The Wages of Fear’s Ending Explained on Netflix

Netflix remake of The Wages of Fear concludes on an appropriately explosive note, but which characters make it to the end credits? This 2024 Netflix film follows a group of Parisian mercenaries hired by an oil company to drive explosive-laden trucks across an unnamed, war-torn desert country. The crew’s stressful task is compounded by the fact that they have less than 24 hours to deliver the trucks in order to put out a raging oil fire, while the nitroglycerin they are transporting is so unstable that it could explode if the trucks are rocked too hard.

The characters in The Wages of Fear must survive rebel attacks, sniper fire, and a variety of other hazards before reaching their destination. Only Fred (played by Vin Diesel doppelganger Franck Gastambide), his brother Alex (Alban Lenoir), and Fred’s doctor love interest Clara (Ana Girardot) survive. Unfortunately, the wounded Fred is forced to drive the last remaining truck into the oil well himself, which promptly explodes and seals off the raging inferno.

Why Does Fred Sacrifice Himself to Save the Villagers?

Fred is The Wages of Fear’s flawed protagonist, leading the convoy carrying the explosives. Flashbacks reveal why Fred is so determined to get his brother out of prison and reunite him with his wife and daughter. Fred understands that the oil fire will eventually destroy a nearby village, so the mission is about more than just personal redemption. During the climax, Fred saves Alex and his family from the oil company goons who betray them, before realizing there isn’t much time left to put out the fire.

Fred drives his truck straight into the center of the fire to put it out because he believes that he has earned redemption by bringing Alex back to his family. Fred is urged to stop by Clara, but he doesn’t see any other option. As the fire is put out at the end of Netflix’s action film, scenes of the villagers celebrating show that Fred’s sacrifice was successful.

Double Cross Oil Company The Pilots

Fred and his group were hired by the oil company in part because they were the best fit for the position and in part because no one else was interested in the position. When only a handful of them arrive in the village unscathed, the risk involved in the gig is validated. Sadly, their problems are far from over. It turns out that the explosives company hired a team whose members were killed in transit, and they don’t have time to wait for replacements. The oil company must, in other words, make one of the mercenaries drive a truck right into the center of the fire.

Alex’s family is being held at gunpoint by the company’s representative Marchand (Astrid Whettnall) and her thugs, who correctly predicted that this news would not go over well. Fred, who shoots Marchand and her men from a distance, thwarts their attempt to blackmail Alex into driving. But since the well is about to blow up, Fred makes the brave decision to operate the truck himself.

Why Gauthier Attempts to Kill Fred

The oil company contacts Fred at the recommendation of his friend Gauthier (Sofiane Zermani), who is technically in charge of the convoy. Fred gradually proves himself more capable, whereas Gauthier loses all of his men during the journey. Gauthier makes a heel turn and points his gun at Fred as The Wages of Fear comes to an end. He explains that Fred is no longer needed because they are so close to the village, and Gauthier can collect his old pal’s fee for himself.

Gauthier appears to shoot Fred dead, and his body falls out of the truck. After “killing” Fred, the cocky Gauthier drives the explosives truck down a narrow road, but it malfunctions along the way. It plunges off the road, causing a massive explosion when it hits the ground. This, of course, raises the stakes even further, as Alex’s truck is the village’s only hope of putting out the fire.

Why Can’t Nitroglycerin Just Be Lifted By Helicopter?

The crew must still transport the explosives by truck, just as they did in the original 1953 version and William Friedkin’s best film, Sorcerer (a remake of The Wages of Fear). Astute viewers may believe the oil company should simply transport the nitroglycerin by helicopter to save time and money. Netflix’s remake emphasizes that transporting explosives in a helicopter is even more dangerous.

The nitroglycerin is so unpredictable that having it rattling around in a helicopter is potentially a greater risk than simply driving it. There’s also the possibility that bandits or rebels will open fire on a helicopter carrying rocket launchers as it approaches the village. Unbelievably, driving the trucks through the harsh desert is the “safest” choice.

Why does Alex forgive Fred for his imprisonment?

The Wages of Fear isn’t overly emotional and feels like a cross between a Fast and Furious film and a long Call of Duty mission. Nonetheless, family drama plays an important role, as it did in Fast and Furious. According to flashbacks, Fred persuaded his explosives expert brother Alex to participate in a supposedly risk-free heist. Needless to say, Fred’s foolproof plan failed, and Alex was sentenced to a hellhole prison.

Fred and Alex are forced to work together on the oil fire, despite the latter’s desire to stay as far away from his brother as possible. This changes around the midpoint of The Wages of Fear, when Fred steps on an antitank landmine. Faced with certain death, Fred apologizes for what happened, and the two embrace as they leap from the mine together. It turns out the mine was a dud, but Fred and Alex don’t have time to get beers and properly reconcile after surviving the mine, so they make peace with their shared history.

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