Starring: Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li
Summary: A team of scientists resurrects Ray Garrison after him and his wife is murdered. They use nanotechnology to make him a biological killing machine. Ray is now a super trainer that teaches other super soldiers. At this point, he cannot remember anything from his former life. Over time, Ray’s memory is refreshed and he recalls the man that had killed him. He escapes from the facility to seek revenge.
Director: Niki Caro
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Drama, Kids & Family
What’s the story?
Since it’s very popular nowadays to create a movie based on comic books, it’s easy to see why Bloodshot was made in the first place. The Bloodshot comics, created by Valiant will actually have their own shared cinematic universe. And the first movie in this universe will be Bloodshot, which is one of the pivotal Valiant characters to begin with.
When it comes to the Valiant superheroes, Bloodshot actually has the simplest story to understand. We are following Ray Garrison, which in the movie is played by Vin Diesel. He and his wife are assassinated and somehow he gets reborn by a team of scientist. Obviously Ray is not really ok with the fact that he is back without his consent and his love is killed. So he is embarking on a trip to revenge his wife and also kill his own attackers.
But the scientists didn’t just bring him back to life. He is enhanced with nanotechnology and basically becomes a biotech killing machine, pretty much a superhuman in many ways. But things are not as simple as you might imagine. As he struggles to uncover who killed his loved one, he understands that there’s more at play here and he needs to find a way to deal with all those problems the best way that he can. Which is actually a very interesting way to thicken the plot and bring us more of the comics lore that we know and love.
It’s very hard to create a new set of movies in an entirely new universe and actually come up with a way to make them a cinematic universe. That’s very tricky, but it clearly shows that Bloodshot is more than just a one-off thing. They are actually banking hard on it and they are trying to make it as interesting and unique as possible. We can also expect them to plant the seeds for a new set of movies in this world, and that alone can be quite spectacular.
The casting is pretty good too. Vin Diesel plays the main character, and there are some other great actors in the movie like Eiza Gonzalez, Michael Sheen, Sam Heughan and many others. The casting is interesting and so varied that it will immediately bring in quite a lot of questions. But that’s the thing you will like here, the sheer variety and tremendous value that they are bringing in with the entire process. It’s still great to have so many interesting ideas in a single package and it certainly works better than imagined.
Is it any good?
According to news from various outlets, filming started at the beginning of August 2018, and it wrapped on October 2018. That was quite a long time ago, so the fact that the movie stayed so much in post-production suggests there might be a lot of visual effect content to be added to it. That’s the thing that really makes Bloodshot interesting, it needs to set up an entirely new world of superheroes, so having it bake in the oven for a bit more time might be a really good idea.
Bloodshot is directed by David S F Wilson. The thing to note here is that Bloodshot is actually his directorial debut. David did work on visual effects for a variety of videogames. He is also the director of an episode of Love, Death and Robots. However, this is his first feature film. Normally when you go with a first time director, things might seem a bit eerie, but this actually seems to be very interesting as an approach, and it might work better than you imagine.
When you enter a movie like Bloodshot which is based on a comic book, you basically expect a lot of special effects. And there’s a reason for that. The power set of the titular character in the comics is rather insane and extremely interesting. While we will have to wait and see how this translates to a movie, the trailer itself showed that there’s a lot of blood, battles and plenty of interesting visual effects to be had in the movie. Whether this will rival movies like Endgame or not, that will be hard to say. But it’s clear that the payoff is extraordinary and you will be quite amazed with the results.
Even without the special abilities, Bloodshot is a great opponent. He is trained in unarmed and armed combat. On top of that, he also has nanites. These nanites offer him things like bigger endurance, agility as well as more strength. He can also heal from any type of injury. He can even morph his own body and he can change his shape and looks. Plus, since he does have nanites, he is able to interface with computer systems.
The Bloodshot abilities are very interesting and quite different to what you normally see in the case of superhero shows. But that’s the thing that really makes it so interesting in the first place. It’s rewarding and exciting, but also different. Whether we will see all those abilities in the movie or not, that’s unknown. But it’s nice to see the amazing power set that Bloodshot is actually bringing to the table. While some of these powers were seen in the trailer already, not all of them might arise in the movie.
While we do have an idea that this is the origin story of Bloodshot, it’s hard to know where they will go with the story. We do understand that he will try to revenge his wife and himself by finding the attacker. But as the plot suggests, he will uncover a lot of different secrets, and that’s the kind of stuff that really makes Bloodshot so interesting. The experience is very different when compared to the comics, yet the basis and the information is acquired from there. That’s really nice, and it shows the kind of value you can get from this type of movie. We hope that Bloodshot will be great, as the promos certainly make it feel like a promising start to a new cinematic universe!