Friday One Sheet: BULLET TRAIN

Contributing Writer; Toronto, Canada (@triflic)
Friday One Sheet: BULLET TRAIN

I am highlighting the key art for this Hollywood-Japan blockbuster starring Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, and Sanada Hiroyuki because I am not entirely sure if the design house, BLT Communications, was aiming for a Japanese train safety card aesthetic or simply phoning it in on the basis of an obvious pun, and calling it a day.

Bullet Train. Bullet hole. Get it? Have a nice trip. I am surprised this is not the tagline. There is no tagline, nor credit block, making this as much early concept art than teaser poster. Which was then released as a teaser poster.

Either way, the grey minimalism on display here is utterly at odds with the rainbow maximalist candy of the films trailer (see below). Although, the winking-deadpan sense of humour is more or less on point.

I do not mean to belittle design choices, as this column is generally about the opposite, but even a Photoshop novice such as myself could take three pieces of stock clip-art, some blood splatter, a pewter gradient and a chunky font and whip this up in about 30 minutes. That window is in the middle of ... nothing, with the scenery a blurred version of the Windows XP default desktop. The shadows down below indicate a 'corner-wall' that is simply not present. Weird.

Is this better than your typical zero-budget Bruce Willis "Geezer-Teaser" one-sheet, with its floating-heads, and disinterested looks at its intended audience?  Of course.

It is still a curious choice for Sony/Columbia to market a big budget blockbuster.


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