David Leitch’s latest action movie High-speed train is about to hit cinemas and it looks like it will be a fun time in theaters. Brad Pitt, Joey King, Zazie Beets and more play cops on a high-speed train and are tasked with finding a briefcase, but no one seems to know what’s inside. What follows is a fun and colorful action flick that looks to be a lot of fun. If we want to be prepared for this crazy ride, we should watch other high octane adventure movies. Let’s review some movies to watch before High-speed 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 to Japan. Once there, he is unknowingly handed over to members of the Japanese mafia. They stay in Japan to try to find him while realizing that they don’t understand how the Japanese underworld works in this country. It’s a great “fish out of water” action movie to watch before High-speed train.
Steven Segal has proven to be a controversial figure, but you can’t deny that some of his early action movies are still great fun to watch. The first one Under Siege gets all the love but there’s a lot to love about its sequel. Casey Ryback is trying to have a good 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 have to use the train as their mobile headquarters. Segal must dispatch the terrorists as only he knows how. Another in the ‘die hard on a . . . ‘ series of rip-off movies 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 of all time even before the MCU was considered, this movie has it all. The train scene in particular is great setting, as the train moving fast through New York City makes it even more dangerous than an eight-armed super villain already would be. Doc may end up winning the battle through underhanded 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 are looking out for each other and no one is spilling.
This classic murder mystery has one of the best casts anyone could hope for. Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, Anthony Perkins and many more. Someone 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 beats the original.
Everyone’s favorite mutant travels to Japan to meet an old friend he saved during World War II. The dying man tells Logan he can get rid of his healing factor so he can finally start to age and die. As Wolverine turns down the offer, he gets embroiled in trouble with the old man’s daughter and the Yakuza. It features a pretty cool fight atop a bullet train that features Yakuza members flying around as Logan abducts them. If you haven’t watched it in a while, give it another chance. The film is a big turning point for the character who had just come out of 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 boss’s face. He eventually flees as the deranged ninja cult seeks to eliminate him. There are also action scenes in a high-speed train and it’s just fantastic. It’s sure a movie you should see before High-speed train because it has all the same elements.
Okay, I admit that this one is just plain ridiculous. Scott Lang gets his hands on a costume that allows him to shrink very small and talk to ants. The reason it’s prominent in this list is because of the scene where Lang and Darren Cross have a giant battle over a toy railroad set. What makes it terrifying is that the train engine happens to be the basic element of the children’s show Thomas the Tank Engine. (a very important program for the High-speed train plot oddly enough) That giant face looming over them as they fight can give anyone nightmares.
In a future where climate change has killed everything on the face of the Earth, a group of survivors live on a constantly moving train that circles the globe. Within this train, a class system emerged, with the poorest living at the back of the train and the wealthy and powerful at the front. A revolution breaks out and a group begins to make 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 out as a comic and turned into a TV show after this movie came out.
On board a high-speed train, an outbreak of zombies occurs. Everyone must fight off the infected as the train speeds along. Seok-woo is on board with his daughter and must do everything he can to protect her from the treasure of zombies as well as other nefarious passengers who might want to use it as an escape. A great action packed zombie movie that I watched on a train from New Orleans to Chicago. No lies. It was a completely immersive experience. I highly recommend it as a movie to watch before High-speed train.
This Sonny Chiba movie predates The rapidity almost 20 years old but has a very similar plot. Criminals plant a bomb on a commuter train in Japan. If the train slows below a certain speed, it will explode. They are looking for a ransom but the police are trying to identify the suicide bombers while figuring out how to defuse the bomb. A great thriller from the 70s released in Japan.
What movies do you watch before High-speed train? Let us know in the comments.