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"Bullet Train" is an action film that could easily have been an animated movie, and often looks and feels like one. 

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The story takes place on a bullet train careening across Japan, but most of the movie was shot on green-screened sets, 

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and the cityscapes and countrysides that the train rides through are mainly miniatures and CGI.  

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The plot initially seems goal-driven, revolving around the comatose grandson and the metal briefcase.  

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But as the script adds new fighters to the mix, and establishes that they're all tangentially connected, 

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Characters are given the sorts of typeface-onscreen-followed-by-flashback-montage introductions that genre fans will recognize from directors like 

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The film is directed by David Leitch, a former stunt coordinator and screen double for Jean-Claude Van Damme and this film's star, 

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Bullet Train" is on Japanese signifiers and cultural attitudes (King's character is basically an anime "schoolgirl" avatar come to life)—not to mention essentially deracinating all of the core characters 

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"The Usual Suspects." Even in a fantasy, the latter seems a stretch, although the actors all sell it like the professionals they are. 

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If nothing in the movie is real—either as a justification for the casting, or as a guiding aesthetic—why not just go full "Speed Racer"  

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