How It Ends is a 2018 American action disaster thriller film directed by David M. Rosenthal.

Official trailers

Netflix on Friday, July 13, 2018 released the trailer:
How It Ends | Final Trailer | Netflix.

Story intro

Will and Samantha (Sam) are a young couple who are expecting their first child. Will flies from Seattle to visit Sam's parents in Chicago, intending to ask permission to marry Sam from Tom, her disapproving father. At dinner, Will and Tom get into an argument and Will does not mention the pregnancy. The next day, Sam calls Will before his flight back. There is a mysterious sound and Samantha, scared, says, "Something's wrong" before the call disconnects and Will cannot call her back. At the airport, all flights are cancelled. During a TV news report that discusses preliminary reports on a seismic event off the West Coast of the United States that has disrupted electrical power and telecommunication, electricity and phone lines in Chicago are disrupted. Will returns to Sam's parents' house, where Tom and Will agree to drive together to Seattle to find Sam. Amidst heavy traffic, Will and Tom discover that soldiers have closed off the interstate highway for safety reasons. Tom manages to persuade them to let his car through. That night, they are pulled over by what appears to be a police patrol but is in actuality an escaped convict with a shotgun. The ensuing firefight results in an accident that fractures Tom's ribs. Tom knocks out the convict and they use the police cruiser to tow their damaged car to a nearby reservation. At the reservation, Tom finds a mechanic, Ricki, who fixes the car and agrees to travel with them in case their car breaks down again. The trio set out, making sure to restock for provisions when they can, first at a small town reluctant to help outsiders and again at an abandoned theme park. At one point, robbers hold the three of them at gunpoint and steal their gasoline reserves. Realizing that without fuel they are doomed, Will chases and finally catches up with the fleeing car. Ricki shoots out the other car's tires, causing the thieves' vehicle to flip over. With the flipped car's leaking gas tank and surrounding fire, they barely have enough time to take their gasoline back before the car explodes, resulting in the robbers' deaths. Later that night, upset over the consequences of her actions, Ricki leaves Tom and Will.


Theo James
Will, an attorney
Kat Graham
Sam, Will's girlfriend
Forest Whitaker
Tom, Sam's father
Nicole Ari Parker
Paula, Sam's mother
Grace Dove
Ricki, an auto mechanic
Mark O'Brien
Jeremiah, Will's and Sam's neighbor
Kerry Bishé
Meg, Will's and Sam's friend
Eric Keenleyside
Sheriff Reynolds, the sheriff of Ashland Heights


Principal photography took place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in August 2017.

The film How It Ends was scheduled to be released on July 13, 2018 (United States) by Netflix.

The duration of the film is 113 min.


How It Ends got low rating from critics. The audience dislikes the film either.

External links

Official website:

Wikipedia: How It Ends (film)

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