Five killers, a briefcase and a speeding train. This is the setup of the latest summer blockbuster, bullet train – An action comedy directed by David Leach. The film stars Brad Pitt as Ladybug, a plucky killer assigned to collect a briefcase from a bullet train traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto. People familiar with Leach’s work deadpool 2 And Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw Know his style, and this film does not disappoint. A high-octane roller coaster of a movie, this is a must-see blockbuster of the summer, as it is a fun, kick-ass train ride.
bullet train had me at hello. The concept of an action movie set on a train going 200 mph sounded like sort of popcorn entertainment to me. Add to that the fact that the Leeches are known for their over-the-top, stylized action, and you have a recipe for blockbuster success with a film that never pulls a punch. Leach has once again collaborated with cinematographer Jonathan Sela to create a vibrant, colorful action film that’s all the way pop gray man wanted to. As a result, the film looks polished and phenomenal from start to finish, even during its ridiculous final act.
This is Pitt’s fourth decade as a leading man. A household name who has delivered stellar performances over the years, Pitt gets a chance to show off his comedy chops in this hilarious role as Ladybug. He unfortunately nails this part of an assassin cursed. The tone of the film is consistently outrageous, and Pitt does everything he can to match that tone with one of his first roles since winning an Oscar. He’s having fun with the part and isn’t holding back, pushing many of his stunt 60s as an action hero.
While Pitt is the star of the show, it is a film that is defined by its ensemble cast. Aaron Taylor-Johnson excels in every film he makes, and Brian Tyree Henry continues to impress with a series of high-profile roles in which he excels. These two portray tangerines and lemons, whose chemistry with each other isn’t what you’d expect, but it works out pretty well. Joy is also excellent playing against the King type as an assassin who gets plenty of visuals to shine through. Beyond that, we have a fantastic supporting cast with some unexpected appearances. Everyone is on top of their game and giving this film everything that they have got.
Zak Olkewicz’s screenplay does an exceptional job of putting the characters in humorous yet dangerous situations. You get the sense that this film would have worked well as a dark, gritty action thriller throughout the film. Although Leach remains committed to comedy, never takes the story too seriously and delivers a fun, entertaining blast. For some, the incredible over-the-top nature can be exhausting. To me, it’s a hilariously stupid movie that knows exactly what it’s trying to be and does a great job for its bloody, hard-R ratings.
bullet train Tells a surprisingly unexpected story. While Leach’s previous film, hobbs and shaw, was a story centered around a bioweapon, the narrative being an excuse for more and more fun action sequences. The film has a multi-layered narrative with many characters that can at times get in the way of the action. However, despite a great story, the film never gets boring. Leach controls its action with clarity and impact, creating a lovely nonsensical thrill ride that may be a train, but remains entertained to the end of the line.
As ComingSoon’s review policy states, a score of 8 equates to “great”. Although there are some minor issues, this score means that Art succeeds at its goal and leaves a memorable impression.
Disclosure: Critics attend a press screening for ComingSoon bullet train review.