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‘Bullet Train’ Review: Ride and Die

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The dizzyingly violent Bummer Shinkansen takes place in Japan on a high-speed train that becomes the theater of death. It can be seen—it stars Brad Pitt—joking, sometimes funny, and predictably silly. Hollywood has long produced ridiculous and brutal stories, but one difference is that today’s filmmakers no longer morally rationalize carnage or exaggerate about heroic code. It’s not necessary. Of course, the special effects are also better now — the splatter looks really good.

This story is a coincidence. Vibe, Looney Tunes Tarantino style. Most of the time, villains fight, kill, and fight more, with loose Gooseby pits moving from car to car, punching, bantering, robbing, intriguing, and sprinting. An assassin on the brink of faith, his character has a cute handle ladybug and is an underworld hireling who takes orders from a smooth talker (Sandra Bullock) who is mostly off-screen. . For his new mission, he has to steal a briefcase. He unleashes the perfect Golden Boy bedhead and lots of violence, with anxiety issues, no-nonsense skills, and a quick throw away.

A free-wheeling adaptation of Japanese author Kotaro Isaka’s page-turner Maria Beetle, the film is directed by David Leitch and written by Zak Olkewitz. As one would expect from an expensive studio his item, the main changes have been made to the transition to the screen, including the commercially strategic composition of his character. Most are now Westerners, including Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, aka Bad Bunny, who appears as a Cartel caricature, and long-standing British assassins Brian Tyree Henry and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the tag team. , Joey King, Hiroyuki Sanada, Andrew Koji, Zazie Beetz, Michael Shannon, and the underutilized Karen Fukuhara are also on board.

The likable cast is one of the movie’s draws, as is the stunt choreography. Leach is a former stuntman (he worked as Pitt’s stunt double), and his background is evident throughout “Shinkansen”. Reach does some great work in these tightly confined spaces. find. (They keep silent on the sexist old Biddy cliché of looking like Garth from “Wayne’s World.”)

If Leach doesn’t always work within the tight quarters of a train (each carriage is a separate movie set), he’s as imaginative as he should be because much of the story, including the excess of flashbacks, Again and again, the film cuts itself off from the main action to fill in one of the character’s backgrounds, but this is as compelling as Pitt et al. No. I’m running Daffy Amoke. These flashbacks add negligible texture and make it even more intriguing. To make matters worse, Reach repeatedly blasts into the past, failing to build sustained narrative momentum on the train, and the entire film falls terribly flat.

“Bullet Train” is devoid of ideas beyond the geometric problems presented by all bodies swarming into small spaces. I mean, there’s not much to think about other than how the pit looks good and how the violence lands. Some die by the sword, some are poisoned (with bloody eyes), while others are sprung from this deadly coil by an explosion or blow and spiraled out. rolled up into a shape. One had his throat slit with a knife, the other shot in his neck. The poor soul tries in vain to stop the bloody geyser that gushes like water from the fountain.

you’re not going to care Most of the characters are disposable, replaceable minions running around before being inevitably exterminated by someone else with a bigger gun and brains. They are shot dead with pistols and long guns of various sizes. Characters are traced, shredded, and annihilated. One man lost half of his face—bang bang, haha.

While “Shinkansen” has some moments, some laughs, and some smooth moves, Leach is more than happy to direct (uncredited) the original “John Wick”, which he directed alongside Chad Stahelski. John Wick, a revenge tale, has just as many characters, but is more structured, more coordinated, and more noble. It has a brittle surface. The heroes of “John Wick” are on a mission. Ladybug is at work. In other words, “John Wick” presents a moral justification for its carnage in classic American (cinematic) fashion. “Bullet Train” doesn’t even bother to deliver such self-proclaimed, audience-flattering fantasies – its blood lust is honest.

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R rating for extreme violence. Running time: 2 hours 6 minutes. at the theater.

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