What was supposed to be a simple job is anything but in this hilarious and bloody action-comedy from the director of Deadpool 2.
Ladybug is a top assassin who is tired of complicated jobs and just wants something simple. He’s finally given a simple task. While in Tokyo, Ladybug must enter a Shinkansen and find a briefcase with a train sticker on the handle. However, from the beginning, Ladybug finds himself in a complicated situation. He must find the briefcase and leave the train while avoiding the ticket conductor who warns him to leave after one stop after he loses his ticket. He is not the only one aboard the train dealing with issues.
A duo of hitmen, Lemon and Tangerine, are not only in charge of the briefcase, but they have to watch the son of a legendary crime boss known as the White Death. When the briefcase goes missing, they are in more of a shock when the White Death’s son is found dead while they were trying to find the briefcase. Kimura, a down and out warrior whose son was pushed down a building and survived, has learned that the one responsible is onboard. Prince, a young woman, is the one and she too wants a piece of the White Death. With Kimura’s father also onboard and everyone forced to work together, they all learn they have a common enemy and his name is the White Death.
David Leitch, the director of Deadpool 2 and the co-founder of the 87Eleven Stunt Team, adapted a Japanese novel by Kotaro Isaka, and came up with a hilariously bloody dark comedy aboard the titular bullet train. The film has a series of interconnecting stories that all lead to a single enemy that our group must face off against and the build up couldn’t be any more fun and action packed at the same time.
Brad Pitt leads the way as Ladybug, a hitman who is tired of the same old shtick and wants to do more simple jobs. With Sandra Bullock providing the voice of his handler Maria, Pitt and Bullock give off this hilarious vibe as if they sound like a bickering couple. It is when we learn that Ladybug has to go through that we know that this will be no simple job as we see Ladybug forced to face off against some very deadly adversaries but done in a hilarious way. His fight scenes against Bryan Tyree Henry’s Tangerine and Bad Bunny’s Wolf are standouts as they mesh the funny with the action.
Speaking of Henry, his character is an obvious fan of a specific children’s show as he constantly refers to everyone around him as a character from Thomas the Tank Engine. He refers to the White Death’s son as Percy and in the biggest irony, the actor playing the son, Logan Lerman, played a certain character named Percy Jackson in the film franchise. Tangerine’s partner-in-crime, Lemon, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson is hilarious when he breaks the fourth wall on numerous occasions, especially in a flashback where we see how many kills they had before their current job.
Joey King is quite interesting as the character of Prince, who finds herself involved when she pretty much blackmails the character of Kimura, played by Warrior’s Andrew Koji to help her against the big bad of the film, the White Death. We don’t get to see the White Death himself until the finale but throughout the film, we get bits of the character backstory and how he is connected to everything involved. Of course, once we see the big bad, who wouldn’t be more perfect than Michael Shannon to play the role? Not to mention the legendary Hiroyuki Sanada as Kimura’s father who finds himself involved in the entire scheme of things from the opening.
Bullet Train is a wild, fun, and bloody good time with a stellar ensemble cast and some fun action scenes mixed with comic relief. Think of the film as a love child of Deadpool and John Wick with a dash of Snowpiercer mixed in. Definitely worth watching!
WFG RATING: A
Columbia Pictures presents an 87North production in association with CTB Inc. and Hill District Media. Director: David Leitch. Producers: Antoine Fuqua, David Leitch, and Kelly McCormick. Writer: Zak Olkewicz; based on the novel by Kotaro Isaka. Cinematography: Jonathan Sela. Editing: Elisabet Ronaldsdottir.
Cast: Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Sandra Bullock, Bad Bunny, Logan Lerman, Zazie Beetz, Masi Oka, Karen Fukuhara.