We love being told stories. And, so far, cinema is the art that has managed to immerse us in them most effectively. But, long before the existence of moving image recording, literature had already ceased to offer the public unquestionably original stories. For this reason, some resemble others, and what differentiates them is their combination and, perhaps, the point of view of the authors. That’s why, we remember Agatha Christie seeing Bullet Train.
Not in an obvious way, of course. The indisputable style of the film made by David Leitch, as well as its powerful hand-to-hand combat choreographies, would never make us think of the author’s work. And, in the case of a proposal from the American filmmaker, who went from working as a specialist and double of the genre to directing feature films such as Atomic either Dead Pool 2there is nothing further from the customs and flavors of the queen of British mystery.
However, don’t be fooled by the brash, light tone, dark humor, and spectacular showdown sequences. Despite all this, what hides the intrigue of Bullet Train it is, in essence, similar to those imagined by Agatha Christie. Not in vain, its origin also found on the pages of a book. those of Mary Beetlewritten by Kotaro Isaka in 2010, very successful Japanese storyteller. To whom, on the other hand, texts have already been adapted to the cinema another thirteen times in his country.
The premise of Bullet Train is, in fact, very Agatha Christie
Something curious happens if we compare this film by David Leitch with the latest adaptations of Agatha Christie’s work to the cinema. The specific moments of action during Murder on the Orient Express Y death on the nile they are expendable. Also inadequate between the investigations to solve the criminal enigmas of the saga. But those of cocktail Bullet Train they don’t seem shoehorned in.
They fit seamlessly with the premise and the unknowns that we can recognize from Agatha Christie. To begin with, a number of characters are gathered on the same stage, from which it is difficult to escape, by another character who wants to take revenge on them. And they are being liquidated one by one in different circumstances. Something that the one who pulls the strings already had. Of course, in the end, there are survivors.
The White Deaththe mobster leader played by Michael Shannon in Bullet Train, you want to get rid of burdens and enemies. And that Carver, who is replaced in this mission by Brad Pitt’s Ladybug, pays for having killed his wife, played by Johanna Watts. But, for example, the Prince and the Elder, brought to life by Joey King and Hiroyuki Sanada, intend for the other to end the same way.
Among ten blacks Y Murder on the Orient Express
The concurrence of the characters in a place from which they cannot flee in order to exterminate them one by one point to ten blacksthe fantastic novel that Agatha Christie published in 1939. It is something that we have also been able to see in Bullet Trainwhere the characters fall one by one.
Also, let David Leitch show us little by little who is each relevant passenger of Bullet Train, his past and what he wants on board follows the dynamics of what the investigations of a Hercule Poirot or a Jane Marple reveal. But, very especially, those of the first in the chapters of Murder on the Orient Express. That 1931 novel in which it was no coincidence that all those travelers had chosen that train to get around.
Neither the freshness, the situations and the absurd and hilarious dialogues of Bullet Trainin which Brad Pitt returns to take advantage of his grateful comedic vis after burn after reading, can make us ignore his literary support apart from Kôtarô Isaka. The one who, probably, we should consider the real responsible for Agatha Christie’s shadow is so long.