Now and then all you really need is a film that you can switch off to and enjoy for how ridiculous yet fun it is (and no, I’m not talking about Thor: Love and Thunder). Every so often, Sony produces some pretty decent flicks that remind us they still have potential as a movie studio and not just a Spiderman enterprise, and Bullet Train is one of those films.
Bullet Train is a 2-hour action, mystery and comedic thrill ride of a story that, although it becomes very cliché in some parts, never had me turning away from the screen or checking the time in boredom. This movie is essentially Murder on the Orient Express meets Kill Bill, but with assassins and Brad Pitt. It’s not meant to be taken too seriously, because it is a lot of fun and a little outrageous. Given that the director of Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2 also contributed to the creation of John Wick, the action is awesome, well-shot, and brutal.
This “speed of a bullet”-based film delivers the heart-pounding, high-octane action we’ve come to expect from Leitch, laced with colourful characters played by a star-studded cast with actors like Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Joey King, Brian Tyree Henry, Micheal Shannon and Hiroyuki Sanada, and enough witty humour to keep you entertained from start to finish. Without giving anything away, I can only really say that there will be a lot of killing, some amusing and not so amusing dialogue scenes, some excellent choreography, and a lot of references to Thomas the Tank Engine (don’t be a diesel and judge).
The best thing about this movie, in my opinion, is that it spends the majority of its running time on a fast train with everyone having their own individual goals. It feels very Tarantino-inspired, and I’m all for it. It’s great to see Brad Pitt in a lighthearted role where he can have fun, and it’s great to see how his character’s misfortune turns out to help him throughout the movie. There are a few funny cameos in this movie, but overall, I think the way the main characters are used works well.
The time I had to kill over the weekend was definitely filled by this entertaining and silly movie. Watch Bullet Train if you’re bored and have a few spare hours (and if you can, watch it in 4D; let me know how it is!)
Fancy more short reviews? Lucky for you, the MancMuse Mini series already has quite a few entries! Check out my previous mini reviews on films on Thor: Love and Thunder, The Black Phone and Lightyear (a very weird mixture of genres for someone like me). And in the meantime, keep your eyes out for more mini reviews!