Bullet Train First Reactions Praise an Action Movie Crowd-Pleaser

The first few reactions to the upcoming action extravaganza, Bullet Train, have now made their way online thanks to a recent press screening — and it sounds like action movie fans are in for a real treat. Starring a stellar ensemble cast led by Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt, Bullet Train has been hailed as a major crowd-pleaser, with one reaction likening the movie to throwing “Snatch and John Wick in a blender.” Which, frankly, sounds like a combination made in action-comedy heaven.

JoBlo.com shared a reaction video alongside a caption that calls Bullet Train “Knives Out meets John Wick.” Another hugely appealing comparison. “Man, that movie kicked ass,” the JoBlo critic says in the video. “I’m allowed to say that it’s a pretty amazing little action movie – Brad Pitt like you’ve never seen him before, it’s like John Wick meets Knives Out meets Jackie Chan, and tonnes of cameos. Be excited for this one guys.”


While this final reaction took some issue with the pacing of Bullet Train, they stated that they would “happily take a goofy/Goofy-mode Brad Pitt and whack-a-mole cameos in this late summer heat.”

Based on this handful of early reactions, it certainly sounds like Bullet Train will continue the superb action movie offerings of director David Leitch, as well as provide us all with the violent, funny, charming action outing that this Summer season needs.

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Based on the popular manga “Maria Beetle” by Kotaro Isaka, Bullet Train has the sort of beautifully no-nonsense approach that crowd-pleasing action movies are made of. The movie follows leading man Brad Pitt as trained killer Ladybug, who wants to give up the violent life and move on. Of course, as is so often the case with these things, he is pulled back in by his handler Maria Beetle for one last job; collecting a briefcase on a bullet train heading from Tokyo to Kyoto. Once aboard, Ladybug realizes that he is not the only killer on the train, coming face-to-face and bullet-to-bullet with a variety of other assassins, who slowly discover that their objectives are all connected.

Directed by John Wick and Deadpool 2 filmmaker David Leitch from a screenplay by Zak Olkewicz, a stunningly A-list cast will be aboard the Bullet Train alongside Brad Pitt, including Joey King (The Kissing Booth, Independence Day: Resurgence) as Prince, Aaron Taylor-Johnson (The King’s Man, Tenet) as Tangerine, Brian Tyree Henry (Eternals, Godzilla vs. Kong) as Lemon, and Zazie Beetz (Joker, Deadpool 2) as Hornet, as well as Andrew Koji (Warrior) as Yuichi Kimura, Masi Oka (Heroes), Michael Shannon (Knives Out) as Jay Wang, Logan Lerman (Hunters), Hiroyuki Sanada (Mortal Kombat, The Last Samurai) as Elder, Bad Bunny (F9) as Wolf and Sandra Bullock (The Lost City) as Maria Beetle. Additionally, Karen Fukuhara, Pasha D. Lychnikoff, and Miraj Grbić round out the rest of the supporting cast.

Bullet Train is scheduled to be released in the United States on August 5, 2022 by Sony Pictures Releasing.