Movie Review: Brad Pitt’s ‘Bullet Train’

Pitt plays a new Zen agent named ‘Ladybug’ tasked with intercepting a briefcase full of ransom money aboard the train as it speeds through Japan.

TEXAS, USA — Brad Pitt’s new action comedy “Bullet Train” has been filmed during the pandemic. He told ABC that he just made him laugh and was the perfect balm for what we’ve been through.

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Pitt plays a new Zen agent named ‘Ladybug’ tasked with intercepting a briefcase full of ransom money aboard the train as it speeds through Japan. Many others also have their reasons for getting their hands on cash.

In fact, the entire cast has booked their tickets, including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Joey King, Brian Tyree Henry, and Latin music megastar ‘Bad Bunny’ in his film debut (along with a couple of cameos I won’t mention). donate).

Also on board, the son of a Russian crime boss, who was kidnapped for that money.

All the fights (and there are a lot of them) make sense when you find out that “Bullet Train” is being directed by Pitt’s former stunt double David Leitch. But the movie often seems like just a sum of those parts.

In fact, it reminds me a lot of a Guy Ritchie movie. The characters appear with their name on the graphics and fists and weapons fly. The $90 million budget shows, and I can’t help but think that it will make most of that money go back to the Asian market, as that seems to be the goal.

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We know Pitt is better than this, but the Oscar winner is also entitled to have a little fun. This one just goes off the rails a bit more than it was intended to.

(Sony Pictures. Rated R. Duration 2h 6m. Only in theaters).

Easter Sunday

“Easter Sunday” seems oddly placed on the movie calendar in August. But popular comedian Jo Koy is thrilled to have made it to the big screen. If you’re a fan of his comedy, you know Koy’s mom is pretty hard to please!

“Easter Sunday” is based on his real life and is the first film from a major studio about a Filipino-American family. Koy plays a comedian trying to land a sitcom contract when his mother calls him home for an Easter celebration with his crazy but loving relatives.

And yes, he somehow manages to do a standing routine in a church!

The film represents a full circle moment involving Steven Spielberg. In fact, he was watching Koy’s Netflix special “Comin ‘in Hot” on the set of “West Side Story,” and had his production company contact him to see if Koy had any ideas for a movie. movie. And here we are.

The truth is that Koy’s stand-up act is better than the movie. Everything goes haywire when she tries to help his brother pay off a big debt, and the story loses focus on the real family unit. However, a cameo from North Texas (and also Filipino) Lou Diamond Phillips is a nice touch, along with a couple of scenes with old flame turned cop played by Tiffany Haddish.

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Interestingly, Koy has no writing credit on this. Maybe if he was involved in the script, he would feel more authentic and less staged. However, he is said to be mom-approved, and that’s a big deal!

(Universal Pictures. Rated PG-13. Duration 1 h 36 min. Only in theaters).

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