Bullet Train movie review - Aussieboyreviews


There’s a ton of stylish and excessively violent action, the actors are superb and without a doubt, Bullet Train runs at bullet-speed. It’s a blast of an action-comedy worth catching in the cinema with lots of popcorn.


Ladybug is an assassin with bad luck determined to do his job properly who boards the world’s fastest train for his next mission, but he so happens to collide with four other assassins all with conflicting, yet somewhat connected objectives.

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Movie details

Director: David Leitch
Cast: Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Sandra Bullock, Bad Bunny
Writer: Zak Olkewicz
Release Date (Australia): 4 August 2022
Runtime: 126 minutes/2h 6m
Genre: Action, Comedy, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Language: English, Japanese, Spanish, Russian

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film contains themes relating to assassination, crime and murder.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains frequent depictions of shootings, stabbings, people being sliced open and hit with blunt objects, often resulting in large blood sprays and gory flesh detail.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The word “f**k” is used frequently and aggressively throughout the film.

Drug Use (PG)

The film contains a brief verbal reference to “acid”.

Nudity (M)

A nude man and woman are briefly and distantly depicted having anal sex.

Sex (M)

The film contains verbal references to sex and features a brief distant depiction of a nude man and woman having anal sex.

mpaa rating

R (for strong and bloody violence, pervasive language, and brief sexuality)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Although 30 minutes too long, the excellent cast, bloody action, the bullet train-speeding pace and the popcorn-fun entertainment value make Bullet Train an absolute blast of an action movie. These days, there are way too many action-thrillers revolving around assassins, cops or bad guys that just fall flat and fail to properly entertain the audience and provide a substantial experience. But we also get some occasional action-comedies with the spotlight on assassins that only work out infrequently, including The Hitman’s Bodyguard and this new can’t-miss flick directed by David Leitch.

This film has an almost-even focus each on five assassins completing their missions when they each collide on a bullet train in Japan. Coming from the director of the fantastic Deadpool 2, this movie offers a fast-paced experience on the train-tracks with extremely violent and bloody action sequences, excessive swearing, characters who by themselves are worth seeing this movie for, and of course, humour that consists of jokes every minute or two.

Bullet Train is a very stylish action movie. It begins with the perfect cinematography, using lots of different colours during certain sequences and lifelike audio quality that makes you feel like you’re in the moment, as well as very fast but super-smooth camerawork during the action, fights or quick moves. As said, this makes for a very entertaining and also a hilarious action-comedy, although an entire half hour could probably be cropped.

And if the action, laughs, songs and music weren’t enough, what’s unexpectedly the best and most distinguishable part of this movie is the fun cast and each of their characters. The film’s main actor is Brad Pitt who plays an assassin with a bad luck, alongside the extremely memorable actors Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry as their own duo whose chemistry together is so enjoyable, it’s enough to easily make the film better than Ryan Reynolds’ and Samuel L. Jackson’s duo in The Hitman’s Bodyguard. This all gets better as they collide with Pitt, as well as Joey King and Andrew Koji throughout the film.

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