Bloodshot is a 2020 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 Marine 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.
After leading a successful rescue operation in Mombasa, U.S. Marine Ray Garrison and his wife Gina travel for a holiday at an Italian beachside town. However, they are kidnapped by a group of mercenaries led by Martin Axe, who demands to know the source of the Mombasa hostage operation. Since Ray is not privy to this information, Axe kills him and Gina.
Ray is later resurrected by Rising Spirit Tech, a company that specializes in developing cybernetic enhancements for disabled US military personnel. The company’s CEO, Dr. Emil Harting, tells Ray that he is the first successful candidate that they have resurrected using a special nanite technology. Ray is also introduced to Dr Harting’s other patients including former US Navy diver Katie (“KT”), whom he strikes a romantic friendship with, and former soldiers Jimmy Dalton and Marcus Tibbs, whom he gets on poorly with.
After experiencing “flashbacks” of Gina and Axe, Ray escapes Rising Spirit’s laboratory in Kuala Lumpur and pursues Axe, seeking to avenge Gina’s death. Using the nanites to slice into computer databases, Ray tracks down Axe to Budapest. After trapping his convoy in a tunnel, Ray kills Axe’s bodyguards before executing the mercenary. He is later recovered by Katie, Dalton and Tibbs, who bring him back to Rising Spirit for reprogramming. In truth, Harting created false memories of Gina’s death as part of a plot to eliminate rivals in Rising Spirit.
After his memories are wiped and reprogrammed, Ray is sent to kill Nick Baris in East Sussex, “remembering” him to be Gina’s killer. Though Ray manages to kill Baris and his bodyguards, Baris has forced computer programmer Wilfred Wigans to build an EMP bomb, which is ignited after Baris’ death, incapacitating Ray and severing communications with Rising Spirit. After “resurrecting” Ray, Wigans reveals that Rising Spirit planted false memories to turn him into a killing machine. Ray also discovers Gina is alive but had left him five years ago and started a family in Westminster.
Growing disillusioned with Harting’s exploitation of Ray, Katie seeks Wigans’ help in taking him down. Meanwhile, Ray is recaptured by Dalton and Tibbs following a pursuit. He is brought back to Rising Spirit’s laboratory for reprogramming, but escapes with the help of Katie and Wigans, who sabotage the reprogramming process and Rising Spirit’s computers. Breaking free, Ray fights Dalton and Tibbs on top of an elevator. Dalton willingly lets Tibbs fall to his death before continuing the fight until Ray punches him down the elevator shaft, killing him. Ray confronts Harting, who manages to drain the nanites, but is killed when the second grenade he shoots at Ray is dismantled by the nanites and dropped directly at his feet. Ray is later rebuilt by Wigans and Katie, and the three then leave in search of a new life.
- Vin Diesel as Ray Garrison / Bloodshot
- Eiza González as KT
- Sam Heughan as Jimmy Dalton
- Toby Kebbell as Martin Axe
- Guy Pearce as Dr. Emil Harting
- Lamorne Morris as Wilfred Wigans
- Talulah Riley as Gina DeCarlo
- Alex Hernandez as Tibbs
- Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson as Nick Baris
- Tamer Burjaq as Mombasa Gunman
- Siddharth Dhananjay as Eric
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 features Johnny Cash’s cover of the song “Memories Are Made of This”.
Bloodshot was released in the United States on March 13, 2020, by Sony Pictures Releasing, after previously being scheduled to release on February 21, 2020.It also opened in the UK, Ireland and India on the same day.
Five days after the release, Sony confirmed that the film will be released digitally on March 24, 2020, due to 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic.Over its first three days of home release, the film was the most watched on Amazon Prime and fourth-most on iTunes.