How It Ends – Review Haiku

Written by Brooks McLaren
Directed by David M. Rosenthal

SYNOPSIS

When power and communications are suddenly lost nationwide, a man with a pregnant girlfriend thousands of miles away travels across the country with her father, hoping to get to her before unexplained phenomena causes a total collapse.

HAIKU REVIEW

Poorly Written Fare;
Ruins All Its Potential;
And Limps To A Close.

GRADE

D+

ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS

I’ve said many times that I am a sucker for disaster movies. But after this disaster, I’m the one who feels like a sucker. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not as if there is nothing of value here, because saying that wouldn’t be accurate. But the writing is hollow and sometimes laughably bad (seriously, it’s as if McLaren thought that he could throw in a few more “fucks” instead of actually compelling scenarios and call it a day), characters make absolutely senseless decisions, plot threads are introduced just to pad the script, and the ending may be one of the laziest things I’ve ever seen. There is so much promise, between Forest Whitaker as the co-lead and some truly sweet shots of devastation, but it never even threatens to deliver. Most of what happens in the film can probably be guessed by watching the trailer, or, hell, maybe just by reading a synopsis, and the repetitive nature of the apocalyptic road trip gets tired quickly. I find it hard to believe that after only three days, America would have descended this quickly into this level of chaos, but then again, I find it hard to believe that Netflix funded this once they read the script. Maybe they thought it wasn’t finished yet and that the real ending to a film actually called HOW IT ENDS would be revealed later. I suspect I wasn’t the only one watching the credits, expecting much the same…

If you’re really bored and surfing Netflix while cleaning the house, throw it on in the background. Otherwise, don’t waste your time.

 


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