There are very few movies you’ll see this year that are as bloody and as fun as Bullet Train. The moment you turn off your brain and allow yourself to ride the bullet train, you’ll find yourself experiencing a bloody good time. Based on the 2010 Japanese dark comedic thriller novel written by author Kōtarō Isaka, Bullet Train is a movie that’s easy to enjoy.
The first thing to note is that Brad Pitt absolutely steals the show in this movie. While you feel like you may have seen every perspective to see of Brad Pitt at this stage in his career, he manages to bring something fresh and fun to this movie. In a movie that has some cliché tropes, Brad Pitt becomes the comedic icebreaker in almost every scene. You might feel like you’re watching an assassin movie similar to Lucky Number Slevin or Smokin’ Aces, but once Brad Pitt does his thing he immediately changes that perspective. He’s almost like a cross between goofy stoner, action star, and zen hippie all wrapped in one.
While Bullet Train is a fun ride, it’s very worth mentioning that it’s not for the faint of heart. This is a very, very bloody movie. Anyone who doesn’t enjoy violence or gets squeamish at blood should not be watching this movie. The violence doesn’t really stop, and if you’re a fan of that, you’re going to love Bullet Train.
The biggest gripe about Bullet Train would be how silly the movie is. It requires a ton of turning off your brain to fully enjoy. There are so many hilariously unrealistic moments that you can’t help but unintentionally laugh at. Once you get past that though, the movie is nonstop fun. Some people won’t be able to get past that level of surrealism the movie gives, and that’s okay.
Bullet Train is one of the most fun and original movies you’ll see this year. If you’re a fan of violent action comedies, this is absolutely the movie for you. It’s worth the price of admission, but for the train, and this movie.
Overall Grade: B+