‘Bullet Train’ hits viewers at full speed with action-packed good times – The Oswegonian

When you think of action movies with vehicles involved, the usual suspects might include cinematic giants like “Star Wars” or cinematic masterpieces like “Top Gun” and its sequel. You can even opt for the lesser known ones like “2012” or “Speed”.

However, viewers were recently treated to a new action-packed movie that takes place on a train. “Bullet Train” is an action-comedy film directed by David Leitch (“Deadpool 2″). The film is from a script by Zak Olkewicz (“Fear Street: 1978”), and produced by Antoine Fuqua (“The Guilty”), who originally came up with the idea for the film. It is based on the 2010 novel “Maria Beetle” by Kōtarō Isaka (“Remote Control”).

The film tells the story of a man codenamed Ladybug (Brad Pitt, “The Lost City”) who is given the task of boarding a bullet train in Japan to retrieve a briefcase filled with hundreds of thousands of dollars and get off the train undetected. However, Ladybug thinks he has some sort of “bad luck curse” that causes him to take a break from his work thus far.

However, the job is not going to be a walk in the park, as other assassins are not only looking for the same case, but have other jobs that will lead to the fight. There are quite a few comedic scenes and characters, which isn’t surprising since this film was also written by people who had worked on the “Deadpool” series.

Two of these characters, codenamed Tangerine (Aaron Taylor-Johnson, “The King’s Man”) and Lemon (Brian Tyree Henry, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”) both hail from Europe and are tasked with escorting the antagonist the son of White Death (Michael Shannon, “Knives Out”) (Logan Lerman, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) and their mafia group’s briefcase to Kyoto. Lemon is seen constantly referencing his favorite show as a kid, “Thomas the Tank Engine.” He would call his enemies “Diesels”, as Diesel in the series was described as being “sneaky”.

There are other characters with other codenames which make the movie even more action packed and worth watching. There are plenty of twists, and while some of them were unexpected, there were others that lacked that extra momentum.

An exception to this includes the mystery behind a character in the film whose code name is “Prince”. At first, it is revealed that “Prince” was responsible for pushing a father’s son out of a building and the father was told that the person who pushed his son was on the train. However, the revelation of their true identity makes a big twist on the situation.

Meanwhile, an important theme is learned by Ladybug, which is that luck doesn’t decide what happens in life; it’s fate. Fate can be changed but cannot be stopped.

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