Some of us in the office are movie and show enthusiasts and we want to share with you some of the best we've seen. (last updated January 2023)
7/10 (very good)
Bullet Train is a 2022 comedic action film directed by David Leitch, who’s previous work includes John Wick, Atomic Blonde, and Deadpool 2. The film features a stacked cast including Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Andrew Koji with several delightful cameos.
The premise of the film is rather simple: Brad Pitt and the rest of the cast play a varied flavors of secret agent, assassin, and mobster; all with motivations and goals that range from the simple and straightforward to the complex and opaque. The one thing they share is their objectives bring them to the eponymous bullet train that serves as the setting for the drama and bloodshed that follows.
With the director of Deadpool 2 at the helm steering an ensemble that is clearly having a lot of fun you have a well-paced, bloody good time with the most used firearm being Chekhov’s Gun; with few details set up early on that will not make a reappearance by the credits.
The issues I have with the film are minor in the grand scheme of things and seem almost nitpicky: this movie knows what it is and thrives in it. If you have the stomach for blood and violence (and a Netflix account), you’ll have a good time.
Platform: Amazon Prime
I'll say out front that the only reason this show is getting any attention is because of the previous success that Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy had as the creators of the hit HBO show "Westworld". When I saw they were coming out with a new show, it definitely piqued my interest. So far they have one season completed (8 episodes) - the setting is near-future (2030) small-town North Carolina. There is clearly some new technology, but its close enough to what's available today to be believable. The main character, Flynne Fisher, works at a 3-D printing store in-town and her brother, a recently-returned military veteran is a specialist in a new genre of video games, where he gets paid to complete missions. As it turns out, his sister is better at these 'sims' than he is, so when he has trouble, he has her play for him. One day, they get a brand new piece of technology that her brother is too nervous to try, so Flynne tries it for him...
The show goes from there - I'm not sure its the most well-thought out plot and story, which is ultimately the same issue that Westworld suffered from (after Season 1 anyway). The acting isn't very good (mostly no-name actors) and there seems to be constant crisis. From an entertainment standpoint, its fun - there is interesting technology and interesting ideas. With modern technology they can make the impossible seem possible.