There's one last surprise after a little over two hours of unexpected surprises in David Leitch's over-the-top action epic Bullet Train: There's no post-credits scene, and it's quite bizarre in a film that's so adamant about tying gags on top of gags, like John Wick, Hobbs & Shaw, Atomic Blonde, and Deadpool 2, that Bullet Train is more than a little tongue-in-cheek about its excess.
The absence of a final stinger gag feels out of sync with the rest of the film, but it also feels like a wasted opportunity for a film that is so blatantly focused on explaining how every single puzzle piece fits together. In the middle of it all, there's a plothole, and a post-credits scene would have been the perfect place to fill it in.
[Ed. note: There are a few plot spoilers ahead, mostly for something that does not happen in Bullet Train.]
Ladybug (Brad Pitt) is accidentally lost on the titular bullet train. A conductor (Heroes Masi Oka) confronts him, and orders him to exit the train at the next stop. He fails, and when he sees the conductor again, he receives a more forceful warning to leave the train.
Masi Oka disappears from the film magically, and no more information is given about it. For that matter, the train appears to have drivers, and the crew members mostly vanish as well. This is unlike other aspects of the film's gleefully complicated scenario, which rarely gets explained. Except for one concessions seller played by criminally underused martial artist Karen Fukuhara (Katana from the 2016 Suicide Squad, and Kimiko from The Boys), the train crew disappears.
For Gods sake, this is a film that dedicates a minute to explaining how X character discovered Y, what happened to the rest of the passengers on the journey, and more. It's a funny one, though, because it demonstrates Bullet Train's dedication to the task at hand.
As Bullet Train progresses, the bodies stack up, and more and more of the trains fill up with blood, smashed glass, and impromptu weapons, it becomes more undeniable that the train crew never notices or intervenes, especially since most of the expensive booze and food is left unguarded, all in preparation for one final gag explaining why Masi Oka and the crew disappeared.
But that gag never comes. The film certainly isnt short on dramatic or comedic reasons to kill people off the train or call them away. Perhaps in some future Blu-ray release, find out about a cut scene that might reveal Okas' fate. Do not wait until the end, because it will not be resolved.