enhancements for disabled US military.
The companies CEO, Dr. Emil Haring (played by Guy Pearce) tells Ray that his body is now filled with nanite tech that allows for instant healing. The catch is that he now needs constant reprograming and refueling of nanites. He used his new powers to leave to hunt the men down responsible for killing his wife. He tracks them to Budapest and manages to take them out, but when he returns to the company, he understands that if they can reprogram him, then how much of his memories are true? Were the men the real men? Is his wife still alive? Were his Marine missions real?
A movie like Bloodshot feels like the kind of action film I'd see on Netflix; a passable one that serves to kill some time. Is it a bad movie? I can't say so as it can be entertaining. Vin Diesel is an actor that I don’t see much as an actor, but a lot like John Wayne, does great at playing himself. He's charismatic, charming, and you even get a sense of his pain when he realizes that everything about his old life is gone. I'm surprised that with the exception of Groot, he hasn't had the chance to play a superhero.
But a hero is only as good as the story. I'm aware that Bloodshot is based off a comic so I don't know how close it is, but it feels…like something from fifteen years ago. This isn't much of a spoiler, but this is another movie where the people who gave him the technology are also the villain. We've seen this done several times (even within the MCU from Disney), so I don't know why Hollywood keeps thinking this is an original concept. My guess is that the story was originally done when this was still inventive.
I might have been more on board had they cut away from that plotline. Its because the first half of the movie is actually a lot of fun. The tunnel fight, though it can get carried away with the shaky cam, was something that made me glad I saw it. But the second half needed a rewrite? Why couldn't the story had explored the heroes relationship with the military? Or what about questioning how much of his memories are false? Or that there are several people in the military with instant healing? There's a lot of territory that could have been covered.
I'll give this three blood bots out of five. Except for the tunnel fight and Vin Diesel, I doubt I'll remember much of Bloodshot. It might be an alright way to kill two hours on a rainy day at home, but that’s about it. For a movie that tries to push some new technology, it feels kind of dated.