Although based on the graphic novel Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters, the film deviates from the source material in quite significant ways. the new ending is one of them, so if you’ve read sandcastle you’ll still be surprised at how old everything ends.
And, if you’re still reeling from the climax of the horror, we’ve got you covered with this ancient explanatory ending. read on for more information, but beware as there are major spoilers ahead for the previous ending.
explanation of the old ending
Before we get to the end, let’s recap the context: The film opens with several tourists, including a family of four who act as our leads, traveling to an idyllic secluded beach, on the personal recommendation of the owner of the resort they are staying at. .
After arriving at the beach, they soon realize that it seems to have a very strange effect on them, causing them to age at an alarming rate. We also quickly discovered that at least one member of each group on the beach has some kind of health problem, ranging from tumors to epilepsy, something that is of vital importance later on.
Anyway, one by one, each of the people on the beach is killed, some while trying to escape, others after succumbing to ill health or old age, and some of them brutally murdered, leaving the brothers trent and maddox as the sole survivors.
It seems the couple almost gave up when Trent discovers a coded message given to him by the resort owner’s nephew the day before they hit the beach. he cracks the code and discovers that he says “my uncle doesn’t like coral.”
Trent and Maddox then realize that they have to swim to a clump of coral in the sea, and that this will protect them from the effects of the beach, offering them an escape route. they do, and initially, they seem to be unsuccessful in their escape – more on that later.
Anyway, then comes the first major twist, as we cut to a lab, where we meet the owner of the complex. It turns out that he is a medical scientist and that he and his team have been using the beach to perform various experiments on unwitting participants.
the owner had deliberately selected groups of people with one or more sick people in their ranks, and had given them experimental drugs when they arrived at the hotel; this is what was in the fancy cocktails we see guests sipping upon arrival.
The beach is then used to see how various diseases react to drugs over time, without having to wait several years to test them in real time. the owner’s reasoning seems to be that a few people on the beach are worth killing when you consider how many people could be saved if the drugs prove effective, as is the case with an experimental treatment for epilepsy, one of the guests was given .
It is also clear that this is not the first time this experiment has been carried out and, in fact, it appears that the beach has been in use for some time.
what happened to trent and maddox in ancient times?
this being an m night shyamalan movie, there is still one twist to come: it turns out that trent and maddox escaped after all, and not only that, they have been able to inform the authorities of the beach and the sinister way in which they had been used.
At the beginning of the movie, we saw that Trent had a habit of asking random strangers to tell him their name and occupation, and it turns out this saves the day: one of these people was a police officer, so he is the person that trent looks for immediately after escaping.
At the end, we see the resort owner and his various accomplices being escorted away and it appears that the grossly unethical experiment will no longer be allowed to continue.
Oddly enough, this is a much more hopeful ending than the original graphic novel, where no one escapes the beach. The source material’s writer, Frederik Peeters, previously told CBR News, “I have to say that if anyone in the book had escaped or survived, we would have been forced to come up with an explanation for the mystery. Again, it’s not a thriller.” ; It’s a fable.”
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