Bullet Train requires a post-credits sequence

Bullet Train requires a post-credits sequence ...

Bullet Train, a two-hour action thriller starring David Leitch, has one last glitch: There is no post-credits dialogue, and it's quite unusual in a film that's so overtly about callbacks and yes-ands, about stacking gags on top of gags, and about one-upping even the most outrageous action sequence with one more twist. However, thanks to Kotaro Isaka's novel, the film is equally adept at justifying each observation.

The absence of a final stinger gag seems 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 plot hole, and a post-credits sequence would have been the perfect place to fill it out.

[Ed. note: There are a few plot spoilers ahead, mostly for something that doesn't happen in Bullet Train.]

Ladybug, a smash-and-grab mercenary who loses his ticket for the titular bullet train, is confronted by a conductor (Heroes Masi Oka), who is irritated that he has no ticket, and is ordered to depart at the next stop. When he sees the conductor again, he gets a more severe warning to leave the train.

Masi Oka disappears from the film as a magic narrator, and no more is said about it. Neither the train nor the attendants appear to be there, and the train crew never appears to be explained. Apart from 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 vanishes.

For God's sake, this is a film that spares a minute for a montage explaining the origins and journey of a single water bottle. (Granted, its a funny one.)

As Bullet Train progresses, the bodies stack up, and more and more cars fill up with blood, shattered glass, and impromptu weapons, it becomes more undeniable that the train crew never notices or intervenes. Furthermore, it becomes increasingly odd that all the expensive alcohol and food is left unguarded, as well as a 20-cup water bottle as a last scene explaining how Masi Oka and the crew disappeared.

But that gag never arrives. The film certainly isnt short on dramatic or comedic reasons to kill people off the train or call them away. Maybe in some future Blu-ray release, find out more about a cut scene that could reveal Okas' fate. But until then, don't wait for a final judgment in the theater (or couch), because it won't be available.