Sommerleigh Pollonais, Senior Writer
Plot: Five assassins aboard a fast moving bullet train find out their missions have something in common.
Review: There’s something about action movies that pit a group of highly-trained, well-dressed and extremely eccentric assassins against each other that’s just a lot of fun. From Smokin’ Aces to Free Fire, hell I’ll even throw John Wick into the mix, or at least any Wick movie after part one. The point being is Bullet Train takes this particular action movie trope and adds possibly some of the most likeable or, at the very least, engaging killers you’ll ever meet.
Directed by one of the minds behind Deadpool David Leitch, the story centers around an assassin called Ladybug played by Brad Pitt (stick with me, the names will get weirder) who seemed to have some type of mental breakdown. After some time in therapy he’s back on the job with a new Zen outlook on life. But Ladybug might have the worst luck ever as what seems like a simple job— steal a briefcase from on board a bullet train on its way to Kyoto Japan— is anything but due to the presence of two other trained killers-for-hire, brothers Lemon (Brian Tyree Henry) and Tangerine (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) who are also on a job. The “twins” were hired to retrieve the son of a crime lord named White Death who had been kidnapped and the ransom paid for him, which is located in none other than, you guessed it, the titular briefcase.
Like any great action movie with a mystery at its core Bullet Train hosts a ton of talented actors besides the ones previously mentioned. Hiroyuki Sanada (Mortal Kombat) Andrew Koji (Snake Eyes) Joey King (The Kissing Booth) and a list of others who I won’t mention because it would spoil things for you; it’s a who’s who of talent and even those who don’t have much screen time will leave you with a smile on your face.
Now if you’re coming into this movie looking for drama or deep emotional connection with the characters you might be disappointed (the brothers are the closest you’ll get to it). But if you’re a fan of action movies that could easily be translated into anime or an adult animated movie, then Bullet Train has you covered. While they do try to add some depth with conversations about fate, destiny and karma, it’s not the kind of thing that’s going to require deep thinking on the audience’s part. We’re here for hand-to-hand combat with a touch of slapstick comedy and that’s where Bullet Train truly shines.
Basically if you’re a fan of Guy Ritchie’s films like I am or you’ve ever wanted to see what Murder on the Orient Express would be like if they threw in the characters from Kill Bill, then Bullet Train is just what the doctor ordered. Just stay away from Google on this one as the surprise cameos found here actually ups the fun factor a whole bunch.
Score: 7 out of 10
Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever, and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.
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