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"I'm going to find the man who murdered my wife and kill him."
"At RST, we rebuild the most important assets in the US military. Soldiers, like yourself. You’re the first who we’ve successfully managed to bring back, but improved, enhanced. With the technology in your veins, you have an army inside you, that will not only make you stronger, it will heal you instantly."
Dr. Emil Harting

Bloodshot is a superhero film based on the Valiant Comics character of the same name directed by David S. F. Wilson (in his feature directorial debut), written by Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer. The film stars Vin Diesel as the titular antihero alongside Eiza González, Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell, Guy Pearce, Lamorne Morris and Talulah Riley in supporting roles.

After he and his wife are murdered, Marine Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) is resurrected by a secret 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 hellbent on revenge, only to discover that there’s more to the conspiracy than he originally thought.

The film was released in theaters on March 13, 2020. However, due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the movie was made available for purchase for video-on-demand on March 24 as theater chains began to shut down to prevent the spread of the disease.

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Bloodshot contains examples of:

  • The Ace: Wilfred Wigans is such a brilliant hacker that even the RST team have used some of his code when creating the programming for Ray's nanites.
  • Action Girl: KT is a trained soldier, and even though she has no enhancements beyond her respirator, she is still able to dispatch multiple opponents with ease.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • This is not the first time Guy Pearce has played in a superhero film a scientist using nanomachines to make Super Soldiers, who also has augmented disabled veterans on staff, and turned out to be an evil Bad Boss.
    • This is also not the first time a character played by Vin Diesel has been placed in a no-win situation, where he watches a villain murder his wife while simultaneously taunting him.
  • Admiring the Abomination: There are shades of this in Harting's admiration of the "best version" of Ray. He's little more than a caricature of the real person and incredibly violent but Harting appreciates his drive and focus.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Tibbs didn't deserve to fall to his death at hands of his 'partner' Dalton, who showed no remorse for it. Ray was visibly angered and disgusted from seeing it and proceeds to make sure Dalton suffers the same fate that he gave to Tibbs by following Dalton's advice to hang on.
  • Aliens in Cardiff: RST is based out of Kuala Lumpur and Ray tracks down Martin Axe somewhere in Hungary, not exactly commonly-featured locations in Western media.
  • Alliterative Name: Gina Garrison and Wilfred Wigans; the trope is lampshaded by the latter when Wigans says his name's like something from a comic book.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Jimmy Dalton lost his legs in a past mission, and Harting lost his right arm due to cancer.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Harting orders KT to kill Wigans. When she refuses, he uses his remote to shut down her respirator.
    "You remember that I don't need to ask you. I do so out of respect. And that respect needs to be reciprocated."
  • Anti-Villain: Tibbs, who is a fellow cyborg, doesn't seem as on board with Harting as Dalton, seeming to come closer to I Owe You My Life than out and out evil, even calling Ray "one of us" to Dalton, showing he felt at least some sort of comradeship towards Ray and him falling to his death at the hands of his 'supposed' partner Dalton during the battle actually enrages Ray to avenge Tibbs, despite that he was fighting him.
  • Artificial Limbs Are Stronger: Harting's artificial arm is shown early on to be significantly stronger than normal and is able to punch KT across a room late in the movie.
  • Artistic License – Explosives: Notable for the exclusion of an explosion. In the tunnel scene, the air is filled with free-floating flour due to the crash. Flour is one of many substances which can experience a dust explosion - the fine particles rapidly oxidize when exposed to fire, triggering a chain reaction. The fact that this didn't occur despite multiple ignition sources is noteworthy.
  • Bad Boss: Harting does everything from belittling his employees to outright threatening to kill them. Most of the time though he is Affably Evil which helps sell the illusion that he's one of the good guys.
  • Badass Transplant: KT, Tibbs, Dalton, and Harting have artificial limbs which grant them increased abilities. KT has an artificial respirator in her clavicle that filters out toxic inhalants and enables her to breathe underwater. Tibbs has artificial eyes which allow him to not only see 360 degrees around him but also simultaneously see through camera drones. Dalton's artificial legs allow him to run as fast as the nanite-powered Ray and even wall run when needed. Harting's arm is stronger than a normal arm and also allows him to remotely monitor and control his technology.
  • Batman Gambit: The entire plan for using Ray as a wetwork agent is based around how predictably he reacts in the planned scenario. Ray will stop at nothing to get revenge, so RST gives him somebody to avenge, somebody to take vengeance on, and the tools to make it happen.
  • Behavioral Conditioning: The music being played when Ray's wife was 'murdered' sets off Ray on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, by causing him to 'remember' his (fake) past.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Played for Laughs. RST tech Eric goes to Harting at one point and tries to covertly ask for a... certain implant, having been told that "six inches isn't that much" by a fellow technician.
  • Black and Nerdy: Wigans, a former child prodigy so brilliant that the RST team used some of his code for themselves.
  • Bollywood Nerd: The Indian Eric is RST's main tech guy.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Ray was killed before getting revived by RST. Except that given the whole memory in question was fabricated, who knows what actually happened in reality.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: Wigans tells Ray to use a vintage Aston Martin because it has no electronics that can be used to track him. Invincible Classic Car is averted when an MRAP rams it through a wall.
  • Brought Down to Badass: In the final confrontation, Harting manages to run Ray out of nanites and taunts him with the fact that he's unpowered now. Ray says that's enough before dropping the explosive he managed to catch earlier at his feet, blowing them both up.
  • Bullet Catch: In the final confrontation with Harting, Ray uses his overclocked nanites to catch a grenade launched at him, disassembling the outer casing so the trigger doesn't go off. He then uses the charge to kill Harting. He catches one just before with his bare hands as well.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Early on, Eric states that he used code from Wigans in the nanites. This later allows Wigans to reprogram them.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: While the experiment that brings Ray back to life is called Project Bloodshot, Ray is never referred to by that name.
  • Conveniently Timed Attack from Behind: Dalton gets run over by a truck, tearing off his artificial limbs leaving him rolling on the ground at Ray's mercy. Fortunately Tibbs has been following on a motorcycle, and races up just in time to jab a device into Ray's back that shuts down his nanites.
  • Cool Helmet: Tibbs puts on a blocky silver helmet with no apparent eye holes or visor when helping Dalton pursue a now-rogue Ray with satellite imagery.
  • Cutting the Knot: Wigans is talking KT through doing a server shutdown, only to find out she's blown up the server instead. After his initial annoyance he asks Why Didn't I Think of That?
  • Destination Defenestration: Tibbs, and soon after, Dalton both meet their ends this way during the climax of the film, falling off a broken elevator. Ray only survives the same fall because his nanites repair his body, though it leaves him vulnerable to further attack.
  • Dirty Coward: Harting tries to run away when Ray was freed from his control and is coming after him. But the only time he fight was when he sees that Ray's Nanites is losing power and will eventually shut down then as it happens, he has Ray in chokehold, but Ray anticipate it and had a surprise for Harting as soon as he did that.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Martin Axe is set up to be Ray's arch-nemesis by killing his wife before his eyes, but Ray takes him down easily enough in his first outing. Also, the scene where he first appeared never happened but was a fake memory implanted by the real villain, Harting.
  • Disney Villain Death: Both Dalton and Tibbs fall to their deaths from the RST building in their final confrontations with Ray, as Tibbs falls from a damaged elevator and Ray forces Dalton to do the same.
  • Dying Alone: Ray's body was donated to RST because there was nobody to claim his remains for a funeral—he died alone with nobody to mourn him.
  • Easily Forgiven: At the end, Ray interrupts KT's apology for working with Harting to manipulate him, saying that Harting was right about one thing: the person you were doesn't have to be the person you'll always be.
  • Elevator Action Sequence: A large part of the final battle takes part in an elevator and its shaft.
  • EMP: Wigans built one that fit in a suitcase and could take out power throughout most of Sussex. This disconnects Ray from RST and disrupts his fake memories enough for him to realize the truth.
  • Evil Brit: Subverted with Martin Axe. Harting's simulation makes him seem to be a deranged psychopath, but it turns out he’s actually just a rather nervous scientist.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Harting appears almost surprised at the notion that Ray would dislike being used in this manner as he appears to believe Ray would only join the army to kill others, overlooking the most positive motives Ray might have for joining the military.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Martin Axe begins his torture session by dancing towards his victim while playing "Psycho Killer" on the radio. Justified when we find that it's a simulation created by Eric from ideas he ripped off from Hollywood movies.
  • The Evils of Free Will: Harting doesn't see the problem with his manipulations—Ray gets to save a hostage and be the hero, has happy memories of his wife before she dies, then gains purpose by avenging her death.
  • Facial Horror: Among the injuries that Ray takes and regenerates with his Healing Factor are shots that tear the skin off the left side of his face to expose his teeth and blow off his ear.
  • Fake Memories: How Dr. Emil Harting manipulates Ray/Bloodshot into carrying out wetwork on targets for his own agenda; his memories are edited to create the impression that one of Harting's former business partners murdered Ray's wife.
  • Femme Fatale: Used briefly by KT, when she pretends to be a bystander who asks for a smoke from Wigans and flirts with him... just before she knocks him out and takes down his entire security detail.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Gina expresses her concerns to Ray about his going away on missions. Turns out in reality, this was the reason why they broke up years ago.
    • KT has a peculiar reaction when "Psycho Killer" starts playing over the speakers, because she knows this is the planned trigger.
    • Even taking into account the fear that comes with being hunted by an Implacable Man Super Soldier, Martin Axe doesn't seem to act in a way that jives with how he behaved when killing Gina and Ray. He also makes a panicked phone call during Ray's assault, making it clear he knows exactly who is coming for him and expresses familiarity with the project, which raises the question how he'd possibly know that. A criminal/terrorist wouldn't. Someone who worked on the project would.
    • Ray seems to lapse into The Law of Diminishing Defensive Effort very quickly, rather than still act like a recently Empowered Badass Normal who falls back on pre-empowerment instincts. Almost as if this isn't his first rodeo, and though his conscious memory gets edited, his unconscious remembers.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Being a PG-13 film, the death of Gina (via cattle gun) is not shown, only cutting to Ray's reaction.
  • Happily Married: Ray was clearly very loving of his wife before she got killed. Except they were never actually married.
  • Hate Sink:
    • Dalton shows that he is a big asshole who enjoys tormenting Ray every time he resets him and making unwanted advances towards KT. He also shows that he doesn't really care for anyone as during the final battle against Ray, he deliberately allows his partner Tibbs to fall to his death rather then save him, not even shedding one ounce of remorse to which Ray is so disgusted that he forces Dalton to share the same fate.
    • Dr. Emil Harting is just a real sociopathic monster at that, who intentionally implanted fake painful memories in Ray in order for him to track down and kill his former employers for leaving him, repeating the same process over and over. Harting would plan to remove Ray's nanites when he fully finishes his purpose. He forcefully subjagate KT by turning off her lungs when she grews tired of him using Ray and tries to resist him showing that he doesn't care about anyone not even his current employers and would freely use and discard when he likes. Needless to say, no one is going to miss Harting when Ray finally kills the arrogant prick.
  • Healing Factor: Courtesy of the millions of nanobots swarming in his blood.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Although never really an outright villain, KT was knowingly complicit in Harting's operation. She finally gets tired of the way Harting uses Ray and decides to help him take Harting down.
  • He Knows Too Much: Used as part of The Reveal. Harting wipes Ray's memories and sends him after employees who have defected from RST, using a simulation (with the identity of the killer changed to the target) in order to motivate his mission of revenge. Harting rationalizes this by claiming that only he needs to know the details behind Ray's technology and usage.
  • Heroic RRoD: In the final battle, Ray's nanites overclock to help him defeat Dalton, causing his skin to turn grey while his eyes become bloodshot. In this state, his nanites work even better than standard, but he burns through his remaining charge in about a minute, which isn't helped by the fact that they have to reassemble him after most of his upper torso is blown up by a grenade.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Ray uses his nanites to instantly hack into databases worldwide and track down his target. Subverted after The Reveal when it's shown that most of this information is actually being fed to him by Eric and Harting, who already know where his target is. Played straight with Wigans however as he's a famous coder.
  • I'll Kill You!: After Martin kills Gina, Ray begins yelling at the top of his lungs that he is going to kill Martin whatever it takes. Does the same thing to Harting after finding out the truth.
  • Instant Expert: Ray shows two variants of this trope.
    • The nanites can access the internet to near-instantly teach Ray any subject he needs to know, such as learning how to fly a jet by downloading the manual and reviewing instructional videos.
    • During his fight in the tunnel, Ray quickly adapts to a new form of combat that exploits his increased strength and ability to ignore damage. Potentially subverted as his subconscious may be drawing on his experience in previous cycles.
  • Interesting Situation Duel: Falling down an elevator shaft for the final battle of Ray vs. Dalton and Tibbs.
  • Ironic Echo: "Thanks for the advice". First said by Martin Axe when he didn't hesitate to shoot Ray in the head at the start. Later, Ray repeats it back as a Pre-Mortem One-Liner before doing the same thing to Martin.
  • Jerkass: Dalton is straight A unplesant asshole and Harting.
  • Just in Time: Played with. Wigans gives the trigger device for an EMP to Baris, with the intent of detonating the EMP (and frying Garrison) once it fully charges. The device finishes charging just as Garrison enters the room... but Baris doesn't activate it by the time Garrison shoots and kills him. It's then revealed that Wigans waited until Baris (and all the other guards) were dead to trigger the EMP.
  • Karmic Death: Harting gets blown up and killed to pieces from the grenade he launched and dropped by Ray, the very same person he manipulated for his own selfish ends. This arrogant prick really had it coming.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Dalton shows just how big an asshole he is when he shuts down Ray's body so he can't move, and then reveals the truth about his situation. He makes it clear that he does this every time and gets a kick out of Ray's helplessness.
    • Dalton dropping Tibbs to his death in the climax counts as it as they were partners teaming up against Ray.
  • Kryptonite Factor: While Ray's nanites are powerful, he must be recharged after a certain amount of damage; Wigans is able to fix this after the final battle.
  • Lack of Empathy:
    • Harting doesn't really seem to care about how much Ray hurts due to implanting fake memories of a lost wife. He instead only sees how it unlocks his "best self".
    • Dalton allows Tibbs to fall to his death without even caring or showing any kind of remorse and just says "I did say hang on!".
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Shortly after letting his partner Tibbs fall to his death, Dalton is immediately given the same fate by Ray and gets an added punch as extra karma, killing him.
  • The Lost Lenore: Part of Ray's origin — his wife, Gina, is abducted and murdered by terrorists attempting to coerce information over a Marine raid out of Ray, just before shooting him. It's later revealed that Gina's death is a simulation, and that she and Ray broke up five years earlier due to his dedication to his job. She has since moved on, remarried and had two daughters, to Ray's disbelief.
  • Male Gaze: Invoked in-universe, as Ray watches KT perform underwater combat training in a bikini. It's later revealed that this is part of an act she does each time Ray's memories are wiped, and used to help him gain the trust of the other members of the team.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Harting sees no issue with using a man's grief and anger as a tool to control him, treating the situation almost like a game or theater.
  • Mental World: Ray is sent to one later in the film, where he has a conversation with Harting about his own combat capabilities and purpose in life.
  • Military Maverick: During the hostage rescue, Ray disregards an order to standby and breaches the target residence on his own to complete the mission. This same attitude pops up when he ignores RST complaints while hunting down his wife's killer.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal:
    • Wigans was being held prisoner by Baris, so he just waited for Ray to turn up and kill off Baris and his mooks and then set off the EMP to knock him out.
    • Harting's disregard for KT was enough for her to betray him and take the opportunity to help Wigans and Ray stop him.
  • Mook Horror Show: Ray confronts Martin Axe in a tunnel by turning out the lights and deliberately crashing a truck containing flour to block off the road. This plays out as the target's bodyguards getting stalked by a Super Strong, super-Healing Implacable Man through a dark area badly lit by flares and the red glow of his nanites, escaped flour in the air and on the ground like snow.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The exoskeleton Dalton wears for the final battle comes with an extra set of arms.
  • My Girl Back Home: Ray finds the woman he remembers as his wife, only to learn that in reality she's a girlfriend who broke up with him years ago because she couldn't handle his missions, and she is now married with at least two children.
  • Mythology Gag: In the final confrontation, Ray's overclocked nanites cause him to become albino with dark red sclera and the glowing red heat venting from his chest in a circular shape, resembling his appearance in the comics.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: KT already had doubts about Harting's methods, but after he proves his lack of regard for her by temporarily disabling her respirator system, he then sends her off to kill Wigans, allowing KT to get Wigans' help in reprogramming her respirator system so that Harting can't shut it down again and allowing her to help Ray.
  • The Not-Love Interest: KT has definite Love Interest vibes, and she and Ray seems to get very emotionally invested in each other. However, there is never any physical intimacy or relationship talk between them.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Harting when he realizes that Baris has an EMP bomb that could knock out Ray's nanites. He tries to warn Ray to retreat only to find he's somehow muted his call.
    • Dalton has two of these in quick succession when Ray manages to grab onto him causing the two to fall down the elevator shaft then followed by Ray about to give him a punch that sends Dalton hitting the ground floor hard, effectively killing him.
  • One-Man Army: Even before he's enhanced, Ray does a one-man hostage rescue. Which is foreshadowing The Reveal that it's a simulation, as normally a Hostage Rescue Team would be sent in; presumably having one man makes it easier to edit. Of course it's played straight when he becomes a Super Soldier.
  • Pile Bunker: Gina Garrison is killed using a captive bolt pistol. Dalton has a Pile Bunker on his exoskeleton. He says that the latter gave them the idea for the former.
  • Playing Possum: Ray infiltrates Baris's fortress by letting the guards shoot him, then carry his 'dead' body inside.
  • Power Glows: Bloodshot's red glow is justified as the nanites venting heat.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: RST has Eric and a bunch of unnamed support staff who, while not outright malicious towards Ray, also don't seem to have any particular qualms about what Harting is doing. Eric in particular is in on the memory editing and doesn't seem to have moral doubts.
  • Punched Across the Room: When KT betrays him, Harting uses his artificial arm to punch her across the room.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: Harting does not allow anyone to leave his employ. Ray's targets are all former employees who "betrayed" him by leaving and KT is held hostage by her respirator.
  • Riddle for the Ages: With The Reveal that the last hostage rescue mission, the vacation in Italy, the abduction and death at the hands of Martin Axe and even the marriage to Gina are all faked, how exactly Ray actually died so as to end up donated to RST remains a mystery come the rolling of the credits.
  • Riding into the Sunset: KT, Ray and Wigans drive off into the sunlit distance at the end, with Wigans hanging a lampshade on this trope and wondering if this means they're trapped in another simulation.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When Ray remembers his wife's death, he tracks them down and kills anyone who tries to get in his way.
  • Ship Tease: The film ends with Ray and KT holding hands briefly as they reflect on their shared future by the mountainside.
  • Smug Snake: Harting believes that he can be the only one who can create, maintain, and throw away his creations when they're of no use to him however, Ray proceeds to show him how very wrong he is.
  • The Sociopath:
    • Harting obviously, being completely uncaring about his own employees, citing the reason he sends Ray/Bloodshot on assassination missions isn't out of revenge or anything like that, but purely because he wants to be the only person who knows how to make a Super Soldier like Bloodshot.
    • Dalton is a more Obviously Evil example, showing nothing but apathy and hatred towards Ray for no real reason other then that he is just an asshole with K.T and even Harting pointing this out multiple times. He lets his partner Tibbs fall and die with no remorse.
  • Spy Satellites: Wigans gives Ray a satellite phone and a classic car that doesn't have electronics, warning him not to use his nanites to the RF server as they can use it to track them. However as his car is the only one leaving the compound they're able to track him for a limited time via satellite (which hasn't been knocked out by EMP) long enough for Dalton and Tibbs to find him.
  • Stupid Evil: While trying to kill Ray, Dalton lets his partner Tibbs who was on the same elevator platform with Ray to fall to his death which is rather an unnecessary and not so smart move as it does nothing but only show the already obvious that Dalton is an uncaring sociopathic asshole and in fact he actually made things worse for himself as without his partner to help him, Ray used this quick opening to make Dalton pay for his foolish action by fittingly forcing Dalton to fall to his death.
  • Super Strength: When testing what he can do after gaining the nanites, Ray first punches into a sandbag, then cracks concrete. He can also send people flying and shove vehicles.
  • Taking You with Me: Ray does this to Harting by dropping a grenade on the ground that then explodes killing both him and Harting. Luckily, Ray survived.
  • Team Killer: Instead of attempting to save him, Dalton shows no sense of comradeship by allowing Tibbs to fall to his death during their fight on the elevator with Ray, with no remorse expressed despite their history as teammates. However, this would immediately come back to bite Dalton as Ray forcefully does the same thing to him as well.
  • Tempting Fate
    • Martin Axe asks if Ray can break into their bullet-resistant vehicle. His bodyguard scoffs, "No chance!" Ray pulls a pin from a grenade in a mook's vest and presses the body against the window glass, blowing a hole in it.
    • Dalton throws Ray off the elevator and smirks, "Let's see him survive that!" Cue Ray shooting past them on a rising adjacent elevator.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: KT's enhancements apparently do not include superhuman strength and only allow her to cope with any hazards that might impact her breathing, but this allows her to force Harting's staff to evacuate while she destroys his databases using gas grenades.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The truth that Ray's memory of his wife's murderer's face in his memories is constantly altered to fit the targets of the Big Bad is shown in the very first trailer, negating its effectiveness as a reveal.
  • Trigger Phrase: Hearing "Psycho Killer" triggers Ray's memories of his death and wife. RST designed the memories and Ray's introduction to RST to have this effect.
  • Unflinching Walk: After Ray hunts down Martin Axe and links back up with the RST team, Dalton rigs the jeep he used to blow, then walks away while it blows up behind him.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: This is the entire basis of the Bloodshot project.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Harting orders Ray's nanites be removed once he has completed all of his assignments. The only reason he gets a stay of execution is that a new target is discovered.

"You turned me into a weapon, and now it's pointing at you."

Alternative Title(s): Bloodshot