After just a little over two hours of sudden surprises in David Leitch’s over-the-top motion extravaganza Bullet Prepare, there’s one remaining shock: There’s no post-credits scene. That feels uncommon in a film that’s so overtly about callbacks and yes-ands, about piling gags on high of gags, about one-upping even essentially the most ludicrous motion bit with only one extra twist. Like Leitch’s earlier tasks, John Wick, Hobbs & Shaw, Atomic Blonde, and Deadpool 2, Bullet Prepare is greater than just a little tongue-in-cheek about its extra. However due to the supply materials, Kotaro Isaka’s novel Bullet Prepare, the movie can be pretty obsessive about justifying every leap of logic, even when it units up extra unbelievable coincidences within the course of.
So the shortage of a remaining stinger gag feels out of sync with the remainder of the motion, however it additionally seems like a misplaced alternative for a film that’s so blatantly centered on explaining how each single puzzle piece suits collectively. There’s an odd plot gap in the course of all of it, and a post-credits scene would have been the proper place to fill it in.
[Ed. be aware: Minor plot spoilers forward, largely for one thing that doesn’t occur in Bullet Prepare.]
Early within the movie, smash-and-grab mercenary “Ladybug” (Brad Pitt) by accident loses his ticket for the titular bullet prepare. When he boards, a conductor (Heroes’ Masi Oka) confronts him, and is incensed that he doesn’t have a ticket. The conductor orders him to disembark on the subsequent cease. Ladybug tries to, however circumstances (and his personal much-discussed unbelievable unhealthy luck) intrude. When he sees the conductor once more, he will get a extra forceful warning to depart the prepare. Ladybug begins making frantic efforts to keep away from the conductor, and the scene is ready for an escalating face-off between them.
However it by no means occurs. Masi Oka magically disappears from the movie, and no extra is claimed about it. For that matter, the prepare doesn’t seem to have drivers, and the staffers largely disappear as nicely. In contrast to different features of the movie’s gleefully difficult state of affairs, this one by no means will get defined. Aside from one concessions vendor performed by criminally underused martial artist Karen Fukuhara (Katana from the 2016 Suicide Squad, and Kimiko from The Boys), the prepare crew simply… evaporates.
Given how thorough the remainder of Bullet Prepare is about explaining different features of the journey — how X character came upon about Y, what occurred to the remainder of the passengers alongside the journey, and extra — that unexplained disappearance and dropped plot thread really feel like an actual anomaly. It is a film that units apart a minute for a montage explaining the provenance and journey of a single water bottle, for God’s sake. (Granted, it’s a blatant piece of product placement, however it’s a humorous one. Nonetheless, it illustrates Bullet Prepare’s dedication to the bit, so far as attempting to maintain the connections between each discrete component of the movie clear.)
As Bullet Prepare progresses, the our bodies stack up, and an increasing number of of the vehicles replenish with blood, smashed glass, and impromptu weapons, it turns into an increasing number of unbelievable that the prepare’s crew by no means notices or intervenes. It additionally turns into more and more odd that each one the costly booze and meals — to not point out that £20 water bottle — are left unguarded. All of it feels just like the setup for one remaining gag explaining how Masi Oka and the crew disappeared.
However that gag by no means comes. The movie actually isn’t brief on methods to by accident or purposefully kill them off, and it doesn’t lack dramatic or comedic causes to take action. It additionally by no means runs wanting coincidences which may have booted them off the prepare or known as them away. Perhaps in some future Blu-ray launch, we’ll discover out a couple of lower scene that reveals Oka’s destiny. Till then, don’t calm down within the theater (or in your sofa, as soon as it hits streaming) ready for a remaining decision, as a result of it isn’t coming.