Famous actor Brad Pitt takes you on one of the most talkative, entertaining and witty adventures in his latest film, High-speed train. In theaters in the United States on August 5, 2022, this exceptional film, directed by David Leitch, plays with comedy and action, bringing back the steamy storylines we all know and love.
It goes without saying that moviegoers have a lot more than the superficial script to watch out for in a movie. Although I expect a few people to read this review and give their opinion on High-speed trains Overly comedic and predictable writing, I also hope my review shares a different perspective on this new big-screen feature.
Truth be told, my expectations for the movie weren’t exactly high. I thought it would be another action movie that focuses too much on its fight scenes and gives the audience little to no time to catch their breath.
Watching High-speed trainThe thrilling, fast-paced trailer didn’t give me much either. I was especially pleased to see that Brad Pitt was the lead actor in the film and that the trailer included a funky medley as the theme song.
That being said, you might be surprised to know that the movie exceeded my expectations, and don’t worry, I’ll explain the how and why in this movie review. I promise not to reveal too much in my explanation.
First of all, let’s talk about the plot. High-speed train can definitely be added to the list of spy/assassin action movies, as it follows the usual trope of having the main character, in this case LadyBug (Brad Pitt), gone on a spy mission top secret. Like most spy movies, the main character comes with his own set of quirks and humor; for LadyBug (Brad Pitt), it pretty much boils down to being unlucky, but not the way you might think.
High-speed train takes place in Japan, and the majority of the film obviously takes place on the bullet train, one of the fastest vehicles in the world. What makes this setting so entertaining is the train’s operating system that only stops a few times during a trip, giving passengers just a minute to get off. Director David Leitch used the details of the train to his advantage, creating a plot of inevitable accidents and close combat scenes.
What’s most appealing about the story, however, is how each character is presented. If you like dramatic character stories, then believe me, you will enjoy this movie. From Mexican gangsters to dark and brutal mafia bosses, High-speed train makes sure to cover all the bases. Even bringing in Joey King, the Netflix movie series kissing kiosk star, like an accomplice trickster.
Since I want to give an honest review, I’ll note that if you’re looking to watch an action movie that focuses more on deep emotional components, you might want to look elsewhere. High-speed train it’s a lot of things, but it’s not a serious or overly emotional movie. The characters and storyline are witty and humorous, making for lighthearted rather than overbearing viewing.
The next step in my review is the film’s overall cinematography and set design. As a cinephile, I have a great admiration for the production of a film. High-speed train definitely surprised me cinematically, showcasing great lighting and sound design. Without forgetting to make each scene more eye-catching than the next.
Each of the carriages on the train was unique and played on various out-of-the-box themes that left you confused but intrigued, eager to see the next carriage. Lighting and sound design were strategically placed throughout the film, creating some truly entertaining scenes. There were also several slow motion parts in the film that were exceptionally well done. Obviously Jonathan Sela, the film’s cinematographer, paid close attention to detail during production.
High-speed train’Costume design was also a notable part of the film. Even after being destroyed in a fight scene, each outfit still suited the characters and their individual personalities.
This brings me to the third and final part of my movie review, the cast. When it comes to making a spunky action-comedy, the cast needs to be able to meet the criteria that will have audiences laughing and rooting for their favorite characters. High-speed train’s cast did just that.
Not only did Brad Pitt nail his eccentric Bad Luck persona, but actors Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry also made a strong impression playing the Lemon and Tangerine brothers. This duo, who spent half the movie arguing about the kids’ show Thomas the Tank Engine, quickly became my favorite characters. Joey King even surprised me by playing a somewhat serious character who was the very definition of frustration. High-speed train also had a few cameos, with appearances from Channing Tatum and Ryan Reynolds, making the film even more humorous and enjoyable.
All in all, if you’re looking for an entertaining, catchy, witty, comedic, and just plain creative movie, look no further. I highly recommend watching High-speed train if you want something to lighten your mood or if you’re just a super big Brad Pitt fan.
Please let us know your thoughts on the film in the comments. I’d love to know if you liked it, hated it, or if there’s anything I missed worth noting.