“End of the Road” is a thriller that fails to build suspense. The social commentary doesn’t stand tall; what could have been a chilling experience is reduced to something of a travesty. The oversaturated visual aesthetics of the film do not match the genre very well. The overall performance of the cast was commendable and is the only aspect of the film that works. The trip could have had an impact if handled in the right way. Now, know about the End of The Road Movie.
End of The Road: Movie Synopsis
After losing her husband to cancer, Brenda Freeman decides to move her family from California to Texas. She had to sell the house they owned to pay off the debt incurred to pay for her husband’s treatment. She moved into her mother’s house in Houston, a decision her children did not approve of. Leaving their home and the memories associated with it was not easy for Cam and Kelly.
Kelly had to say goodbye to her lover and Cam tried to leave his room and even suggested he sleep on his dad’s bed to stay back. Brenda’s brother Reggie joined the Freemans on the trip. The self-proclaimed problem solver is very much a troublemaker. Determined to make his family proud, he sometimes makes questionable decisions.
Three hours into the trip, Brinda was fed up with how busy her family was on the phones. She made sure her kids put their phones away and share what was on their minds. Although the children were reluctant at first, they gradually opened up and the car journey was no longer as dull as before. At the gas station, Brenda felt uninvited and hurried Kelly back to the car. Two white hoodlums provoked Kelly; she gave them the middle finger and left. But they couldn’t get over the insult.
They started following the family. Brenda struggled to maintain control as the car continued to chase them. They left after a few minutes, but soon the family realized they had sped up to block their path. It was no longer a minor problem. Reggie was about to confront them, but Brenda stopped him. She knew that if she wasn’t handled sensitively, the situation would escalate. She decides to talk and solve the problem. The bigots asked her to apologize for endangering white lives, and although she was disgusted and shaken by the whole situation, she repeated it to protect her family.
They had guns and she knew she could lose her entire family in seconds. They laughed that they were only making fun of them and left. From the moment they had to take the detour, their lives were strangely affected. They realized that the journey would not be easy and they could face even more prejudice, but they had to stick together to fight the danger.
Meanwhile, Harvey Ruck and Pepe Ochoa took over the party for Mr. Cross. But Ruck was not loyal to his work; he shot his partner, took money from the gangster, and ran away. In some strange way, the Freemans got their hands on the money, and Brenda had to fight for her family’s lives to protect them from the crazy couple. “End of The Road.”
End Of The Road Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End?
After Kelly and Reggie arrived at Captain Hammers’s ranch, he introduced them to his wife. The good-natured country folk soon turn into a vicious couple when he opens the back of his car to reveal that he was the one who kidnapped Cam. They were all locked in the basement and will be released when Brenda comes to their house with the money. They knew that after what they had witnessed, they would never be able to walk free again. It was all a trap.
Once Brenda gets to the house, the couple kills the entire family. They tried to escape through a small opening, but their dog found out and bit Kelly’s hand. Captain Hammers, aka Mr. Cross, entered the basement after hearing a noise. Reggie tried to infuriate him with words, and just as he was about to lose his cool, Cam pulled the rope and dropped a bucket of bleach on top of him. They all ran for their lives and attacked his wife who was just as hideous.
She tried to attack them with a pair of scissors, which she managed to push into Reggie’s stomach. The three of them grabbed her and threw her into the basement. They locked the door and secured it. As they were leaving, Kelly contacted Brenda and they realized she was close. They met her and informed her of what had happened. Even though Reggie wanted to take the bag of money, the rest of the family wanted to keep it so the couple wouldn’t bother them anymore.
As the family rejoiced when their car started working, the couple escaped from the basement and prepared to murder the family. They got into a car with guns and tracked down the family. Reggie drove the car as fast as he could, but the manic couple wasn’t ready to give up. They continued to chase and shoot at their car. Brenda had a gun they had stolen from the couple’s house and was shooting at them.
As a result of the car chase, the trunk of the car opened and their luggage was scattered on the road. Brenda got out of the car and Reggie pulled up not far away. Brenda submitted to the couple and asked them to take her and spare her family. The couple was about to run her over with a car, but she threw a flare into the car before running off the road for her life. The car caught fire and the couple was eventually disposed of.
The next morning, Reggie revealed that he had stolen cash from the crime scene. Brenda thought it was dishonest money and was not ready to accept it. However, her children refuted her point, saying that the money does not belong to anyone now and therefore it does not technically harm them or anyone else to take it. Brenda finally agreed to keep it. In some strange way, they found money to help them live a better life, but it came at a high price.
The fact that Captain Hammers was actually Mr. Cross was revealed as the story progressed. It explains why the police have never been able to catch the deadly man who murdered over fifty people. At night he went about his business as Mr. Cross, and in the morning he studied the case as a captain in the Arizona State Troopers. He murdered Harvey Ruck but had to flee the scene because he knew people around him heard the gunshot.
He thought of taking the bag of money in the morning when he would enter the scene as the captain, but when he returned he saw that the bag was missing. It was clear that the family left with the bag because they were the only ones who entered the scene.
“End of the Road” ends with a sense of relief as the family can now start over. But the fact that they could get away after killing a cop and his wife could be exciting. “End of The Road.”