‘Bullet Train’ overview: Brad Pitt stars in a thrill experience you may afford to overlook

That latter affect should not be shocking, since director David Leitch oversaw the “Deadpool” sequel, along with toiling within the “John Wick” and “Fast & Furious” franchises. The Tarantino echoes are additionally heightened by Pitt’s presence, having proven off his playfully macho aspect in that director’s movies, most just lately profitable an Oscar for “Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood.”

The story, nevertheless — which screenwriter Zak Olkewicz tailored from Japanese novel — does not possess sufficient gas to constantly maintain that tone. Even intensive flashbacks to get the narrative out of its confined area cannot add sufficient intrigue to the machinations of those strangers on a practice.

Becoming a member of the story in progress, Pitt’s bad-luck hitman (codenamed Ladybug) boards a bullet practice in Japan, with orders to amass a briefcase full of money. Alas, he isn’t the one expert murderer on board, with every pursuing completely different marching orders, confusion as to who’s pulling the strings and an entire lot of miscommunication alongside the way in which.

If Pitt’s world-weary character simply needs to finish the task and disembark, others harbor extra private motives. The varied factions vary from a mysterious younger girl (Joey King) to a squabbling pair of operatives known as “twins” (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry) to a revenge-minded killer performed by Benito A. Martínez Ocasio, a.ok.a. Unhealthy Bunny.

That hardly scratches the floor of the solid, together with cameos clearly supposed to supply little rewards to the viewers. The tradeoff, although, is that some extra recognizable faces seem so briefly as to barely register.

The claustrophobic setting truly works to the benefit of staging the struggle sequences, that are brutal, bloody and incessantly performed for laughs. Certainly, a couple of mimics the interrupted showdown in “Kill Bill,” together with the amusing dilemma of how you can attempt to kill someone with out violating the foundations of the practice’s “quiet car.”

For essentially the most half, although, “Bullet Train” underscores the challenges in making an attempt to infuse this type of film with the qualities of a live-action cartoon, even when the objective is 2 hours of unpretentious escapism.

This is not one other sequel, which on this style nearly by itself seems like trigger for celebration; nonetheless, nor does the film really feel remotely authentic. Maybe that is why despite the fact that the ensuing experience is not with out thrills, by way of punching a ticket for the theater, it is onerous to suggest catching this “Train.”

“Bullet Train” premieres Aug. 5 in US theaters. It is rated R.