Space Sweepers – the ending explained

February 5, 2021
Daniel Hart 0
Ending Explained, Film, Netflix

This article discusses the ending of Netflix Korean film Space Sweepers, so it will contain major spoilers. 

If you reached the end of this engaging space adventure… a lot happened! But I think when the final act throws every action sequence possible at the audience, it’s best to simplify what truly happened. The final act was about two things; saving Earth and saving Dorothy/Kot-nim from the evil idealist James Sullivan. Tae-ho is conflicted by his emotional eagerness to find Su-ni, his adopted daughter, and finds himself making a trade with the idealist for Kot-nim.

Netflix’s Space Sweepers – the ending explained

But with a change of heart and questioning his morality, Tae-ho joins the other junk-collectors to save Kot-nim for the impending doom on Earth. It’s not clear at first whether they can save both the young girl and the planet, and there are a lot of pessimistic views provided by Captain Jang about their chances. They need to get Kot-nim away from the Krypton wave; if she’s near the explosion, the nanobots will be destroyed, and she will get sick again. James Sullivan does not want Kot-nim’s recovery from the sickness to be revealed, as his motive is to destroy the polluted Earth and move to an ideal Mars. Throwing Kot-nim into the earth, with The Factory, is two birds with one stone — Earth will be destroyed, killing billions of humans in the process. A lot is playing on the ending.

But with all the firepower and action, the bandits distracted James Sullivan and his forces. Simultaneously, other neighbouring junk-collectors secretly rescued Kot-nim, and they ensured she was 5,000km away from the Krypton wave. There is a moment where Captain Jang, Tae-ho, the Robot and Tiger Park thought they would die by staying behind, but they all survive due to their efforts. Earth is also saved — the factory that relied on the hydrogen bomb and Kot-nim’s nanobots never hit the planet.

What happens next?

As the film ends, and Earth learns of James Sullivan’s true plans, Kot-nim helps out Tae-ho who has missed an opportunity to find his daughter. She acts as an advanced medium so that he can speak to Su-ni. Kot-nim and the junk-collectors become a happy family, and there’s a hint that there could be a continuation in the form of a sequel.

Read the review of Space Sweepers.

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