Sam Levinson's Assassination Nation finally releases after plenty of film festival buzz, but does this action-comedy social commentary have an after-credits scene? The movie, written and directed by Levinson, held its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it started gaining attention. Now, Assassination Nation opens theatrically in wide release this weekend, allowing those who've heard the buzz to see what Levinson's movie is all about.
As showcased by the trailer for Assassination Nation, the movie follows four high school students: Lily (Odessa Young), Bex (Hari Nef), Em (Abra) and Sarah (Suki Waterhouse). They're normal teenagers living in the small town of Salem, but a massive data hack - in which the personal, private information of half the town's residents is released online - sends the suburb into chaos. Lily is targeted due to some of her photos being leaked and she's forced to stick close to her friends as they attempt to survive the Purge-like anarchy that has overtaken Salem. The resulting movie is a bloody thriller steeped in social commentary about the way women are treated in modern society.
Now that Assassination Nation is in theaters, moviegoers may be wondering if there's anything to stick around to see after the credits roll. While Assassination Nation does not have an after-credits scene, the first part of the movie's credits does feature a marching band parading through what's meant to be the destroyed streets of Salem playing Miley Cyrus's "We Can't Stop." The sequence is perfectly in line with the tone of the movie and showcases the aftermath of the chaos, anarchy and destruction wreaked by the town's residents.
It's not too surprising that Assassination Nation doesn't feature a post-credits scene since the movie is undoubtedly a one-off story. Levinson only has a handful of projects under his belt, but he's yet to do a sequel. His only other directorial effort is the 2011 dramedy Another Happy Day, though he was involved as a screenwriter on both HBO's The Wizard of Lies and Fouad Mikati's Operation: Endgame. As such, it seems unlikely Assassination Nation will get a sequel, despite its potential to launch a thriller/horror franchise in the vein of Blumhouse's The Purge.
Of course, post-credits scenes don't necessarily need to be explicit sequel teases. They can also be a fun extra scene, like in Disney's Moana, or an otherwise nice nod to viewers who stuck around, such as at the end of the credits of another release this weekend, The House with a Clock in Its Walls. Still, for those who check out Assassination Nation this weekend, they can rest assured the movie doesn't have an extra scene, tease or anything else after the credits have finished rolling.
- Assassination Nation (2018) release date: Sep 21, 2018