HBO Max’s latest original movie outing in the form of No Sudden Move is quite a star-studded affair. We have a talented ensemble cast ranging of faces such as Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro, David Harbour, Jon Hamm, Amy Seimetz, Brendan Fraser, Kieran Culkin, Noah Jupe, and Craig Grant in his final appearance. Apart from them, Julia Fox, Frankie Shaw, Ray Liotta, and Bill Duke also join in to attract more audiences to the Steven Soderbergh directed neo-noir thriller set in the 50s. But apart from being a star-studded story, the movie is quite confusing as a storyline. So here comes our cue as we look at No Sudden Move and get its ending explained right.
The array of characters we have in No Sudden Move and their deals with each other is something that might strike the confusion over here. We have a mysterious document over here. There are several parties trying to fight for it. Then there are people fighting for themselves, but in order to do so, they have to listen to these parties and get involved in getting the document to the right hands. So, where do the documents end up? So here is No Sudden Move and its plot summary, ending, and all questions like this one explained in our own right.
No Sudden Move Plot Summary
No Sudden Move is set in 1950s Detroit and tells the story of a number of characters with the First gangster Curt Goynes in prime focus. He needs cash and wants to leave town. Taking a reference from his friend Jimmy, a man named Doug Jones recruits him for a blackmail job along with gangsters Ronald and Charly. The job is simple. It’s to threaten an accountant named Matt and his family for some precious documents Matt’s boss holds in a locker.
The strike begins, and initially, Matt denies saying his boss is not in his office until the gang reveals Matt’s affair with the boss’s secretary, Paula. They ask him to take help from her to retrieve the document. With that, Matt does open the locker, only to find it empty. Desperate to save his family, Matt comes up with fake documents and submits them to Doug. Meanwhile, as he returns, Charly is desperate to kill the family, leading Curt to take the shot and kill Charly. He asks Matt to tell the cops that Charly was an intruder, and Matt killed him in self-defense.
When Doug realizes documents are fake, Kurt and Ronald get a bounty on their head. The man behind Doug Jones is unknown, but there doubts about its crime lords Frank Capelli and Aldrick Watkins. Curt and Ronald get back to Matt, who guides them to their boss and retrieve the real document to save themselves. This finally takes them to Frank Capelli and Watkins and a deal that would benefit everyone.
No Sudden Move Ending Explained
What Is The Document and The Deal?
The document that is so precious in No Sudden Move is a filing for a converter. The mandatory emission control devices that become important in the future. So as this previous document is in the hands of Kurt and Ronald, they make sure to save their lives with it by offering a deal to Frank Capelli and Watkins by selling it. It is revealed that a car company owner named Hugh Naismith wanted the document retrieved. He had Matt on this job previously, but he decided to go for Capelli when he didn’t fit in to retrieve it. In turn, Capelli hired Doug, and he went on to hire the gangsters.
The 50k deal between Capelli and Curt and Ronald goes bad when Capelli betrays. But Curt had a backup in the form of Watkins and managed to take down Capelli’s men somehow. Capelli somehow escapes only to be later killed by his own wife having an affair with Ronald. After getting information on Naismith, Curt directly contacts him, and Naismith is ready to pay 125k for the documents as they invite him to meet. Before Naismith arrives, Curt and Ronald also approach Matt’s boss about the design. He reveals that he would sell it to Mike Lowen, the owner of a car association. The biggest player in the game over here.
How Did It End For Everyone?
So taking a cue from Matt’s boss, Curt and Ronald decide to hear it from Mike Lowen as well. Lowen offers a significantly huge amount of 375k for the documents. But at the same time, Watkins takes money from Naismith and confronts Curt and Ronald, who take money from Lowen. Watkins and his gang let Ronald run with the money and want only Curt instead. While Ronaldo lures away, Watkins takes away Curt before being confronted by Detective Joe Finney, who arrived at Matt’s scene to investigate Charly’s death. Joe is a dirty cop, and Watkins gives him 50,000 for taking care of Curt himself.
Meanwhile, Ronald prepares to leave town with Vanessa, who has some money from Capelli as well. But Vanessa betrays by killing Ronald and keeping money to herself. But the escape doesn’t go well when a cop comes in her way and takes away the money. This huge amount and Joe’s 50,000, Joe takes it all together back to Mike Lowen. So whatever the mess was, the big player in the game wins it anyway and gets the documents as well as money back. For Curt, it is revealed that Watkins spared his life as he made up for his previous mess. So he gave him $5000, the same amount he was promised for the job, and let him have safe passage to Kansas city as he always wanted.
The Reason Watkins Was Involved By Curt
The last moment as we said, saw Watkins taking charge of Curt before sparing him. But the question remains why might Curt have involved him in the first place? Well, throughout the movie, it is mentioned Curt owed some amount to Watkins. This comes from the history lesson of Charly initially in the episode when he expressed what he knows about Curt and his run with Watkins.
So what happened is there was a time when Curt wanted his own turf. So he took some loan from Watkins to form it and arranged a meeting with Watkins’s gang and Capelli’s gang. This deal didn’t go down well, leaving the whole place in a massacre. The money Curt had was wasted, and thus he owed it to give it back to Watkins. That’s all for No Sudden Move, and its ending explained.