Someone asked me once why Orange tells White he’s a cop when he could have just shut up and been saved… and it really is true, if someone doesn’t understand that part of the movie, they really didn’t get it at all.
My take on the end of the movie is that Orange is dying anyway… the fucker has been shot twice and has bled for a goodly amount of time… he knows he’s dying, he can’t feel anything anymore… tells White because he has bonded to him, has the honor thing going, and in that world, it was the only decent thing to do. The cops weren’t interested in anyone except Joe Cabot… White would have been the only one (officially, not counting the elusive Pink) to go down, and that’s just not right.
I watched it tonight and kind of decided that Orange dies before White can shoot him. He stops saying he’s sorry when he’s out of frame… doesn’t make any more noise after that. I don’t know… maybe it was just looping… maybe it’s symbolic.
Maybe I’ve just finally watched this movie too much.