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Bullet Train back to product details

written by Dwoodwoo October 30, 2002 - 11:14 AM PST
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Okay, this was my sorbet to rid the palette of the awfulness of seeing A Beautiful Mind (q.v. my review) the same evening. Two big caveats if you're renting, and then all the praise. 1) What the f***? No Japanese language track? Yeah, I know it p*sses off other GC'ers when this happens -- you might take solace in the fact that it p*sses me off too. English dub only, and the voice characterization is roughly Godzilla quality. Erg. 2) Super grainy film, but at least it's widescreen. Not anamorphic, so don't look at this as a reference movie for your new 16:9 monitor. Scares said, Bullet Train shoots straight. My appreciation for this movie increases when the 1975 production date is taken into account -- this is pre-Die Hard model, pre-Speed. Yet, the action is tight, the story is taut, and in particular, the editing is dead-on: action scenes thrill but don't linger to the point of exhaustion; and though character development is not a major point of any movie of this sort, there's a wistful honor among thieves thread that echoes John Woo. Especially for fan of the Keanu Reeves/Sandra Bullock movie Speed, this film holds fascination as obvious source material -- you can almost imagine this movie being played in the Hollywood pitch meeting to obtain funding for the 1994 thriller -- fans might have fun making a point by point comparison of the plot points. Stars some of Japan 70s cinema's biggest names...but as Joe Bob would say, what we got here is plot. -dennis!


(Average 5.75)
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