The movie is at times funny, at times blistering, and at times insightful, but it lacks consistency, thereby arguing that perhaps the short film that provided its basis offered a better length.
Feels like the warmed-up leftovers of a superhero franchise that both Marvel and DC passed on.
Suffused with hypnotic visuals and anchored by a tremendous performance by Idris Elba, the movie takes its cues from the fantasy workings of Guillermo del Toro and is only occasionally found wanting.
In navigating the curves that connect romance, humor, horror, and murder mystery, the movie suffers a few spin-outs.
Ponsoldt taps into nostalgia as the jumping-off point for a movie that ultimately goes nowhere, with underdeveloped characters whose stories never gel.
It’s Agatha Christie crossed with "Euphoria," and mostly works as both a slasher murder mystery and a drug/alcohol-fueled Gen Z soap opera.
U.S. Home Release Date: 2022-10-18
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Director: David Leitch
Cast: Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Sandra Bullock, Zazie Beetz, Benito A Martinez Ocasio
There’s a time and a place for mayhem, and that’s essentially what "Bullet Train" is: two hours of fights, carnage, and witty repartee.
More notable for the performances of Tim Roth, Grace Kaufman, and especially Rebecca Hall than the supernatural elements or the narrative.
Flawed but fresh, Novak's feature got me to laugh with him and at him while taking the story seriously and becoming involved in its quirks and twists.