Luke Thorne’s review published on Letterboxd:
David Leitch’s action-comedy thriller in which a quintet of murderers on board a fast moving bullet train discover their tasks have something in common.
The story concerns Ladybug, a luckless killer who’s resolute to do his occupation quietly after one too many gigs have fallen off the rails. Fate, however, might well have other strategies as his latest assignment puts him on an accident course with fatal enemies from around the world – all with linked yet contradictory tasks – on the globe’s quickest train.
Brad Pitt gives an okay performance in his role as the killer who isn’t having much luck, but he doesn’t show a great deal of determination in terms of trying to protect himself, as there are occasions where Ladybug is just waiting for something to happen.
Elsewhere, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Tangerine, Brian Tyree Henry as Lemon, Benito A. Martinez Ocasio (Bad Bunny) as The Wolf and Zazie Beetz as The Hornet are all alright in their respective parts as the four other killers on board the train, while Joey King as The Prince and Sandra Bullock as Ladybug’s contact and handler Maria Beetle don’t offer much in their respective parts.
The direction from Leitch is okay but it should have been better, such as having more of a mixed atmosphere throughout, as well as a mixed tone happening as well – this doesn’t occur much.
The script is written to an okay standard by Zak Olkewicz as it is weak in places and there are scenes that did not need to be in the final edit, so the duration didn’t need to be as long as it was, and the pace is slow.
Not only this, but there are not that many moments of humour either.
Overall, Bullet Train is a disappointing action comedy thriller, due to the okay performances, direction, weak script, slow pace and lack of mixed atmosphere, tone, humour and character determination.