I am a fan of comic book movies, but sadly this one failed to wow me.  It just felt very generic.

Certificate: 12A

Director: David S.F. Wilson

Screenwriter: Jeff Wadlow, Eric Heisserer

Starring: Vin Diesel, Eiza González, Sam Heughan

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 109 Minutes

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Visually stunning, but intellectually unstimulating.  That is the easiest way to describe this film.  I have seen A LOT of comic book movies in my time.  They are some of my favourite films to watch, despite them somewhat over saturating the market right now.  But in a world where Comic Book movies are going bigger and better, this one just didn’t stand out and was just very…average.

Ray Garrison, an elite soldier who was killed in battle, is brought back to life by an advanced technology that gives him the ability of 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 is: Can he even trust himself? – From IMBD

This film is a visual feast.  The use of CGI is freaking phenomenal right down to the real close up stuff.  So technically speaking, this film is a total masterpiece.  I could watch the computer generated nanites stich Vin Diesel back together again over and over again.  The use of the red lighting for a lot of the film really gave it that graphic novel feel, in the same way Sin City pulled it off.  So if beautiful films are your jam, you might find something to love here.

For comic book movie fans, it’s all a little generic.  Big action sequences.  The all-important explanation of everyone’s super powers, and how they got them.  The dashing hero who isn’t afraid to break the rules to achieve his goals.  It’s all stuff we have seen before.  And it’s been proven that this cookie cutter layout can be done well.  But here it just came off as a little boring and repetitive. 

Most of the characters were very bland.  Sam Heughan’s character plays the quintessential asshole.  Which means that while he has a personality, it isn’t fully developed.  He never really explains his motivations for the things he does or why he hates Ray so much.  He is just there to add some adversity to the storyline.  Wiggins is probably the standout character amongst everyone.  He is the one I will remember down the line, all the others were disposable.  But that might be because in amongst the tone and setting of this film, his character just didn’t fit, and that’s why he stood out so much.

The twist in the story is introduced far to early on in my opinion and is done so without really explaining to the audience what is going on.  We just have to hang on and go along for the ride, because an actual explanation of what they are using Ray for isn’t given for quite a while and then again, the motivations aren’t ever really explained all that well either.

In a time where comic book movies are making bog bucks at the box-office, this one fell woefully short of the mark.  And it’s beautiful visuals aren’t enough to save it from itself. 

If you missed this one in the cinema and still want to see it, you can buy it off of Amazon now for £13.99