Bullet Train Movie
Director: David Leitch
Cast: Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Zazie Beetz, Benito A Martínez Ocasio
Bullet Train Review: Brad Pitt brings his charm, acting skills, and amazing screen presence to save this locomotive from becoming a major train wreck, but can\’t completely save it.
If Brad Pitt\’s latest film, Bullet Train, sounds more like a Deadpool sequel than a standalone film, it\’s probably because Deadpool 2 was directed by David Leach. Like a successful superhero film, Bullet Train has gripping comedy, funny characters, and a complete disregard for logic. They both have attractive lead actors as well. But where the bullet train lags is the coherent story. It lacks one and to some extent, it doesn\’t even try to use any logic. In the end, this train wreck can only be seen from the amazing performances of the amazing cast, each giving their best.
Bullet Train has a simple enough premise – five killers are on a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto when they learn that their jobs may be intertwined and that someone is pulling their strings for a much bigger game. Brad Pitt plays Ladybug, an unlucky con artist who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is supported by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry as Lemon and Mandarin, who transport the son of a Jacob kingpin, and Joy King as Prince, an innocent-looking dangerous teenager. Throw in Zazie Beetz, Michael Shannon, Andrew Koji and Hiroyuki Sanada for a delicious cocktail. Unfortunately, this cocktail is too heavy and too dirty.
The only thing Bullet Train needs is its stellar cast. Brad Pitt is brilliant and effortless as a guy who can\’t take a break. The script portrays his lack of luck quite well. On the other end of the spectrum is a Joy King character who can\’t go wrong. Both the actors are great to watch. But the best part of the movie is the hilarious chemistry between Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry as twins. Their camaraderie, partnership and companionship bring the film to life. But I felt that an actor of Michael Shannon\’s caliber was wasted in the film. He had little to do with a largely one-dimensional character.
But only the display works for the bullet train. Once you start looking at other departments everything goes downhill. The plot is inconsistent, with too many events happening at the same time. A clever editor puts everything together, but that doesn\’t happen here. The film defies logic. Now I\’m not asking for real logic in a movie with a main character named Ladybug and a villain named White Death, but some glimmer of common sense is welcome. People die, blood is shed, snakes emerge, and train crews continue to work. Having endured all this, they certainly deserve awards as the most dedicated activists in world history. This is downright absurd.
The film also faced allegations of whitewashing. The original novel featured all Japanese characters, which makes sense given that it is set exclusively in Japan. Only one of the main characters in the film is Japanese. There are no prizes for guessing who has the least screen time. The suites high atop their ivory towers, called movie studios, are in serious need of a reality check. At a time when Money Heist and Squid Game may be the most-watched web series in the world, you don\’t need to impose American and British faces and names on local history. It was bad enough when Scarlett Johansson was airdropped in Ghost in the Shell five years ago. But today there is only a desire to see the changed scenario.
Whether the film is worth watching or not is an interesting question. This can only be answered if I know what you are looking for. If you want to see a pointless action movie this weekend, go for it. The action, unique one-liners and Brad Pitt won\’t leave you indifferent. Also, there are cameos. Half Hollywood appears in five-second roles in an intriguing play of Find Me If You Can. But my litmus test of how weak the film is, is one of those cameos. The loudest applause in my theater came from one of those very short cameos, not an amazing action scene or multi-million dollar special effects. Very revealing, isn\’t it?
BULLET TRAIN – Official Trailer (HD)
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