a battered Brad Pitt about to drink water on the train
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Bullet Train, directed by former stuntman turned action director David Leitch, is a hyperviolent, comedic romp with an ever-expanding cast of antagonists stuck on a train hurtling toward an inevitably chaotic conclusion.

Ladybug (Brad Pitt) is an assassin who, after a series of overly chaotic jobs, is looking to establish a new, more Zen outlook on life. Tasked with what should be a simple first mission back from some time away, Ladybug boards a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto, planning on a one-stop suitcase grab. Things quickly go awry as the occupants of the various train cars have violent schemes of their own.

Bullet Train’s biggest feat is its own understanding of merging its chaotically Looney Tunes-level of violence with some genuinely interesting storytelling turns, and its use of Brad Pitt’s comedic sensibilities to their utmost. The film contains an ostensibly ensemble cast, rolling out cameo after cameo and bringing together comedic performances from a wide-ranging set of well-known talent, including Sandra Bullock, Brian Tyree Henry, Joey King, and Bad Bunny, among others. Pitt is the star of the show, though, carrying the movie with a charisma that works so well in comedic settings, especially in the later stages of his career. R, 127 min.

Wide release in theaters