September 29, 2022
Bullet Train

Steve buys a ticket and checks out Sony Pictures’ wild rollercoaster ride Bullet Train!

It’s time to board the Bullet Train. But can Sony Pictures’ latest offering deliver a fun rollercoaster ride?

As I have been watching movies in the theaters this year (and there have been quite a few) the trailer for this film has popped up in nearly every one. It seems that Sony was really pushing this film. The first few times that I saw the trailer, I had no desire to see this movie. It just seemed like another Brad Pitt vehicle to me. As the trailers continued, I started thinking it might be a fun popcorn movie. A few weeks ago, I went to the movies with my wife and she mentioned that she would want to see it. So, opening weekend, we went and watched it and I gotta say that this movie was much better than I had expected.

Bullet Train
Brad Pitt stars in Bullet Train.

INSPIRATION

The movie was based on a Japanese novel titled Maria Bettle that was written by Kotaro Isaka. Like the book, the movie focuses on several different criminals aboard a Japanese bullet train that all wind up being interconnected. The cast was incredible. The main character, Ladybug, played by the aforementioned Pitt, is a veteran thief. One that has a long string of bad luck which continues on his ride from Tokyo to Kyoto while on assignment for a “simple” snack and grab job. Also included in the cast were Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, and many others. There are also some interesting cameos including one at the end that I won’t ruin the movie by mentioning here.

Bullet Train

CRITICAL CRITICS?

So far, critics have not been kind to this film (unlike us). As of this writing, it has a 54% score on Rotten Tomatoes. And many critics are calling it a Tarantino knock off. While I see that it has similar directional choices to a Quentin Tarantino film, director David Leitch told this story in a compelling way. The action sequences were well spaced out and never at any time did I feel like the movie was too slow or that it was rushed.

If you haven’t seen this movie because you aren’t sure whether or not it is worth your time, I say that you really need to give it a chance. I am glad that I did.

Bullet Train is released by Sony Pictures and is playing in theatres everywhere now.

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