The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has affected virtually every type of business worldwide, and one of the hardest-hit sectors has been the movie industry. With many theaters around the world closed, productions shut down, and people being ordered to stay in their homes, almost no one is going to the movies. This has caused delays for countless upcoming films, but a few films hit theaters in the midst of the crisis before their releases could be delayed. One such film was Vin Diesel’s new action movie Bloodshot, which opened in theaters on March 13 and had an abysmal showing in theaters, making just $28 million worldwide against a $45 million budget.
In order to try and recoup some of the film’s losses, Sony decided to release Bloodshot digitally on March 24 — just 11 days after it first arrived in theaters. Since the film is still in the early stages of what was meant to be its theatrical release window, renting the movie at home isn’t cheap — it’ll set you back about 20 bucks. So to try and entice viewers to get on board, the studio has uploaded the first nine minutes of the movie to YouTube, and you can watch it for free right now. So what does the footage show?
Quite a lot, actually. The film opens with Diesel as a soldier in a warzone. He’s after some kind of terrorist, and his mission ends with a tense standoff. He then heads to Italy’s Amalfi Coast for a romantic excursion with his wife and ends up brutally fending off a pair of assailants in yet another action scene (he breaks a toilet with one of their heads). The clip then ends with Diesel being drugged by an incognito third assailant. It’s a whole lot of action and story crammed into a very short amount of time, but is it enough to get you to rent the Bloodshot? Watch the clip for yourself below and decide.