“Bloodshot” Is A Confusing Mishmash Of Ideas

Danny Dyer stars in Raoul Girard’s horror-mystery about a film production designer who falls for a strange and beautiful American model who turns his life upside down…

A young man who works for horror and action films falls in love with a strange and gorgeous model just arrived from America. However this mysterious woman hides a dark, moving secret in her heart…

Danny Dyer in BloodshotIt’s coming close to 24 hours since I watched the film, and the numbness hasn’t yet receded. Not the good kind that takes you on a high, but the one that originated after I was left confused, irritated, and wondering if a little research into a film before watching it is necessary after all.

Raoul Girard could have taken his film through multiple scenarios and almost all that went through my head seemed better than what I viewed. Bloodshot sees Danny Dyer’s Philip, a prosthetics maker for horror films, meeting a mysterious American woman Jane, played moderately average by Zoe Grisedale, in a park and hopelessly falling in love with her instantly even though she exhibits miscellaneous emotional issues. What makes this interesting is that Philip too shows signs of mental confusion that could possibly make this a couple to watch out for. As a result, this psychological romantic tragedy juggles between various events never really grasping a stronghold on any one genre that it can be classified under.

Bloodshot seems to mislead the audience right from its, well, title. A little after-research informed me that the film has an alternate title, “In a heartbeat” which in all honesty suits it a lot more than a name which initially led me to believe that this might be an action film. Furthermore, the plot tries desperately to be puzzling, which is a good thing provided one has something substantial to be mysterious about, but as you might have guessed, that doesn’t really happen. The slow desperation that runs throughout most of the film, and is mirrored quite well by Danny Dyer through Philip’s character fails to make any impact due to Zoe Grisedale’s lackluster amateurish performance of a psychologically tormented woman with a secret past.

Danny Dyer in Bloodshot

Even more annoying is that once all the cards have been played out and the audience is in the knowhow, Bloodshot tries to capitalise on the horror genre by using Philip’s profession as a backdrop and gives us what could possibly be the most absurd sex scene of the year. Once again it seems like the film is hell bent on collecting as many genres as it can in its kitty just so that it can’t be categorised easily, and in this endeavor it succeeds beautifully.

The most unfortunate aspect of Bloodshot is while is touches upon some important psychological and personal issues faced by a number of people around the world, it refrains itself from wholeheartedly dealing with them preferring to keep the focus on the mystery and horror for the sake of the film.

Bloodshot shows a tiny light of hope at the start of the film, but unfortunately be it the way the story materialises or the poor acting or the lack of any real sense, it simply leaves the audience numb, enough to make sure they check upon all the lesser known films they plan on watching henceforth.

Top 10 Films - TWO Star - Bloodshot

Written by Raghav Modi

Danny Dyer in BloodshotDirected by: Raoul Girard
Written by: Raoul Girard
Starring: Danny Dyer, Keith Allen, Craig Conway, Zoe Grisedale
Released: 2013
Genre: Horror/Drama
Country: UK
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Raghav is an Indian writer based in the northern state of Haryana. He writes about film at his site Ticker Talks Film, while also writing about travel, photography and family at his other sites The Travelling Ticker and Ticker Talks.

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    Tim Reply

    Well it wasn’t so bad!,,, I eenjoyed it …I thought the acting was fine and the Jane character very beautiful….its just that it was one of those indeterminate endings that leaves the viewer guessing what was the real crux of the story…iiii me I think Jane was headed back to a fate worse than death at the hands of a sadistic ‘Master’ from whom she couldn’t escape as he has so much psychosocial power over her…it’s clear to me and I like a happier ending…BUT you can’t ALWAYS have that dude…allusions to Philip’s lack of life experience suggest that he was too naive to see the real situation …very sad !!!!!!! Tim …in UK…

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    Sam Reply

    What a mean little review. Well, hardly a review, as it contains no comparisons, points of reference, examples etc. The reviewer clearly has no education. He can’t even write in English. ‘moderately average’, ‘be it the way’ I could go on, but, well, the review is so lacklustre and amateurish, I just can’t be bothered. It seems that said reviewer neither knows or understands London culture. These sort of weird interactions are pretty normal here. The issues covered in the film were interpreted by both main actors in a tongue in cheek style, that I felt, allowed an audience to intelligently appreciate any unexplained, ‘puzzling’ or ‘mysterious’ parts. There’s a place for this sort of, no conclusion, playing around with exploration and personally, I’m sick of remakes, of tried and tested stuff, made only to make money. The script is dire in parts but both actors seemed to know this and include us in the joke. I enjoyed it and if you only want to watch films that re-gurgitate what you’ve liked before, that’s your loss. Danny is funny, Zoe is beautiful and they both delivered an entertaining, rather unusual take to the whole film making process. See lots of film/theatre/ live performance. That’s the only way to have any idea of what’s really happening. This film has merits, takes risks, not all of which come off. I’d rather see any alternative approach celebrated. And if you are paying that reviewer in some way off continent, who doesn’t have the basic grasp of grammar or syntax well don’t bother. By the way I agree with Tim, that the title doesn’t help.

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