bullet train | Fireworks for Brad! ★★★½

An unfortunate assassin whose multiple missions have failed is determined to peacefully fulfill a new contract. So fate takes him to Japan, on the bullet train that connects Tokyo and Kyoto, where he meets opponents with different interests…

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Marc Andre Lussier

Marc Andre Lussier
The press

There is no logic to be found in the story of fast train. To be honest, the story is completely secondary. This film adaptation of Maria Kaefer, a novel by the Japanese author Kōtarō Isaka, is more likely to be carried by the charisma of the interpreters. Everyone clearly enjoys moving in an action film with a spirit that evokes both burlesque comics and a strong Tarantine influence.

Directed by David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, dead pool 2), who has made a name for himself in the cinema world by specializing in stunts (Leitch first called him Brad Pitt in fight club) this charged thriller combines spectacular action scenes, perfectly choreographed, which are all the more compelling as they take place in a special context, that of a camera camping on the world’s fastest train. We also multiply the winks and gags, not ashamed to go to excess just to indicate that nothing should be taken seriously. Unlike other action movies where it’s glorified, violence is portrayed in a perfectly caricatured and wacky way. In this pure pop entertainment, Japanese versions of to stay alive and Look out for a hero are even heard.

The assassin character, played by Brad Pitt, a superstar whose career has been impeccable for years, is at the center of a story in which the most contradictory situations follow one another, which he always faces with this very cool, a bit like, approach Once upon a time… in Hollywood. The dazzling cast that surrounds it is also on par. Let’s mention in particular Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry, who form an unexpected tandem, Joey King, Hiroyuki Sanada, Bad Bunny, Michael Shannon, without forgetting the few surprising participations – very fitting – of unannounced stars…

fast train (high speed train in French version) is part of this type of film from which we will remember practically nothing, except for the adrenaline rush it will give and the pleasure we will have had from it.

fast train


fast train (VF: high speed train)

David Leitsch

Starring Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor Johnson

2:06 a.m


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