Bullet Train Review: Brad Pitt’s retired Deadpool-ish act distracts you from dodging the rushed action bullet

Bullet Train Review: With his satisfyingly self-deprecating, hilarious performance in Bullet Train, Brad Pitt generously compels you to enjoy David Leitch’s bloated and opaque cinematic version of Ktar Isaka’s Maria Beetle. A review by Pinkvilla is below.

Bullet Train

Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, and Sandra Bullock are part of the cast of “Bull Train.”

Director of Bullet Train: David Leitch

Stars for Bullet Train: 3

A talented but humble assassin is given a “welcome back” task by his dependable handler and boards a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto. Although it appears to be a straightforward “collect a mystery suitcase” assignment, there are many other wackjob assassins on the move with missions that are far too similar to those of our charismatic main guy. Does the explosive sugar rush in David Leitch’s film Bullet Train justify the tantalizing end? Let’s investigate!

Bullet Train Review

Brad Pitt plays Ladybug, the unfortunate assassin, and Sandra Bullock plays Maria Beetle, her handler and right ear, which gives the main character new life. After a couple of jobs go wrong, Ladybug experiences a partial existential awakening and begins to utter advice you would typically hear from your therapist.

The luggage in question becomes Bullet Train’s MacGuffin even though he’s rarely easily able to recover the briefcase because it’s taken from oddball twins Lemon and Tangerine (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry provide the “twins” irony), who also happen to have The Son (Logan Lerman in an underused Weekend at Bernie’s schtick! ), the disobedient child of feared Russian crime lord White.

The Elder’s (Hiroyuki Sanada) family, including his son Yuichi Kimura (Andrew Koji) and his grandson, are also on board, as is The Prince (Joey King), a psychotic, vengeful teen who terrorizes the family. Rounding out the group is The “big, bad” Wolf (Benito A.

Martnez Ocasio, aka Bad Bunny) and Hornet (Zazie Beetz), Hers being poison and his being rage. On the deadly AF train, there is also a lethal boomslang snake, thankfully with fewer casualties. The issue with Bullet Train, based on Ktar Isaka’s Maria Beetle, is the blatant whitewashing of the characters, which is inappropriate given that Japan is the backdrop.

It should be mentioned that because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Bullet Train couldn’t be filmed in Japan. However, David Leitch’s successful filming strategies for intense action moments that feel as new as fresh can be due to the overused genre help you divert your attention from the problem above.

In Bullet Train, Brad Pitt’s retired Deadpool impersonation keeps you from altogether avoiding this threat since the actor makes you chuckle despite using the corniest, motivational poster-style dialogue, such as “Hurt people hurt people.” Pitt lends a laid-back refinement to the convoluted jumble around him, making other characters seem more intriguing when they eventually face him. He makes bucket hats, and large spectacles look cool like only he can.

The quarreling duo of Lemon and Tangerine, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry, is consequently hilarious in their own right because they feed off of each other’s quirky, unconventional vibe, even though the latter’s Thomas the Tank Engine jokes run out a little too quickly and his pronounced Guy Ritchie-inspired British accent does too.

With his wild Wolf act in Bullet Train, Bad Bunny makes an impressionable debut. Still, veteran actor Hiroyuki Sanada gives the movie’s only rounded character, The Elder, the much-needed depth.

Joey King as The Prince and Michael Shannon as White Death stand out among them as Russian-level misfits since they cannot defend their mocked, unyielding personalities and prove to be the weak links in Bullet Train. Sandra Bullock is primarily a voice in motion.

Still, her eventual entrance and interplay with Brad Pitt are endlessly engaging, as are the two significant cameos, despite being cut too short, which I won’t give away.

David Leitch, whose successful credits include Deadpool 2, Hobbs & Shaw, and Atomic Blonde, seems thoroughly inspired by greats like Quentin Tarantino and David Fincher in his (execution!) direction, which flounders in parts. However, what can be credited to him is the thrilling action sequences in the tightest of compartments.

Using the oddest of objects, like a funky Japanese cartoon character and even the briefcase itself, to have two characters dole it out, it comes as a pleasant surprise that Ladybug doesn’t use a gun throughout the movie, and that’s a testament to how creative and thoroughly enjoyable the action scenes are as a collective.

It’s what we wish The Gray Man were, with how expensive the budget bestowed upon the Russo Brothers was. And bringing his over-the-top visuals to life are Jonathan Sela’s “bullet train” cinematography and Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir’s effective editing.

A plus is the soundtrack selections made by Dominic Lewis for Bullet Train, such as the Japanese version of Stayin’ Alive, which support David Leitch’s brand of bizarrely entertaining movies.

Although ineffectual in some places, David Scheunemann’s production design is excellent regarding the inside of the bullet trains, with each cabin embracing the Japanese aesthetic. Despite the technical prowess, Zak Olkewicz’s screenplay ultimately falls short since you never truly get a chance to empathize with any of the characters.

Given the number of assassins present, there is a lot of bloodsheds, but it is all pointless and has no impact. Don’t blink for a second while watching Bullet Train because you’ll almost certainly miss a plot surprise that won’t allow you fully breathe it out.

With its overqualified ensemble, inventive and tense action sequences, and the signature David Leitch touch, Bullet Train adheres to the slogan of a blockbuster in motion. We would have had a worthy winner on our hands if it had not exploited its excellent source material excessively prosaic manner. But watching Brad Pitt, who is sage and witty, makes it worthwhile!

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