Movie Review and Movie Summary Bullet Train (2022)

But the rest seems forced and insincere. The movie is at its best when it’s a comedy about self-proclaimed badass who think they’re free agents but are really just passengers on a train exploding from a station. to the other, unaware of the desires of any individual who climbs it. Abstraction and “it’s all a lark” humor ultimately destroy any aspect that might otherwise take root in the viewer’s mind.

The project is also abstract in another way: the source of the script is a Japanese novel by Kōtarō Isaka, and the characters were Japanese. Leitch and company – who inherited the project from Antoine Fuqua, who had wanted to make a less wacky “Die Hard on a Train” type film – recast the story “on an international scale”, starting with the partner of Leitch, Pitt. They reportedly considered moving the story to Europe, but decided to keep the Japanese setting anyway and defended it on the grounds that “Bullet Train” is a fantasy movie that could take place anywhere and doesn’t take place. practically nowhere.

Explanation doesn’t wash away, given “Bullet Train’s” reliance on Japanese signifiers and cultural attitudes (King’s character is essentially an anime “schoolgirl” avatar brought to life) – not to mention essentially uprooting all of the main characters except for a handful of stereotypical Yakuza, who were given a Russian leader inspired by Keyser Soze from “The Usual Suspects.” Even in a fantasy, the latter seems over the top, though the actors all sell it like the professionals they are. If nothing in the film is real – either as a casting rationale or as a guiding aesthetic – why not just use “Speed ​​Racer” or “The Matrix” and own the green screen of the whole project, and place it in the future on another planet, or in another dimension? It’s practically a Marvel superhero movie anyway, except the characters can’t come back to life after being killed. The result could have been a wacky work of art, instead of a technically and logistically ambitious film that doesn’t leave much of an emotional or intellectual imprint.

Now showing in theaters.