‘Interceptor’ Ending, Explained: What Happens To Elsa Pataky In Interceptor?
Interceptor is the latest Netflix action flick, and it comes from the hands of Elsa Pataky, and boasts Chris Hemsworth, Thor himself s executive producer. The film has its starting point thanks to the success of Extraction, the 2020 film that made Hemsworth a Netflix’s superstar. The Extraction sequel is on the way, but why not create smaller action films in the meanwhile? The answer might be, not to do it if they are not going to have the resources and talent behind the camera that Extraction had.
Extraction has some solid performances, but the poor dialogue makes almost every conversation something to laugh about, and the themes are handled with almost no subtlety. The choreography is also not the best, but the film does have this great sense of fun, and it might work as an ideal movie to waste time on a lazy afternoon. Other than that, the movie is very forgettable, sadly.
The following paragraphs contain spoilers for Interceptor, so read them at your own risk.
What Happens To Elsa Pataky In Interceptor?
Interceptor begins like any standard day in an officer’s life. Captain Collins arrives at an interception station somewhere in the ocean. The interception station’s job is to serve as a shield in the case that USA land is attacked by nuclear missiles. In that case of that scenario, the station will launch several missiles that will track the nuclear missiles and will destroy them before they come in contact with USA territory.
Collins arrives, and she is given her old room, as she was once stationed there. Collins comes to be in the station because she spoke against a superior. This superior wanted to take Captain further into her career, but he was asking some truly disturbing favors. Collins dared to speak against this sexual harassment, and she was punished for it. Collins is frustrated, her career is now apparently in limbo. She knows she did the right thing, but at what cost?
Immediately after her arrival, the station is attacked by terrorists. Far from there, another group has managed to steal 16 nuclear missiles, and they are planning to launch them against the USA. Collins grabs her gun and goes to the Control Center, where, the station crew prepares to launch their countermeasures. However, there is a traitor inside, and with the help of other members of the crew they attack the Control Center.
Collins and a desk soldier called Rahul are the only ones who manage to survive, and they close the security doors to the Control Center. The leader of the terrorists at the station, Alexander Kessel, is working with the Russians who have the missiles and wants to take the station out, so they can destroy the USA.
Collins holds them off as much as she can, but they are almost preparing to open the doors. Collins and Rahul fall to the terrorists when another soldier named Beaver also betrays them. Kessel seizes the Control Center. However, Collins managed to take it back after Kessel lets his guard down. Unfortunately, the terrorists have disabled the interceptor system.
Rahul goes out and sacrifices himself to set up the system back online, and Collin also goes out, taking some of the terrorists down on her way. She kills Beaver and activates the system. The interceptor missiles destroy the nuclear missiles in the air and the USA is saved. However, the Russians arrive via a submarine and kill Kessel before leaving.
Collins wakes up in the hospital, and she is visited by her father, she begins telling him about Rahul’s sacrifice, and we see that the once dishonored soldier is now a national hero.
How Does Interceptor End?
The film dwells on several topics. The first one is, of course, the type of sexual harassment many women suffered at their workplaces. Unscrupulous male superiors take advantage of these women, and it becomes a toxic cycle. Collin’s own case reminds the viewer of the famous case of Harvey Weinstein. Collins spokes against him, but because he is protected by the system, Collins is the one punished instead.
Kessel also makes numerous philosophic points about what his motivations are. He is basically fighting what he believes is a corrupted system that only seems to benefit the rich and leaves poor people out on their own. Beaver, on the other hand, believes he is not fighting for the country he swore fealty to. The villains seem rather weak in how their motivations justify them for killing millions of people.
The movie also tries to comment on immigration by making Collins and Rahul, both of them immigrants, the heroes of the story. It is then that the American soldiers, especially Beaver, become cartoons, characters based on stereotypes, and nothing more. It is quite shallow.
In the end, the Russians decide to kill Kessel, as he knows too much information to be left alive, he could become a liability now that their plan has failed. However, leaving Collins doesn’t make much sense, and it all comes down to plot armor. She lives because she is the protagonist. It makes the movie really feel like an old-school movie, but not in the best of ways.