Bloodshot Movie Review

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. Blu-ray reviewer Ralph Potts had to opportunity to check out the Digital release and offers his thoughts on the film.

My Thoughts:

“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.” – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

After he and his wife are murdered, marine Ray Garrison is resurrected by a team of scientists. Enhanced with nanotechnology, he becomes a superhuman, biotech killing machine – Bloodshot. As Ray first trains with fellow super-soldiers, he cannot recall anything from his former life. But when his memories flood back and he remembers the man that killed both him and his wife, he breaks out of the facility to get revenge, only to discover that there’s more to the conspiracy than he thought.

I haven’t read the comic from which this film is derived but, I am a fan of the sci-fi/action/hero genre and, I own more of Vin Diesel’s movies than I would care to admit so, Bloodshot had me curious. The plot is about as vanilla as it gets and is a more or less revenge story that features a mad scientist type and a few twists. It gets low marks for originality in terms of the science behind it but, I did like the concept from a broad perspective.

At the end of the day we don’t watch films like this for in-depth storytelling, well rounded characters and thought-provoking themes. We watch them for the action and the chance to see its star (s) execute it. In general, Bloodshot delivers fair amounts of it with Vin Diesel (who is now approaching his mid-fifties) handling the role in solid fashion. I like the first two acts better than the third which descends into a series of thematic clichés that don’t do justice to the elements presented in the narrative’s beginnings.

Regardless, it’s all flashy, rudimentary and, kind of silly but, I took it for exactly what was intended and had a pretty good time with Bloodshot.

In light of the fact that this digital version included a Dolby Atmos soundtrack I wanted to offer my thoughts on the sound:

Dolby Atmos:

In listening to the Dolby Atmos surround mix I found it to be of the active variety that made steady use of the platform. The use of audio objects placed above is a mix atmospherics and discrete effects that successfully expand the depth of the soundstage. This is done to very good effect, creating a tangible level of immersion that coincides with the onscreen events with aplomb. Bloodshot features a series of set pieces that show off the immersive effect as the blend of music, weapon fire and smaller object sounds rain down from above. When called upon everything comes together, placing you inside the action as sounds rotate and revolve around the soundstage from both above and at ear level. I enjoyed the balance of atmosphere and integration of discrete object placement. I think that each complimented the source material, and made for an entertaining listening experience.

Overall, I would say that viewing Bloodshot via the Dolby Atmos mix definitely heightened the experience of watching the film.

Dolby Atmos Rating: 100
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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The Digital Code I received for Bloodshot wasn’t for Ultra HD. I redeemed it on Movies Everywhere/iTunes which was the 1080p version with Dolby Atmos sound. In addition to its engaging sound, I found the quality of the streaming video to be excellent. I am uncertain whether or not the Ultra HD/Blu-ray version will be forthcoming given the current circumstances but, I hope to receive a copy.

The Digital version also included the bonus features which is welcomed. My rating for the film, and bonus content is below.

Film:

Bonus Features:

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: May 05, 2020

Bonus Features:

  • • **NEW** R.S.T. HACK: CHAINSAW (A series of 4 Animated Explorations) As the world is exposed to the bleeding edge technology of R.S.T. in news reports across the globe, one industrious hacker bypasses firewalls and dives into the secure files of the covert agency to unearth in-depth character data and black ops technology of the members of the team code-named CHAINSAW. Four separate security breaches bring our hacker ever closer to the highly classified secrets and intelligence of the team and the man known as BLOODSHOT.
    • Deleted & Extended Scenes including an Alternate Ending
    • Outtakes & Blooper Reel
    • Featurettes:
    o Initiate Sequence: Directing BLOODSHOT: Visual Effects and Video Game Artist Dave Wilson takes the reins of his first feature film and reveals all of the passion, creativity, and hard work that he and his team of artists employed in bringing BLOODSHOT to life.
    o Forgotten Soldiers: The Cast of BLOODSHOT: Vin Diesel takes center stage to unveil the compelling aspects of his approach to the comic book superhero, BLOODSHOT, and Guy Pearce, Eiza Gonzalez, Sam Heughan, and Lamorne Morris detail all aspects of the film’s amazing ensemble.

Ralph Potts
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JVC DLA-RS2000 4K Ultra High Definition Front Projector
(Calibrated with Calman color calibration software and Portrait Displays C6 HDR2000 colorimeter from Portrait.com)
Stewart Filmscreen – Studiotek 130 G3 100” 16×9 Screen
Carada Masquerade Electronic Horizontal Masking System
Marantz AV7704 Audio/Video Processor
Emotiva XPA-7 Gen 3 Seven Channel Amplifier
Emotiva XPA-11 Gen 3 Amplifier
Panasonic DP-UB820 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
Oppo BDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
System Controller: Apple iPad/Roomie Remote V6 Universal Remote Control
SVS Ultra Tower Speakers (Gloss Finish)
SVS Ultra Center Channel (Gloss Finish)
SVS Ultra Surrounds (Gloss Finish in Bipolar Configuration)
Dual SVS PC4000 Cylinder Subwoofers
Niles Audio In-Ceiling/In-Wall Series Speakers
Panamax M5400-PM Power Conditioner/Surge Protector
Wireworld, Better Cables (Silver Serpent) – Audio/Video/Speaker Cabling
AC Infinity Aircom T8 Component Cooling Systems