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A Deep Dive Into Brad Pitt’s New Action/Thriller Movie; Bullet Train

A high-speed Japanese train full of assassins hits the buffers big time in this doomed star vehicle

Truth be told, I didn’t know what I was walking into when I decided to watch Brad Pitt’s new action movie Bullet Train.

Based on its fast-paced trailer alone, I figured that it would just be another high-octane action movie with non-stop and over-the-top fight sequences that would give audiences little to no time to catch their breath.

Ladybug is an unlucky assassin who’s determined to do his job peacefully after one too many gigs has gone off the rails. Fate, however, may have other plans as his latest mission puts him on a collision course with lethal adversaries from around the globe — all with connected yet conflicting objectives — on the world’s fastest train.

The motion picture however exceeded my expectations in almost all ways imaginable and I will explain how in this review. As always, I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum.

First and foremost, let’s begin with the plot. Set in modern Japan, Bullet Train (the majority of the film takes place on board a bullet train, hence the name) follows the story of Ladybug (Brad Pitt), an assassin who is on a covert mission to recover precious cargo from the said train.

Ladybug comes with his own set of humorous and bizarre quirks and the movie wastes no time in establishing that the assassin is quite unlucky, just not in the way that you might think.

The train notably makes just a few stops during its long voyage and passengers only have a minute to disembark from it when it does.

Director David Leitch uses tiny details such as these to weave together a plot of inevitable calamities (for Ladybug) as well as choreographing some riveting close-quarter fight scenes.

What caught my eye about the storyline, was how all major characters were introduced using theatrical backstories that made for great visuals.

This gives the audience a clear indication of the kind of people, who will appear in the two-hour-long movie. From Mexican gangsters to feared mafia leaders, Bullet Train makes sure to cover all the bases.

The characters and script are also quite entertaining and comical, making the movie quite hearty rather than overbearing.

Next up in my review, is the film’s cinematography and overall set design which complements the witty plot mentioned above. Saying that Bullet Train is a visual spectacle is an understatement.

The movie is exceptionally well lit and this coupled with the set’s rich colours and magnificent sound design makes each scene more eye-catching than the other.

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