A Whirlwind of Spectacular Action from “The Bullet Train”

A Whirlwind of Spectacular Action from “The Bullet Train”

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I'm Nabila Revianti Siagian from the London School of Public Relations and Business Institute. I have an international relations background and one of my greatest passions is to make content from an objective and well-structured perspective. I have taken part in numerous writing contests, submitted my writings to publishers, and works on projects within the writing industry since 2020.

This might be a movie you want to watch if you enjoy action movies. A 2022 American action comedy movie titled Bullet Train is directed by David Leitch from a script by Zak Olkewicz. The movie’s original creator, Antoine Fuqua, also contributes as producer. It is based on Ktar Isaka’s Maria Beetle, a book published in 2010. In the 2 hours, 6-minute long movie, Brad Pitt plays a weary assassin who must battle other murderers while traveling on a dramatized version of the Tokaido Shinkansen. Along with Pitt, the movie also stars Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Bad Bunny, and Sandra Bullock.

In Los Angeles, principal photography commenced in November 2020 and was completed in March 2021. Sony Pictures Releasing distributed Bullet Train in the US on August 5, 2022, following its Paris debut on July 18, 2022. Despite having a production budget of only about $90 million, the movie has raked in $222 million worldwide. Critics have given it a mixed bag of reviews.

The subscription streaming service Vudu makes it possible for you to view this movie in addition to seeing it in a cinema. Bullet Train is a more-than-mile-per-minute action-fest with lovable characters, but it suffers from the somewhat sloppy structure and execution difficulties. Putting that aside, it’s a vivacious, action-packed farce of death at play, and the ensemble is enjoying themselves so much that it’s impossible not to smile alongside them.

There is a lot of large, loud, rapid, and action-packed entertainment in this high-octane movie. With dialed-up ridiculousness that is only tamed by the severity of the fight, almost every single performer in it seems to be having a fantastic time. It’s a movie with superb fight sequences and skillful stunt work, all done in vibrant settings. 

Pitt’s performance as the lead in this movie allows him to display his prowess without restraint. He exudes the allure of a killer with complexity in his lifestyle and thinking, and even his delivery of comedic material is amazingly clever. Nothing he does spans with the rest of the ensemble and all of his timings are impeccable. The other performers exhibit equally impressive talent, portraying characters with contrasting characteristics without making their interactions on the screen appear adversarial or forced.

Naturally, there are some pertinent issues with Bullet Train. In certain cases, the editing concludes a scene too abruptly, creating massive ambiguity and upsetting the rhythm of the action. In some battle scenes, the jump cuts might also compromise the pace of pivotal times. It’s a problem that primarily manifests itself towards the beginning of the movie, but as it starts going, the problem generally goes away. There are tempo and structural issues as well, as the movie advances quickly as all the characters enter and exit the story but seem to lose momentum and drive noticeably as the third act approaches and characters slowly go down one by one.

Even in the midst of the absurd and unbelievable action sequences, Isaka’s novel was a very sophisticated comedy of mishaps, and the movie stays true to that core throughout. The film, like the book, successfully combines that utter lunacy with wonderful strands of profound meaning, even though Bullet Train is fundamentally a satire that makes fun of destiny, fealty, and fruit. It’s nonetheless oddly clever in its implementation, even though you might need to turn your thoughts off to fully grasp it. Similar to the bullet train, it never stops delivering frenetic banter, epic conflict, and a bewildering array of connections.

For their work on the movie, the makeup artists at The Bullet Train are deserving of praise. Given the nature of the movie, there is a lot of hand-to-hand action between the assassins, and the makeup team makes sure that every time a headbutt, kick, or whack is delivered, the wounds adhere to the directions to the end. The injuries range from minor scrapes to severe lumps, and they vary from shattered lips to battered brows.

In essence, this movie was not made to be a piece of art that you will think back on in your free time or that you will always remember, no matter how much time has passed. The length of this movie makes it suitable for watching alone or companion viewing when you need to pass the time. With minimal time wasted, the duration is long enough to give you the impression that you are already engaged in something.

I'm Nabila Revianti Siagian from the London School of Public Relations and Business Institute. I have an international relations background and one of my greatest passions is to make content from an objective and well-structured perspective. I have taken part in numerous writing contests, submitted my writings to publishers, and works on projects within the writing industry since 2020.