‘Colors Of Evil: Red’ Ending Explained & Film Summary: Did Mario Kill Monika Bogucka?


Directed by Adrian Panek, Colors of Evil: Red is the new Netflix thriller where a prosecutor named Leopold Bilski takes charge of a murder investigation. At first, it seemed like a crime of passion, but eventually, Bilski speculated that it might be the work of a psychopath who just killed for fun. The police department was adamant about following the convenient route, but Bilski knew that the mystery was not as simple as it seemed. So, let’s find out if Bilski and his team are able to find the truth and catch the killer at the end of Colors of Evil: Red.

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What happened to Monika Bogucka? 

The body of a young girl was found floating in the water, and Dr. Tadeuz Dubiela from the forensics department went to the scene to examine it. Prosecutor Bilski reached the crime scene, and he asked his colleagues what information they had gathered and who could be the culprit behind it. A young girl named Monika was brutally murdered. Her lips were cut off, and her genitals were quite badly bruised. It felt like a case of sexual assault, but there was absolutely no trace of DNA that could be procured from the body. It felt like the criminal was an expert, and before disposing of the body, he made sure that he left no evidence behind. 

At first, in Colors of Evil: Red, Bilski thought that it could be the work of a psychopath who didn’t know the victim personally but killed her for fun. Bilski found out that 15 years ago, there was another victim named Zaneta Kaleta, who was murdered in a similar fashion, and even her lips were mercilessly sliced off by the perpetrator. Her fiancé, Jakubiak, was charged with the crime, and the most interesting thing was that he had recently gotten out after serving his entire sentence. So, suspicion fell on him, and Bilski interrogated him at his residence. Jakubiak was shattered, and he didn’t know how to prove that he was innocent. He showed Bilski the ring he had bought for his fiancé, and he told him that back then, too, he had no role to play in the crime. He said that the authorities framed him, and he had to bear the consequences of actions he never committed. It felt like the poor man was telling the truth, and even Bilski, after interrogating him, was not sure if he was behind the murder of Monika. Jakubiak was sitting in the police station, and he realized that, firstly, he had no alibi, and secondly, the authorities were not going to leave him so easily. So Jakubiak jumped from the window and took his own life, as he just could not bear the torture anymore. 

How did Bilksy link Kazarski to the murders? 

Just before taking his own life, Jakubiak told Bilski to go to the Shipyard Club and talk to the people who worked there. Bilski first went to Helena and Roman, Monika’s parents, to ask them if they knew anything about the club. Surprisingly, Roman said that he didn’t know anything about it, but Helena cut him in between and told Bilski that her daughter worked there. When Bilski went to the club, he learned that it was owned by a man named Kazarski Lukasz, and surprisingly, Roman handled all their legal matters. Bilski realized that Roman knew more than he was revealing, but he didn’t have any solid evidence to prove that he had a role to play in his daughter’s murder. Back in the day, Kazarski got to know that Monika was working in his bar, and he made it very clear to everybody that he was going to make her his wife. Kazarski didn’t care if Monika was comfortable with the association or not, as he had made up his mind, and, for him, nothing else mattered. Kazarski physically abused Monika in the worst possible manner, and the general assumption any prudent man would make after knowing about it was that he had a role to play in the scheme of things. 

There was another man who handled the bar named Waldemar Mila, who was quite close to Monika, but once he got to know that his boss liked her, he backed off. Mila told Monika that he would do something and save her from the boss, but even he knew that it was not such an easy task. Kazarski got to know that somebody was stealing his drugs and giving them to the Russians. In front of Monika and his other associates, Kazarski killed that man, and he severed his lips. 

At that juncture in Colors of Evil: Red, even I presumed that he was the one who killed Monika, but surprisingly, it was not so. Helena went to the club to gather some evidence that could lead her to the murderer of her daughter. Helena’s drink was spiked by someone, and she somehow managed to escape from there. Bilski learned about Waldemar Mila’s whereabouts, and he went there to take him into custody. Before the suspects could reveal anything, Spider, one of Bilski’s colleagues, came and shot him down. Bilski was livid, and he told Spider that he was the only one who could help them put Kazarski behind bars. It became clear that Spider was working for Kazarski, though Bilski and others didn’t take any action against him instantly. Things took a surprise turn when Roman decided to provide the law enforcement authorities with evidence that could prove that Kazarski was the one who murdered Monika and the other two victims in the past. Roman worked closely with Kazarski, and a few days before Monika was murdered, the former was told what Kazarski was doing with her daughter. Roman asked Kazarski to leave his daughter alone, and he promised that he would work for him in return. When Bilski got the evidence, he went to arrest Kazarski, but surprisingly, he couldn’t find any evidence from the house. It felt as if Kazarski knew that he was going to be arrested, and he had cleaned his house completely just moments before the police arrived there. But still, Bilski was able to find a bracelet that was made of human skin, and he was able to link Kazarski to the murder of Zaneta Kaleta. Kazarski wasn’t afraid to admit his crimes, but he constantly said that he had nothing to do with Monika’s murder. That fact kept bothering Bilski, and he knew that he was missing some essential detail and that there was more to it than met the eye. 

Why did Mario give himself up to the police? 

Colors of Evil: Red’s ending revealed that Kazarski was actually telling the truth, and he actually did not kill Monika. He loved Monika in his own twisted way, and he wanted to marry her, even if she didn’t wish to. He abused her and made her go through hell, and after he got to know that Monika had intentions of reporting him to the police, he made her life even more miserable. Monika went to Mario, Tadeusz Dubiela’s son, and he took her to his other house. Mario was infatuated by Monika, and he wanted to make love to her that night. Monika said that she was not comfortable doing it as she knew that Tadeusz Dubiela and her mother, Helena, were having an affair. Monika didn’t feel that it was the right thing to do, but Mario was in no mood to stop. He became violent, and when Monika resisted, he held her face and banged her head on the floor multiple times. 

Mario didn’t intend to kill her, but accidentally, she got hurt and succumbed to her injuries. Mario wanted to go to the authorities and surrender, but Tadeusz Dubiela didn’t let him do so. Dubiela worked with dead bodies all the time, and he knew how to get rid of them without leaving a trace. Dubiela got to know that Jakubiak had just gotten out of prison, and he decided to make him the scapegoat. Helena was at Dubiela’s house when she saw her daughter’s ruby ring kept there. Mario had left it intentionally because he wanted Helena to know what had happened. Dubiela realized that he could no longer hide the truth, so he confessed to his crimes and told Helena that it was all an accident. Even Bilski figured out that Mario was behind the murder, but before he reached Dubiela’s place, the man had already taken his life.

In Colors of Evil: Red’s ending, we saw that even Mario went and confessed to his crimes at the police station. The remorse, the guilt, and the feeling of being so evil to somebody he has feelings for didn’t let Mario live in peace. He could have easily concealed his crimes, but his conscience caught up to him, and he ended up doing the right thing. In his last moments, Dubiela would have been proud of his son for what he was able to do. Mario also knew that he wouldn’t be able to survive in prison, but he was still ready to bear the consequences of his actions. He wanted to take the righteous path, even if it meant giving up his freedom. In the end, after justice was served and the investigation was over, Bilski went to meet his family, and as he had promised Helena, he gave a tight hug to his daughter, as he probably realized how fragile everything was in life and that nothing could be taken for granted. 

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Sushrut Gopesh
Sushrut Gopesh
I came to Mumbai to bring characters to life. I like to dwell in the cinematic world and ponder over philosophical thoughts. I believe in the kind of cinema that not necessarily makes you laugh or cry but moves something inside you.

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