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BULLET TRAIN (2022, USA) – 7/10

Finally an action movie that I watched with pleasure. An action film that is fun, unpretentious, witty, shot in a comic style and that inherits the spirit of films once made by Quentin Tarantino (primarily Kill Bill), Robert Rodriguez, and a little on the trail of Ritchie’s “Snatch”. Former stuntman David Leitch, based on the Japanese comic “Maria Beetle”, filmed this wild party that takes place entirely on a high-speed train from Tokyo to Kyoto. As Leitch previously acted as Brad Pitt’s understudy five times in some dangerous scenes, it’s no surprise that he lured his partner in for the lead role, and good old Brad is in good form again in a cooler, badass role and it’s obvious that he’s having a great time.

Pitt is a retired hitman codenamed Ladybug who is contacted by his agent for a seemingly light job in Japan since he is there. His task is to steal a suitcase with money that is in that fast train (bullet train) after the hitman who was previously given that task announced that he was on sick leave. But, of course, this easy task will become quite complicated, and in that same bullet train you will probably find all the paid killers of the world that someone has placed there for some reason. Admittedly, already in the prologue we learn that the yakuza Yuichi Kimura (Andrew Koji) has to register there, whose son was previously pushed off the edge of the building and the boy is fighting for his life, while his father (Hiroyuki Sanada) has been in conflict with the mysterious head of the yakuza for a long time. White Death (Michael Shannon), a Russian who runs the Tokyo underworld.

On the train are, among others, the young murderer Prince (Joey King), the murderer brothers Limon (Brian Tree – Henry) and Mandarina (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), who do not look like brothers at all, and it is they who must find the chest of money and the son of the White Death. deliver to father. Just like in “Kill Bill”, all these characters have some background stories that we learn through stylized flashbacks, and practically from the moment the high-speed train leaves Tokyo, it will turn into wild action seasoned with witty and cynical dialogues and outsmarting all those professional killers. “Bullet Train” could also be described as a modern “Die Hard” on the train and a movie perfect for a pleasant distraction.