Adam McKay star Do not seek, one of the most anticipated films of 2021, hit Netflix on Christmas Eve. The Doomsday Satire hit theaters earlier this month, but now we can all watch it from the comfort of our own homes.
The comedy-drama follows a professor named Dr Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his graduate student Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence), who discover that a huge comet is heading straight for Earth at dangerously alarming speed. With the help of a scientist named Dr Teddy Oglethorpe (Rob Morgan), they attempt to alert US President Orleans (Meryl Streep) of the impending danger, which turns out to be a much more difficult task than they might think. had foreseen it.
President Orléans cares more about her next campaign than the future of the planet, and we learn pretty quickly that most of the characters in the film choose to prioritize their own lives over humanity. If this all sounds familiar to you, it’s because Do not seek is a metaphor for the climate change crisis.
Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Don’t Look Up.
Did the comet strike the Earth in Do not seek?
While Dr Mindy and Kate are doing their utmost to warn people that the comet is coming to Earth, officials just don’t care.
President Orleans ends up teaming up with a tech billionaire named Peter Isherwell (Mark Rylance) after realizing the comet is made up of precious minerals. The two hatch a plan that would stop the comet while preserving expensive goods. This plan ultimately fails.
America is falling into chaos as people brace for the end of the world. While some people realize that they are heading towards certain death, there are also comet deniers who follow President Orleans and refuse to believe that the Earth is about to be decimated. While this is meant to represent climate change deniers, it’s also surprisingly similar to those who believe the COVID-19 pandemic – and the vaccines to help stop it – are a hoax.
At the end of the day, Dr. Mindy, her family, Kate and her new love Yule (Timothée Chalamet) all come together for a nice dinner while they wait for the comet to strike. The house begins to shake and crumble as everything explodes and the Earth is destroyed. Almost everyone on the planet dies instantly.
Do not seekThe mid-credits scene, explained
President Orléans and the passengers of her ship manage to get away from Earth to fly to another planet. But during the mid-credits scene of Do not seek, we see that they can’t save themselves after all.
The group awakens from cryogenic sleep and leaves the ship for a beautiful planet. But before they can truly enjoy their new reality, a huge bird-like creature attacks the president and others emerge. It is assumed that they are all killed by these creatures.
Do not seekThe post-credits scene of, explained
Before the film is truly over, viewers are treated to one last scene. President Orleans’ son Jason (Jonah Hill) emerges from the rubble after the comet hits Earth, calling for his mother. He pulls out his phone and starts checking in, telling his followers he’s the last man on Earth and asking people to like and subscribe. Of course, with everyone on Earth presumably dead, no one will see their video.