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The Ritual Killer Ending Fully Explained: How The Italians Found Randoku?

The crime action-thriller ‘The Ritual Killer’ explores the dark and sinister world of a mysterious man who uses ancient rituals to kill people. The action thriller starring Morgan Freeman and Cole Hauser hits screens this week soon. The plot follows a grieving father who lost his daughter and an anthropology professor with secrets embarking on a hunt together for the said killer who has claimed the lives of two innocent girls. The movie ending left us with more questions than answers. Here is 'The Ritual Killer' ending comprehensively explained.

#1. The Ritual Killer Review: What Is The Ritual Killer About?

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If you like investigative stories, The Ritual Killer will probably be your cup of tea, especially when you consider that this one features supernatural elements, As we’ve learned from previous serial killer stories, it doesn’t really matter if the killer can actually perform the rituals. The simple fact that he thinks he can is enough for the investigation to start trying to anticipate his next move. So, it certainly won’t be easy.
A statement from Freeman’s Professor Mackles, which offers a basis for the film. He says, “There is a fine line between sanity and madness that is endemic to all cultures.” There is a serial killer on the loose, and he seems to be particular about what body parts he takes for his dark acts. Detective Lucas Boyd, portrayed by Hauser, is on his tail, but to catch him, he would need to first understand the stakes and who he is after. To do that, he needs a professor.
Someone is seeking power, and to get it, this individual has paid for a ritual that grants power, called Muti, to be done on his behalf. “Here I take the power, here I become the power,” Mackles reads from a bloody inscription on a wall. What was initially considered to be a localized incident soon begins to spread across Europe with other missing persons. As the law closes in, the ritualist still persists. While the killer might be the hunted at the beginning, how long before those who bear the mark of the become the hunted? “Be careful, could be coming for you,” is a warning issued for the movie.
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#2. The Ritual Killer Ending Explained

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The Ritual Killer carves hapless innocents on two continents with law enforcement literally right on his heels. The disjointed narrative poorly connects two awkward storylines. Strange flashback scenes explain the primary character's internal grief but have no impact on the actual plot. It amounts to unnecessary exposition and filler that strains the pacing for an already lean runtime. Former NFL star Vernon Davis is the only high point as a scarred and merciless antagonist.
Mario Lavazza and his task force find a horrific crime scene. A young woman has been tortured in a ceremony where the murderer methodically excised several body parts. Meanwhile, in Jackson, Mississippi, detective Lucas Boyd (Cole Hauser) and his partner (Murielle Hilaire) kick down the hotel room door of a pervert holding a runaway girl. Boyd, grieving over the loss of his teenage daughter, inflicts severe justice when his partner shepherds the girl away. At nearby Milsaps College, Mackles (Morgan Freeman), an African studies professor, lectures his students on the dark arts of tribal medicines.
Lavazza chases a suspect through Rome's streets at night. The behemoth Randoku (Davis) runs and jumps like a gazelle. He shreds every cop in his path with a specialized blade. Lavazza cannot keep up with the physical juggernaut. Randoku makes a call and arranges a meeting. He needs to get out of town. His wealthy benefactor has a destination.

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Boyd is called to the river for a grisly discovery. A young woman has been found mutilated. Another crime soon follows with more disturbing clues. Boyd heads to Milsaps College to speak with Mackles. A Google search revealed the culprit practices Muti. Boyd, Mackles, and Lavazza must put together the pieces to find Randoku and his heinous eventual goal.
The Ritual Killer has enough chase scenes to qualify at a track meet. Randoku wins the 400 every time as huffing and puffing law enforcement can't keep up. The galloping takes place between his bouts of murder. You never see them, just the grotesque aftermath. Randoku's constant running around becomes comical. You can see why director George Gallo (Bad Boys) chose a former pro athlete. Randoku's aerobic escapades look ridiculous in comparison to his acting. Davis is convincing with a scary face and menacing accent. We just don't see enough of him being villainous.
The police work involved in the mystery is borderline farcical. The film never shows you how the Italians found Randoku. Boyd basically bumbles into him. Randoku, you'd think would be more discrete in his evil activities, basically holds up a sign for the cops to identify him. The connection between the detectives in Rome and Jackson is extremely tenuous. There's no real effort in the script to logically put them together. You're just supposed to accept that it happens.
The Ritual Killer's subplots lack substance. The time spent on Boyd's tragedy and Mackles African roots doesn't amount to much. Boyd could have continued Googling to easily uncover Randoku's Muti-inspired agenda.

#3. The Ritual Killer Cast

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All of that will be helped by a stellar cast that features Cole Hauser (Yellowstone), Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), Peter Stormare (Fargo), Vernon Davis (Former NFL Player), Murielle Hilaire (Death in Paradise), Brian Kurlander (Cobra Kai), Luke Stratte-McClure (Sleep with Me), and Talia Assert (Out of the Fight).
The Ritual Killer was announced all the way back in 2021, with the working title Muti. The movie is directed by George Gallo, who previously helmed Antonio Banderas and Meg Ryan crime comedy My Mom's New Boyfriend, and thriller Movies Columbus Circle, and Eye for an Eye. Gallo also wrote the story for Midnight Run and Bad Boys. The Ritual Killer is written by Francesco Cinquemani (Andròn: The Black Labyrinth), and Luca Giliberto (Twins), as well as Bob Bowersox and Jennifer Lemmon, who make their feature film writing debut.
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