If 2022 is the year of the movie star thanks to Tom Cruise’s resurgent form, then Brad Pitt will be a compelling contender.
Because it’s pretty much an entertaining action movie. High-speed train relies on the power of Pitt’s megawatt charisma, and sometimes only on it.
Directed by David Leitch, the action comedy has a lot going for it: an uncompromisingly riotous tone, brilliant stunts and action sequences, and a colorful, impactful visual aesthetic that catches the eye.
But it’s also messy, from euphoric highs to sloppy lows with its uneven pace, sometimes accelerating at the breakneck speed of a bullet train, while other times it feels like it’s moving as fast as a sloth on the ground.
Pitt plays Ladybug, a relatively mild-mannered assassin who has just returned to the game. Armed with a bucket hat, a winning smile, and a fair amount of skepticism, Ladybug boards a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto to complete her assignments, a supposedly simple “grab and grab” job.
His target is a portfolio with a lot of money.
But it’s not easy when it comes to hiring weapons, especially when Ladybug is convinced he’s the unluckiest man on earth.
Unfortunately – or in a vast, overly complex scheme – Ladybug is not the only killer on the train. By no means. This particular train is the meeting place for several killers with equally charming call signs.
There’s Prince (Joey King), a ruthless killer who uses his looks as a British schoolgirl in trouble to great effect, Mandarin (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Lemon (Brian Tyree Henry), two killer brothers in matching plaid coats. The Wolf (Benito A. Martinez Ocasio), a vengeful killer, and the Hornet (Zazie Beetz), a poison specialist.
And they all want either a case or someone connected to it, which makes Ladybug’s simple task quite difficult.
it High-speed trainThe main drawback is how confusing the plot is. He struggles to come up with all the complexities of multiple assassins, hidden agendas, and a boss level goal (Michael Shannon) and struggles to keep his flow going.
Once you sink into the visceral joys of the stylish, high-octane action sequence, you’re asked to follow an increasingly intricate plot at the same time. Wait, what’s the beef with this dude again?
There are some really great ‘phwaor’ moments, including a thrilling twist from legendary Japanese actor and martial artist Hiroyuki Sanada playing the Elder, another, you guessed it, assassin.
Or legitimately cute, permalinks to Thomas the Tank Enginewhich Lemon is obsessed with, and becomes something of a funny point of contact in various scenes.
And the action scenes are imaginative, imaginative and well choreographed – and they pierce. But that’s exactly what you’d expect from Leitch, who worked as Pitt’s understudy for many years before moving on to directing with John Wick, explosive blonde as well as Deadpool 2.
Given the scope of Leitch’s story, as well as the exciting cast and exuberant atmosphere, High-speed train it should have been a fantastic movie if it was more tense or even more brazen with its bloodshed.
it’s certainly not John Wick by train. If that were the case, it would be a less messy experience.
High Speed Train is in theaters