Run time: 93 mins
The slick, giddily violent Bullet Train takes place in the carriages of a Japanese high-speed train that turns into a theatre of death.
Brad Pitt stars as a low-level assassin with the code name Ladybug, who is ordered by a mostly unseen Sandra Bullock, to retrieve a briefcase full of currency and bullion from a bullet train winding its way overnight from Tokyo to Kyoto.
En route, Pitt is assailed by a gaggle of fellow hired killers, all apparently vying for the loot: these include two cockney assassins (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry), an innocent-looking schoolgirl (Joey King), and a former Yakuza played by Hiroyuki Sanada.
Bullet Train’s self-satisfied dialogue is ripped straight out of the Guy Ritchie playbook, while its anime inspired set pieces share more than a few similarities to Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Yet its derivativeness is only a minor inconvenience in an otherwise flashy, funny romp. Director David Leitch brings the same neon-lit, action infused sensibility that he did with Atomic Blonde, ensuring your Friday and Saturday nights at The Rex are well catered for.