A Valiant Fan’s Reaction to the Bloodshot Trailer
Reaction to the Bloodshot Trailer
This morning saw the release of the Bloodshot trailer. Vin Diesel has the opportunity of bringing one of Valiant Entertainment’s biggest characters to the big screen with 2020’s Bloodshot. As a big Valiant fan and someone who has written a lot for Outright Geekery about the publisher, plus my own work as a co-host of Get Valiant, I felt that I wanted to throw a fan perspective on this morning’s trailer release. After all, who wouldn’t be excited for a big name launching a character from their favorite publisher? Even one with a pretty impressive cast, one that not only has Vin Diesel, but also features Guy Pierce, Sam Heughan and Eiza Gonzalez? Bloodshot is the first full-length movie by director Dave Wilson and the screenshot was written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer. It also has Valiant Entertainment’s ex-COO/CEO Dinesh Shamdasani as producer.
What we see is Ray Garrison, an soldier who is told he’s been killed in action and brought back to life by RST, or rather, Rising Spirit Technologies, a corporation that developed a working nanite that can repair him from seemingly any wound. They have also reprogrammed his mind and can manipulate his memories. From there, it seems that there’s a job to find out who he is and what RST has done to his family, if that family is even at all real.
So what are my thoughts on Bloodshot’s first trailer?
I want to start with my negative and get it out of the way and there’s really just one but it’s the overall appearance (so far) of Bloodshot. I’m not talking the hair, which the comic version sports, but the comic version features a character that’s basically white, not even caucasian white, I mean straight-up white, sporting a red mark, or wound, on his chest that is where the nanite cannot heal him and he has red eyes. It doesn’t ruin the movie for me to not see Vin like this, but it’s things like that I feel that comic fans lose to make a property appeal to a wider crowd.
I feel there’s a lot to enjoy about what Bloodshot is showing me. Let’s talk about Vin Diesel. He’s a great action lead. If he wasn’t, he wouldn’t have the success he has in the film business and having him attached to Bloodshot makes total sense. And while the comic look isn’t there, he looks very imposing, very much like Bloodshot in the books does. And the supporting cast attached to this seem to not just be throwaway background characters. I have a lot of curiousity as to Sam Heughan’s character. I’m not familiar with him at all but he seems to have a lot of fans. This does look like a very action-driven story, which Bloodshot should be. RST is based on Project Rising Spirit, who are the ones that create Bloodshot. And while we don’t see pale skin, we do see a glowing red effect with Bloodshot’s chest, showcasing the wound he carries.
Let’s talk about the PG-13 rating. I know a lot of fans wanted an R rating attached, making it feel like that’s the only way to bring about the violence from the books. We see a shot of Vin taking one right to the face, a pretty gruesome shot for the trailer, only to then have the nanites repair him quickly. It’s such a cool spot in the trailer, and it helps establish the idea that this movie isn’t going to skimp out on the gritty and gruesome.
Reaction to the Bloodshot Trailer
Shot-wise, it looks like Bloodshot has good cinematography and that director Dave Wilson did an excellent job. The variety of camera shots represent a good color palette. And as for the trailer, the music incorporated with it helps set it apart and make it memorable. I do question how much of the film is given away with it, but at the same time, so many movies have trailers like that and the end result shows that to not be the case. Also, there are moments you see that definitely look like they were pulled from the books, like the front-facing shot of Vin with two pistols, looking very much like one of the covers to 2012’s Bloodshot #1. A better fan than I probably notices more than I did.
While I do hope for some pale-skinned Ray Garrison, I feel like as a Valiant fan that if that’s my only complaint (so far) then there’s a really cool movie to look forward to. For me, this makes the February 21, 2020 release date feel that much farther away. There’s plenty a fan can like. It’s not perfect but there’s a lot to be excited about.