Evaluation Bullet Prepare – IGN

Bullet Train hits theaters on August 5, 2022.

David Leitch’s Bullet Train also values ​​himself as Crank, Smokin ‘Aces, or Shoot’ Em Up; it’s a recommendation or warning. Filmmakers John Wick and Atomic Blonde have turned their electronic action franchise weird with the top action movies of the 2000s. Compared to Netflix’s The Gray Man, it’s a glimmer of hope that American action can be both colorful and chaotic – Bullet Train is the movie Chris Evans’ The Gray Man portrays worthy, quite frankly. It’s a far cry from bulletproof and action elements – comedy doesn’t always land, but there’s still enough zip and unpretentiousness to let the good times come.

Screenwriter Zak Olkewicz adapted Kotaro Isaka’s Japanese novel of the same name with blatant post-Pulp Fiction vibes. Brad Pitt plays an assassin codenamed “Ladybug” who returns to action for the simple goal of smashing and robbing. This promised ease leads to the film’s humor as Ladybug continues to face many unforeseen obstacles. Rival assassins punch their tickets, exotic reptiles escape their cages, and Ladybug believes his bad luck will never end as he is hunted for the pack at his fingertips. There is no such thing as a sure victory, which Ladybug learned the hard way as his mounting body and aversion to guns became more and more damaging.

Bullet Train is more than just Pitt’s comedy studio. The Murder Scammer’s Gallery Under Leitch’s direction sells their quirks from Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry with fruity nicknames Tangerine and Lemon – the latter being a Thomas enthusiast the Tank Engine, as we’ve been reminded frequently – to musician Bad Bunny as the groom’s avenger known as The Wolf (the moonlit howl accompanies his entrance). Logan Lerman is unrecognizable as the troubled son of a Russian crime boss, with the tattered and dangerous Michael Shannon playing the role of White Death, the ruthless crime boss under a Japanese-style mask and white hair. Everyone has their stick – Lemon continues to equate characters with Thomas’s friends, Tangerine’s bronze knuckles do his talking, White Death is only seen slaughtering enemies in slow motion flashbacks – and that’s fine. Bullet Train doesn’t make it difficult for anything more complicated than mercenaries fighting for scores.

Andrew Koji and Hiroyuki Sanada bring their martial arts prowess to the railway battlefield, but some might be disappointed to see that the big hits were saved for the finale. That’s not to say Leitch’s action choreography wasn’t successful before; those are just short skirmishes, more easily editable with actors like Henry and Pitt. Koji single-handedly slayed enemies in Cinemax’s Warrior series, but was tied up with the sorority Prince Joey King here for reasons I won’t specify. There are elements of Bullet Train that fall victim to the less fluid and slicker American action, but it’s never been as serious as things like – hate continues to torment – The Gray Man, or Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins.

Pitt’s ability to enhance action sequences with laughs made all the difference. Ladybug is constantly rereading her therapist’s teachings to counter Tangerine’s raw aggression or White Death’s unresolved anger issues, and Pitt’s demeanor doesn’t let the trick dead advertising. Henry achieves the same with Lem’s Thomas the Tank Engine wisdom, as he continues to scour the bullet train to Kyoto for “Diesel,” aka the main antagonist complicating it further. everyone’s tangled quests. There are a lot of confusing moments, such as when the sound designers used the perfect *thump* noise when Ladybug hit Tangerine in noggin with a glass water bottle, even when other jokes (like such as the disagreement between Lemon and Tangerine over whether or not their body count) did not land. What’s promised on the tin – bullets and trains – is delivered unfiltered, though at times too engrossed in the film’s thematic resolutions of “what goes around”.

The madness of David Leitch’s train never deviated from the tracks nor reached top speed.

You’re here to take action and that’s what consistency is all about. Pitt’s popular strategy includes licking until Ladybug wins thanks to someone else’s bad luck, but even then, he’s portraying bad physical punishment. The more glimpse is that Tangerine and Ladybug put a pause on their luxury car riot so a pleasant salesman (abusive Karen Fukuhara) can provide them with a drink or everything that happens after Ladybug and [redacted] achieve their final boss battle. Henry and Pitt exchange slaps and sneak attacks in a respectful “Quiet Car”. Zazie Beetz shines as another nimble Ladybug opponent, while the cartoon cat mascot enjoys playing Ladybug’s punching bag. Leitch incorporates supporting comedy as the warriors integrate their surroundings to ensure the bombings stay fresh while the violence remains at its highest – deaths include severed heads, mutilated faces and other bloody battles do not lessen the graphic brutality. The influence of Japanese yakuza movies is not lost on Leitch, aside from the font on the screen and the neon brightness under the Tokyo night skyline.

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