Bullet Train movie review: Assassin-turned-troubleshooter Ladybug (Brad Pitt) boards a bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka for what initially appears to be a straightforward retrieval job, only to discover that the train is crowded with other assorted assassins, each of whom has a different agenda but is working toward a shared objective.
Bullet Train movie review: Action films where the majority of the action takes place on a single means of transportation are nothing new, but the frequency with which they have a lasting impression is unquestionably low. The ones that stand out the most in my memory are Speed, Con Air, and Air Force One (sticking to pure action films here, which is why classics likes of Flightplan, Neerja and Executive Decision are not being counted).
When it comes to trains, titles like Von Ryan’s Express and Runaway Train join the league, but they were produced decades ago, and since then, only Under Siege 2 and The Commuter have actually been able to blow you away. Finally, Brad Pitt and David Leitch collaborate on the legendary train ride that is Bullet Train. So, are you looking forward to what to watch this weekend or this week and unsure if Bullet Train is worthwhile?
Bullet Train movie review: What’s it about
Assassin-turned-troubleshooter Ladybug (Brad Pitt) boards a bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka for what initially appears to be a straightforward retrieval job, only to discover that the train is crowded with other assorted assassins, each of whom has a different agenda but is working toward a shared objective.
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Bullet Train movie review: What’s hot
In a situation like the one in Bullet Train, there are countless opportunities for action and stunts, but to pull them off with novelty, at breakneck speed, and keep things interesting while doing so requires the execution of the highest caliber, which Director David Leitch accomplishes with razor-sharp execution and no small amount of finesse. It might be a bit much to ask when you’re already getting a high-octane movie to add a believable plot with dashes of dark humor, do justice to all your characters, and also interject the narrative with non-linear flashbacks for all of them, but when it’s your lucky day, let the gifts pour, and boy do Zak Olkewicz’s screenplay and Leitch’s direction pour them in abundance.
With the talent, Leitch is showcasing in films like Hobbs & Shaw, Atomic Blonde, John Wick, and now this, the former stunt coordinator-turned-Director is firmly establishing himself as someone to watch out for with an exciting filmography ahead of him. To top off the decadent, creamy cake, Jonathan Sela’s camerawork, Dominic Lewis’ background score, the VFX, color tone, costumes, and production design are all top-notch. Do we even need to mention how excellent, or rather how carefree and effortless all the performances are? Kudos to Brad Pitt for letting everyone have their moment in the spotlight. however big or small, so that the movie succeeds as an incredible group trip rather than a star-driven cruise, which in this case was required.
Bullet Train movie review: BL Verdict
Bullet Train is that rare breed of action movie that milks its unique setting to optimum effect while offsetting the high-octane moments with a generous serving of dark humor, an engrossing plot, clever hints that turn out to be true later, and characters with real meat and backstories that stay with you long after. It is brilliantly scripted, sharply directed by Deadpool 2 and John Wick’s David Leitch, and boasts breakneck action and adrenaline-pumping stunts This immediate Brad Pitt Train classic must not be missed at all costs. 4.5 out of 5 stars, in my opinion.