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The Fun Mess of Bullet Train: Movie Review

I'd like to preface this by saying that I am not a movie critic nor am I someone with extensive knowledge about the history of film or the production process. I am simply someone who likes to share their opinion on films in a way that differs from the extreme reviews often seen on popular sites. With that out of the way, let's dive into Brad Pitt's most recent film, Bullet Train!

Yesterday, I wandered through town with a friend wondering how to cap off the night. Scrolling through Fandango, I stumbled across Bullet Train. The plot summary wasn't overly interested. Sure the idea of assassins on a train seemed unique but what sold me on the film was seeing Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, better known by his stage name Bad Bunny, among the cast. To my knowledge, this would be Bad Bunny's acting debut and as a Puerto Rican, I couldn't miss this. I share this aspect because I feel like many people will tune into this film for similar reasons because the cast includes a number of stars such as Sandra Bullock and, of course, Brad Pitt. However, the most telling thing about the movie description is the director, David Leitch. For those unfamiliar, Leitch was also the director for the superhero action-comedy, Deadpool 2. This last statement will make more sense soon.

Now for the film itself. If you're a fan of movies that bring you to the edge of your seat through the use of a creative, complex plot, Bullet Train is not for you. Bullet Train is reminiscent of the Michael Bay Transformers movies in the sense that it is best enjoyed if you turn your brain off before watching. However, if you're able to do that, Bullet Train will certainly provide for an entertaining 2 hours thanks to the Deadpool-like action-comedy. The over-the-top action, in my opinion, looks stunning but does at times break the immersion. Although I said previously to turn your brain off, it doesn't take a brain to see how impossible it is to survive a number of the scenarios shown throughout the film. The comedy is truly what made this movie shine for me. Once the film got rolling, I was laughing constantly. The witty remarks and jokes kept flying no matter how dire the situation. The audience laughed through multiple death scenes, one of which was a literal assassination mission. As you may have guessed, the movie does use an arguably excessive amount of gore. As a horror movie fan, the gore wasn't the type to turn your stomach but the sheer amount of blood at times can be off-putting to some viewers.

If I had to describe this movie in one word, I'd choose "fast". The producers seemed like they were unable to say "no" during the board meetings as so many different things were happening at once. For example, there are a number of flashbacks that change the setting. Then there are times when the laws of physics are ignored making you wonder what world this movie takes place in. This resulted in me leaving the movie theater without knowing the motives of all the characters. However, I left the movie thoroughly entertained and the following hours with my friends were spent laughing about the absurdity of the film.

I don't like to do ratings for movies as that often is determined by personal taste so instead, I'll answer the following question: Should you watch Bullet Train? If you are like me and have no problem overlooking details for the sake of enjoyment, then yes. If you have a stomach for violence, blood in particular, then yes. If you want to see a film that will stand the test of time due to its innovative storyline and cutting-edge film techniques, I suggest finding another movie.

© 2022 Wolfe Rygaard

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