(COVID-19 Question: Is this my last in-theater movie for a while?)

Since Marvel has nearly commoditized the cinematizing of comic-book and super-hero stories, so it makes sense that lesser-known comic shops would throw their hats into the ring. Valiant Comics’ first attempt may not be the best movie in the genre, but it’s a respectable first step.

In the spirit of Spiderman and Ironman, this movie was an example of overuse of technology and CGI to tell a relatively interesting story in an over-animated style. As cool as the effects and the cheesy, exaggerated tone were, Vin Diesel redundantly reminded that it was Vin Diesel on the screen, and not a character that needed to be developed. (This isn’t really a complaint that Vin is a one-dimensional actor as much as I think people really like him in action roles, and they don’t watch him for his commanding use of vocabulary and his poise. His growl and his gritty smile (right before he mightily smites something) is fun enough.

Much like Inception, the Matrix, and other similar mind-state-altered-reality-bending rides, Bloodshot keeps the viewer (and the main character) in a state of confusion about which direction the plot is really going to go.

Bloodshot fills most of the action-movie, super-hero junky cravings I might have thought I had. (I had enough action by the time it was done and felt like I could use a nap.) Vin Diesel’s action sequences are compelling—I just wish the acting were at the same level, but hey—you don’t get any better with Stallone, Schwarzenegger, or the Rock, so he’s at least up to par with his peers…

Bloodshot is a very interesting character—nano technology (nanites?) in his blood turned an elite soldier into a super-human juggernaut, with capabilities to heal and quickly self-repair any (normally) fatal injuries. This, along with uber strength, made for fun combat sequences. (However, the reanimation has some memory and mental hooks that make for a fuzzy understanding of who might be in control…)

The mind job angle is fun—what memories are real, and what memories have been implanted to manipulate him? The plot had some real potential to be very interesting but seemed to sort of get lost in the action sequences.

These action sequences were distracting to the plot flow the way our technology sometimes affects the way our businesses function.

When our software, machinery, or even laws/regulations dictates the way we do business (restrictions in its ability to adapt), we lack the ability to compete in a meaningful way. If we can instead think in terms of the right thing to do (in Bloodshot, it would have meant holding back on the action a bit and focus on directing and plot development instead), we can often find ways to have the system work for us.

This could be as simple as customizing or further integrating your current systems. Sometimes this means making a change in part (or all) of your business operating system. (Tangible cost savings is often part of the equation for a new upgrade!)

When approaching IT projects (and I’m GUESSING that movies might use a similar philosophy to improve their quality), it’s important to remember that the IT capabilities shouldn’t be the motivating factor for driving the process—the process should be functionally and aesthetically pleasing, and the IT capabilities should facilitate the best implementation of that goal.
If you’d like to help your IT projects be more functionally and aesthetically pleasing, we’d love to help.

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