Sony Pictures has shared a first trailer for the Brad Pitt-starring action thriller Bullet Train – and, suffice it to say, there’s a lot of irony in it.
The 30-second clip sees Pitt narrate a quiet commercial for the fictional Nippon Speed Line, complete with soft piano melodies and views of rural Japan, before a final shot reveals the bruised and battered face of its protagonist, Ladybug.
Based on the novel Maria Beetle (published in English as Bullet Train) by Kōtarō Isaka, the film will find a group of assassins, who travel together on said bullet train, realizing that their individual contracts are interconnected. Naturally, high-speed mayhem ensues and the Nippon Speed Line quickly becomes a bloody playground for its cash-hungry passengers.
Check out the teaser below:
The tagline “Get on Board March 2” presumably teases a full trailer release next week, but we do know that Bullet Train is currently set to hit theaters on July 15 this year.
Brad Pitt isn’t the only high profile name attached to the project either. Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde filmmaker David Leitch is directing Bullet Train, while Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Zazie Beetz, Michael Shannon and Sandra Bullock are also all confirmed to star.
The stylized violence therefore seems like a formality – a former stunt coordinator, Leitch made his directorial debut with John Wick, though only co-director Chad Stahelski was credited with helming the film.
Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde both share the John Wick franchise’s ultra-violent DNA, wit, and their dry humor – think the character makes pithy remarks before being blown away – suggests viewers can expect to more of the same with Bullet Train.
A little more action, please.
There are plenty of exciting New Movies heading to theaters in 2022, but bonafide action thrillers appear to be scarce over the next twelve months.
Beyond Top Gun: Maverick and, arguably, The Batman2022 release slate is dominated by new comic book movies – Doctor Strange 2 and Aquaman 2 among them – with little theatrical real estate reserved for more traditional blockbusters.
Mission: Impossible 7 has been should arrive in September, but production delays have pushed its release date to July 14, 2023. Hopefully, however, some high-speed punches between Brad Pitt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Sandra Bullock will keep us going until then.
That being said, a few of this year’s new Netflix movies (The Gray Man and Carter, in particular) seem to be giving viewers an edge-of-the-seat experience, but there’s something to be seen from action movies in theaters which adds to the appeal of the genre.