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Movie Endings That Don’t Mean What You Think

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Some of the best films are subjective, meaning their stories can be interpreted a number of different ways depending on the viewer’s own experiences. But an excessively ambiguous ending or a sudden shift in tone can leave audiences scratching their heads in confusion. Don’t worry — we’re here to explain some of the most baffling movie endings that don’t mean exactly what you think they do. Beware, however: There are spoilers ahead…

In Bruges | 0:23
Total Recall | 1:29
Get Out | 2:35
Fargo | 3:55
Shutter Island | 5:00

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37 Comments

  1. Looper

    March 5, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    What other movie endings would you like us to breakdown next?

  2. SillyScyllia

    March 9, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    I'm pretty sure I had all of them figured out already…

  3. choochoochooseyou

    March 9, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Wonder if directors will ever learn that it's just like having to explain a joke. If you have to then it fails.

  4. angc214

    March 9, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    The plot twist of Shutter Island was way too easy to spot. I figured it out halfway through the movie.

  5. ShadoeFax

    March 9, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    And the fact that total recall fades to white instead of black as to signify to viewer that he's waking up.

  6. Douglas

    March 9, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Upvote for bookmarks alone. Now let's watch…

  7. Nick Hooten

    March 9, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    All of these were clear

  8. Dey knight

    March 9, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    I hate "get out" only for the fact people think that the alternate ending is "REALLY ACCURATE".

    Dont comment about old instances happening in the 60's or whatever. We all know in todays generation is far more different and it would very easy to prove yourself innocent in an instance like that

  9. Ken Powers

    March 10, 2018 at 2:54 am

    Dang…the alternate ending of Get Out would have crushed my soul!!!!

  10. Howard Beale

    March 10, 2018 at 7:24 am

    Bruges *is* purgatory. The movie is a freakin allegory.

    This was a weak episode overall. Feels like it was made for people who didn't see the movies or just turned them off before the third act.

  11. catothewiser

    March 10, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Get Out is a racist film .

  12. Mike DEEZ

    March 10, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Shudder island was fucked up!!

  13. shlibber

    March 10, 2018 at 11:51 am

    I think most people got the ending to shutter island

  14. Ralph Goodman

    March 10, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Total Recall: not to mention the "Two Headed Monster," or the fact that a Dream-Vacation" selling doctor isn't going to risk his life with a deranged killer for ANY money.

  15. John R

    March 10, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Totally don't agree with Total Recall. With Fargo, I'd say that most folks get what the ending is about. Your explanation was good but, yeah, that's what the ending meant. It's not unclear at all I think.

  16. Sebastian B.

    March 10, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    In Bruges is a parable about what happens when you want to save a man who neither wants nor deserves to be saved. The whole Purgatory aspect is symbolical – there's no metaphysical manifestation of Purgatory in this movie.

  17. john oboczky

    March 10, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    "Systemic"

  18. Conan the Destroyer

    March 10, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Get Out was over predictable garbage with mediocre acting from unlikable characters.

  19. Conan the Destroyer

    March 10, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    How about Blade Runner you don't find out if Harrison Ford is a replicate, which is what it made it magnitudes better than the sequel.

  20. grimmer2005

    March 10, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    You forgot that MAX VON SYDOW is in Shutter Island, damnit.

  21. Ragabash Moon

    March 10, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Most movies at the end fade to black for the credits. However, you will notice that Total Recall FLASHES WHITE then fades to black. Paul Verhoeven, the director, has said that was his subtle sign that it was all a dream and that white flash was Quaid's death in the Rekall chair.

  22. jahovia82 disdik

    March 10, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Sometimes i pee pee sitting down.

  23. Halcyon Outlander

    March 10, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    what

  24. keith bell

    March 10, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    what a crock of ongoing obvious bullshit

  25. Bob ap Bob

    March 10, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    I have never understood the end of "Support your Local Sheriff". Jack Elam's comment makes no sense.

  26. Dinastía Chow Fan

    March 10, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    I hated this video. What a level of pretentiousness.

  27. daneg007

    March 10, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    you're wrong about in bruges. there was a final scene that shows ray a few days later reading a newspaper article about what happened in bruges while he sits in a hospital bed in london. it was ultimately cut from the final film because test audiences thought it was too much for the movie. martin mcdonagh has said in interviews though that ray lives in the story.

  28. GOOGLE TAQIYYA

    March 11, 2018 at 4:21 am

    A movie, like any work of art means precisely whatever it means to the observer, period.
    Regardless of the purported intent of said artistic endeavor or artist.
    This is the entire reason for art, Guduh!

  29. Joe Shil

    March 11, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    European movies….

  30. zauberr85

    March 11, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    "Systemic and real horror" about racist bodysnatchers? At this point you might just go BLM

  31. henrikhansen

    March 11, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    The explanation for the ending of "Fargo" is all wrong.

    The Cohen Brothers movie is about shallow insensitive little people. Expressed when Marge gets hit by a sudden but expected feeling of nausea at a crime scene with several victims brutally gunned down – including a fellow police officer.

    But no – that was because of the fact that she is in labor.

    The ending with the stamp expressed how small she and her husband really were in the existence in the middle of nothingness – expressed with all the white snow. More explicitly with scene from birds perspective where Jerry Lundegaard walks toward his car at an empty parking lot.

    NOT a moral that you should be content with what you have instead of thriving to fulfill your ambitions.

  32. henrikhansen

    March 11, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Your explanation to the ending of "Shutter Island" adds nothing new to what most people already figured out by themselves.

    Sorry !

  33. EliasAlucard

    March 11, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    About Total Recall, it really could be either way, dream or reality, no one really knows beside the author.

  34. wolfen244

    March 11, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    The ending to Shutter Island was so sad especially the way Mark Ruffalo gave the go ahead sign.

  35. Brian Duncan

    March 11, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    In Bruges..stretch

  36. Henry O'Harra

    March 12, 2018 at 3:57 am

    Please include WHIPLASH if you do another video. So many people misinterperted the ending as happy "feel-good".

  37. John O'Mara

    March 12, 2018 at 5:24 am

    The ending of 'Get Out' is not ambiguous and this video does a terrible injustice to the meaning of the film, which itself is factually false and morally appalling. The film's central premise is that blacks within the population of America whom are integrated, successful and generally well-off are in truth brainwashed by the majority white population. This is extraordinarily damaging, from a philosophical and economical standpoint, to the black population in America as whole. Isolation (mountain peoples, island communities, populations deprived of navigable rivers or fertile topsoil, thereby confining those populations from other, possibly better cultures and value structures) almost invariably lead to the very problems which that method of retaining, or regaining past cultures or value structures produce. 'Get Out' is simply an expression of the Marxist ideal of the world, and is false: and again, damaging beyond belief. I love the show Key & Peel, but, by God, Peel's adaptation of Marxist philosophy and the message shown within the film is a truly backward, non-factual and culturally damaging thing.

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