BULLET TRAIN – Rated R – 2 hrs. 6 mins.

I suggest that you make plans to head to a theater near you this weekend, so you can enjoy the incredible essence of total chaos that is BULLET TRAIN! – Kathy Kaiser, matineechat.com

DIRECTED BY:  David Leitch

WRITTEN BY:  Zak Olkewicz, Kotaro Isaka

STARRING:  Brad Pitt, Joey King, Sandra Bullock, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Zazie Beetz, Masi Oka and Bad Bunny

Welcome to the ultimate thrill ride of the Summer, as Director David Leitch takes on another action-packed flick, and we meet the unluckiest assassin alive, Lady Bug (Brad Pitt), who seems to be fresh out of therapy, and embarking on his next mission…even though he would totally prefer to find a way to sit this one out…

When it seems that Lady Bug isn’t the only one seeking out the silver case he’s been instructed to snag, he’s rather confused at the number of assassins on the train, that are hell bent on not only snagging the case too, but on taking him out along the way, including Tangerine (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), and his side-kick Lemon (Brian Tyree-Henry).  And to complicate the intenseness that oozes from every car on this speedy excursion, it seems that Kimura (Andrew Koji) has stopped by to take out the assassin that saw fit to injure his son, as he seeks revenge to avenge his son’s close to death experience…

And as if this isn’t enough craziness happening around every turn, lets add in the ultimate master of pain and injury, White Death (Michael Shannon) to our little soirée, as he hunts down those bastards who were supposed to be taking care of his son…and his millions to, by the way.

And as all these storylines finally find a way to perfectly intertwine, it seems that poor unfortunate Lady Bug, has once again found a way to make this latest mission as intense, and graphically violent, as it can get…

I give BULLET TRAIN a rating of 5/5 Stars!  This action-packed, extremely violent a every turn little flick, is by far the most fantastic thriller of Summer 2022!  Brad Pitt is superb as the ultimately depressed assassin, that needs to move on from all the death that eventually always ends up encompassing his life.  Pitt is so good in this one, that I just want to kiss David Leitch for finding a way to make Brad’s manly magnetism, and boyish good looks, enhance his action-packed persona throughout literally every inch of this film.  I mean, if you thought you loved Pitt as a hired assassin in 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith, then you are going to love, love, love every scene of his latest film, along with every twist and turn around every corner of this gem.   The cameos abound throughout this one too, as you find yourself gasping at amazement by who all decided to come along for this very violent romp on the big screen.  I was also very surprised by how much I became totally enthralled by everything happening along the way, as I usually don’t enjoy violence in film, even when it’s vitally important to the storyline!  I was also totally blown away by the maturity and exceptional acting that Leitch brought out of Joey King.  This young lady has grown way beyond her previous stints on screen in such enjoyable films as 2011’s Crazy Stupid Love, or 2013’s The Conjuring or White House Down!  I also love when a film is constructed so perfectly, and written so well, that you never fully know exactly where your headed until you arrive.  And I also must share that if you were getting the “total Cheese factor” vibe just like I did, when I watched the trailer for this film …just know that the trailer is totally misleading.   I suggest that you make plans to head to a theater near you this weekend, so you can enjoy the incredible essence of total chaos that is BULLET TRAIN!!!

5/5

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