Bullet Train Review

A throwback film to distract and entertain. 

 6.5 out of 10


Lets talk about the latest movie from director David Leitch former stunt man turned director staring Brad Pitt . Probably known best for his work on Deadpool 2 and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw along with his stunt work, Leitch is no stranger to action. Which Bullet Train has plenty of. I went into this film not expecting to much other than to have a good time and see some explosions and gunfights ETC. I could tell the plot was going to be secondary and it was going to be more about action set pieces. I was pretty much spot on except for maybe one or two pleasant surprises. I definitely wanted to support Pitt because in my eyes he is  a cinema legend. Similar to Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick its pretty cool to see these guys age so gracefully and in this particular case Pitt does not take himself too seriously. Brad plays a semi un-retired hitman who with the help of his therapist has a new "peaceful" view on life. His handler played by Sandra Bullock has helped Pitt select an "easy" assignment. The only problem is this train is filled with a slew of unruly characters after their induvial assignments. The banter between Bullock and Pitt provides humor and exposition for the plot. There is a pretty good supporting cast with the standout being Aaron Taylor-Johnson, playing one of the "Twins" along side Brian Tyree Henry who provides most of the movies humor. 

The plot kind of jumped everywhere but it being so thin it only took a couple of minutes to provide important back story and context. Cameos from Bad Bunny  and Channing Tatum provide a couple of really cool and funny scenes. The villain of the movie the "White Death" played by Michael Shannon was a pretty one dimensional character but my only problem with the film was his motivation for creating this crazy scenario on a train was laughable. With all that being said the movie was fun and unlike what we get from a lot of cinema now a days it really didn't require you to question any of your morals or ethics, in a really subtle way it just allowed you to sit back with some popcorn and enjoy a spectacle. It was a fitting end to a summer movie season to watch something easily digestible. Brad Pitts charm and the witty banter throughout the film will have most audiences laughing out loud or at the very minimum some chuckles to them self. I would recommend this film for a casual viewing, it doesn't necessarily have to be enjoyed on the large screen. This is a movie you can wait to see on a streaming service unlike my recommendation for Jordan 's NOPE which I think is best enjoyed in IMAX. Some funny moments and pretty cool action scenes are enough for me to give the movie a 6.5 out of 10.


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