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The Oak Room Ending Explained: Plot and Conclusion

The Oak Room Ending Explained
The Oak Room Ending Explained

The Oak Room is a 2020 thriller directed by Cody Calahan. Peter Genoway has penned the screenplay for the film. The story is based on a play of the same name by Peter Genoway. It stars RJ Mitte, Ari Millen, Martin Roach, Nicholas Campbell, David Ferry, and Peter Outerbridge. The Oak Room premiered at the Fantasia International Film Festival in August 2020. The critical reception to the film has been largely favorable. Critics have praised the story and the atmosphere the film creates. The film takes place amidst a raging snowstorm. A drifter returns home in a remote Canadian town where he was born. He enters the local blue-collar bar amidst the snowstorm. As he starts telling stories to the grizzled bartender, who he owns debt, the story takes a turn. As the drifter tells the stories, the film takes a turn to mistaken identities and gruesome violence.

The cast includes RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad), who plays the lead role of the drifter, Steve. Peter Outerbridge stars as the grizzled bartender Paul. Ari Millen plays the role of the hitman Michael. Nicholas Campbell plays Gordon, Steve’s now-deceased father. Martin Roach plays Richard. David Ferry plays the character of Kenneth. Amos Crawley plays the role of Thomas Coward. Avery Esteves plays Young Michael, while Coal Campbell plays Young Gordon. Finally, Adam Seybold plays the role of Young Paul. There’s quite a mysterious intrigue to the film right off the bat. As the plot moves forward, the story unfolds more stories like a Russian doll. The film ends with ambiguity, although it points to what can be the only conclusion. If you’re wondering what the ending of The Oak Room entails and means, we’ve got you covered! But tread carefully if you don’t wanna get spoiled!

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RJ Mitte with director Cody Calahan.

What’s the Movie About? Plot Synopsis

The film starts with a raging snowstorm. Steve walks into a bar and strikes a conversation with the bartender, Paul. Steve has been a drifter for many years and had now returned to his hometown. He and Paul know each other, and Steve owes Paul and another person called Stelli some debt. Paul calls this Stelli person to come to the bar and confront Steve about the debt. Soon, Steve convinces Paul to hear a story about an event in a similar bar a few days ago. The story is set in a similar snowstorm, and the bartender, Michael, is about to close the bar. This story eventually ends in a verbal spat between the bartender and a man named Richard, who enters the bar. However, before its end, Michael tells Richard a story of his own.

Paul is irritated at the uninteresting ending, and then he goes on to tell a story himself. He tells the story that Steve’s father Gordon told him once. We see this story in a flashback as well. This story follows Steve’s depressed father lamenting over his wasted life. Afterward, Steve tells a second story which follows the events that led to that of the first one. Michael, in this story, had killed the previous bartender before Richard had arrived. And he kills Richard soon after their verbal spat as well. Paul is dubious of how Steve knows about this. Steve tells him that the town drunkard covertly observed the events take place. He then wonders if Michael had gone to the wrong bar and killed the wrong man, which alerts Paul.

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RJ Mitte plays the lead role of Steve in The Oak Room (2020).

The Oak Room Ending Explained

As soon as Steve reveals his suspicion about Michael killing the wrong bartender, Paul becomes alarmed. It becomes clear that Michael was to kill some other bartender instead of the one he killed. And that bartender is Paul. Paul realizes this fact when Steve tells him that Michael said something to the original bartender before killing him. He says to the bartender, “Jimmy Thomson sends his regards.” As soon as Paul hears this, he goes pale, for he knows that Michael was supposed to kill him. The film ends with Michael’s headlight piercing through the bar window and illuminating Paul’s terrified face. There’s only one conclusion to that, and it ends up in Paul’s murder. As for Steve, it seems that he knew about or was an accomplice of Michael. Michael gets his kill and Steve, his father’s belonging and freedom from debt.

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