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* CrazySurvivalist: [[spoiler:Jeremiah, the man who took in Sam after the city got completely wiped out by whatever the heck it was (apparently a volcano). Will can see that he obviously got infatuated with Sam [[MurderTheHypothenuse and is planning on how to kill Will]] from the moment they meet, and decides not to tell him his gun still has OneBulletLeft because of it -- a measure that comes in handy the very next day.]]


* BeardOfEvil: The first real antagonist Tom and Will encounter is [[spoiler:some impostor posing as a highway patrol cop]]. That the guy sports a wild, fuzzy, generally shifty-looking beard seems to be a major part of what tips Tom off about his true nature.

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* BeardOfEvil: The first real antagonist Tom and Will encounter is [[spoiler:some impostor posing as a highway patrol cop]]. That the guy sports a wild, fuzzy, generally shifty-looking beard seems to be a major part of what tips Tom off about his true nature. In fairness, this violates most law enforcement dress codes.



** Jeremiah thinks this is some sort of GovernmentConspiracy to experiment on people, believing that it was nuclear bomb followed by a computer virus to instill chaos. At the end of the day, Will doesn't give a damn about what caused it because it doesnít change anything.

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** Jeremiah thinks this is some sort of GovernmentConspiracy to experiment on people, believing that it was a nuclear bomb followed by a computer virus to instill chaos. At the end of the day, Will doesn't give a damn about what caused it because it doesnít change anything.



* {{Irony}}: Ricki notes this when Tom spots an Army Blackhawk helicopter going by, listing all of the other native tribes who they named helicopters after, but previously tried to wipe out (the character and actress are native too).



* NoEnding: After Will kills Jeremiah in self-defense, the nearby volcano erupts, so he grabs Sam and they drive off with intent to drive north to Canada before the pyroclastic flow reaches them while anguishly telling each other that they love them. The movie ends right after they outrun the cloud.

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* NoEnding: After Will kills Jeremiah in self-defense, the nearby volcano erupts, so he grabs Sam and they drive off with intent to drive north to Canada before the pyroclastic flow reaches them while anguishly telling each other that they love them. The movie ends right after they outrun the cloud.


* NecessaryEvil: Will and Tom try to comfort Ricki that it was okay that the thieves died because the trio wouldn't have lasted longer if they had let them take the gas.

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* NecessaryEvil: NecessarilyEvil: Will and Tom try to comfort Ricki that it was okay that the thieves died because the trio wouldn't have lasted longer if they had let them take the gas.


''How It Ends'' is a action/suspense/thriller film released on July 13, 2018 for Creator/{{Netflix}}'s streaming service. Starring Creator/TheoJames, Creator/ForestWhitaker and Kat Graham, the film was announced as early as 2011 but [[DevelopmentHell did not begin production]] until 2015, with filming to begin in 2017.

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''How It Ends'' is a action/suspense/thriller film released on July 13, 2018 for Creator/{{Netflix}}'s streaming service. Starring Creator/TheoJames, Creator/ForestWhitaker and Kat Graham, Creator/KatGraham, the film was announced as early as 2011 but [[DevelopmentHell did not begin production]] until 2015, with filming to begin in 2017.

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* ApocalypseAnarchy: It appears it doesn't takes even a full day after such a disaster to happen for thieving gangs to start to roam the roads of America.


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* ScrewTheRulesItsTheApocalypse: Will and Tom lie, threaten and kill their way through the United States to get to their wife/daughter on the East Coast. While they have a pretty altruistic reason (and in the latter it's self-defense) it still earns them a well-deserved WhatTheHellHero.


* RiddleForTheAges: Whether or not the disasters that devastated the West Coast were actually man-made or not and the true extent of the destruction.

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* RiddleForTheAges: Whether or not the disasters that devastated the West Coast were actually man-made or not and the true extent of the destruction.destruction or why the little we see of government action is so damn secretive.

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* RiddleForTheAges: Whether or not the disasters that devastated the West Coast were actually man-made or not and the true extent of the destruction.


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* UnspecifiedApocalypse: So many details are left up in the air about the disaster that it becomes one of these.
* VikingFuneral: [[spoiler:Will eventually does this to Tom alongside their non-functional car.]]

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: [[spoiler:The fake cop Tom and Will run afoul of]] calls Will a faggot for no apparent reason.

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* BeardOfEvil: The first real antagonist Tom and Will encounter is [[spoiler:some impostor posing as a highway patrol cop]]. That the guy sports a wild, fuzzy, generally shifty-looking beard seems to be a major part of what tips Tom off about his true nature.


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* DoesNotLikeGuns: [[PostersAlwaysLie Contrary to what the official poster would have you believe]], Will is one of the rare examples of an adult US movie character that never even touched a gun in his life, let alone handled one with any degree of competency. Tom is forced to talk him through the entire process of loading and arming his SIG Sauer handgun so Will can shoot the bad guys during a hectic car chase.

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* LivingMacGuffin: Sam is Tom's daughter, Will's girlfriend/fiancée, and [[DamselInDistress the sole reason]] why the two men embark on the dangerous journey the film chronicles. If not for her, their lives and those of many others would've taken a much different turn from the moment the event hits.


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* UglyGuyHotWife: While [[Creator/ForestWhitaker Tom]] certainly won't win beauty contests anytime soon, his wife Paula is cut from a completely different cloth.

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* ClusterFBomb: Tom is the only character in the film to keep his language civil most of the time. Will and Ricki on the other hand drop F-bombs in every other sentence, and the former has a few lines that consist of nothing but them.


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* SceneryGorn / SceneryPorn: The film oscillates freely between desolate scenes of destruction and chaos, interrupted by extended beauty shots of the protagonists cruising through gorgeous landscapes on their way to Seattle, which [[spoiler:the mysterious event has turned into an utterly devastated ruin covered in volcanic ashes]].


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* SecretlyDying: [[spoiler:Tom suffers multiple rib fractures early on, and it soon becomes clear that they punctured his lungs. He seems aware of it but refrains from telling Will until his lungs almost collapse, forcing him to rely on Will for some emergency surgery. He dies a couple hours later regardless.]]


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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: If you've watched the lengthy Netflix trailer in its entirety, you've seen pretty much every important event, plot twist and money shot the movie has, down to the very ending. The only asset it doesn't spoil (by virtue of complete omission) is the third main character, Ricki.

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* GenreBlind: The protagonists display an astonishing lack of savvy when it comes to dealing with other people in the lawless, apocalyptic world they find themselves in. They regularly and ''repeatedly'' stop the car when they encounter other people even though it tends to be painfully obvious that they're walking into a trap or ambush. Will can be forgiven for being a pampered city kid way out of his depth, but grizzled military veteran Tom really should know better.


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* OverprotectiveDad: Tom has all the hallmarks of one, which an exasperated Will eventually calls him out on during their dinner in the opening chapter. [[GetOut He doesn't take it well.]]


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* RetiredBadass: Tom is a retired Marine Corps officer with almost 30 years of service under his belt, and he does get a few opportunities to put that training to good use. Unfortunately, he's too GenreBlind to seize most of them in time.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Shortly before the TV network cuts out early in the movie, the news ticker mentions people dying in Europe due to a massive heat wave. When the film was released, Europe (among other regions of the world) really was suffering from one of the most intense heat waves in recorded history, with numerous deaths attributed to the effects across various nations.


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* WrenchWench: Ricki ticks all the boxes as her reservation's resident mechanic.


* WoundedGazelleGambit: A hooker uses the classic SlutShaming claim on Will so that she and her guy friends can intimidate and rob him. Tom pulls a gun on them and scares them off.

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A hooker uses the classic SlutShaming claim on Will so that she and her guy friends can intimidate and rob him. Tom pulls a gun on them and scares them off.off.
** A different woman pulls a more classic gambit later on as they pass a settlement in flames. In this case, she and her husband are actually in distress, but were threatened into colluding with a group of bandits who subsequently robbed the protagonists of their gas.


* BecomingTheMask: Tom hires Ricki and later threatens to kick her out if she doesn't follow through. By the next day or two, she and the boys get along well.

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* BecomingTheMask: Tom hires Ricki and later threatens to kick her out if she doesn't follow through. By the next day or two, she and the boys guys get along well.well, to the point that Tom tries to help Will in convincing her that she did good and should stay after she gets some thieves killed, and later feels bad when she quits and calls them bad people.



* GoodCopBadCop: Will is a fair and reasonable dude, Tom is a veteran soldier and can be a hardass.
* HeroicBSOD: Will briefly has one after Tom dies and the car breaks down.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Will and Tom try to assure Ricki that the death of the thieves was necessary for their own survival. Ricki refuses to take in any of it.



* MysteriousPast: Ricki mentions that she's been surviving on her own ever since she was born. At the very least, it suggests she was an orphan.

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* MysteriousPast: Ricki mentions that she's been surviving on her own ever since she was born. At the very least, it suggests she was an orphan.orphan, which would explain why no one on her reservation [[FriendlessBackground seemed to care]] when she left with Will and Tom.



* NoEnding: After Will kills Jeremiah in self-defense, the nearby volcano erupts, so he grabs Sam and they drive off with intent to drive north to Canada before the pyroclastic flow reaches them while anguishly telling each other that they love them. The movie ends right after they outrun the cloud.
* NotWhatISignedUpFor: Ricki after indirectly getting two thieves killed.



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Ricki leaves in the middle of the night after indirectly killing two thieves, [[YouMonster wishing that she didnít come along with Will and Tom.]]

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Ricki leaves in the middle of the night after indirectly killing two thieves, [[YouMonster wishing that she didnít come along with Will and Tom.]]]]
** While crossing the bridge, Will and Tom are stopped by a band of armed thieves. [[BaitAndSwitch After Will claims that they'll pull over]], he floors it back to the other side. The duo manage to kill some of the thieves in their escape, but Tom succumbs to his injuries after giving Will an opening.


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* TruthInTelevision: Mt. Rainier is set to erupt sometime in Washington's future. However, the volcano that erupted at the end of the movie is likely not Mt. Rainier, as the snow and ice there would turn its pyroclastic flow into lahar.


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* WoundedGazelleGambit: A hooker uses the classic SlutShaming claim on Will so that she and her guy friends can intimidate and rob him. Tom pulls a gun on them and scares them off.


* CoversAlwaysLie: The poster suggests this film is about a gun-slinging hero in a toxic wasteland, whereas Will is [[spoiler:actually a novice shot and only fires once at the end. The mask is only worn for a couple minutes around the ashy remains of Seattle.]]


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* PostersAlwaysLie: The poster suggests this film is about a gun-slinging hero in a toxic wasteland, whereas Will is [[spoiler:actually a novice shot and only fires once at the end. The mask is only worn for a couple minutes around the ashy remains of Seattle.]]

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