12 Movie Curveballs That Left Viewers Confused

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas(2008)
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Movies can transport us to different worlds, ignite our emotions, and leave us pondering life’s mysteries. But sometimes, it’s the endings that stick with us the most. You know, the jaw-dropping twists, the mind-bending revelations, and the “What the heck did I just watch?” moments. Let’s dive into 12 movies that made members of an online forum feel this way.

1. Event Horizon (1997)

Event Horizon (1997)
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Laurence Fishburne once cryptically said, “We like to leave the viewers to make up their own mind at the end.” That was code for “We don’t have an ending,” according to one forum user. This film takes us on a space-bound journey that unravels into a cosmic horror. As the crew ventures into a ship that has returned from a dimension of pure chaos, the boundaries between reality and nightmare blur, leaving us with more questions than answers.

2. Akira (1988)

Akira (1988)
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The film starts as a straightforward anime until it takes a mind-boggling turn in the last ten minutes. The story of psychic abilities, government conspiracies, and a post-apocalyptic world suddenly thrusts us into a realm where beings have evolved beyond human comprehension. As one user puts it aptly, “Is this real life? Am I actually watching this happen right now?”.

3. Grease (1978)

Grease (1978)
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Now, let’s switch gears from sci-fi to the magical world of musicals with Grease. Many remember the iconic ending scene where Sandy and Danny hop into a flying car and soar into the sky. One user questions the logic, but another chimes in with a musical-loving perspective. In musicals, real-world logic takes a backseat, and fantastical scenes take the front stage. So, if you doubt the physics of it, just embrace the fantasy and let the music carry you away.

4. Swiss Army Man (2016)

Swiss Army Man (2016)
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Imagine watching a movie without any prior knowledge of what it’s about. That’s exactly what one user did with this film, and they describe it as “one heck of an experience.” The film takes you on a surreal journey of a man stranded on a desert island who befriends a corpse with extraordinary abilities. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on the story, the ending takes a sharp turn from heartwarming to downright creepy, leaving you with a lingering sense of confusion and unease.

5. The Departed (2006)

The Departed
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This crime thriller is filled with twists and turns, but the ending leaves you gasping for air. When Jack Nicholson’s character is revealed to be a rat, and DiCaprio’s character meets a shocking fate in the elevator, it’s the ultimate “What just happened!?” moment. Yet, as one user passionately explains, these unexpected scenes make this movie a masterpiece, with characters so rich and nuanced that each viewing uncovers new layers of emotion.

6. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is known for its superheroic endings, but this one shook the foundations. The screen goes black, credits roll, and you’re left shouting, “Is that it?” In a bold departure from the usual happy endings, this one leaves our favorite heroes in shambles and the audience stunned.

7. Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
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For some, the most twisted endings tug at one’s heartstrings. This film introduces the audience to childhood innocence and then shatters it with a devastating moment. Users mention that watching this film as a child was confusing, as one doesn’t usually expect children to pass away at that age.

8. Enemy (2013)

Enemy Jake Gyllenhaal
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As one user passionately explains, this is a complex web of duality and secrets. The film explores the dual life of a teacher who indulges in a secret life as an actor and rockstar. It’s a metaphorical journey of self-discovery and settling down, with a giant spider representing the lingering demons.

9. Snowpiercer (2013)

Snowpiercer (2013)
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Korean cinema is renowned for its unconventional endings, and Snowpiercer is no exception. The film’s build-up leads to a crescendo of anticipation, only to pull the rug from under you. One user points out that Korean movies often embrace sad, depressing, bittersweet, or downright messed-up endings.

10. Tusk (2014)

Tusk (2014)
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If you think you’ve seen it all, try Tusk. One of the main characters in the film ends up turning into a walrus. Yes, you read that right! Yet, despite the initial shock, the film’s surreal and disturbing premise seeps into your mind and refuses to let go.

11. Lucy (2014)

Lucy (2014)
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Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy takes one on a journey of mind and matter, leading to an ending where she seemingly transcends human existence. While one user humorously comments that she “literally turned into a USB,” the film’s conclusion leaves us questioning the boundaries of knowledge and reality.

12. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
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This film about the suffering of the Jews at the hands of the Nazis took everyone by storm. One comments, “I was ugly crying throughout the end, literally couldn’t hear over my sobs.” Members share their confusion over feeling sorry for the mother “because you’re not supposed to feel sympathy for Nazis, but you can’t help but hurt for her.”


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