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The Quick Explanation
Bullet Train plays out like a witty action movie a la Smokin’ Aces or Lucky Number Slevin. But it’s actually a fantasy movie. Luck isn’t just a theme, it’s an active, participating power that affects the plot from start to finish. That makes Bullet Train a little deeper than most action movies as the film asks you to think about fate and how much we make our fate versus how much our fate makes us. Ladybug is the character most often affected by luck and fate. These fantastic elements add a layer of existentialism that befits Ladybug’s musings and the Thomas labels assigned by Lemon. You could probably do a whole Jungian reading of Bullet Train—though who actually wants to do that?
Narratively Bullet Train is a bit of a Russian nesting doll. It’s two revenge stories rolling into a redemption story. There’s The Elder’s journey to exact revenge on The White Death. There’s The Prince’s journey to prove herself to her father by dethroning her father (who is The White Death). And there’s Ladybug trying to find his footing after a run of bad luck, coming to terms with his luck and fate, and finding some peace of mind.
- Ladybug – Brad Pitt
- Lemon – Brian Tyree Henry
- Tangerine – Aaron Taylor-Johnson
- The Prince – Joey King
- The Elder – Hiroyuki Sanada
- The Father (Yuichi Kimura) – Andrew Koji
- White Death – Michael Shannon
- The Wolf – Bad Bunny (Benito A. Martinez Ocasio)
- The Horney – Zazie Beetz
- Maria Beetle – Sandra Bullock
- Kayda Izumi, concession girl – Karen Fukuhara
- Passenger – Channing Tatum
- Carver – Ryen Reynolds
- Director – David Leitch
- Original novel Maria Beetle by – Kōtarō Isaka
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