Noob Reviews: Bloodshot
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Bloodshot?
Based off of the fantastic comic book series by Valiant Comics, Bloodshot is a film that follows the awakening of a special operator named Ray Garrison, who after seeing his wife die and been shot himself. Is resurrected by Rising Spirit Tech - a company who for the first time ever on a human subject, infuse his body with nanites that allow his body to heal from even the most grievous of wounds.
At first, Rising Spirit Tech seems to be a company looking to the future. Helping wounded US soldiers injured in the line of duty and getting them back on their feet with an array of prosthetics, enhancements and everything in between. Unfortunately, they hold a dark secret. Their founder, Dr Harting, may not be all that he is cracked up to be. Nor are his hand-picked team of operators, built from a handful of heavily modified veterans.
After the success of Ray’s resurrection, Dr Harting stands on the precipice of becoming rich, powerful and going down in history as one of the greatest medical minds of all time - but the work that brought Ray back to life was not Dr Harting's alone. Instead of sharing the limelight, he uses a series of clever manipulations (from triggered flashbacks to CGI generated environments) to have Ray kill the members of Dr Harting’s former scientific team. That way, the secrets of what they did, and how they did it, will be his alone.
As with all good things, even the most well-choreographed plans can have stumbling blocks. And it is not long before Ray discovers what has been happening and how he has been used and sets out to stop Dr Harting and his cybernetically enhanced assassins, from doing it to others.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- Official trailer linked from Sony Pictures Entertainment’s YouTube channel -
You can also find the listing on Amazon here.
When did it come out?
Bloodshot was released in March 2020.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Bloodshot?
Bloodshot has seen a very tough start to its release window, with only weeks after an initial release, COVID-19 hitting. However, instead of this hurting the release schedule, for the first time ever, the film was pushed straight to on-demand platforms worldwide within weeks of it hitting American cinemas. Which has seen a considerable boom in its popularity. With millions of people already having downloaded and watched the film to date. I just thought I would give this an honorary mention as personally I love going to the cinema but really enjoyed the fact we could get such a fresh release, so quickly, in the comfort of the living room.
Now, onto the film itself.
When watching the trailer for Bloodshot, it barely skims the surface of what is a delightful film, with action sequences that will blow your mind, well-choreographed fight scenes and an okay storyline. Not to mention the beautiful South African locations and various other sets.
Unfortunately, when we look into the Bloodshot storyline a bit more, it does feel very samey and has a touch of a few other films in there. Whether it be Spawn (the recently deceased soldier resurrected to handle unfinished business while being hunted by his former teammates). Minority Report (with the futuristic means of monitoring and predicting the subject's behavioural patterns). Or The Matrix (which no doubt inspired the slow-motion shots). On the flip side, it does stay true to its source material as opposed to other comic book to film adaptations I could name.
What the film lacks with a truly unique story and some questionable acting at times from supporting cast members, finds itself carried by a fantastic selection of frontline actors that deliver the script well and make the scenes come alive. Personally, I thought KT, a former US Navy diver, had an interesting character arc and dealt with a lot of excessive moral baggage in a short amount of time. And I found Wigans to be absolute gold. From his sense of self-preservation and sense of humour to the monologues he has going on with himself when he becomes stressed or wants to brag about his achievements, but no one is around to hear.
In addition to the acting, as I mentioned above, there are some very well-choreographed fight scenes and action sequences. Some of my favourite scenes that I think people will really enjoy is when Ray goes up against his former teammates towards the end of the film. And sees the fight not occurring on a rooftop or inside of a building. But as a three-man brawl on top of a rapidly descending elevator that has lost its breaks. There is also a scene within an underground tunnel where Ray ambushes an armoured convoy protecting one of his targets using an eighteen-wheeler from a flour mill, which I found to be quite inspired and fun.
Although many have said Bloodshot is mediocre, and it has had quite mixed reviews, this is a film that I did genuinely enjoy and would highly recommend you give a watch. Whether it be during a lazy evening in front of the television or a movie to watch with friends, it has something for both action and sci-fi nerds alike. And I say nerds in the most positive way possible.
What rating would you give Bloodshot?
I would give Bloodshot a rating of 4 out of 5 bananas.
Although the story feels samey at times, it’s delivery, and plot twists make it an enjoyable action-adventure that sees you travelling from South Africa to London. Whether it be hunting targets or facing his ‘creator’ head-on, Bloodshot has a little bit of something for action film enthusiasts and nerds alike.
Thank you very much for checking out the review, and if you are interested in Bloodshot and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion, you can check it out here.