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Movie Review: Bloodshot

The very first feature-length film based on a Valiant property was released on digital this weekend after spending a short time in theaters; Sony PicturesBloodshot starring Vin Diesel as the title character. I was able to get to the cinema a few days ago to check out the film, and have been thinking about it on and off for a few days. I wanted the film to sit with me so that I could really mull my thoughts about the movie.

Before we get anywhere, there won’t be any plot specific spoilers in the below review assuming you’ve watched the trailers released.

The character originated in the 90’s, created by Kevin Van Hook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton, is a recently deceased man brought back by a shady weapons tech corporation for their own use by the use of billions of tiny robots in his bloodstream. it’s these little machines that give him an ability to heal from pretty much anything, enhanced physical attributes, the ability to “talk” to other machines and ghost-white skin with a never healing open wound on his chest.

Bloodshot takes the core concept of the character and throws in an equal blend of Vin Diesel, an A to B plot with a twist that’s revealed in the international trailers (or, you know, is in the comics), of well-paced action. And humor – most intentional, some not. But that’s as far as the movie uses its comic book inspiration. For the most part, this is a straight action movie that just happens to be based on a comic book. It’s a break from the MCU movies we’ve seen over the last few years and their somewhat formulaic (but no less enjoyable) superhero stories. Bloodshot is more Terminator and Pitch Black that it is Iron Man.

Bloodshot movie poster

It’s refreshing in its simplicity, and while I saw the twist coming long before my arse was in the chair, there’s a chance that those who aren’t readers will be taken by surprise. It’s a very well-orchestrated film.

It feels disingenuous to say that this movie is a pretty straight forward action film, but it really is. Despite the potential to really explore the themes of a man being manipulated by technology and corporations to do things he’s barely aware of, the film requires less of your grey matter than it could have. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean that Bloodshot needs to stand on its own as a competent action movie, and it does just that. There’s no real Easter Eggs in the movie that’ll alienate moviegoers, and there’s absolutely nothing here other than Bloodshot. The film doesn’t try to introduce characters for the next movie in a potential Valiant Cinematic Universe. I get the sense that if that happens, then this was a good starting point. If it doesn’t, then we still get a solid action flick.

The only issue I had with the comic book adaptation part of the movie was honestly an aesthetic choice. Bloodshot’s two most defining aspects are his white skin and the bloody circle on his chest. Neither of which are present for any great length of time in the movie and certainly not long enough to make a lasting impression. Other than that, though, I’ve no real complaints about the movie. It took a comic book I enjoyed, honored the core concept of the character and touched on a couple of themes that could have been explored further. Which brings me to this; letting go of the past to embrace the future and the manipulation of humanity by technology and corporations are great backdrops to this film and fit the source material very well.

Bloodshot isn’t on par with Endgame, but then to compare the two is like comparing a tomato with Stonehenge. They’re just two totally different things. What Bloodshot does incredibly well is telling a story that translates very well as a comic book adaptation to the big screen (or to a streaming service near you now that the movie has been released digitally already). It never strays too far from an action movie formula, which isn’t a bad thing. I enjoyed the hell out of this movie as a fan of the comics and the character when I saw it in theaters, and I’m enjoying it again now.

Bloodshot isn’t a perfect movie, but it’s damn fun. And that’s what matters.

Bloodshot #7 Gets a Fully Loaded Edition Featuring Vin Diesel

Before Bloodshot #7 hits shelves on March 11th, Valiant has revealed the explosive issue will also receive a special “Fully Loaded” Edition on April 8th!

Featuring Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot on the cover, the Bloodshot #7 “Fully Loaded” Edition is packed with eight epic pages of bonus content that includes new artwork, classified information, and commentary from Bloodshot’s co-creator Kevin Vanhook

Bloodshot #7 kicks off part 1 of the new story arc “Burned,” an action-packed three-issue story that unleashes hell on Earth! Valiant’s supersoldier must hunt down monsters, aliens, living weapons, and other terrifying threats after they’re set loose from a top-secret facility. It’s the perfect jumping-on spot while also continuing the fast-paced and thrilling storyline that Bloodshot writer Tim Seeley has been crafting since the debut issue.

The “Fully Loaded” edition of Bloodshot #7 will release on the same day as Bloodshot #8 (April 8th), allowing fans to jump right into the first two chapters of “Burned!”

Bloodshot #7 “Fully Loaded” will be available in comic shops and wherever comics are sold on April 8th. The issue is written by Tim Seeley, features art by Marc Laming and Jason Masters, colors by Andrew Dalhouse, and letters by Dave Sharpe.

Bloodshot #7 Fully Loaded Edition

The Bloodshot Trailer is Here

Valiant and Sony‘s Bloodshot is revealed in its first trailers which dropped at midnight on the west coast. The movie stars Vin Diesel as a soldier who’s killed and brought back through the use of nanites which also imbue him with extraordinary abilities.

Based on the bestselling comic book, 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.

The movie is directed by David S. F. Wilson and written by Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer. It stars Diesel, Eiza Gonzalez, Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell, and Guy Pearce. Bloodshot was originally created in 1992 by Bob Layton, Kevin VanHook, and Don Perlin.

Bloodshot comes to theaters on February 21, 2020.

International trailer:

Vin Diesel Signs on to Valiant and Sony’s Bloodshot

Vin Diesel has signed on to star in Sony Picture‘s Bloodshot based on the Valiant Entertainment comic series. Dave Wilson will make his feature directing debut. The script is by Oscar-nominated Eric Herisserer.

The movie will begin shooting in July.

Neal H. Moritz is producing alongside Toby Jaffe and Dinesh Shamdasani. Matthew Vaughn and Dan Mintz are executive producers. Andrea Giannetti will oversee for Sony.

The series focuses on Ray Garrison, aka Bloodshot, who is brought back from the dead through nanobots and by the evil corporation Rising Spirit Technologies. With memory loss, Garrison struggles to remember who he was and the weapon he has become.

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It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What are you interested in? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Wrap – Vin Diesel in Talks to Star in Sony’s ‘Bloodshot’ Movie – This could be huge for the comic publisher.

CBLDF – Mike Allred Creates 2018 CBLDF Member Art! – Go! Get a membership!

CBR – Deadpool 2 Will Not Replace TJ Miller As Weasel – Remember this when the film comes out.

 

Reviews

AIPT! – Bingo Love

The Beat – The Legend of Pinky Book 1

ICv2 – Sparks!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Begins Photography. New Cast Announced. Mantis Confirmed!

It was announced today by Marvel Studios that principal photography has begin for Marvel‘s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Production is taking place at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. The movie will hit theaters May 5, 2017. The movie is written and directed by James Gunn who directed the first film and along with Nicole Perlman wrote it as well.

Returning are Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana as Gamora; Dave Bautista as Drax; Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker as Yondu; Karen Gillan as Nebula; and Sean Gunn as Kraglin. Gunn on his Facebook page also confirmed the return of Glenn Close as Nova Prime.

New cast members include Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan and Kurt Russell. While it is unknown who most of those individuals will play, Gunn confirmed on Facebook that Klementieff will be playing Mantis a character from the comics who was also an Avenger.

Mantis_confirmation

There’s been speculation that Russell will be playing Peter Quill/Star-Lord’s father. In the comics the character’s dad is J’Sonn a dictator in control of the Spartax Empire. Gunn has said that’s not the case in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

J'Son

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Director James Gunn’s creative team also includes director of photography Henry Braham; production designer Scott Chambliss; editors Fred Raskin and Craig Wood; three time Oscar-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky; Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Chris Townsend; stunt coordinator Tommy Harper; co-producer / first assistant director Lars Winther; and six-time Oscar nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick.

Gunn said on Facebook:

Official photography on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has started, and I couldn’t be more stoked.

My favorite movie as a small child was The Strongest Man in the World, so I’m glad to announce that, yes, Kurt Russell has joined our cast and, yes, he is more awesome a dude than I ever could have imagined.

The last few days around here with him and our other new cast members, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, and Chris Sullivan, have been some of the best of my life. I never thought anyone was missing from our island of misfit toys, but now that these folks are here there feels like there was.

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, and Glenn Close are all returning.

We’ll have more surprises for you in the coming months. But, for now, this will have to do.

I have to get back to set!

Have a great day, everybody.

Guardians fo the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Coming to Blu-Ray/DVD on December 9th

We are Groot. Guardians of the Galaxy has been given a Blu-Ray/DVD release date and it’s December 9th! The film which is directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reily, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Sean Gunn, Peter Serafinowicz and many more has been dominating the box office with incredible numbers since it’s release in theaters. It has been banking in more than 314 million domestic and making more than 633 million worldwide.

It’s become one of, if not the most, beloved films from Marvel to date. You can’t forget the weeks of I am Groot and We are Groot phrases being uttered over and over again after the film was released in theaters. Now that it’s coming out in December, it’ll be the perfect gift to get the Marvel lover in your life for Christmas! Stocking stuffer perhaps? You can pre-order it at Amazon, DVD or 3D Blu-Ray.

Credit: Marvel

Credit: Marvel

 

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The posts this week will be a bit more spread out than usual, so that we can all enjoy our holidays. We hope everyone is taking some time to do so as well!

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ICv2 – Take Two Plans First Comics in Q2 – Should be interesting!

ICv2 – ‘I Am Groot!’ Says Diesel – Wait, this wasn’t already announced!?

ICv2 – Baron Von Strucker in ‘Age of Ultron’ – Ok, this is interesting casting.

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Animal Man #26

Talking Comics – The Illegitimates #1

ScienceFiction.com – X-Men #8

CBR – Young Avengers #14

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