Critics are split on Bullet Train, calling it "a bombastic comedy of mistakes

Critics are split on Bullet Train, calling it “a bombastic comedy of mistakes

The first internet reviews for David Leitch’s fast-paced action adventure Bullet Train, starring Brad Pitt, have appeared. The reviews are largely positive.

The film, which is based on the novel Maria Beetle by Ktar Isaka and is titled Bullet Train in English, follows Pitt’s quick-witted assassin Ladybug as he fends off a bunch of mercenaries on the made-up Nippon Speed Line who are all fighting for the same reward.

One of the most eagerly awaited films of 2022, Bullet Train stars Michael Shannon, Sandra Bullock, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Zazie Beetz, Hiroyuki Sanada, and a host of other A-listers. On August 5, it’s expected to open in theaters throughout the world, and the reviews are already pouring in.

Let’s start with Peter Debruge of Variety, who called Bullet train “a cartoonishly over-the-top action thriller, in which half a dozen assassins shoot, stab, and otherwise perforate each other’s cute little faces in pursuit of a suitcase filled with cash.”

Total Film’s Paul Bradshaw echoed that sentiment, writing that the movie has “too many twists and tropes to let it sneak into first class, but the mix of cast, comedy and carnage ensure a zippy, enjoyable ride.”

Collider’s Maggie Lovett was a little more complimentary in her assessment, tweeting that Bullet Train is a “bomb-tastic comedy of errors designed to invigorate, entertain, and astound. Heart-pumping (and stopping) action is set to a kickass soundtrack that will leave you vibrating with excitement.”

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IndieWire’s chief film critic, David Ehrlich, was quick to denounce the film’s overall quality, but praised Pitt’s turn as its charismatic and surprisingly funny lead: “Bullet Train is not a good movie,” he wrote, “but the fun that radiates off Brad Pitt is magnetic enough to convince you that you’re having fun, too.”

“Not a good movie” rings similar to the opinion of Empire’s Ben Travis, who said of the film: “Style over substance feels like the whole point here, but Bullet Train only ever operates on a surface level […] Worth a one-way ticket, if not a return journey.”

And finally, notable film critic Courtney Howard summed up Bullet Train with a simple but vivid comparison, describing the movie as “Pulp Fiction on a train with a few leftover bits from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.”

So there you have it, folks. Sony’s Brad Pitt star vehicle sounds like an undoubtedly enjoyable but largely unremarkable time at the movies. No John Wick – but no Morbius, either. Bullet Train speeds into theaters worldwide on August 5.

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