Bloodshot

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Good sci-fi idea thwarted by dull, violent filmmaking.
  • PG-13
  • 2020
  • 110 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Muddled message about revenge. Ray spends first part of story driven by his own revenge, while Dr. Harting insists likewise; it's the entire reason his scheme works. But later Ray claims that he's his own person, even though he has already killed many people. (He takes no responsibility.) Movie really doesn't have much else to say.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most characters kill without remorse or consequences. Movie tries hard to paint a few characters as heroes, without much success.

Violence

Heavy comic book-style guns and shooting, fighting, punching, stabbing. Characters die; no blood shown. Car chases, explosions. Main character's skin is blown off his face, with skull briefly shown. One character kills another with a pneumatic gun (largely off-screen).

Sex

A married couple lies in bed; he's shirtless, she's topless, but she's shown mainly with back to camera. The man initiates sex; they nuzzle, start to embrace. Another female character is shown wearing several revealing outfits; she's frequently objectified. Sex-related talk and innuendo.

Language

A use of "f--king." Also "s--t," "a--hole," "ass," "dumbass," "d--k," "goddamn." Middle-finger gesture.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters briefly sample alcoholic beverages, drinking shots. Cigarette shown.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bloodshot is a sci-fi/action movie based on a comic book about a soldier (Vin Diesel) who's given superpowers and uses them to avenge his wife's death. Violence is strong and frequent, if largely bloodless. Expect lots of guns and shooting, punching, stabbing, and car chases. Characters die, and the main character's skin is blown off his face (his skull is briefly shown). Language includes a use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "a--hole," and more, as well as a middle-finger gesture. A married couple is shown in bed -- they're both shirtless, but the woman's back is to the camera. They nuzzle and embrace. Another woman is shown in various revealing outfits, and there's some sex-related talk and innuendo. Characters drink shots of liquor, and a cigarette is shown.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMrs.Wolfe May 8, 2020

This is why I like to do my own ratings not for children

Good movie for adults but not for children there is a brief topless nudity seen and alot of violence and swearing not for children.
Adult Written byS.V. April 2, 2020

Very different than your typical superhero film.

Interesting to see a first Valiant Comic film that could start an alternative universe franchise based on the comics. I got to say, I'm impressed how they... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byJarr3 March 25, 2020

This film is so good

People are saying there is sexy stuff? What there is no sexy stuff at all this film is so good I recommend it the only thing is it can be really confusing so ha... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byLucifer66642069 March 14, 2020

Cool, fun movie

Its a great movie, if you love movies made from comic books.

What's the story?

In BLOODSHOT, soldier Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) is on a mission in Kenya, where he rescues a hostage and kills a terrorist. Later, he's kidnapped, and a man named Martin Axe (Toby Kebbell) kills Ray's wife when Ray can't provide the details behind the mission. Axe then shoots Ray. Astonishingly, Ray wakes up to discover that Dr. Emil Harting (Guy Pearce) has brought him back to life, using micro-biotechnology, and turned him into a super soldier. At first Ray can't remember anything, but when a song triggers a memory of the killing, his first reaction is to hit the road and get revenge. However, when the task is finished, he learns that everything that's happened has been a lie, and that he's being used. Will he remember what's going on the next time he's rebooted?

Is it any good?

A pretty good sci-fi plot idea is mostly ruined by mindless action sequences, vacant characters, and a need to completely wring the life out of whatever cleverness the movie might once have had. Based on a popular comic book, Bloodshot doesn't really feel like a superhero movie as much as it does one of the lesser Fast & Furious movies. It's all dumb swagger, chaotic fights, and slo-mo explosions. Both the heroes and the villains are so tediously one-note that it almost doesn't matter who wins. Given the basic skeleton of the story and its potentially interesting twists, it could have really been something. In other hands, it might even have been as good as Memento (which, coincidentally, starred this movie's villain, Pearce).

But first-time director David S.F. Wilson, whose previous work has largely been in video games, takes the easy way out, going for spectacle, traditional plot arcs, and a tidy wrap-up rather than using the idea of identity and memory in any kind of interesting way. Wilson does manage one fairly interesting fight sequence in a blocked-off tunnel filled with powdery clouds of dust. And there's an amusing supporting character, coding genius Wilfred Wigans (Lamorne Morris), who brightens up a few of the later scenes. But for the most part, Bloodshot is wearingly empty entertainment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Bloodshot's violence. How did it make you feel? Does the fact that it's largely bloodless make it less shocking? Do some types of media violence have different impact than others?

  • Does Bloodshot seem like a superhero? How does he compare to other superheroes in movies and comic books?

  • Why is revenge so often a plot motivator in movies and other media? What does revenge accomplish?

  • K.T. is strong and skilled, but she's also objectified and shown in revealing, sexy outfits. Is she a role model? Does she exemplify an unrealistic body image?

  • Given that the two coding experts aren't White, would you say that the movie could be considered diverse? Or are the characters closer to stereotypes?

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