Brad Pitt just took the express train to the top of Netflix. Deadpool 2 director David Leitch delivered another off-the-rails action comedy film this past summer with Bullet Train, which arrived on Netflix this past week. Users are piling aboard to watch a zen Brad Pitt, codenamed Ladybug, battle a slew of assassins for a mysterious briefcase as they zoom through Tokyo on a high-speed train.
Brad Pitt is joined by a remarkable ensemble for Bullet Train. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry play the hilarious brother duo Tangerine and Lemon, while Joey King stars as the Prince, a young girl who is not quite what she seems. Sandra Bullock backs Brad Pitt from an earpiece as the twisted adventure leads to face-offs with Michael Shannon, Bad Bunny, Zazie Beetz, Hiroyuki Sanada, and more.
Bullet Train lives up to its name in terms of pace. The break-neck speed of the movie delivers wicked action and witty laughs as the movie barrels non-stop toward its epic and zany conclusion. The movie probably won’t give Brad Pitt any additions to his trophy case, but its spot at the top of Netflix signals that the actor’s latest outing is connecting with audiences ready to kick back and have some fun.
Reviews for the film clumped in the middle of the road, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 53%. As with many movies that don’t take themselves too seriously, the Audience Score checks in at 76%, marking a significant disparity. Bullet Train’s recent popularity on Netflix speaks to the movie’s star power and fun approach, but this isn’t Brad Pitt’s first time at the top of the streamer’s charts.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie recently hit the #3 spot on Netflix with Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the 2005 film that pitted married spies, unaware of each other’s secret occupations, against each other. Years later, the battle between the film’s stars materialized in a grim reality. Following Pitt and Jolie’s volatile and unfortunately public divorce, Jolie recently brought dark allegations against her ex-husband.
Brad Pitt and his legal team have denied Jolie’s claims of abuse directed at her and the couple’s children aboard a flight in 2016, and so far, no charges have been filed against Pitt. Brad Pitt has said he will accept responsibility for his mistakes, but not for fiction. The couple’s split has been a long, ugly journey as the stars fight for custody of their children.
For Brad Pitt, life goes on despite troubles in his personal life. Following the newfound success of Bullet Train, Brad Pitt stars in La La Land director Damien Chazelle’s upcoming film, Babylon. Set in 1920s Los Angeles, Babylon stars the actor and Margot Robbie as movie stars navigating the drug-fueled world of Hollywood during the Jazz Age.
Brad Pitt continues to be a staple in the film industry as one of the world’s greatest movie stars. His dynamic range as an actor has allowed him a career of great depth and variety, and Bullet Train’s number-one spot on Netflix is proof that audiences are still more than happy to board the Brad Pitt train.