Rent Bloodshot (2020)

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1h 45min
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Synopsis:
Based on the bestselling comic book, Vin Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, a soldier recently killed in action and brought back to life as the superhero 'Bloodshot' by the RST corporation. With an army of nanotechnology in his veins, he's an unstoppable force - stronger than ever and able to heal instantly. But in controlling his body, the company has sway over his mind and memories, too. Now, Ray doesn't know what's real and what's not - but he's on a mission to find out.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Vin Diesel, Toby Jaffe, Neal H. Moritz, Dinesh Shamdasani
Writers:
Jeff Wadlow, Eric Heisserer, Kevin VanHook, Bob Layton, Don Perlin
Studio:
Sony
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/06/2020
Run Time:
105 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, German, Russian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Danish, English, English Hard of Hearing, Estonian, Finnish, German, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes Including Alternate Ending
  • Outtakes and Blooper Reel
  • Initiate Sequence - Directing 'Bloodshot'
  • Forgotten Soldiers - The Cast of 'Bloodshot'
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/06/2020
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, Italian, Portuguese, Russian
Subtitles:
Danish, English, English Hard of Hearing, Estonian, Finnish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Ukrainian
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes Including Alternate Ending
  • Outtakes and Blooper Reel
  • Initiate Sequence - Directing 'Bloodshot'
  • Forgotten Soldiers - The Cast of 'Bloodshot'
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/06/2020
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Atmos, English Dolby TrueHD 7.1, French Audio Description Dolby Digital 5.1, French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, German DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Russian Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Estonian, Finnish, Flemish, French, German, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes Including Alternate Ending
  • Outtakes and Blooper Reel
  • Initiate Sequence - Directing 'Bloodshot'
  • Forgotten Soldiers - The Cast of 'Bloodshot'

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Reviews (2) of Bloodshot

Avoid... - Bloodshot review by LH

Spoiler Alert
18/06/2020

Never written a review before. However this film is Staggeringly terrible and a warning is required!

Badly written, acting and directored

So so terrible

2 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Avoid... - Bloodshot review by LH

Spoiler Alert
18/06/2020

Never written a review before. However this film is Staggeringly terrible and a warning is required!

Badly written, acting and directored

So so terrible

2 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

An intriguing idea & some flashy visuals let down by terrible writing - Bloodshot review by BG

Spoiler Alert
10/11/2020

Let's frontload the good stuff: -

Vin Diesel gives good growl as dead soldier 'Ray', who is resurrected by nano-tech thanks to Guy Pearce and his firm RST, where they make flashy cyber-enhancements to improve wounded soldiers, or even bring them back from the dead.

As their first trial of the nano-tech, Ray seems promising until he remembers who killed him and his wife, and sets off on a rampage of revenge. Except something seems wrong...

I won't go into spoilers here, although if you've seen the trailer you already know more, as they give away the very ingenious twist...and the beginning, middle and end. For real.

Diesel is decent in the lead, but needs to start stretching himself. This is Dom Toretto meets Riddick, but the man's no fool and the routine works here.

Pearce is also decent (except for a mystery Irish accent in the middle of one scene).

There's an impressive convoy attack that feels somewhere between a brutal game cut-scene and a music video, with slow-mo artistic violence and rich primary colours. Some of the photography is fun, and the artificial limb super-enhancements are good designs. Sam Heughan also gives good snarl as an RST colleague. However, that's where the good stuff ends.

Eiza Gonzalez (from Baby Driver) is given almost no characterisation except a navy medallion and some underwater posing, and her superpower basically boils down to 'she can breathe really well' (not kidding). Talulah Riley gets to play 'typical action hero girlfriend' by twirling in sunlight and worshiping Ray, before just being his motivation, bar one interesting scene that goes nowhere meaningful. The women get terrible roles in this.

Alex Hernandez initially seems promising as a blind veteran whose armour helps him see, but again, there his character utterly stops. That's pretty much his character's personality.

Lamorne Morris (from Game Night) gets to play an absolutely terrible IT geek who is so fake-quirky and stereotypical that it almost derails the movie with weird unamusing try-hard 'comedy' in every scene that features him.

We a joke that an IT programmer has used almost 'every movie cliche in the book' while creating a fake scenario, only for the movie to be so free of insight that it gleefully embraces almost every movie cliche in the book in all the other scenes.

We get a ridiculous foot-chase that is supposed to take place in 'London' but almost immediately (and INCREDIBLY obviously) becomes filmed in Cape Town in South Africa, simply because the buildings all become blatantly utterly different (and about twenty feet lower in height), as does the street design, the lighting and even the Police car that appears on camera. The final battle is also what can only be described as a typical sci-fi 'CGI ****athon' where they frequently move between a real person and a blatant CGI model.

Dave Wilson's feature debut after being a cinematics adviser on computer games and CGI feels like the first big movie by a new director who is too scared to challenge studio expectations, so instead uses all the flashy visuals he can in the hope we don't fall through the planet-sized holes in the story.

The "script" is written by Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer. Yep, the guy from 'Arrival', paired with the writer of two of Blumhouse's least scary movies and terrible 'lions-attack-safari-goers' movie 'Prey'. We get almost no actual character development for Ray (it's never actually resolved how he really died), the women are just there to look pouty and fail the Bechdel test, almost all the amputee characters are psychopaths, all the IT characters are insecure or unstable, and the story barely bothers to explain why the bad guy's being so evil. It laughably badly plotted.

Decent designs, flashy action and interesting violence are the only things this film has to offer.

Maybe decent as background noise with a few beers, but it can't be bothered to respect your time by giving you a story.

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Critic review

Bloodshot review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

How underwhelming a film like Bloodshot must feel to the Fast & Furious crowd. After watching the muscle-bound bad-ass of Vin Diesel accomplish such impossible feats in those films of street racing and overblown theatrics, here the actor finds himself in a film that does his action-heavy presence little justice. Is it really that impressive to watch Diesel regenerate after being shot and punch his enemies through walls? The man has the movie identity of the tank and all this film really does is duct-tape a bazooka on the side.

Diesel isn't very interesting as Ray, a soldier who finds himself going after terrorists worldwide. On one mission where he barges in before backup arrives, he is wounded and captured by the enemy. A vicious and tap-dancing terrorist antagonist tortures him for information by killing his wife and then just murders Ray. Soon after, Ray rises from the grave thanks to a cybernetics corporation developing military tech. As explained by Doctor Harting (Guy Pierce), Ray's blood has been replaced by nanomachines to make him the unbeatable fighting machine. Ray can't remember how he died but once he does, revenge is on his mind most.

From that initial description, there's little doubt the mind will race to such familiar cyberpunk tales of Robocop, Ghost in the Shell or even the video game Deus Ex. While I don't find it entirely fair to look at this film by comparison to those old tropes, I couldn't help it with such a lackluster direction. Think about how Ray first discovers the extent of his abilities. He was once a soldier relying mostly on guns to beat the bad guys, still looking pretty tough in his former life of hooking up with a hot blonde. Now he is pretty much invulnerable. What does he do with his new abilities? He goes to the gym so he could punch a hole through a punching bag and lift the heaviest weights he can find. He'll also punch a wall pillar really hard. Not the most impressive display considering his Fast & Furious character could probably muster the same showcasing of his absurd strength.

For the first quarter of the film, it's super generic with Ray's story feeling too standard. There's a great twist, however, when it's revealed Ray's resurfaced memories were not only planned but altered. It's an intriguing development that's unfortunately ruined by spoonfeeding the audience all of this reveals far too early. Had the film been confident enough to slowly pull back the curtain rather than rip it off the rings, there might have been some thrilling aspect to this comic book picture. Sadly, everything is revealed so early that the entire second act can turn into a mindless mash of fists and blood.

Ray, or Bloodshot if we're going by his Valiant Comics name, is framed as an interesting idea for a character but not one worth giving a damn about. This most pronounced in one of his few exchanges with the evil doctor manipulating his mind, arguing at the anguish of being denied identity and freedom. Diesel is the wrong kind of guy to make this case, struggling to show that desperation and anger that he just can't manage, like watching Bruce Willis trying to perform Hamlet. He's not alone, however, as a host of other minimally developed characters accompany the adventure. KT (Eiza González) is the explicable love interest while the angry Jimmy (Sam Heughan) becomes Bloodshot's enemy by mere proximity. The only character present with even a hint of personality is the plucky hacker Wiggans (Lamorne Morris). Maybe it's the character's lack of cybernetics he has compared to everyone else with robotic body parts that seem to have had their charisma removed as well.

Bloodshot represents that kid on the playground who kept making up the rules as he went along. I kept hoping for Bloodshot to have some flaw in his new ability, where his nanomachines would burnout if he took too much damage or something. That doesn't appear to be the case. Any weakness is only invented as it goes along, be it an EMP wave required for shorting him out or some nanomachine countering weapon. The very idea of Bloodshot is not very interesting as a superhero as he is a military experiment that can't be controlled. Reflecting the experiment gone awry, this is a film that has potential but never finds the right direction to make it all come together and not just be a forgettable bit of a comic-book-inspired slugfest. And when that climactic battle is mostly CGI, Bloodshot as a character seems even less appealing to watch in action.

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