The latest David Leitch action film Bullet train is about to hit theaters and it looks like it’s going to be a fun time at the theater. Brad Pitt, Joey King, Zazie Beets and many others play agents on a bullet train tasked with finding a folder, but no one seems to know what’s in it. What follows is a fun and colorful action movie that looks to be a lot of fun. If we’re going to be prepared for this wild ride, we should watch some other high-octane adventure movies. Let’s go through some movies to watch first Bullet train.
Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia star as two New York cops who arrest a member of the Yakuza and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. When they arrive, he is unwittingly handed over to members of the Japanese mafia. They stay in Japan to try to find him all while realizing that they understand nothing of how the Japanese underworld works in this country. It’s a great fish-out-of-water action movie to watch before Bullet train.
Steven Segal has proven to be a controversial figure, but you can’t deny that some of his early action movies are still a lot of fun to watch. The first Under siege gets all the love, but there’s a lot to like in its sequel. Casey Ryback is trying to have a nice vacation with his niece when the train he’s on is taken over by terrorists. They want to steal a highly classified American satellite, but need to use the train as their mobile headquarters. Segal has to dispatch the terrorists as only he knows how. Another one inDie hard on a . . ‘ series of rip-off films from the era, but still worth watching.
So most of this movie isn’t on a train, but the fight between Doc Ock and Spider-Man on top of the train is so good it makes the list. Heralded as the best superhero movie ever before the MCU was even a consideration, this movie has everything you want. The train scene in particular is a great backdrop, as the speeding train through New York makes it feel even more dangerous than an eight-armed supervillain already would be. Doc might end up winning the fight with underhand tactics, but he wouldn’t win the war. At the end of the scene, a train full of people sees Spidey’s secret identity, but hey, New Yorkers look out for each other and nobody spills the beans.
This classic murder mystery has one of the best casts you could hope for. Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, Anthony Perkins and too many more to mention. Someone has killed a passenger on the train, and it’s up to Hercule Poirot to find out who it was. There have been many adaptations of this Agathie Christie novel, but this one beats the original.
Everyone’s favorite mutant heads to Japan to meet up with an old friend he saved during World War II. The dying man tells Logan that he can get rid of his healing factor so he can finally begin to age and die. While Wolverine declines the offer, he is drawn into trouble with the old man’s daughter and the Yakuza. It features a pretty cool battle atop a bullet train that has Yakuza members flying all over the place as Logan picks them up. If you haven’t seen it in a while, try again. The film is a great ride for the character who had just come out X-Men: The Last Stand. Worth your time.
Christopher Lambert is an American businessman in Japan. He meets a young woman and she takes him back to her room. There he sees her being murdered by a group of ninjas and sees the face of the boss. He ends up on the run as the insane cult of ninjas seek to take him out. There are also some action scenes on a bullet train and it’s all just awesome. Definitely a movie you should see before Bullet train since it has all the same elements.
Okay, I’ll admit this one is just ridiculous. Scott Lang gets hold of a suit that lets him shrink really small and talk to ants. Why it’s important on this list is because of the scene where Lang and Darren Cross have a huge fight on a toy railway set. What makes it scary is that the engine in the train happens to be a children’s show Thomas the Tank Engine. (a show that is very important to Bullet train plot oddly enough) The giant face that looms over them as they fight can give anyone nightmares.
In a future where climate change has killed everything on Earth’s surface, a group of survivors lives on a constantly running train that circles the globe. Within this train a class system has emerged as the poorer live at the back of the train and the wealthy and powerful live at the front. A revolution breaks out and a group begins to fight their way to the front of the train. Each section of the train shows how different life is for everyone on board. An interesting idea that started as a cartoon and turned into a TV show after this movie came out.
Aboard a bullet train, a zombie outbreak occurs. Everyone must fight the infected while the train moves forward. Seok-woo is on board with his daughter and must do everything he can to protect her from the zombie stock and also other malevolent passengers who might want to use her as a way out. A great, action-packed zombie movie that I watched on a train from New Orleans to Chicago. No lie. It was a completely immersive experience. Highly recommended as a film to watch before Bullet train.
This Sonny Chiba movie goes before Velocity by almost 20 years but has a very similar plot line. Criminals plant a bomb aboard a commuter train in Japan. If the train slows down below a certain speed, it will explode. They are looking for a ransom, but the police are trying to identify the bombers while also figuring out how to defuse the bomb. A great 70s thriller from Japan.
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