B.J. Novak Unpacks That Shocking Vengeance Ending: Is America Ready to Heal?

B.J. Novak Unpacks That Shocking Vengeance Ending: Is America Ready to Heal? ...

The following story contains spoilers for Vengeance, according to editors.

B.J. Novak is waiting for the message of Vengeance to be deposed. While the filmmakers make their directorial debut, a Shakespearian tale of revenge that is rife with Quentin Tarantino references, Woody Allen-esque banter, and a nod to Jordan Peele's masterful genre transcendence, Novak wondered if the message of a divided America would eventually be irrelevant.

Sadly, the opposite appears to be true.

Ben Manalowitz, a New Yorker journalist aspiring to be a podcast producer, is played by Issa Rae after receiving a strange phone call from Abilenes' brother (Boyd Holbrook) and Ben begins to wonder if Abilene really overdosed or if she was murdered. J. Smith-Cameron, Dove Cameron, Isabella Amara, Elli Bickle, Ashton Kutcher, and John Mayer star in the ensemble thriller that centers

I thought, 'Is this going to happen?' Novak replied in a recent interview to IndieWire. I was completely unaware that it would become more relevant as we filmed it in terms of the country's division and chaos.

With the Vengeance film spanning New Mexico and Texas, the tension only became worse during the 2020 election that erupted right in the middle of filming.

Novak explained that the filming for the election tomorrow is going to involve a lot of blue state actors and a red state crew of film crews in New Mexico and small places in Texas. It's OK to declare your opinions however you wish.

Yet Novak confirmed the jarring conclusion of Vengeance one that shows Ben (Novak) taking matters into his own hands while lazy law enforcement overlooks the real global situation of illegal drug trades, the exploitative nature of seeking fame, and a family's refusal to admit the truth.

I was more concerned about concealing it because, for me, this felt like the only way for this film to end, according to Novak. So the fact that viewers are a little shaken by it, and dont quite understand what to make of it at first, is very exciting for me. It means I did what I wanted it to do.

The conclusion sequence may be viewed as a dream scenario, blending Novaks' experiences from working with Quentin Tarantino in Inglorious Basterds.

We live in a complex country right now. Novak said that morality is complex and is getting lost. The path to take my character from point A to point B is a very shocking place, surprising place. I like when movies or TV shows go a little further than you expected. It leaves you with something to think about after the film is over.

Novak sought to emulate Peele's stellar writer-director, who's latest film Nope premiered just one week before Vengeance.

Jordan Peele is the best comedian because, like Novak, he comes from comedy. And he is the best at comedy! Meryl Streep is funny because she is the greatest dramatic actress. Jordan Peele, his films are filled with comedy but you barely notice it because he integrates it seamlessly into everything else.

Will there be a Peele-Novak collaboration on the horizon?

I can only dream, according to Novak. Much like, it appears, his cliffhanger conclusion for Vengeance. One thing is for certain: There is more Novak to come. I'm working on the next script right now, which is even more ambitious than this one, according to the director.

Vengeance, a focusFeatures release, is now in cinemas.