#Bloodshot and #IStillBelieve – Movie Reviews

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Bloodshot – Review

Bloodshot – Budget of $45 million – 1 hour and 49 minutes

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Ray wakes up with no memory of his past and Dr. Emil by his bedside.  His body was donated by the military to Rising Spirit Technologies (RST) because his family didn’t claim his body.  Ray is RST’s first fully revived candidate.  Dr. Emil introduces Ray to other candidates who were injured in battle.  KT was a military diver whose lungs were damaged.  RST installed a breathing apparatus that can filter all gases.  Tibbs lost his eyesight in battle.  RST installed cameras that feed information to his brain.  Now, he can see everything.  Dolton lost his legs to an IED.  RST installed legs that are faster, stronger, and weaponized.  Ray feels normal but Dr. Emil cuts his hand and puts it under a microscope.  Ray can see nanites repairing his cut before it has a chance to bleed.  Now, Ray is superhuman.  KT sees Ray is having a hard time adjusting so she offers to help Ray remember which alcohol he likes.  As they take shots, Psycho Killer is played over the speaker (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It jogs an agonizing memory.  Before Ray died, Martin Axe drugged him and kidnapped his wife, Gina.  Martin wanted to know how Ray knew about the hostage situation in Mombasa.  Ray explains that he was following orders and never knew who leaked the information.  Martin believes Ray but kills Gina with a bolt gun anyway.  Ray tells Martin that Martin better kill him or Ray will end his life.  Martin takes Ray on his suggestion and kills Ray.  Now, Ray has two missions, find and kill Martin Axe.  Ray leaves the RST compound but Dr. Emil tries to talk him down.  Ray doesn’t know the killer was planted in his head.  Dr. Emil is using Ray to eliminate former RST employees that are a threat to his business.  When Ray discovers the truth, he will need to gain control of his new augmented body and bring down his creator.

Based on the Bloodshot comics by Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin, and Bob Layton, this movie doesn’t hold a candle to the comic (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  The plot is a mix of Deadpool and Frankenstein but it still doesn’t excite you.  The graphics are cartoonish, the action mundane, and the plot overdone.  Thank goodness for the comic relief Wilfred.  His one-liners will make you laugh out loud.  This lovable computer genius is the wingman or ‘guy in the chair’ every superhero needs.  If you want to see this movie, wait for Vudu.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

I don’t mind the scars. I just don’t like the stories they tell – Gina

Don’t look at my butt. Don’t – Wilfred

Sometimes you have to rip off the bandaid. It’ll help to get through the pain quicker – KT

I know why I am alone – Bloodshot

I told you to hold on – Dolton

You used open-source code on my billion-dollar program – Dr. Emil

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I Still Believe – Review

I Still Believe – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 55 minutes

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Jeremy Camp leaves home with a brand new guitar for Calvary Chapel Bible College.  After some time on campus, he sneaks backstage to hear and get tips from musician Jean-Luc.  Not only did Jean-Luc give Jeremy tips, but he also let Jeremy tune his guitar.  As Jeremy switches out the guitar, he sees a beautiful girl in the crowd.  After the concert, he introduces himself to Melissa.  Melissa attends Calvary and finds Jeremy interesting.  The next day, she sees him play guitar under a tree.  She invites him to a bonfire and tells him to bring his guitar.  At the bonfire, Jeremy is surprised to see Jean-Luc there with Melissa.  She explains her relationship with Jean-Luc is complicated.  Jean-Luc wants more from their friendship and sees her as a muse but she doesn’t have the heart to tell him she doesn’t see him that way.  To impress Melissa, Jean-Luc helps Jeremy with his music career.  Unknown to Jean-Luc, Jeremy and Melissa start to date.  The couple breaks up after a few months because Jeremy is tired of being a secret.  During winter break, Jeremy gets a phone call from Jean-Luc.  Melissa was taken to the hospital and it’s bad.  Melissa tells Jeremy she has stage C3 cancer.  They removed a cancerous growth, the size of an orange, from her stomach and she will start chemotherapy soon.  Jeremy gets the news and decides to do anything to keep the love of his life.  So, they get engaged.  He is inspired to write songs for and ask fans to pray for his wife.  With those decisions, Jeremy will find the miracle before the supernova.  Through it all, he has to find the power to still believe.

Based on I Still Believe by Jeremy Camp, this movie is a moving tribute to Melissa and the legacy she wanted to leave behind (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  She wanted Jeremy to use her story to make people believe in faith and hope, not lose it during hard times.  It may not have the same outcome as Breakthrough, it does give you a powerful love story within a deeper love story.  At the time, Jeremy did not understand why he had to go through so much pain.  But in the end, you will see how everything – his pain, his love, his faith – came full circle.  While you may not want to add this to your DVD collection, it’s still worth seeing in theaters.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

It’s a date. It’s definitely a date – Jeremy

For me, it’s a hobby. For you, it’s a gift – Tom

The God of a billion stars and he knows my name – Melissa

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