Bullet Train 2022 Movie Review
Bullet Train is an upcoming American neo-noir action comedy thriller film which has been directed by David Leitch, and written by Zak Olkewicz. The film is based on the Japanese novel Maria Beetle (published in English as Bullet Train) by Kōtarō Isaka. It recently got into a controversy of not having enough Asian actors even after being based on a Japanese novel, but such controversies are a part and parcel of production. Anyways there is immense hype around this Brad Pitt starrer and its world premiere was held a few days ago and the early reviews have now starting popping up. Following is a roundup of the early reviews for the film which will surely get you on the hype-train or should I say Bullet Train?
In the film, a trained killer Ladybug wants to give up the life but is pulled back in by his handler Maria Beetle in order to collect a briefcase on a bullet train heading from Tokyo to Kyoto. Once onboard, he and the other competing assassins onboard discover that their objectives are all connected. The early reactions praise Brad Pitt film saying that it is a really fun ride with some slick and goofy action sequences. However, almost all reactions say that the film drops a little towards the end yet remains a crowd-pleaser and a one time must watch.
“Bullet Train” is going full steam ahead, and Brad Pitt is having a hard time conducting his supposedly simple mission aboard. The new trailer for David Leitch’s “Bullet Train,” in theaters August 5, reveals the boss/employee relationship between Pitt’s assassin character and Sandra Bullock’s unnamed handler, who assigns Pitt a “simple first job back” after giving Pitt a new codename: Ladybug.
It’s all an attempt to turn Ladybug’s “biblical” bad luck around after a series of mishaps on the job, including a suicidal bellboy and a bad run-in with a fellow hitman, played by Benito A Martínez Ocasio aka Bad Bunny. “Even when I’m not even trying to kill people, people die,” Ladybug (Pitt) says in the trailer.
Bullock dispatches Ladybug on a new seemingly easy mission to collect a briefcase on a bullet train heading from Tokyo to Kyoto. However, that train seems to be stockpiled with deadly trained killers, played by Michael Shannon, Joey King, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Bad Bunny. And Ladybug doesn’t stand a chance, it seems. “You look like every white homeless man I’ve ever seen,” Henry quips as Pitt’s Ladybug asks if he recognizes him.
The official Sony synopsis reads: “An original movie event, ‘Bullet Train’ is a fun, delirious action-thriller from the director of ‘Deadpool 2,’ David Leitch. Brad Pitt headlines an ensemble cast of eclectic, diverse assassins — all with connected yet conflicting objectives — set against the backdrop of a non-stop ride through modern-day Japan.”
“John Wick” director and former stuntman Leitch helms the action-comedy based on graphic novel “Maria Beetle” by Kōtarō Isaka. It was previously revealed that longtime collaborator Pitt, whom Leitch previously acted as his stuntman for, performed “95 percent” of his own stunts for “Bullet Train.”
“We were fortunate to be shooting in LA during a time when artists were ready to get back to work and having Brad on the project — hot off an Oscar win and having a great script by Zak Olkewicz — really did attract the best people,” Leitch told Vulture. “We were able to get people back to work safely during a pandemic, which is pretty amazing.”