“Five assassins aboard a fast moving bullet train find out their missions have something in common.”
Director: David Leitch
Writers: Kôtarô Isaka, Zak Olkewicz
Staring: Brad Pitt, Zazie Beetz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Joey King, Sandra Bullock, Michael Shannon, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tyree Henry
Release Date: July 15, 2022
Hole onto your butts. Bullet Train (2022) is going to be a wild ride.
Bullet Train looks to be a confined space action, comedy ride coming from the mind of one of the most dependable action movie directors in Hollywood. Director David Leitch has directed a really absurd amount of quality action movies over the last decade.
David Leitch’s Directing Filmography:
- John Wick (2014)
- Atomic Blond (2017)
- Deadpool 2 (2018)
- Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
- Bullet Train (2022):
- Fast And Loose:
Now in Bullet Train, Leitch has his biggest cast, his biggest budget, and dare I say, biggest expectations.
When you have Brad Pitt going full Hawaiian bum vibes, you have to be able to deliver on that promise. Pitt is playing the main character of this story, affectionately called Ladybug. On the verge of retiring from the killing game, this assassin thinks he has only one more easy job to go. Naturally, it is not that easy. Ladybug hops aboard a train in a country where he stands out as an outlier, but it turns out he is not the only one from out-of-town trying to get a stamp of “mission accomplished.” There will be backstabbing, there will be violence and there will be amazing choreography. Bullet Train is not only the type of train all these assassins are on, but there will also be plenty of such ammunition being flung about.
There are a ton of of people in this movie. Like an insane amount.
Brad Pitt is the lead, but he has a supporting cast behind him that will push him to his best. Personally I am stoked to see Zazie Beetz in another attention driving movie after she was the best part in The Harder They Fall (2021). Aaron Taylor-Johnson is in the mix after looking for a bounce back from The King’s Man (2021). Joey King of The Kissing Booth (2018) fame is looking to break into a non-horror and non-romantic comedy atmosphere. Sandra Bullock, who we don’t see a lot (or any of) in the trailer, will make this her second action blockbuster of 2022 with The Lost City (2022) staring Channing Tatum coming out in late March. Bad Bunny hopes to be as good an actor as he was a WWE wrestler, and his energy may be matched the probable anger of Michael Shannon. Brian Tyree Henry can add in some levity, as we see in the trailer, and then kung-fu master and fighting masters Hiroyuki Sanada and Andrew Koji can bring the hardness back.
A ton of notable names. Like a metric fuck ton of quality names. Bullet Train comes out in the heat of summer and I hope it gets the attention it will most likely deserve. This is Brad Pitt’s first “action movie” since Fury (2014)? Sure he had a cameo in Deadpool 2, but that electrifying doesn’t count.
The one thing that I do not know about Bullet Train are its writers. Based off my brief researching, this is going to be Kôtarô Isaka’s first American release. Zak Olkewicz wrote on Fear Street: Part Two – 1978, which while my least favorite of the Fear Street movies, is still part a franchise I love. With that being said, Bullet Train is only his second credit as a writer. Lots of pressure but promise on Mr. Olkewicz.
Bullet Train leaves the station as stops at all theaters on July 15, 2022.
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