BULLET TRAIN is filthy exercise in excess. Despite some spectacular action scenes and clever twists, BULLET TRAIN is sloppyly filmed and plotted. There are too many flashbacks in the first act, for example. The film has a lot of bloody violence, over 120 obscenities and profanity, and a brief bedroom scene. It tells an ultra-violent story of survival, with many humanistic and pagan references to luck and fate. BULLET TRAIN is like a combination of DIE HARD, KILL BILL and a Guy Ritchie British gangster movie, without any good guys. It is unacceptable and unpleasant.
Dominant worldview and other worldview content/elements:
Strong humanistic and anti-family worldview about a brutal struggle for survival involving hitmen, gangsters, thugs and kidnappers, with the villain being rather cruel to his son and daughter, who wants to kill her father, a second father is imperfect but not evil, and positive mentions of fate, plus a superstitious hitman thinks he suffers from chronic bad luck, but another man tells him about fate and the bad luck man finally concludes that this which looks like bad luck at first may turn out to be for good, so he decides to wait and see, Hitman also develops a Zen pacifist attitude, mentions his guru, Barry, and doesn’t want to do any more assassinations, and hitman repeatedly references his chronic good luck, but his luck eventually runs out
At least 112 obscenities (including at least 70 “f” words), three Jesus profanities, three GD profanities, three mild profanities, and the wedding party begins to vomit blood after being poisoned
Lots of extreme and bloody violence and lots of strong action violence including backfire and the explosion takes off half of the shooter’s head, the man’s neck sprays blood after being injured, two killers hired kill 16 kidnappers, people shoot and fight and stab the thugs of the evil, innocent gangster bystander is caught in a car explosion, another character is poisoned, a snake bites the arm of the man but the man has already taken the anti-venom serum so he survives although it takes him 30 seconds to find out for sure, an injured young boy’s life is threatened, villain and another man engage in an intense fight with samurai swords, two men cling for life outside a high-speed train, an attempt at patricide, a briefcase explodes and an explosion kills two men, a figure deliberately hit by a speeding truck carrying men darines, a spectacular train accident, etc.
Briefly depicts sex between a man and a woman through a window which is filmed from outside the window and the fornication implied in a flashback where a man is lying in bed with a woman
Brief upper female nudity in depicted sex scene and upper male nudity in another scene
Alcohol consumption :
Brief alcohol consumption
Smoking and/or drug use and abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,
Strong diverse immorality includes a flashback to rescuing a kidnapped man held for ransom, three or more revenge subplots, betrayal, extortion.
BULLET TRAIN is an ultra-violent action-thriller starring Brad Pitt as an American assassin with a new pacifist perspective who discovers that there are five other assassins with overlapping missions traveling on the same high-speed train. Japanese speed going from Tokyo to Kyoto. Despite some clever twists and dialogue and spectacular action, BULLET TRAIN is plotted and filmed rather carelessly with too many confusing flashbacks in the first act, too much blood and guts, abundant bad language and an unChristian and anti-Christian worldview. family. which speaks a lot of luck and fate.
The film opens with a hitman, played by Brad Pitt, getting an assignment from his handler, Maria, after spending time with his guru, Barry. Maria gives her her new code name, Ladybug. The simple mission is to retrieve a steel briefcase from a bullet train traveling to southern Japan from Tokyo. Maria urges Ladybug to take a gun with him, but Ladybug has a newfound love for peace and just wants easy missions, no more kills. All he has with him is sleeping pills. Maria reminds him that the last time he used it, a man nearly died of a heart attack. Don’t worry, said Ladybug, he corrected the dosage.
Luckily, and Ladybug thinks he was cursed with bad luck, the two men with the briefcase are two vicious English hitmen nicknamed Lemon and Tangerine. Lemon is black while tangerine is white. A flashback shows the pair having just returned from the massacre of 16 men who kidnapped the son of a Russian crime lord calling himself White Death, who controls the underworld in Japan. Years ago, White Death infiltrated the previous crime lord’s gang, then betrayed him. So, now Lemon and Tangerine get the son safely onto the high-speed train, while Lemon put the ransom money in the briefcase in the nearby baggage compartment of the first class section.
Ladybug easily finds the briefcase in the first class luggage compartment, takes it and hides it. Meanwhile, Tangerine gets upset when he learns that Lemon left the briefcase with the ransom money with the other luggage. They both get up to retrieve the briefcase, but it’s gone. When they return to their seats, they find that White Death’s son has been poisoned to death. The poison is a snake venom known to cause eye bleeding. Poison is the modus operandi of a mysterious assassin called The Hornet.
A fourth assassin is a Japanese criminal named Kimura. He tracks down a fifth hitman, a female hitman calling herself the Prince. He thinks she was the one who pushed his own young son off a building. Kimura wants revenge, but Prince turns the tables on him. She threatens to have her son killed if he doesn’t help her kill White Death, who happens to be her father.
Meanwhile, White Death continues to call Tangerine to arrange a place and time for him and Lemon to deliver his son and the ransom money. Tangerine keeps blocking it, so White Death decides to meet the bullet train in Kyoto himself.
BULLET TRAIN is filthy exercise in excess. Despite some spectacular action scenes and some clever twists, BULLET TRAIN is also rather sloppy filming and plotting. There are too many flashbacks in the first act. For example, there’s a flashback to Lemon and Tangerine slaughtering the 16 men holding White Death’s son hostage. Then there’s a flashback to White Death infiltrating the Japanese gang and betraying the boss. Finally, there’s a flashback to the Hornet’s most spectacular mass poisoning, where a drug lord’s entire wedding party is murdered. The first act also includes a brief scene of Kimura and his father hovering near the hospital bed of Kimura’s son, who was pushed off the roof by Prince. So if cinephiles are looking to watch a Brad Pitt film, BULLET TRAIN is less of a star vehicle and more like an international hybrid of a DIE HARD film mixed with KILL BILL and a British crime film directed by Guy Ritchie (LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS). Unlike the DIE HARD movies, however, there are no good guys in BULLET TRAIN.
BULLET TRAIN has a lot of bloody violence, especially in the first act, which contains many people being slaughtered, including gunfights, samurai sword fights, and people vomiting and spilling blood from their orifices after being poisoned. Another person is killed by snake poison in the second half of the film, along with other mages of people spraying blood after being shot or stabbed. The film also contains over 100 obscenities, including numerous “f” words, as well as several strong profanities.
Ultimately, BULLET RAIN is an ultra-violent and bloody survival story. As such, he has a strong non-Christian, humanistic, and anti-family worldview. First of all, the villain’s family is a mess. Neither he nor his daughter think much of the son. Finally, the daughter wants to kill her father for having neglected her for the benefit of the son. Also, the boy’s grandfather in the hospital talks to Brad Pitt’s character about fate when Pitt’s character Ladybug complains to him about his bad luck. At the end of the film, after miraculously surviving three near-death experiences, Ladybug decides that things he may consider bad luck often turn out for the best. Better to wait and see, he decides.
BULLET RAIN is a brutal, heinous and irredeemable action thriller with an over-the-top, over-the-top wit.