It's a Transformation With an Urge to Kill
Matthew Vaughn has had an odd career -- he started with the very good crime film Layer Cake, followed by Stardust, which received mixed reviews -- personally, I liked it, but it's not particularly memorable. His newest film, Kick Ass, comes out April 16th (we'll have the review up sometime on Friday), and looks like a rollicking, R-rated good time. Well, he's apparently sticking to the comic book adaptations. Despite writer Mark Millar's hope that Vaughn would do a Kick Ass sequel, he's working on developing, self-financing, and eventually directing an adaptation of the Valiant comic Bloodshot. I've never read the series, but apparently it can be described thusly:
Angelo Mortalli has become the ultimate killing machine. His memories were erased and his blood was infused with microscopic computers called nanites. These nanites allow him to heal wounds quickly, dominate electronic devices, and fully control every aspect of his body to maximize his physical capabilities. A modern-day Frankenstein, he wages a one man war -- taking out the mob, the police and his covert government creators -- in his struggle to find out who he was and what he has become.
Interesting. I wonder if he'll cast Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren.
I gotta admit, it's not a particularly compelling premise, story-wise. I'm sure it'd make for a eye-popping action flick, but if I want straight dumb action, well, that's what Michael Bay was invented for (you didn't know he was developed in a lab?). I'm hoping that Vaughn can bring something a little more unique and interesting to the concept.
What say you, geeks? Anyone read this thing? Is it any good?