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Last Seen Living Ending Explained – Why Was Lisa Taken and Who Took Her?

October 1, 2022

Gerald Butler plays a desperate husband in Last Seen Alive, a mystery thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end.

The single who made it is a basic story of addiction, opportunity and unhappy marriages. Yet for all of Last Seen Alive’s evasions about business and depression, there’s little unexpected in this action-thriller. That doesn’t mean it’s not a good watch. On the contrary, the easy and windy thriller requires little time, but time on your hands and a screen to watch. In the opening moments, it’s reminiscent of Kiefer Sutherland’s The Vanishing from 1993, but as the film unfolds it becomes clear that things are less dark and twisted and more about human frailty.

Gerald Butler’s Will and his wife Lisa (Jaimie Alexander) aren’t happy. She’s cheated in the past, and there’s trouble brewing now. He cannot forgive her and she feels discouraged about the direction of her life and marriage. They are emotionally distant, bordering on combativeness. Then, on the way to her parents, where she will move to take a step back, she disappears into a gas station. Will becomes frantic, eventually taking matters into his own hands. What makes things more interesting is that Will still loves Lisa despite his anger at her, but everyone around her suspects him, including the police. Through flashbacks, we learn how unhappy the marriage was.

Everyone has been acting sleazy from the start. Will has all the hallmarks of a spurned lover, but we quickly dismiss that notion as he grows increasingly panicked. The gas station clerk claims not to remember Lisa even though he had just called her. He later claims to have no work surveillance when Detective Paterson questions him, which is a lie. After Will assaults the clerk, he brings the surveillance system hard drive to the police. Will and Paterson see Lisa talking to someone she seems to know and heading to her car at the gas station. Unfortunately, a semi-truck obscures the view, and by the time the truck is moving, Lisa, the man, and his car are gone. Armed with a grainy image, Will begins to interrogate everyone.

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Later, at her parents’ house, they seem more interested in blaming than worrying about Lisa. Will’s erratic behavior doesn’t help and he becomes the prime suspect. The confusing opening scene gives the impression that the police might also know. However, these things are just distractions from what is really going on. When Will shows Lisa’s parents the footage, they know there’s something more to her disappearance.

Last Seen Alive ending explained

Lisa’s parents recognize the man Lisa is talking to at the gas station as Knuckles. He is a handyman and former classmate of Lisa when they were children. Will tracks down Knuckles and beats him until he reveals Lisa’s next known location. This leads him to Frank, an outback drug dealer, and Oscar, the gas station clerk who knows more than he admits.

The opening scene of Detective Paterson (Russell Hornsby) clutching Knuckle’s neck while asking questions about Lisa is actually a scene from the third act. Paterson realizes Knuckles is responsible for Lisa’s kidnapping and tries to get him to talk. He ends up telling her everything he knows, including what he thinks happened to Lisa. At the same time, Will interrogates Frank, who attempts to extort twenty thousand dollars for his location. Will agrees to give her the money, but he is blown up in the barn explosion.

Sadly, anyone at Franks who knew Lisa’s whereabouts is now dead. Will inadvertently kills most of Frank’s henchmen, and Frank is blown up, meaning no one knows Lisa’s whereabouts. Fortunately, Knuckles admits the whole scheme and tells the detective where to find Lisa. Knuckles thought she was dead, and Will and the detective feared the worst. While Paterson was checking the hole, Will began to investigate a strange noise. He finds her in a shed, tied up but alive.

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Paterson visits Will later and tells him that Knuckles admitted to the scheme but blamed it all on Frank. He also says that all the bodies were found in the farmhouse, but not all of them died from the explosion. He tells Will that he chose to keep that part of the report silent, however. We last see Will and Lisa happy to be together and alive. The implication is that being involved in a traumatic abduction was enough for the couple to gain that much-needed perspective.

Why was Lisa kidnapped?

There is no big plot here. It’s just a half-baked plan by a desperate money addict. Knuckles was low on funds and Frank was unwilling to give him more product without payment. Also, because Knuckles had recently worked for Lisa’s parents, he knew she was coming home and had a wealthy husband.

Knowing that Lisa was coming home and had a wealthy husband, he decided to kidnap her and hold her for ransom. Once Frank found out, he ordered Knuckles to dig a grave for his corpse as he wasn’t for holding anyone hostage. Knuckles wasn’t a long-term planner and didn’t realize that Frank wouldn’t want to deal with a kidnapping when he could kill her and be done with it. Instead of staying for her murder, Knuckles returned home, where Will found her hours after she was abducted.

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Frank had ordered Knuckles to kill Lisa and put her in the pit, but because he fled after digging the hole, she was able to stay alive long enough for Will to find her. Obviously, Frank was too busy cooking meth to kill Lisa. Of course, it’s also possible that Frank thought she was dead and in the pit and was going to trick Will and then kill him.

At the end of Last Seen Alive, Lisa and Will are back together and the criminals involved are either dead or behind bars. The police are unaware of anything illegal Will has done to get Lisa back, and their marriage has been arranged. It’s a neat ending like only movies can offer. With the fast running time and fast action, it is a movie worth watching once. It’s currently streaming on Netflix and VOD almost anywhere you stream movies.

Tracy Palm Tree

As the editor of Signal Horizon, I love watching and writing about genre entertainment. I grew up with old school slashers, but my real passion is television and all things weird and ambiguous. My work can be found here and Travel Weird, where I am the editor.

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