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Bullet Train Review


What country has almost two thousand miles of very high speed “bullet” trains? Japan. What happens to a bullet train if anything goes wrong at those speeds? The passengers—and the main characters in the film Bullet Train—are of course in very serious risk of harm. What actor can deliver a dark humor with laughs and deceit that can stand up to these extreme risks? The one and only Brad Pitt.

In Bullet Train, a film directed by David Leitch, Pitt is Ladybug, a man who does dirty work for high pay. He is assigned to retrieve a briefcase on a train, but there are others aboard the train who have the same goal. There are two agents, Tangerine and Lemon, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry. There is Prince, played by Joey King. And there is Kimura, played by Andrew Koji. All have one element in common—they are all assassins. Ladybug realizes that the other operatives aboard the train will make his mission more difficult, and that there are many dangers associated with the mission.

With Bullet Train, Leitch uses violence, conflict, and characterizations for numerous surprises. With Pitt as the lead character, there is no question that it will be a ride of high-octane fun. Pitt’s down-to-earth attitude and method style acting is a perfect fit for this film. His character here is reminiscent of his role in Mr. and Mrs. Smith(2005) blended with Fight Club (1999).

The character development in Bullet Train is superb. There are tons of satirical conversations between Ladybug and Tangerine, and Ladybug and Lemon. All of the main characters are criminal pros, and as the tension grows they think back on their background and to funny conversations with clever metaphors and references. Be ready to hear a generous amount of references to Thomas the Train. One character repeatedly refers to it as his way of coping with stressful situations, and the references are always hysterical.

Bullet Train is flat out fun with many tangents, and it’s unforgettable. There are many blindsiding scenarios where the film becomes a ride of laughs, action, and non-stop brilliance from the mind of director David Leitch. It is an action hijacking film on acid, a warp-speed of brilliance and engrossing suspense. I did not want the train to stop. With Brad Pitt in fight mode there is always an extra hit of something, an iron fist, sarcasm, misdirection, or a combination of the above. See Pitt in his epic performance on a very fast train. Four stars for Bullet Train.

There Will Be Blood 15 Year Anniversary and Still a Masterpiece


The 2007 classic There Will Be Blood is in its 15-year anniversary, and to this day it remains a masterpiece. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film was nominated for many awards, and took home two for the winner. It was nominated for best Picture, best directing, best adapted screenplay, best film editing, best in art direction, best in art direction, and best achievement in sound editing. Daniel Day-Lewis won for best actor, and it also won for cinematography. The three categories that I believe should have won also is directing, adapted screenplay and film editing. Those three categories with no win are the factors to why There Will Be Blood is still a true cinema triumph. That is because Anderson has an eye for realistic continuity in his directing of There Will Be Blood.

The ambience of There Will Be Blood is setup where the scenery sets the film. With the film opening with a vast landscape of dryland through the California area in the late 19th century, There Will Be Blood grows an invigorating premise. There is no dialogue for the first few minutes of the film. It is the direction within the environment around Daniel Plainview (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) and his early oil operations. The key to the film’s opening is that there is a vibe for economic success with oiling, but there is also tension that is abound.

The plot of the film begins when the dialogue comes along, and when Daniel makes others believe he has a son (but it is not his son). His son is H.W. (played by Dillon Freasier). Daniel takes H.W. under his arms when H.W. becomes an orphan when he is a baby. Daniel uses H.W. to his advantage to present himself as a widower. He does this to gain more profits and more resources with his growing networking and operations of oiling. The cinematic aspect in the eyes of Anderson’s directing is that Daniel’s success is based off dishonesty and deceit. For Daniel, more profit grows with his advantage to H.W., but also more irreparable consequences start to build.

As the success of Daniel continues to grow, the more suspicion comes to the mind of Eli Sunday (played by Paul Dano). More doom and danger gradually grow. With Eli being a healer of a church, he runs, there starts to be disgust between Eli and Daniel. Daniel makes promises to Eli for positive changes, and it does not happen. On top of that, H.W. sustains hearing damage due to an oil catastrophe. All together none of the problems matter to Daniel. The only factor that is important is his profits. Through the method style of acting from Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood is a dangerous journey of his success being more important than others.

There Will Be Blood is a masterpiece by nature. The master directing of Anderson is seen through its award-winning sequences and the title itself. That is because its title has meaning as well. The tone is paced, and its scoring is faded to layout the dark fundamentals for the oil operation and those who are impacted. It has taken me a couple of times to truly see the amazement of There Will Be Blood, but its just requires patience and aptitude. There is no stopping the darkness of what has begun in There Will Be Blood.

Today of oil and gas pricing being on the rise, that was my motivation to revisit There Will Be Blood. The film has grasped my attention more today because of the early days of oiling being the center focus of the film. Especially in an era where there were no technological advancements of networking. The challenging networking and success come from the dark hatred between Eli and Daniel. The tension is still spectacle as it was fifteen years ago. Four stars.