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There's A Netflix Movie Called "How It Ends" That's Making People Angry, So I Watched And Here's How It Went

"I suggest that NOBODY watch How It Ends on Netflix. Just don't."

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WARNING: Contains spoilers.

You know how naturally when people say not to do something, you feel the urge to do it? Well...

In recent weeks I've seen folks aggressively warning others to steer clear of How It Ends, which basically left me with no choice but to watch it!
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In recent weeks I've seen folks aggressively warning others to steer clear of How It Ends, which basically left me with no choice but to watch it!

Here's how Netflix describes the movie:

"When a mysterious disaster turns the country into a war zone, a young lawyer heads west with his future father-in-law to find his pregnant fiancée."
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"When a mysterious disaster turns the country into a war zone, a young lawyer heads west with his future father-in-law to find his pregnant fiancée."

So, early on we learn that a dude named Will is dating a guy named Tom's (Forest Whitaker) daughter, Sam. Tom seems to despise Will.

They have a tense dinner during which Tom is subtly rude to Will until Will gets fed up and is openly rude to Tom.
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They have a tense dinner during which Tom is subtly rude to Will until Will gets fed up and is openly rude to Tom.

The day after that awkward dinner Will is video chatting with his boo, Sam, telling her how grouchy her dad was, when all of a sudden the call is dropped.

It looks like the whole global disaster thing is going down RIGHT NOW.
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It looks like the whole global disaster thing is going down RIGHT NOW.

Everything goes to shit real quick. No power (unfortunate), no phone service (downright tragic), and Will hasn't heard from Sam since their FaceTime cutout.

Tom and Will are now going on the hunt for Sam, but they encounter some hostile, crazy folks at a gas station, and Tom has to shoo them away with his gun.
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Tom and Will are now going on the hunt for Sam, but they encounter some hostile, crazy folks at a gas station, and Tom has to shoo them away with his gun.

Ok, people said this movie was terrible but I'm 40 minutes in and it's definitely not too shabby.

I'm kind of upset, I wanted to watch something so bad it made me angry.
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I'm kind of upset, I wanted to watch something so bad it made me angry.

It's turned into a guy and his future father-in-law on a road trip, but not the fun kind because the world is ending or whatever.

Another character joined them on their quest, but honestly I'm only invested in the well-being of Will and his grumpy-ass father-in-law, Tom.
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Another character joined them on their quest, but honestly I'm only invested in the well-being of Will and his grumpy-ass father-in-law, Tom.

Ah, yes, this always ends well in movies:

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One hour in and there've been high speed chases, shootouts, explosions, and some weird lightning — what more could you ask for?

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I've never seen a movie where so much stuff has happened, yet I have no clue what's going on.

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Tom broke his ribs earlier and now he's coughing up blood, so he's definitely going to die, right?

I've never seen someone in a movie cough up blood and make it to the end credits. Guess I better start emotionally preparing myself for the inevitable.
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I've never seen someone in a movie cough up blood and make it to the end credits. Guess I better start emotionally preparing myself for the inevitable.

Oh, now they're being nice to each other and making promises — Tom is definitely done for.

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He's even doing the nod-off-dying-in-the-backseat thing like Denzel in Man on Fire.

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Ok, so some stuff happens.

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Then some things happen.

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Then more stuff and things happen. It's not the greatest story ever told, but they've done a decent job of getting us to the home stretch.

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What's harder to believe — that someone is capable of navigating an apocalypse-ruined city with a map, or that someone in 2018 would even own a map to begin with?

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Another pretty significant thing happens.

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Oh, NOW I see why everyone is so angry at this movie — the ending is one of the most random, abrupt, pointless conclusions to a film that you'll ever see...EVER.

Will and Sam are driving, trying to escape the end of the world. Everything is at maximum intensity and then boom, the movie ends.
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Will and Sam are driving, trying to escape the end of the world. Everything is at maximum intensity and then boom, the movie ends.

Imagine waiting in line an hour and a half for a rollercoaster. Then, you finally get on and the big drop is just about to happen, when suddenly you're sitting on your couch watching end credits.

I wanted to know how the world ended and see what happened to the characters, not read the names of those responsible for wasting my two hours (no offense, Unit Production Manager, Patrick Newall).
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I wanted to know how the world ended and see what happened to the characters, not read the names of those responsible for wasting my two hours (no offense, Unit Production Manager, Patrick Newall).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

ACTION RATING: 7.5/10BEST PART: The cast is good, it has cool visuals, and it's honestly not bad throughout the movie.WORST PART: It's a movie called How It Ends but you never find out how it ends.LINE FROM THE MOVIE THAT'S ALSO MY ADVICE TO ANYONE CONSIDERING WATCHING IT: "You don't have to do this."
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ACTION RATING: 7.5/10

BEST PART: The cast is good, it has cool visuals, and it's honestly not bad throughout the movie.

WORST PART: It's a movie called How It Ends but you never find out how it ends.

LINE FROM THE MOVIE THAT'S ALSO MY ADVICE TO ANYONE CONSIDERING WATCHING IT: "You don't have to do this."

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