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Bullet Train – Review

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Bullet Train follows the story of an assassin, callsign Ladybug, played by Brad Pitt as he gets back in the game. After too many gigs have gone off the rails, he’s hoping this train mission stays on track to success. When other assassins seemingly look to be working their own missions on this train they quickly cross paths and learn how they are all intertwined with conflicting missions. What could go wrong?

This action comedy is directed by David Leitch. Known recently for Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. If you enjoy action comedy you’ll absolutely love this. It was like the humour of Deadpool with the twists of Snatch and the action of John Wick (although not as violent).

The cast of characters were incredibly amusing as we grew to learn of the various assassins all over the train. The visuals were stimulating, and the action scenes were amusing and well done. The movie is filmed in a bit of an outrageous and stylized manner that clearly doesn’t take itself too serious, as is hammered home with witty comments from Pitt throughout the movie. Think of a more comedic Kill Bill.

Assassin “brothers”, Lemon (Brian Tyree Henry) and Tangerine (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) were standouts in all their scenes. Their dialogue and interactions with various characters were amusing to watch and they stole the scenes they were in. I’ll never look at Thomas the Tank Engine the same again. You’ll know what I mean soon as you see Bullet Train. They could have carried the movie alone if they had to but luckily all the characters provided their own flavour of fun to the film.

Let’s talk about cameos for a minute. Spoiler-free. Wow! Some hilarious cameos that had me in stitches. It’s always nice to see the characters and cameos that come from working with actors in other films. Clearly, everyone is having fun when they want to work together. Good on them. It looks like everyone had a blast filming.

As far as downsides, I couldn’t think of too many. The story jumped around a bit as we learned about how the assassins are interconnected. I found unravelling their connections to be an amusing part of the story. Waiting to see how things would fit back in with each other was intriguing. I’m looking forward to rewatching the movie to catch some of the quirks I missed.

Honestly, for an action comedy that is pretty intent on being hilarious and absurd, I thought it did so amazingly well. I found myself laughing throughout the movie and genuinely entertained the whole time. Some of the action scenes were a bit over the top but that was the point! If you go in with that light-hearted open mind of being entertained. It’s going to be a slam dunk.

Leaving the theatre, I remember thinking to myself, I haven’t seen a movie this entertaining in such a long time. It was refreshing, stylish, and hilarious. A must-watch and re-watch! Bullet Train was right up my alley. I love these over-the-top types of action comedies! I was glad I got on this train.

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