Netflix recently released a crime thriller movie that has captivated audiences in a truly spectacular way. Reptile is a whodunit that serves as a more grounded experience compared to recent Netflix whodunit movies like Glass Onion.
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A directorial debut for Grant Singer, this film is a typical viewing experience from the streaming company. In typical Netflix fashion, it has fans theorizing for days on end. Even now, many viewers are unsure whether the ending is exactly what is being portrayed. There are a lot of interesting threads established in Reptile, so we decided to take a closer look and attempt to piece it all together.
Important Characters In Netflix’s Reptile
Netflix’s Reptile follows Will Grady and his girlfriend, Summer. They are both realtors and also involved in something shady, all while their relationship is unstable. Early on in the story, Will discovers Summer’s dead body with stab wounds in an empty house the pair were planning to sell.
Enter the detectives. Detective Tom Nichols is the central investigator. A typical good cop with a few friends in the department, including police Captain Allen, his uncle-in-law. Together with Allen, he has another police friend named Wally. He’s also paired with Detective Dan Clearly as his partner in the case.
Meanwhile, the suspects in Summer’s murder include her boyfriend, Will. Followed by Summer’s ex-husband Sam Gifford. There’s also Eli Phillips, a man who had a grievance with Will’s family’s realty company on suspicion of money laundering, which he eventually provides evidence for.
Included as an important character is Rudy Rackozy, a young man who was wrongfully implicated in a drug bust tied to the Grady family. There are various other characters connected to the mystery as well.
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Connecting The Threads
Reptile establishes the fact that there is some corruption going on in the police department, specifically among Tom’s friends like Allen and Wally. There’s even a scene that reveals how Tom finds crucial evidence that had been missing in Allen’s house. Quite suspicious. When Tom confronts him, Allen downplays it and claims that he’ll address it the following morning. Instead, Tom takes it to the police chief. The conspiracy runs even deeper as the chief is involved in the overarching cover-up by the department and the Grady family’s money laundering and drug trafficking.
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So, who really killed Summer?
The movie presents it as Will Grady, Summer’s boyfriend. It’s implied in a flashback that shows these events after the evidence is pieced together, especially since Summer was about to reveal their shady dealings to the FBI.
However, some fans think it was actually Wally as he was heavily symbolizing the Bulldog, the logo for his security company. Even the bite marks on Summer’s hands were bulldog bites. There’s further evidence to support it, as Wally was the one who called Will in time to see Summer’s death. After that, Will called the police. For the police, it felt like a simple case to bury, especially since Wally did it and the higher-ups were in on the crime.
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Who do you think murdered Summer? What are your thoughts on Netflix’s Reptile?