‘Bullet Train’ and the best movies with trains

At 58, brad pitt he intends to face the last stage of his career. This is how he commented in an interview for QG A few weeks ago. What we can expect is that this last section will be the longest possible and, at least for now, it does not look particularly calm either. His next film to be released is High-speed traina full-throttle action-comedy aboard one of Japan’s best-known bullet trains and which will arrive in our theaters on August 5.

The manager behind the cameras that his character doesn’t get too many chances to relax was David Leitchof Atomic, Deadpool 2, Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw and, uncredited, in John Wick. and that in addition was Pitt’s double several times.

It will be a long journey between Tokyo and Morioka, almost nonstop, in which Ladybug (the nickname of the character played by Pitt), a hitman who is also tired and wants to retire, receive a new mission with a mysterious suitcase as macguffin and that will put him up against a good handful of criminals who don’t let up when it comes to doing their job.

Among these unreliable passengers is the rapper bad bunnytoo Joey King like a psychopath disguised as a schoolboy, Brian Tyree Henry embodying two twins, Andrew who to a warrior and Aaron Taylor Johnson to another of the deadly criminals, in a cast completed by the presence of Sandra Bullock there Zazie Beetz.

And High-speed train promises to bring back the fun, surprising and action-packed spirit of the John Wick universe or the John Wick movies. Tarantino there Guy Ritchie, many movies have largely planted their plot between rails and wagons, whether inside, outside, or even above. From silent film to short film Assault and robbery on a train (1903) to Buster Keaton’s brilliant physical comedy with The General’s driver (1926), the thrillers of the master Hitchcock as Alarm on the express (1938), or placing us in the middle of the Second World War in Colonel Von Ryan (1965).

The 70s were particularly productive with titles like Cassandra’s Bridge carrying passengers and a contagious virus or the humorous plot of the chicago express (both from 1976) with Gene Wilder, the classic Pelham 1, 2, 3 (1974) set in the New York City Subway or Spanish co-production Panic on the Trans-Siberian (1972) in which Eugenio Martin, born in Granada, allows himself the luxury of directing two monsters of the horror genre such as Peter Gushing and Christopher Lee. And, returning to more current proposals, Robert Zemeckis turned Tom Hanks into a CGI character in the animated feature. The Polar Expresswhile Tony Scott put Denzel Washington and Chris Pine on a high-speed railroad in the adrenaline rush unstoppable (2010).

The disadvantages or Advantages of traveling by trainas the title of the remarkable adaptation of the novel by Antonio Orejudo What did you do Aritz Moreno in 2019. A succession of stories each more strange and bizarre and two passengers on a train as a link. Ultimately, it was about the art of storytelling..


“Strangers on a Train” (1951)

Farley Granger and Robert Walker in
Farley Granger and Robert Walker in “Strangers on the Train”
Warner Bros.

Two unrelated strangers and a proposal for each of them to kill the person who stands in the way of their plans, a father and a wife respectively. In his search for the perfect crime and the mechanisms to thwart it, Hitchcock he dedicated the title and the opening and closing scenes of one of his best-known thrillers to him. Robert Walker played the bad guy and Farley Granger to his skeptical and frightened partner.

“The Train” (1964)

Burt Lancaster and Paul Scofield in
Burt Lancaster and Paul Scofield in “The Train”
United Artists

Among the atrocities committed by the Nazis during World War II was also the looting of works of art. Based on real facts, during the occupation in France, an inspired John Frankenheimer made this classic which is part thriller, part drama, part war movie and part action movie, all perfectly combined and with Burt Lancaster there Jeanne Moreau among its protagonists.

“The Emperor of the North” (1973)

Lee Marvin in
Lee Marvin in “The Emperor in the North”
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According to the novel by James London and set during America’s Great Depression, Robert Aldrich led a memorable duel to the death between the wanderer who embodied Lee Marvinspecialist in breaking into railway tracks to travel the nation to and fro, and the despotic character of Ernest Borgnineconvoy leader ready for anything as long as no one travels for free.

“Murder on the Orient Express” (1974 / 2017)

Kenneth Branagh in
Kenneth Branagh in “Assassination on the Orient Express”
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The 1970s version, made by Sidney Lumetis the best of the adaptations of the detective Hercule Poirot novels written by Agatha Christieclose to death on the nile of 1978. And the British Kenneth Branagh resumed the last update of this Detective story, with many suspects. Both also had casts full of well-known names.

‘Sourcecode’ (2011)

Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan in
Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan in “Source Code”

One of the best examples of stories with time loops. brought it to us Duncan Jonesafter having also debuted with the science fiction of Moonand played it Jake Gyllenhaal like a soldier immersed in a government experiment to try to prevent a fateful terrorist attack on a train. Michelle Monaghan embodies the main female character.

‘Snowbreaker (Snowpiercer, 2013)’

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Before becoming famous for winning the Oscars with parasitessouth korean Bong Joon Ho It took us to a post-apocalyptic world in which the few survivors of a global climate catastrophe traveled on the train that gives the film its title. Among them were Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton. A movie, and the graphic novel it was based on, which would later become a TV series.

“Train to Busan” (2016)

“Train to Busan”
Next World of entertainment

And the hardest to date. Travel aboard a train infested with zombies. South Korea has gifted us with one of the best films in the prolific undead genre and its director, Yeon Sang-ho, was able to print a tense, frenetic and terrifying rhythm. In short, a cult and reference title. In April 2023 the inevitable premieres remake Hollywood, Train to New York.

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