Just watched Uncut Gems (2019) for the first time and was thrown for a loop about the ending.
The whole film is about Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) seemingly endlessly gambling in his life: With money, relationships and pretty much anything/everything.
Throughout the film he endlessly loses. But at the end of the film, he bets and wins. The thugs at the end of the film, who are trapped in a security vestibule, see this for themselves. And they know his winning bet means that Howard can finally pay off the debt he owes to them.
But when Howard opens up the vestibule to let the thugs back in, because one assumes everything should be fine now that they all know Howard has the money and the debt can be paid off, Phil flips out and shoots Howard in the head.
Why did this happen? One can assume that Phil just lost his mind and decided he doesn’t care anymore because right after he kills Howard he kills his boss Arno as well for flipping out about Howard being killed.
So why did Phil kill Howard? Was there anything in the film that explains Phils behavior past the fact he’s a violent and impulsive lunatic?
Pictured are Nico and Arno enjoying their unplanned respite in the security vestibule outside of Howard’s jewelry shop.