Forest Whitaker Is a Badass Father in Netflix's Apocalyptic Action Film How It Ends

Forest Whitaker and Theo James star in How it Ends.
Forest Whitaker and Theo James star in How it Ends.
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A mysterious disaster strikes the United States. A pregnant daughter goes missing 2,000 miles away. Time for a road trip.


That’s the basic setup of How It Ends, an upcoming apocalyptic disaster movie from Netflix. It’s directed by David M. Rosenthal, and Forest Whitaker stars as a father with a military background who takes his daughter’s husband (Theo James) on a trip to rescue her when a mysterious event knocks out power and communications. Here’s the trailer.

Gotta say, for a Netflix movie, that looks highly entertaining—sort of like an apocalyptic Taken. We can only hope the disaster has something to do with a government coverup or aliens, because that would just be the icing on the cake.

How It Ends, which co-stars Kat Graham, Kerry Bishé, Mark O’Brien, Nicole Ari Parker, and Grace Dove, premieres July 13.


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From what I gather just from the trailer, Forest Whitaker comes off as Liam Neeson, but falls short and gets himself killed mid way through. Hence the few snippets where he’s in the back in a little sunken position having the son in law promise to take care of his daughter.

If that is how it goes, I kind of would’ve preferred the other way around. The father lives but the husband dies which makes for an awkward conversation when he finds his daughter. “Yeah, you know I never liked your husband or approved the marriage. But I swear, it was the apocalypse that killed him.” And she just rolls her eyes and responds, “Oh that’s sooooo convenient, dad! God! You never like any of the guys I date!