Directed by: David S. F. Wilson
Starring: Vin Diesel, Eiza González, Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell, Guy Pearce
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Release Date: 13 March, 2020
Running Time: 109 Minutes
Budget: $ 42 Million
Bloodshot is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Valiant Comics character of the same name. It is intended to be the first installment in a series of films set within a Valiant Comics shared cinematic universe. Directed by David S. F. Wilson (in his feature directorial debut) from a screenplay by Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer and a story by Wadlow, the film stars Vin Diesel, Eiza González, Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell, and Guy Pearce. It follows a soldier who was killed-in-action, only to be brought back to life with superpowers by an organization that wants to use him as a weapon.
Talks of a Bloodshot film adaptation began in 2012, with Jared Leto originally set to star. In March 2018, Diesel was hired to portray the title role, and the rest of the cast joined over the following months. Filming commenced in South Africa in August 2018, lasting through October.
Bloodshot is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on March 13, 2020, by Sony Pictures Releasing.
In March 2012, it was announced that Columbia Pictures had acquired the film rights to the Valiant Comics character Bloodshot, which would be produced by Original Film and Valiant Entertainment. Jeff Wadlow was hired to write the screenplay. In April 2015, Sony Pictures, Original Film and Valiant announced a five-picture deal to bring Valiant Comics’ superheroes to the big screen, including Bloodshot. Chad Stahelski and David Leitch were hired to direct the film, from a screenplay by Wadlow and Eric Heisserer. Stahelski and Leitch eventually passed on the project. In March 2017, Dave Wilson was announced as the director of the film. Screenwriter Adam Cozad later contributed to the script.
In July 2017, it was reported that Jared Leto was in early negotiations to star in the film as Bloodshot, but in March 2018, it was announced that Vin Diesel would portray the main character. By May, additional cast members were announced, with Sam Heughan, Michael Sheen, and Eiza González. In June of the same year, Talulah Riley and Alex Hernandez were cast in the film to play the titular characters’ wife named Gina, and member of a scientist team named Tibbs, respectively. Later, Toby Kebbell and Johannes Haukur Johannesson were both cast in villainous roles, with the former playing Axe. In August 2018, Lamorne Morris was hired to play a young scientist named Wilfred Wigans. In the same month, it was reported that Guy Pearce was in talks to replace Sheen, who had to exit the movie due to scheduling and family conflicts.
Principal photography began on August 6, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa, and in Prague, Czech Republic, with some filming taking place in Budapest, Hungary in that same month. Filming officially wrapped on October 25, 2018.
The first trailer for Bloodshot was released on October 21, 2019. It featured Johnny Cash’s cover of the song “Memories Are Made of This”.
Bloodshot is scheduled to be released on March 13, 2020, by Sony Pictures Releasing, after previously being scheduled to release in February 21, 2020. It will also open in the UK and Ireland on the same day.
Bloodshot: Movie Trailer
Song Title: Memories Are Made Of This (Album Version)
Singer(s): Johnny Cash
Writers: Terry Gilkyson, Richard Dehr, Frank Miller
Bloodshot: Movie Review
Bloodshot, a big-budget adaptation of the cult Valiant comic book character and Vin Diesel’s hope for a super heroic mainstream Hollywood multi-sequel franchise future, does him more harm than good. The star’s bio-mechanically resurrected super soldier on the loose take is way too caricatured, common and generic to be worthy of being optioned as a cinematic legend.
The clinically dead Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) re-awakens in Dr Emil Harting’s (Guy Pearce) RST industrial facility and realises that he has been bio-mechanised into a killer machine. Harting’s nanotechnology bloodstream injections (called nanites) aid in keeping him fighting fit and within Harting’s control. But Harting doesn’t reckon for Garrison’s memory return and everything goes out of control.
There’s a lot of talk of coding and satellite aided shut-down controls that function intermittently. RST has other enhanced wounded warriors like Navy survivor KT (Eiza González) and the legless Jimmy Dalton (Sam Heughan) basically reconfigured to do Harting’s bidding. Guy Pearce’s Harting is meant to organically emerge as the chief villain but neither the writing nor the performance makes it impressive enough to fuel affect.
The intended comedy gags fall flat as Diesel’s deadpan expressionism makes it all look clinical and generic. Diesel’s earthy charisma and bruising build fit the Ray Garrison template but his lack of acting skills subverts the very effect that is desired for a successful superhero franchise. And that comes in a package riddled by sloppy, indistinctive VFX and CGI, confused mostly implausible science, bludgeoning indistinct action choreography and overall performances that tend to be silly rather than meaningful or grounded. Wilfred Wigans, take-out Chinese food addict and genius freelance programmer with a sarcastic British wit positioned against his RST leading tech counterpart Eric (Siddharth Dhananjay) fails to raise the competitive pitch here either. Director Dave Wilson, a former visual effects artist, fails to show off his stuff. The slo-mo cinematography and shots of Ray’s flesh being shredded, only to regenerate instantly, look simulated, far too artificial for this superhero origin saga to come good.