Let’s get the Outside the Wire ending explained as more audiences continue to flock to the 2021 movie over on Netflix.
Netflix unveiled a wide range of celebrated movies last year, offering new efforts from the likes of Spike Lee (Da 5 Bloods), David Fincher (Mank), Charlie Kaufman (I’m Thinking of Ending Things) and more.
In 2021, Variety highlights that the streaming service will be rolling out a new movie every week, from highly anticipated offerings to original productions.
They have already delivered the heartbreaking drama Pieces of a Woman and unveiled Outside the Wire on Friday, January 15th 2021.
Directed by Mikael Håfström, this sci-fi actioner stars Anthony Mackie (Avengers: Endgame) as Leo, an android military officer who works with a drone pilot (played by Damson Idris) named Lt. Thomas Harp to save the world.
Some viewers have found themselves uncertain about the last act, so let’s get the Outside the Wire ending explained…
Outside the Wire ending explained
To make sense of the ending, one must understand the rest of the narrative, so let’s reflect.
Making a difficult decision in battle, Thomas kills two soldiers to save the others and is assigned to work alongside Captain Leo as punishment.
Leo reveals that he’s actually a robot and he needs help seizing some nuclear codes before Victor Koval gets his hands on them. So, they seek to find their whereabouts, speaking with refugee camp leader Sofiya (Emily Beecham) who directs them to an arms dealer.
Leo and Thomas get to know one another, discussing drone warfare, morality and AI, cementing the film’s themes.
Harp removes a tracking device from Leo so that they can venture further to find the codes, which they believe are secured in a bank vault. However, upon arrival, a hostage situation ensues. Leo requests Harp to end the mission announcing that Koval is there and a drone strike targets the premises. Neither party retrieves the codes and Leo decides against Harp’s decision to call it in.
Rather than a tracker, it turns out that Harp actually removed a control device from Leo, meaning he can defy duties. He disables Harp and ditches him, leaving him to be taken by Sofiya’s crew.
There, Harp explains Leo’s aims to hand over the codes to Koval but she doesn’t stop him. Leo then meets with Koval and takes control over the facility, murdering the others.
Harp informs the military and they head to Leo’s location to stop him. The two share an encounter and fight. Although, despite Harp coming out on top, Leo assures him that the missile strike cannot be stopped, revealing that his true motivations stem from self-hatred. His aim is to destroy the robot-soldier program so no more like him are created: “Remove the humanity, increase the fight.”
Essentially, he believes that the US having the commodity of robot soldiers makes warfare easier to pursue, leading to more incentive for violence than if it were more of their own having to lay down their lives. Harp reports back that he sees Leo but the pair negotiate and Harp argues that, if spared, they will strive to do better.
However, Harp flees the scene just as a missile strikes and destroys Leo.
We’re then left to digest the importance of Leo’s actions and beliefs, wondering whether his predictions for more detached warfare will spell our own demise and the morality of it all.
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