Bullet Train review: Brad Pitt does a good job, but his A-list action film mostly gets derailed

After years of being a leading man (and certainly more to come), Brad Pitt has settled in the hearts of people as a great character actor . It started as a stuntman in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’. His role (which earned him a much-deserved Oscar), continued with a cameo as a secret agent in “The Lost City” and now finds himself in the middle of an existential crisis. Embark on a wild ride as a mindless killer.

Bullet Train review

Pitt serves as the center of a group of colorful characters in the action comedy “Bullet Train” (★★½ out of four; rated R; in theaters Friday). Director David Leach (“Deadpool 2”) again shows his penchant for senseless fight scenes, though the overall narrative doesn’t quite match up to fistfights and gunshots, and the tone is often torn between the “John Wick” style. . Seriousness and “Clue”-esque beyond imagination. But Pitt is just game to dive in and let loose — as well as being stabbed, punched, bitten and thrown around like rag dolls — as a steady presence when the film doesn’t verify its purpose.

Ladybug (Pitt) is a lucky man who has a need and habit to win badly – he is thinking of giving peace a chance, trying to change his life to be the better, but he It doesn’t work out – when her handler, Maria (Sandra Bullock), gives her the task of boarding a high-speed train from Tokyo to Kyoto, grabbing a briefcase, and getting off.

However, nothing is easy in Ladybug’s life, and a group of other killers also move on to various tasks that feel more connected as the plot progresses and everyone tries to murder each other. Is.

Among strangers on this train he meets: the British “twin” Tangerine (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), a stylish Cockney type, and Lemon (Brian Tyre Henry), who is actually in “Thomas the Tank Engine”; a young man known as Prince (Joy King); Wolf (Bad Bunny), a Mexican outlaw out for vengeance; and Kimura (Andrew Koji), a father intent on finding the evil spirit who tried to hurt his son. (Bad Bunny, the Puerto Rican rapper who dominates pro wrestling, doesn’t get much to do here, but he has the charisma and moves to become a future action star.)

A mysterious robber, a venomous reptile, a set of starry cameos and subplots try to make it fit together a little too much, and the “bullet train” begins to feel overwhelming. Given its premise and title, you’d expect a great film with some speed, yet too many flashbacks and a surprising amount of finesse in the lengthy film to slow everything down – at least until a crazy albeit satisfying ending where Leach cuts the brakes heavily and lets Chaos take the wheel.

Looking at the work of the main character and co-actors and understanding the story screen play closely, it can be said that it is not right to expect much from the movie. One should definitely expect the work of the characters and the story line to be engaging. The world is based on hope don’t you think.

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