Bullet Train

I really enjoyed Bullet Train. It was a movie that I was sold on as soon as I saw the first trailer. I was surprised when I saw that it was an adaptation, which happened during the opening credits. I was thoroughly entertained by Bullet Train as a fun action comedy and that’s all I really wanted from it.

Bullet Train was directed by David Leitch with screenplay by Zak Olkewicz. The screenplay was an adaptation of the Japanese novel named Maria Beetle or Bullet Train in English by Kōtarō Isaka. I don’t know how closely the story of the movie follows the novel’s story. Leitch was able to make another visually interesting action movie. A lot of what makes you want to keep your eyes on the screen has to do with the cast and how cool some of the characters look.

Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, David Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Benito A Martinez Ocasio, Sandra Bullock, and Zazie Beetz all kick a lot of ass. I want to mention how amazing Aaron Taylor-Johnson is in Bullet Train. I want to see him as the lead in a proper action movie after seeing him in this movie. He is also one of the coolest looking characters in the whole movie. Taylor-Johnson and David Tyree Henry have fantastic chemistry and kinda make the film that much more enjoyable. I only have two gripes with the movie. The first gripe is how little Andrew Koji is used. I’m a huge fan of his after watching him in Warrior, where he was able to show how great he is at martial arts-based action. My second gripe is them giving away that Sandra Bullock was in the movie. If it had been a surprise, I think it would have been a fun cameo, which the movie has a few. Neither take anything away from the movie but just something that I think would have been more fun.

The effects in Bullet Train are pretty amazing for the most part. The only time that I would say that they’re less than stellar is in a couple of shots near the end of the movie. They aren’t egregious but they do stand out from the other scenes. The action scenes are amazing and well shot. The music by Dominic Lewis is fantastic. I also want to mention the Japanese version of “Stayin Alive” from the trailer is used in the beginning of the movie, which is fun.

Bullet Train is a fun action comedy that will leave you entertained if you go in with an open mind. I’m glad that I watched Bullet Train in theaters because it adds to the fun when you hear all of the music. I found myself laughing often even though not all of the jokes landed for me the ones that did I thought were hilarious. I give Bullet Train 8.5 bottles of water out of 10.

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