Bullet Train analysis, what works and what doesn’t in Brad Pitt’s latest movie

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Two months ago, Brad Pitt gave an interview in which he anticipated that he was going to leave the cinemaat least one time. “It’s my last semester,” she commented. Precisely, within those six months, this week came in which Bullet trainthe expected last premiere of your career?

It’s not just any film: It’s a movie full of action.but also in which speaks and shows itself to karmawhat in Buddhism is understood as the energy that is generated from the actions of people. As his last appearance on the big screen, it could be all a message in and out of Hollywood.

Owner of an absolutely outrageous action, Bullet train it’s full of fight scenesshots, explosions, arms severed by sabers and deaths.

In this image provided by Sony Pictures, Bad Bunny, left, and Brad Pitt, in a scene from “Bullet Train” (Photo: Scott Garfield/Sony Pictures via AP)

All this showy framework boasts a black humor taken to the extreme -worthy of oriental culture- and in which Pitt displays his admirable training at 58: only 5% of the scenes he filmed required stunt doubles, said the area coordinator Greg Rementer.

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What is “Bullet Train”, Brad Pitt’s latest film?

Based on the 2010 Japanese novel mary beetleof isaac kotarothe movie was directed by david leitch. The director has experience in this kind of film since he was behind the scenes in the magnificent Atomicdirected the action comedy -somewhat crude- Deadpool 2 and produced john wick.

Brad Pitt has known Leitch for more than 20 years ago. The filmmaker was one of his stunt doubles in the classic The fight Clubin which the actor also showed his stamp for the fight. Karma, good luck or “bad luck”, whatever it is, brings them closer.

In this image provided by Sony Pictures Bryan Tyree Henry, left, and Brad Pitt, in a scene from “Bullet Train" (Scott Garfield/Sony Pictures via AP)
In this image provided by Sony Pictures Bryan Tyree Henry, left, and Brad Pitt, in a scene from “Bullet Train.” (Scott Garfield/Sony Pictures via AP)

Bullet train mess with what happens to ladybuga mercenary who has to fulfill a mission for the agency that hires him. exhausted by responsibilitythe criminal decides to do one last job (wink-wink): he has to enter a bullet train in Tokyo, steal a briefcase and get off at the first station.

The problem is that, inside the cars where hardly anyone travels, the question is going to get much harder: Assassins appear everywhere, a mysterious girl, a man seeking revenge for what they did to his son, and two thugs carrying someone kidnapped. Bad targets will bring them together, with one final lap.

The best of “Bullet Train”: its outrageous action

In recent times there are some exponents of a new generation of films that seem to have the same goal: generate only impact from the spectacular nature of its action scenes. A twist to one of the ultimate goals of cinema conventionalwhat is entertaining

the gray man, rescue mission Y The old guard are three stories that try to turn around a genre that has been left with very little exploration in the last decade and almost completely absorbed by superheroesfrom both Marvel and DC.

In this image provided by Sony Pictures, Brad Pitt, left, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, in a scene from
In this image provided by Sony Pictures, Brad Pitt, left, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, in a scene from “Bullet Train.” (Photo: Scott Garfield/Sony Pictures via AP)

Bullet train appears as a fresh air in this category. His action does not seek to move with any melodrama, as happens in the international intrigue sagas of Mission Impossible and those based on the character of Jason Bourne where there is no room for humor.

The basis of the film is disqualifying punchthe broken glass, the murderous briefcase, the flying kick, the accurate knife blow or the totally out of place comment to generate laughter.

It’s kind of playful actionthat may have certain reminiscences to what is intrinsic in the filmography of Quentin Tarantinoas in the two kill bill Y Violent times.

Although that way also has some connection with the exorbitant way of showing the characters, in regardsthat unfolds the director richie boyin his filmic journey, from Snatch: Zeros and Diamonds until ruthless justice.

How humor works in “Bullet Train” and what role Bad Bunny plays

When it comes to entertaining with your action, Bullet train complies. The sequences are a hypnotic saga of gunshots, a trail of fights and a succession of choreographed explosions. The stylization of her humor, at times, does make too much noise.

In this image provided by Sony Pictures, Bad Bunny, in a scene from
In this image provided by Sony Pictures, Bad Bunny in a scene from “Bullet Train” (Photo: Scott Garfield/Sony Pictures via AP)

In Deadpool 2director David Leitch had Ryan Reynoldsone of the most charismatic actors for this type of scene. Brad Pitt, although he is a funny guy, he’s not done being a comedian: some dialogues and tones end somewhat forced and are unlikely, even within a certain implausibility of the story, forgive the redundancy.

Despite that, there are some gags that serve to break schemes. The character of Brad Pitt seems to have taken a certain plasticity from the characters of looney tunes or even of The Three Stooges. His clumsy walk and his gestures are a registered trademark of the anticsa feature of those animations and that saga of movies, among others.

If that English word were translated literally it would mean “blow-whack”that is to say that its characteristic appears in comedies in which the protagonists hit each other but without real consequences.

In this image provided by Sony Pictures Zazie Beetz, top, and Brad Pitt, in a scene from
In this image provided by Sony Pictures Zazie Beetz, top, and Brad Pitt, in a scene from “Bullet Train.” (Photo: Scott Garfield/Sony Pictures via AP)

The cameos and special participations are very relevant: the singer bad bunnywho plays a murderer blinded by revenge is, perhaps, one of the most anticipated by fans of his music.

But they also appear at different times channing tatum, Sandra Bullock Y Ryan Reynolds: the first two returned the courtesy to Brad Pitt who did the same for the film The lost City that both starred; the third He is a friend of the director.

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Y Bullet train It will be the last film to be seen with Brad Pitt as the protagonist, the future will tell. In the present, his karma apparently is to give good entertainment.

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