Why is “Bullet Train” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “strong and bloody violence, pervasive language, and brief sexuality.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a sex scene observed from a great distance with partial nudity, a couple of kissing and implied sex scenes, many fighting scenes using swords, knives and guns with many people ending up dead and with a lot of blood, many fist fighting scenes with people being thrown and kicked, a few explosions causing death, a drunk driving accident causing a death, poisonings causing death with a lot of blood, a snake attack, many arguments, threats of violence, and over 100 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.
A man (Brad Pitt) returning to his profession of retrieving illicit goods, finds himself on a fast-moving bullet train with several assassins from all over the world, each one with objectives of revenge and murder that are sometimes connected and often conflicting but always nefarious. Also with Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Sandra Bullock, Bad Bunny, Logan Lerman, Zazie Beetz, Masi Oka and Karen Fukuhara. Directed by David Leitch. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Japanese and Russian with English subtitles. [Running Time: 2:06]
Bullet Train SEX/NUDITY 5
– A woman is shown topless (we see her bare breasts and partial abdomen) and thrusting on a man (we see it briefly from a great distance as another man watches). A man and a woman kiss in a bed in a few scenes (we see their bare shoulders and his chest) and sex is implied.
►A man approaches another man on a train and asks for money; the second man asks, “Is this a sex thing?” and the first man says “No”; he is later threatened by another man and he asks, “Is this the sex stuff?” and, “I do love an accent.” A man says, “When this train’s a rockin’ don’t come a knockin’.” A man says of another man, “He’s got a great walk.”
►Several women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in a wedding scene. A young woman wears a short skirt (we see her legs to the upper-thighs).
Bullet Train VIOLENCE/GORE 8
– Two men shoot their way through a market as other men shoot at them, draw swords on them and fight with them: several men are shot with blood spurting, a man is slammed by a car and thrown (blood spurts), a few men are slashed with a meat cleaver and knives, one man is held with a chain around his throat and another man slams a meat hook up through his chin and out the top of his head, and a man on a motorcycle slams into the back of a car and is thrown as the motorcycle gas tank explodes and we later see a car explode and a man kneeling down next to it is blown up (all with a lot of blood shown). A man with swords fights several other men and we see them being thrown and covered with blood; he then walks behind a man kneeling on the ground and we hear gunshots (it is implied that he shot the kneeling man).
►Many men with swords board a train; one man fights with several of them slashing and killing them (we see blood), a man shoots through the roof of the train car killing a few men on top of the train, a man is cut in half when he is thrown up through a hole in the roof of the train (we see his body separate), a man is stabbed through the back of the head, three men with guns shoot at two men and one man is struck in the abdomen, and a man kicks a gunman and he slams him and they both fall out of the train and into water below an overpass. A man slashes another man with a sword and cuts down his shoulder. A man pulls the trigger on a gun and an explosive blows half his head off (we see blood and matter as he collapses).
►A man draws a knife as he enters a train and stabs another man in the shoulder, they fight and the man is stabbed in the other shoulder, and the wounded man defends himself using a metal briefcase to block the blade; one man is thrown over a bar and he uses a bottle to hit the other man, the man with the knife throws it and it bounces off the metal case and sails back into his own chest (we see blood and he collapses) and he hits his neck on the case when he falls (we hear a crack). A man shoots another man twice and he collapses hitting his head on a table hard. A man shoots another man in the abdomen and we see blood as he collapses on the floor. A man is shot in the chest three times (we see a lot of blood on his shirt and face). Two men fight over a gun and we then see one of the men holding his neck as blood gushes from a neck wound. A man throws a knife and it hits another man in the head.
►A man talks about a drunk driving accident that killed his wife and we see a car crashing into another car causing one to flip over the other and they both burst into flames (this repeats a few times) and we later see a woman in an operating room as the surgeon bleeds from the eyes and screams after having been poisoned. Several men wearing plastic cover-ups and protective glasses appear to be dismembering bodies (one man holds a machete and we hear power saws whirring) in a jungle setting (we see this scene a few times, with bloody bodies and body parts, and the men are splattered with blood). A woman fights a man and tries to stab him with a hypodermic needle containing poison, the needle lands in his hand and he pulls it out and stabs the woman with it; she bleeds from the eyes and gasps before dying on the floor. A woman wraps a plastic bag around a man’s head, he struggles to breathe and she slashes his throat with a knife. A man pretends to be holding a gun under a table toward another man, they argue and fight with punches and kicks and slamming a computer closed on one man’s hand, hitting each other with the computer case; one man draws a gun and the other releases its clip, they struggle over the gun and we see one man with blood on his face and head. Two men fight in a food car and use the food carts and cabinet doors to hit each other (they both have bloody faces); one man shoves the other man into a seat and wraps a seat belt around his throat, the seated man opens the train door and the two men are sucked out as another train approaches, they climb back into the train and continue fighting with one man holding chopsticks over the other man’s face while he is pinned on the floor. A man holds a gun to a young woman’s head and she cries. Explosives are planted in a case of ransom money and on a handgun. A young woman threatens a man with a gun, the man takes the gun away from her and she tells him he should shoot her; he pretends to and makes a gunshot sound startling her. Two men open a briefcase that is rigged with explosives and when it blows up they are thrown in flames and others nearby are thrown and a few are shown with char marks on them. A woman holds a gun on three men and threatens them just as she is struck by a produce truck.
►Men at a hand-off open fire on other men and they fire back (several men are struck and we see blood spray). A man with a gun goes into a train car and threatens a young woman that zaps him with a Taser; he collapses and hits his head on the arm of a chair and is knocked out. A person wearing a large mascot costume punches a woman in the face and knocks her down. A man is bitten by a snake and he yells and runs into a bathroom, wraps the snake with his jacket and closes it in a toilet (the man is OK). A man flips his sword to shake off blood and it splatters on another man’s shoes. After being attacked by a rival, a man rushes home to find his wife murdered, his home in flames and his young son hiding in a vent (they get away together). A man talks about a suicidal bellhop and we see a man fall from a hotel roof and land on the roof of a car (we see him bloody but still alive as the driver takes him to the hospital).
►Two bullet trains crash into each other head on and one train derails and crashes through a brick wall and into buildings and a town; a man is thrown and moves through debris in slow motion, he is struck in the head with a coffee pot and the train comes to a stop leaving a lot of property damage and sparking downed power lines. Many people at a wedding are shown vomiting torrents of blood and their eyes bleed before they all die from a poison. An electric pole collapses on top of a car and crushes it (no one is inside). A man sits in a hospital room with his young son in a bed with a breathing tube in his mouth and attached to monitors (the child has bloody contusions on his face). A man with a bloody face wound and tattoos around his eye wakes up and two other men sit next to him and zip tie his hands as they explain that they are there to escort him and some money to a delivery point. A dead man in a train car is seen with blood streaming from his eyes. A young boy is shown very sad when it is implied that his mother has died. A man is shown with a cut across his nose in a few scenes and later bruises on his head and face. A man has blood splatter on his shirt. Many men with swords and baseball bats stand on a train platform as a train approaches. A man chases and jumps onto a moving train, pulls himself up on the windshield and punches it several times to break it and get inside. A man finds two bloody and seemingly dead men in a train’s bathroom and grieves over the death of one of them. A man yells in anger when he finds a dead man and the two men are soaked in blood. A snake lunges toward a man and he recoils and leaves the area.
►We hear that a man cut a woman’s arm off because she owed him money. We hear that a young boy was pushed off a hotel roof and he is seen in a hospital bed. We hear a few news reports about a dangerous venomous snake having been stolen from a zoo. We hear that a snake’s venom causes blood to congeal and victims will die in a short time. We hear that a man’s life has been threatened 31 times. A man wonders whether he will cut another man up into tiny pieces. A man is threatened by another man and he asks, “Is this the sex stuff?” Two men bicker and argue in several scenes and one threatens to shoot the other in the head.
►A distracted man runs into a food cart in the aisle of a train. A man steals a couple of packages of cookies off a food cart as it passes. A man collects items from a locker that include a couple of packs of dynamite, sleeping powder; he leaves a handgun behind, as a woman says over a phone, “Some conflicts require a gun.” A man steps off a curb into a puddle of water as a car speeds by. A young woman spits in a dead man’s face and walks away (we see some saliva). A man talks about wanting to use a smart toilet on a train in a few scenes and uses scatological descriptions. A man complains of having bad luck on acid as he hyperventilates into a bag. A man picks his nose and flicks his finger (we don’t see anything).
Bullet Train LANGUAGE 10
– About 102 F-words and its derivatives, 25 scatological terms, 22 anatomical terms, 20 mild obscenities, name-calling (maniacs, sour, trouble, psychotic, bro, dude, brutal [mild obscenity deleted], geezer, stupid, ladybug, old man, havoc, dirty, lazy, terrible father, spoiled girl, Yakuza Princess, headache, white homeless man, cheeky, modern plague, not to be trusted), exclamations (holy moly, shut-up, tickety boo, creeping me out, calm down, jeez, wow), a woman and a young girl speak in Japanese and it is implied that they are cursing but the subtitles do not spell out a curse word, 2 religious profanities (GD), 14 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, God, oh my God, Jesus Christ, I swear to God, Holy moly, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |
Bullet Train SUBSTANCE USE
– A man collapses on the floor after drinking a drugged bottle of water. Men smoke cigarettes in a few scenes.
Bullet Train DISCUSSION TOPICS
– Fate, peace, power, karma, bad luck, ego, personal growth, revenge, friendship, regret, narcissism, control, seven sorrows, tale of the ladybug’s luck, mansplaining, kidnapping, ransom, the Japanese underworld.
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