10 More High-Speed Routes To Great Films
Bullet Train is based on the novel Maria Beetle by Kōtarō Isaka, and its plot follows five assassins who find themselves on a fast-moving bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka with only a few stops in between. As the movie progresses, they discover their missions are not unrelated to each other.
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The Gentlemen (2019)
Directed by Guy Ritchie, The Gentlemen is a crime comedy that revolves around an American expat, Mickey Pearson, who has built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out, it triggers plots, schemes, bribery, and blackmail as shadowy characters move to steal his domain out from under him.
Both films involve multiple players in the criminal underworld, filled with twists, turns, and action sequences. The humor in tense situations is one of the big shared characteristics, as well as the ensemble of richly drawn characters.
Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)
Bad Times at the El Royale follows seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, who meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption before everything goes to hell.
Both films share a very similar plot, given the ensemble cast of characters converge in a single location and find their fates becoming intertwined. The violent and unpredictable consequences makes for an absolute must-watch.
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service is about a young man named Eggsy who is recruited into a secret spy organization. As a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius, Eggsy is put to the test to save the world.
Both movies are set in the world of espionage with high stakes, featuring intense action sequences, complex plots, and a combination of humor and thrills. In fact it’s this combination that really helps Kingsman shine and that’s something it shares in common with Bullet Train.
Bottle Rocket (1996)
Wes Anderson’s Bottle Rocket is arguably the most underrated film on this list, and it focuses on a trio of friends who try to pull off a heist and become criminals, with less than successful results.
Much like Bullet Train, the combination of crime and comedy makes for a rip-roaring good time. They both feature characters who are out of their depth in dangerous situations, leading to unexpected and often humorous outcomes.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Directed by Quentin Tarantino, Kill Bill follows a former assassin known as The Bride, who awakens from a four-year coma after being betrayed by her team. The film depicts her revenge against them, culminating in a dramatic second volume that follows on from where this one ends.
Both films focus heavily on high-intensity action featuring skilled assassins. They both contain high-stakes missions and elaborate fight sequences, with protagonists seeking to complete their objectives amid treacherous circumstances.
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
Lucky Number Slevin follows a case of mistaken identity that lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city’s most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss.
Both movies involve characters getting tangled in the criminal underworld with a web of deception and violence. They’re high-stakes, fast-paced thrillers filled with twists and turns, making this another must-watch.
Smokin’ Aces (2006)
Joe Carnahan’s Smokin’ Aces revolves around a Las Vegas magician turned mafia informant and focuses on the bounty on his head. This puts him in the crosshairs of multiple hitmen and women all aiming for the same prize.
Like Bullet Train, Smokin’ Aces features a host of characters from the criminal underworld, each with their own distinct personalities and objectives. They both incorporate high-energy action sequences and a plot that brings all the characters together for a violent and explosive climax.
The Hunt (2020)
The Hunt tells the story of twelve strangers who wake up in a clearing, not knowing where they are or how they got there, only to realize they’ve been chosen to be hunted in a game devised by a group of elites.
Both films center on life-or-death scenarios where characters must outwit and outfight their opponents to survive. This, coupled with the utilization of action and suspense, creating tension by placing their characters in high-risk, unpredictable situations, makes The Hunt pretty similar to Bullet Train, albeit with far less humour.
Shoot ‘Em Up (2007)
Shoot ‘Em Up is about a mysterious man known only as Smith who teams up with a prostitute to protect a newborn baby from a gang of ruthless criminals.
Action-oriented with high stakes, Shoot ‘Em Up is similar to Bullet Train and much like that film, features a protagonist who must navigate treacherous situations. They both embrace a fast-paced, high-energy style with elaborate and often over-the-top action sequences.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Directed by Shane Black, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a dark comedy that follows Harry Lockhart, a petty thief turned accidental actor, who finds himself paired with private investigator “Gay” Perry, becoming entangled in a murder mystery.
Both movies incorporate elements of crime, action, and humor, featuring unique characters thrown into complicated scenarios, navigating their way through unexpected twists and turns. High-stakes situations and intense action can be anticipated in both films, with a blend of humor and violence that serves to both lighten and heighten the tension.
There we have it, our list of best movies that are similar to Bullet Train. What do you think about our picks? Did one of your favourites make the list? Let us know in the comments below!
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