The 8 Most Overrated Movie Endings since 2000 The 8 Most Overrated Movie Endings since 2000
A great (twist) ending to a movie can elevate the whole experience. but which movie endings (of movies released since the year 2000) do... The 8 Most Overrated Movie Endings since 2000

The ending of a movie as the potential to make it or break it. It can bring a good movie down or elevate a mediocre/bad one. That’s why we tend to feel rewarded by the very good ones. But perceptions of what “good” means, seem to differ wildly. That’s why I complied a list of 8 endings of movies that have been released since the year 2000, that don’t deserve the praise they get, at least in my eyes.

Disclaimer: As this article is about (twist) endings, it naturally comes with a ton of spoilers. But I guess you already figured that out.


 

The Mist (2007)

directed by Frank Darabont

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The ending: David Trayton (Thomas Jane) and four other survivors, one of them his little son, are stuck in a car surrounded by a transdimensional mist filled with Lovecraftian monsters. Deciding that a death by gunshot is more humane than being devoured by those creatures, David reluctantly agrees to shoot all the passengers, including his son. He does so, but being short of ammunition, there is no bullet for himself. When he exits the car to meet his fate though, the mist suddenly clears and the US Army shows up, rendering his sacrifice futile in hindsight.

Why it’s overrated: This movie got a lot of love and not undeservedly. With its excursion into Lovecraftian realms and the rare successful attempt to visualize the creatures that somewhat adequately reflect the phantasmagories of the influential author, it was a fresh breath of air amidst the torture porn monotony of the last decade. I don’t think it’s as brilliant as it is made out to be, but it is pretty decent -till the last 5 minutes.
Many people seem to think the ending is genius- I don’t. Two adjectives come to mind when I try to sum it up: “tacked on” and “tacky”. It feels tacked on because it doesn’t fit the tone of what preceded, nor does it make any sense from the standpoint of storytelling. It’s as if the filmmakers desperately wanted an ending with some punch, even though the story was already told at that point. This technique reminded me of  those OTT- heist movies that apparently cannot have just one twist ending, but need a second and a third one attached, no matter how ludicrous it gets. Despite all the cosmic horror, The Mist is a rather old-fashioned, unambiguous morality tale and was played as such, that’s why the unexpected nihilist ending sticks out like a sore thumb. Maybe it was an experiment at subverting expectations, but if that’s the case it was a rather clumsy and not particularly subtle and clever one. Or one that had anything meaningful to say. It had more the whiff of a juvenile, slightly mean-spirited attempt to cap the movie off with something edgy to elicit a reaction. It doesn’t help that the scene when the mist suddenly clears, the army arrives and Thomas Jane’s character realizes the consequences of what he just did, plays rather cartoony than emotionally powerful, which only reveals how cheap and manipulative that twist actually is.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

directed by Jonathan Mostow

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The ending: After successfully destroying the Terminatrix and reaching a hidden fortress in the mountains, that is ought to host the core of the evil Skynet- program, John Connor (Nick Stahl) and Kate Brewster (Claire Danes) have to discover that it’s actually a fallout shelter intended to house them till the nuclear war is over, so they can take on their roles as leaders in the resistance against the machines. There was never a real chance to stop Judgement Day.

Why it’s overrated: And like The Mist, this is yet another demonstration of what happens when filmmakers, who have neither the necessary guts nor sensibility to do so, try to go “dark”. Terminator 3 is horrible, even more horrible than the incoherent Terminator: Salvation, which at least succeeded in terms of spectacle. This one is just a big TV- series special. For some reason though, the “twist” ending is still held in high esteem by many. Why? It’s neither clever nor satisfying nor does it add up to something. The worst kind of twist endings, even worse than the ones that make you say “that makes no sense whatsoever!”, are the ones that make you say “So what?”. Okay, so Judgement Day was inevitable- so what? Boom, that fell flat. I can see why they did it though. After two hours of coasting on and aping Cameron’s original entries, without ever being able to emulate the distinctive Terminator– atmosphere, this ending was a pathetic token stab at originality. I guess it has to do with “subverting expectations” again… oh damn how I hate this hollow phrase formed in the age of Whedon, this lazy and pompous device, usually used as a plot highlight to make everyone forget the morass of incoherence and cliches surrounding it. Identifying expectations and subverting them is not that clever per se, constructing a proper story with a sound ending is more impressive.

Too bad the “dark” ending also doesn’t work at all, as Mostow’s passionless effort never builds a world as dark and compelling as in Cameron’s originals, so after all the mediocre action and heavy-handed expositions, we don’t care when everything goes down in flames. This cannot live up to the optimistic endings of T1 and T2, which felt earned after the brilliant, but pitch-black views on technology vs. humanity, while this is just a load of poser-fatalism following a preachy milquetoast story. Judgement Day has been degraded into a mere plot gimmick.

Unbreakable (2000)

directed by M. Night Shyamalan

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The ending: After mysteriously surviving multiple disasters, David Dunn (Bruce Willis) is approached by the eccentric comic book collector Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) who suggests that Dunn might be born as superhero. Initially sceptical of that idea, Dunn discovers that Price might be right with his assumption, only to find out that he was the orchestrator behind all the disasters, as Price is obsessed with the crazy idea to find a superhero he can fight in the role of a super-villain.

Why it’s overrated: There is not a single Shyamalan movie I like, but I cannot deny that the man has a knack for great concepts- it’s just the execution that is lacking.
Like in Unbreakable. Another great premise, telling the story of an ordinary man who slowly has to deal with the fact that he might be a superhero. It’s almost like a more intimate, condensed accompanying work to Watchmen, in that it tells how people would deal with superheroism in “real life”. So Bruce Willis finally accepts he has superpowers, uses them to fight some goon only to find out in the end that the man who pointed him to his fate is actually his arch-enemy who orchestrated his plight. Well now it’s getting really interesting and….oh wait, movie’s over.
The End. What?

Here is the thing: Unbreakable was supposed to be Part 1 of a trilogy, so it’s no surprise it feels chopped off at the end. But that’s no excuse for this ending. First and foremost, the plot doesn’t feel like it justified a whole movie, it’s material that could have been packed into two thirds or even half of the run time, the rest focussing on the duel between Willis and Jackson. There is nothing that makes it worth the “journey” to boot. Shyamalan never delves too deeply into the matter intellectually, poses some interesting questions but doesn’t really explore them. It’s not that giving artistically or emotionally either, both Willis’ acting as well as the film’s stylistics sell mannerisms as style. That wouldn’t be an issue if it had been condensed into a shorter running time, but this way it just feels very stretched and very thin.
Second, even if Shyamalan was sure they would greenlit a sequel, he still could have crafted a more satisfying ending and not this “freeze frame with insert bullshit” with no impact whatsoever.

The Tall Man (2012)

directed by Pascal Laugier

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The ending: Julia is the local nurse in a small, poor redneck town in Washington, that is haunted by a series of child abductions, which are attributed to a mythical creature called “The Tall Man”. When the Tall Man abducts her own son, the plot go haywire and before you can utter “unreliable narrator”, Julia is suddenly revealed as the head of an organization that abducts children from poor families to give them a better future in the upper class households of New York.

Why it’s overrated: I don’t get this one at all.  Actually, I don’t get the fans who say this is brilliant. Talk about a tacked on message. I mean shouldn’t there be any hints leading up to this? Sure, the misery of the townsfolk is addressed, but it feels as if it was mainly added for texture, the sudden turn of making it the core topic is as subtle as a sledgehammer. Not only is the final reveal, following a slew of already increasingly ridiculous and forced twists a total letdown, it’s also embarrassingly pretentious and so damn heavy-handed. It needs not one, but two monologues in the end to be fully justified, a particularly preachy one awkwardly delivered by Jessica Biel. Horror movies with sociocritical messages have been done far more convincing and more entertaining before, up your game. Not even starting with the moral implications of the ending.

Shutter Island (2010)

directed by Martin Scorsese

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The ending: Detective Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) is investigating the disappearance of an asylum inmate, only to discover that he himself is the missing patient. His detective persona was a delusion his psyche created to deal with his war- inflicted PTSD and the fact that he killed his wife.

Why it’s overrated: And here is the third kind of failed twist ending: The one that makes you say “This was so obvious from the beginning, that it must be a deception- I am sure there is another twist coming that defies our expectations… nope, that’s it.” It’s still a decent movie, but the feeling remains that it could have steered into a more interesting direction.

There Will Be Blood (2007)

directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

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The ending: Early 20th century oil tycoon Daniel (Daniel Day-Lewis) is at the peak of his wealth, but still a horrible person. On the same day he rejects his son and taunts the preacher Eli (Paul Dano), with whom he made business before and who is now asking for financial assistance. After a lengthy conversation, Daniel throws a tantrum and kills Eli in cold blood.

Why it’s overrated: If you still did not get the message about the soul-devouring nature of greed and capitalism that has been reiterated over the course of the whole movie, then Daniel Day Lewis will sum it up for you in a long dialogue in the final scene, with the help of Paul Dano, who is hamming it up like there is no tomorrow. Way to deflate your movie- show, don’t tell and learn to trust your audience, PTA.

The Ghost Writer (2010)

directed by Roman Polanski

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The ending: A ghost writer (Ewan McGregor) is assigned by the British Premier (Pierce Brosnan) to finish his memoirs, after the man who was originally entrusted with that task died in a mysterious drowning accident. Of course it was no real accident, but an assassination following the first writer’s investigation of a conspiracy that also involves the Premier’s wife (Olivia Williams). Finally, the ghost writer realizes that the original manuscript contains an encrypted message: The Premier’s wife is a CIA Agent. Before he can spread the information, the ghost writer is assassinated himself.

Why it’s overrated: This entry may be considered as a bit of a cheat, as I have never heard anyone praising this ending. But the movie has high ratings on RT and imdb, so I guess it’s fair to include it.
This is the kind of twist that, like the one in Unbreakable, would lead to a more interesting story than the one being told, as implications that come with the reveal are more intriguing than the mystery presented in the basic premise. And the plot device that makes McGregor uncover the truth might be seen as charmingly old school, but it’s also quite hackneyed. On the other hand, a few plot movements before he had already solved a big chunk of the mystery with a simple Google-search, so there is that.

Donnie Darko (2001)

directed by Richard Kelly

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The ending: Was the troubled teenager Donnie Darko really killed by a jet engine that crashed into his room? Was time travel involved? Or are all happenings in this movie result of a near-death hallucination? Something, something.

Why it’s overrated: What starts out as a hypnotic melange of sweet coming-of-age story and Lynchian homage to suburbia, gradually becomes a dull “puzzle movie”, including the obligatory, smartpants “ambiguous ending”. I honestly don’t care if everything we’ve seen was a hallucination or a real time paradox in the end, because simultaneously with the gradual replacement of the initially wonderfully poetic tone and the character studies with tedious, smug baloney about time singularities and whatnot, my interest waned. When the ending comes around, the movie has become emotionally so hollow, that any goodwill created in the beginning was used up. Sadly avoiding emotional depth in favour of showing off cleverness has become the MO of the once so promising Kelly.


With which ones do you agree? With which ones do you disagree?
Which ones did I miss? Let me know in the comments.

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Detective Dee reviews movies and sometimes TV-series. He likes to indulge in the Asian cinema, exploitation flicks and the horror genre but is no stranger to Blockbuster culture either. He writes whatever he wants, but always aims to entertain.

  • Magnificent Breadford

    Dee please.

  • Magnificent Breadford

    There Will Be Blood?

  • Magnificent Breadford

    Did you eat a lot of paint chips as a child?

  • Col. Tigh-Fighter

    50% bollocks as we say over here. TWBB, T3, and The Mist all rock. Donnie and Shutter Island are both a bit shit, and not seen the others.

  • I_am_better

    “Ghost Writer”? I had actually forgotten that one.

  • Dee

    Thanks, but it’s on the list already!

  • Dee

    No, do you recommend it?

  • Dee

    50% is okay with me.

  • Slate_Fistcrunch

  • Jack Randomm

    I really loved the ending of The Mist. It was the perfect end of a fucked up day.

    Terminator 3’s ending is considered a “good” one? Huh. News to me. That entire movie was booty.

    Dee, you bitched about Unbreakable as a whole! Haha! Criticizing the ending seems like an afterthought. Unbreakable works for me as an adaption of the first issue of a comic book. Albeit a slow one. Even the tag at the end where it’s revealed that Mr Glass is incarcerated in (what might as well be) Arkham Asylum is a decent homage to comics.

    Shutter Island was insane simply because I can’t believe they’d let a patient have access to the whole facility and staff to reinforce his delusions. But, I haven’t actually seen it, so…

    I haven’t seen the rest, but I’ll say that I hate ambiguous endings.

  • Dee

    Yeah let me put it like this, if Unbreakable had a killer ending, I’d say it was at least worth a watch. This whole movie is a build up, so the ending is the part where it could have been turned into a decent movie, but for me it did not work.
    I noticed a lot of people like the ending of T3, people seem to think it’s ballsy.
    The whole psychology in Shutter Island is pobably bogus, but the predictability irked me more.

  • Fate_Slistcrunch

    I give this list a D- at best.

  • Fate_Slistcrunch

    Honestly, I see so many people bitch about the ending to TWBB nowadays. It’s the hip thing to do. So it can’t be overrated. It’s actually now vastly underrated.

  • Dee

    Yeah, we made it too easy!

  • Fate_Slistcrunch

    Surprised you didn’t take another cheap shot at AI while you were at it.

  • Fate_Slistcrunch

    Its a delicacy in Austria.

  • Dee

    Another film that makes it too easy.

  • Sagamanus

    Well it seems you got Zissou all worked up with this list.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    NOPE on “The Mist.” I love that ending.

    I will say this, though. I thought “Shutter Island” was a piece of shit.

  • Fate_Slistcrunch

    Shutter Island was turrible.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    I fucking hated it. It wasn’t ten minutes before I knew the ending. Fucking waste of stupid time.

  • Fate_Slistcrunch

    If TWBB was made in modern times, Daniel Plainview would drink his iced nonfat caramel latte.

  • Dee

    Yeah The Mist is the one choice I knew you would not like. I don’t feel the need to ever revisit Shutter Island.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    I do understand your reasoning, though. I just don’t agree. Even King prefers it to his own, ambiguous ending. I would have been happy with that one, as well.

  • Sagamanus

    Shutter Island’s ending might or might not be overrated. I in fact really love the film, and in the context of putting PTSD on film it really works. You can let something evolve in only so many ways, and a Twilight Zone like conclusion was even necessary.

  • Jack Randomm

    Unbreakable fucking dragged!

  • Sagamanus

    Surprised to see the Anti-Shutter Islandists here. Starts shining gun, getting it ready.

  • Dee

    I sadly cannot see the same there.

  • Sagamanus

    I mean you can’t indict a film just because you can see its conclusions. It’s about the execution and evolution. Hell don’t even tell me you saw Shymalan’s twist endings coming (except The Sixth Sense maybe). And if the ending is the issue he’d be the greatest filmmaker that ever lived. If we were to judge a film by that alone.

  • Sagamanus

    I have yet to see There Will be Blood.

  • Dee

    I totally agree with you. If the experience is worth it, I don’t mind a predictable conclusion, as long as it makes sense in some way. In this cases I did not think so. In the case of Tall Man, I don’t even think it makes sense.

  • Dee

    You make Zissou cry.

  • Sagamanus

    Everyone makes Zissou cry. Frankly I think he doesn’t cry enough.

  • Sagamanus

    It’s hard to watch the Terminator franchise after T2 really. In fact I stop at that point, but maybe I should give it another go just to keep it fresh in my mind.

  • Slate_Fistcrunch

    He’d drink it up.

  • Dee

    Invest your time rather in movies you have not seen yet.

  • Sagamanus

    Hmh don’t think I saw The Mist either. I do like Thomas Jane and think he’s great in The Expanse. A SyFy TV series based on a popular science fiction work. Yes that one is recent.

  • Sagamanus

    The Mist it is, along with Throne of Blood today then.

  • Slate_Fistcrunch

    I can’t remember A.I.’s ending…….oh man yeah.

  • Sagamanus

    Puck is coming soon. He mostly comes out at night…mostly.

  • Dee

    I can’t remember it ending…

  • Fate_Slistcrunch

    You talking about Return of the King?

  • I_am_better

    Sags, for the love of everything holy, don’t go to “Terminator: Salvation” and “Terminator Genisys”

  • I_am_better

    Can I help thee loading the guns, sire?

  • CoolHandJuke

    “I’m Finished!”

  • Sagamanus

    I can’t resist! Genisys is fresh in my mind and I will avoid, but Salvation I haven’t seen in god knows how long.

  • ErnestRister

    Were the 80’s the greatest decade for twist endings?

    (runs)

  • Kylo Ronin

    Yeah, I love that movie.

  • Kylo Ronin

    It so does!

  • Dee

    Angel Heart!

  • Kylo Ronin

    *Ronin laughs and then he laughs even more*

  • Dee

    *scratching head*

  • ErnestRister

    Brazil…The Empire Strikes Back…

  • World renowned hater Detective Dee hates stuff that’s good, more at 11.

    Shutter Island and The Tall Man are the only ones I agree with.

    I’m actually surprised someone other than myself has even seen The Tall Man.

  • Dee

    Haha, you have a hater-soul yourself, don’t be shy!
    Asi seems to dig The Tall Man, I have to ask him why. If I remember correctly.

  • Sagamanus

    Dee you might need a part 2 on this as there are probably quite a few films where the endings are overrated.

  • Dee

    gimme an example

  • Zed

    I hate to be that guy, but the book is better.

  • Zed

    I missed TWBB because it looked like boring, pretentious award bait. This article has not caused me to doubt that assessment.

  • Zed

    Frank Darabont has yet to make a good movie. Come at me, bros.

  • Sagamanus

    That’s probably true.

  • Dee

    Haha dont agree but I enjoy a strong opinion

  • Zed

    Then while I’m at it, Force Awakens is worse than Crystal Skull, and The Walking Dead is a soap opera for men.

  • KilliK

    I agree with most. The ending in Mist is so ridiculous and the praise it’s getting is head-scratching. not that the alternative is any better with the mist covering the planet. what I would have done was this: the car runs out of gas. they get out, look to each other indecisively and scared, noone speaks, not even a sound is heard, the father hugs his kid, the old couple hold their hands and they start walking inside the mist. the camera shows them from behind their backs while walking and starts zooming out, showing everything covered in mist until the picture becomes a blank white. the end.

    The twist in Unbreakable is great but its execution is so poorly handled. What happened to the sequel Night was talking about a few years ago? at least it could redeem the bad ending with it.

  • Dee

    Don’t disagree. Haven’t seen too much of TWD to be fair, though.

  • Dee

    I guess that died with the middling BO of Unbreakable. Now nobody cares anymore.

  • KilliK

    maybe Biel is naked in that one?

  • KilliK

    you miss some of the best scifi comedies out there.

    talk to the hand. sigh..

  • Dee

    No, she isn’t.

  • KilliK

    Terminator…Blade Runner…Evil Dead 2…

  • KilliK

    shame.

  • KilliK

    he can turn it into a tv show, now that the tvsupehero/movies2tv genres are trending.

  • Dee

    I would not be surprised if that happens.

  • Stalkeye

    This is a brilliant topic, mein brotha!
    I agree with T3’s “shock value” ending, it defeats the purpose of the first two films (ALIEN 3!!!) and of course open the doors for more sequels. Jim said “Terminator 3, not with me” for a reason. I kinda liked the Mist’s ending as well as Shutter Island’s. The “I’m Mr. Glass” ending was something out of those old Dragnet TV shows and was another cheap M.Night Shally trope. He has a good heart (helping urban kids obtain higher learning and all.) but I really hate his films. Unbreakable would qualify as his best but that aint saying much.

  • Stalkeye

    The Shawshank Redemption wasn’t good??
    http://media.giphy.com/media/pEP4CwhG1f1uw/giphy.gif

  • Stalkeye

    Now that’s reaching, my friend.

  • Stalkeye

    I boycotted that shit ever since the Director claimed that the Hellraiser films were mostly about Sex,sex, and more sex. What a clueless idiot.

  • Dee

    Oh really? Yeah he did not make anything interesting since Martyrs.

  • Dee

    Thanks! Yeah, shock value is the right moniker. I think it’s really mostly in the execution, some of M. Night’s stories aren’t bad at all, even The Village could have been a good movie. No chance to get something decent out of Lady in the Water though.

  • Stalkeye

    OK I disagree with Donnie Darko’s ending. It was a good Mindfuck of a twist ending and needless to say Jake’s best performance prior to Nightcrawler. If and ending leaves me with a gut punch (Like Se7en for example.) I don’t see it as overrated.

  • Stalkeye

    Agreed in regard to The Village. Great idea but laughable execution.

  • Stalkeye

    http://www.aintitcool.com/node/58023

    scroll down and you’ll see a certain TBer respond to his sentiment/statement. (0;’

  • Stalkeye

    Next should be the top 8 overrated series finales. XD

  • Dee

    I don’t know enough series to approach that, but you are welcome to tackle it.

  • Zed

    “The Edge… there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.”

  • Zed

    It’s Darabont’s best, but I like it less every time I watch it. Still way better than The Green Mile, which is unintentional comedy.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    I agree. It’s a simpler ending than some people think, but the ambiguity is jarring. I think it works better that way.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    I thought Lady In the Water was enjoyable despite being fucking stupid.

  • Zed

    Any movie in which the protagonist is a writer. It’s always the same “twist” that a stoned English major comes up with 45 minutes before their final assignment is due.

    And perhaps No Country For Old Men, but does that movie even have an ending? It just kind of peters out.

  • Dee

    I thought No Country For Old Men was perfectly fine.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    The Mist’s ending is great, and an improvement on the novella’s. It wasn’t thrown in for mere shock value but to underline the theme of the movie: the psychological effect the unknowable and unseen can have on the mind and where that can lead human behavior and emotions.

    I also see it as the flipside of The Shawshank Redemption’s ending: what happens when there is a lack of hope (strangely, the original novella’s ending is very much the opposite, and Darabont would have been accused of recycling his past material if he’d used it).

    Terminator 3’s ending is crap. Dee made a very good point once when he said that, unlike the previous two films, it descended into the realm of magic rather than science-fiction: the idea of teleological “fate” driving events rather than time paradoxes.

    I like Unbreakable’s ending. Disregarding the fact that we now know it was supposed to kick off a trilogy, on first viewing I chalked up Price’s “revelation” that he was a supervillain to insanity and nothing more. He was just some unfortunate kook who’d had a bad lot in life, and his subsequent, desperate search for “meaning” to the randomness of it all had taken him down a path of murder and madness.

    I suppose I was taking the film on the level of a psychological thriller and not as a superhero origin story. In my reading, there was no fated “connection” between Willis and he; it was simply something he’d cooked up to justify his insane actions and contrive a place for himself in life.

    I agree that Shutter Island’s ending is terrible. It’s totally contrived and unbelievable, and depends on ridiculous coincidences. You can tell that the screenwriters and/or novelist thought up the ending first and then proceeded backwards, shoehorning the rest of the events to fit. It’s an extremely B-grade ending and makes the rest of the movie, however handsomely mounted, seem very silly indeed. Scorsese fell into the same trap with Cape Fear.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    In the words of Palmer in The Thing: “You’ve got to be fucking kidding…”

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    “Then while I’m at it, Force Awakens is worse than Crystal Skull”

    Not that controversial an opinion, and quite justifiable.

  • Dee

    I get that about Unbreakable, but the way it was presented was shallow. I wish someone else had directed that movie.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I think it’s the only really good movie Shyamalan has directed – perhaps unwittingly! Sixth Sense and Signs were okay but very overrated, and resembled big budget Twilight Zone episodes. The rest of his filmography is garbage.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Lost?

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Or better yet: wait until 2019.

  • CoolHandJuke

    The best twist ending I ever saw was the movie where the chick turns out to be a dude: the video of my wedding night…

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Did he say that? I think he only said that he wanted to focus more on the S & M/bondage themes in his remake. Gay sex is a pretty big subtext in Barker’s work, so it’s not that much of a stretch. It’s not the only theme or subtext, though.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Any movie where it’s revealed “it was all in the protagonist’s head”.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    “Any movie in which the protagonist is a writer. It’s always the same “twist” that a stoned English major comes up with 45 minutes before their final assignment is due.”

    What do you mean? That the events of the story weren’t real and came from the protagonist writer/narrator’s imagination?

  • Zed

    Hey, at least she won’t get pregnant.

  • Zed

    That, or the story did happen but the other main character(s) was really the writer doing stuff. You know, because the English major watched Fight Club recently. So meta. Makes me want to go buy a hemp satchel and drink coffee made from lemur shit.

  • Zed

    I wouldn’t call that overrated, as I recall it got a fair amount of hate. But maybe it didn’t get enough…

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Maybe so; to tell you the truth, I never watched the show. I only mentioned it as an excuse to take another dig at Abrams. 😉

  • Zed

    It’s a shame. With some minor rewrites, The Happening could’ve been the comedy of the decade.

  • KilliK

    but Willis did have enhanced powers in the movie. so mr Glass was right all along, he wasnt crazy.

    as for the Mist, we already witnessed what horror can do to the human mind throughout the movie until they left the mini-market with the car.What happened afterwards was a bad joke, nothing else. the fact that the mother who left the mini-market when the mist arrived, survived and rescued her child while everyone else was killed immediately after they stepped their foot outside in the mist, well, that makes the ending even more retarded. I guess irony works only for fathers, not mothers.

  • KilliK

    you tell him, Stalkey.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Nah; it’s the perfect, cruelly ironic cap to a great horror movie.

    “I guess irony works only for fathers, not mothers.”

    Yes, that’s the point: he made a stupid, rash decision, because they were stranded in the middle of nowhere, with no apparent shelter nearby, and he gave in to despair. If only he’d waited a few more minutes…

    The point throughout was to show how the characters made arbitrary and sometimes unreasonable decisions in the face of the unknowable; in the grip of that fear some reverted to irrational animal instincts. And even their chances of survival were completely random. The mother’s survival was meant to underscore those points and, originally, Darabont wanted to show more survivors from the market pass by Thomas Jane’s car.

    Jane and his group should never have left the market in the first place as they would have been rescued eventually. But of course they/he didn’t know that at the time, and perhaps thought that no one would come or that the mist would last forever or that everyone in the world was dead. So, in the face of the craziness and horror, the group decided to leave and takes their chances…which turned out to be the wrong move.

    As for Unbreakable: yes, Willis had those “powers”, but they could easily be interpreted as a weird biological anomaly and not literal evidence that Willis was fated by the gods to be a superhero. And the same goes for Mr. Glass’s birth defects. Lots of people are born with such things even if, in the case of Willis’s (imaginary) ‘disorder’, it actually turned out to be an advantage. But Glass eventually found a guy that ‘matched’ his hypothesis and saw it as validation of it. He interpreted it as a sign from above that Willis was supposed to be his arch-enemy.

    In real life, it would be like someone born with a genetic skin disease interpreting that he was fated to be a hero or villain called “The Incredible Flaking Man”, and then seeking out someone with an opposing type of disease and deciding they were ‘linked’ for whatever reason; instead of accepting that his condition was simply an unfortunate and random evolutionary by-product with no “divine” purpose or meaning behind it.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    What a pity; I though it was going to be Asimov…excuse me, “Memories of Murder”.

    I don’t miss those horrible HTML forums, either.

  • KilliK

    zzzz…

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Stop watching those shitty Portuguese versions of movies and get some rest! XD

  • KilliK

    haha. 😉

    btw, TFA barely made $27m worlwide outside USA this week. the dream for beating Avatar’s world record is gone for good.

  • Stalkeye

    The S&M reference is a given however the way Pascal went on and on about HR being mostly about Gay sex demonstrates a bit of ignorance when discussing the series. Outside of Barker’s other films and videogames there were no subtext or hidden reference about Gay sex. At least from what I have seen.

  • Stalkeye

    That’s a good start although I have never bothered to watch one episode of “Killigan’s Island”.
    “Smoke Monster”? Fuck that Shit!

  • Stalkeye

    Green Mile was in fact bad comedy. John Coffey: The Magical Negro?
    “Mah name is Coffey, like the drink”. “He killed them with their love”!!

    http://cloudassetserver.com/MEP/posts/415/Disappointed-Terrible-Awful-OMG-Embarassed-Embarassing-GIF.gif

  • JAGUART

    ” He was just some unfortunate kook who’d had a bad lot in life, and his subsequent, desperate search for “meaning” to the randomness of it all had taken him down a path of murder and madness.”

    That’s exactly how it struck me. That all that pain he experienced as a child and into adulthood warped him. He sought meaning and identity from the only medium he found solace in- Comic Books.

  • Dennis O’Keefe

    And yet, it shattered the domestic record. Cherry pick all you want, Trevor.

  • Stalkeye

    Sleepaway Camp, methinks.

  • ErnestRister

    I loved The Green Mile. Coffey was an allusion to Christ (they even share initials). Terrific fantasy film by Darabont.

  • ErnestRister

    On Box Office Mojo’s All-Time Adjusted for Inflation list, Avatar clocks in at #15. Not bad.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Yeah, it’s slowing to a crawl and demonstrating absolutely no staying power. It may not even beat Titanic. Avatar was still doing $31 million domestic weekends at this point – as good as some new releases – and many times that internationally.

    TFA is really struggling to get past $2 billion worldwide, and even the domestic tally is laboring to reach $900 million. That tells me that, unless they pick up their game substantially, the long-term prognosis for Star Wars isn’t good: extremely short-term interest, dying on the vine.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    “That all that pain he experienced as a child and into adulthood warped
    him. He sought meaning and identity from the only medium he found solace in- Comic Books.”

    It happens in real life, too: Harry Knowles being a prime example. Except, instead of dedicating himself to a career of supervillainy, Knowles rips people off with Kickstarter scams, instead. A life of crime, either way.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    He did write at least one novel with an openly gay protagonist – “Galilee”, I think – and the creatures in Nightbreed were supposed to be metaphors for social outcasts, whether gay or otherwise. A bit like X-Men, rather.

  • Dennis O’Keefe

    Not bad at all. But, it’ll never catch Empire, ANH, or E.T.

    Avatar is a spectacle, but its story is paper thin compared to most box office record holders.

  • Stalkeye

    The portrayal of Coffey reminded me of..

    XD I liked MCD bless his soul, but this wasn’t one of my favorite roles.
    The Green Mile was ok thanks to Sam Rockwell who played a real piece of Shit and of course Tom Hanks. But I prefer Shawshank Redemption way over this.

  • ErnestRister

    101 Dalmatians is #13. Snow White is #10. Of course, those films have decades of releases on a seven-year cycle when there was no home video to speak of. Shoot, Walt refused to even show his animated films on TV even when there was no way for audiences to tape them off the air. Only Dumbo and Alice were ever shown on Walt’s tv program.

  • ErnestRister

    Hanks, Morse, and Senise should have made more movies together.

  • There are people that like it. They must be hung, drawn, and quartered.

  • Dennis O’Keefe

    In the end, though, what does it matter – these debates over box office? All it means, is that lots of people went to see these films. Other than Spielberg, Lucas, Cameron, Nolan and Coppolla, films of the most highly regarded directors – Scorsese, Hitchcock, De Palma, Fincher, Kurosawa, etc. are far from the top 25 in terms of grosses.

    I still contend, however, that Star Wars will always be more culturally resonant than Avatar.

  • ErnestRister

    I think the Box Office fascination is silly, always have. Unless you’re a stockholder or one of the producers or the studio or an exhibitor or you’re somehow getting a cut, it’s meaningless and has no bearing on anyone’s lives. More often than not, you see trolls using it trying to pick a fight, or over-zealous fans acting like their sports team or favorite politician won some huge game.

  • Dennis O’Keefe

    Well said. And, with the release of TFA, I’ve run across quite a few comments that because TFA will not beat Avatar’s international record, it’s somehow indicative of the quality of the film. It’s a dumb argument. It’s like when the Dolphins celebrate their undefeated season. That’s a record to be proud of to be sure, but it in no way suggests that the 1972 Dolphins were the best NFL team ever.

  • JAGUART

    Do you really think he has that level of contempt for people that donated money to him?

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Absolutely. He’s demonstrated that contempt time and time again. I think some of the donators are still waiting on their “rewards” to this day.

  • ErnestRister

    We all know the best NFL team ever was the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  • Dennis O’Keefe

    Without question. I think they got lost in the Astrodome.

  • Dennis O’Keefe

    Just wanted to let you know that I enjoy your comments. You’re obviously knowledgeable about the industry, and your comments are measured and considered. So, thank you.

  • ErnestRister

    Don’t thank me, I was a real dick ten years ago. I just grew out of it.

    Having said that, as always, fuck Harry Knowles.

  • lonestarr357

    Is no one gonna say Drag Me to Hell? Fine.

    Some may argue (and have) that ‘it’s the only ending a movie with a title like that could have’, but I think that’s liquid bullshit in a tall glass. Ganush already had two opportunities to pay off her house. Christine made a judgment call and she gets cursed…for doing her fucking job?! I’m sorry, but that just rubbed me the wrong way.

  • Dennis O’Keefe

    Yeah, I get too heated at times.

    And, Amen to that.

  • ErnestRister

    Prime popcorn viewing.

  • Dennis O’Keefe

    I actually stuck up for Harry when some posters accused him of larceny over the Kickstarter nonsense. I thought those accusations went too far. For doing so, one poster accused me of being a pedophile. I exposed this moron, who had linked his real name to his Disqus account, was accused of doxxing, and was blocked from posting on AICN because of this poster’s incessant whining. The talkback world is strange indeed.

  • Toruk_Makto

    Ugh…fucking hate those movies.

  • Toruk_Makto

    What? Fuck that dude!.

    Umm…nevermind don’t fuck em. Screw that asshole instead!…Ah shit…don’t do either!

    Tell him to go to hell! See if he can dig any sex subtext out of that.

  • Toruk_Makto

    I didn’t like the mist’s ending either. Mostly because I’m a purest and it was different from the book.

    They didn’t sell me on the change because it wasn’t any better than the book’s ending so I really didn’t see any point to it.

    Completely disagree about unbreakable. There is nothing about that movie I didn’t like.

  • Dee

    Oh man, that ending should definitely be on the list. And who did not see the twist coming?

  • Garbage movie, garbage ending.

  • CoolHandJuke

    plus she took all her candy…

  • KilliK

    and there is a gay sex scene out of nowhere in Weaveworld which came as a surprise to me. Later I found out that Barker is gay.

  • franks_television

    Some good endings here.

  • Dee

    Good in the sense you would agree or disagree?

  • Dee

    It didn’t leave me with a gut punch, at that point I had lost interest in the characters.

  • Stalkeye

    Yeah but Dee, this scene alone gives DD a pass!! Beautifully orchestrated.

  • Coupon: The Movie

    Completely agree about The Mist. It was an examination of what stress does to people’s judgement and how it affects the breakdown of social structure. Everyone is affected in the story by this in one way or another. Jane’s character has the strongest will so he’s the last to fall but it finally takes him down at the end as well. It’s anything but tacked on to me. The theme of the film is reflected perfectly in the ending.

  • Coupon: The Movie

    Yep. the Sixth Sense is literally the “An Occurance At Owl Creek” episode of Twilight Zone.

  • Dee

    still doing research for most underrated endings

  • KilliK

    yes. someone posted in his blog the experience he had with meeting Harry during one of his Butt-numb-a-thons which he does at his birthdays.

    He was a fan of Harry and went there to meet him and give him a present for his birthday. well, Harry was in his wheelchair and was opening some of his presents. He goes to him, gives him the present and tells him what a big fan of his he is. Harry doesnt even respond to him, he takes the present, tosses it to a pile of presents which was near him and then he indifferently does a “shooing” hand gesture.

    needless to say, the guy was gut-wrenched by Harry’s snotty and rude behavior, he completely changed his opinion about him and now he now he nothing else than bad things to say about him as it’s evidence by his blog recounting of the incident.

  • JAGUART

    What the hell? I mean, I always knew the guy had an ego, but I just don’t know anyone who would treat someone that way unless they had a reason.
    EDIT: On second thought, I don’t know any dude that would treat
    another dude that way.

  • ErnestRister

    Harry – before the industry placed the bit in his mouth – used to act with reckless disregard and indifference. He didn’t care who got hurt by what he published, he was addicted to the attention. Now that he’s bridled, he only has his own prose and dubious rumors from other sites to carry him, with the occasional Star Wars click-bait lie (“The Ancient Fear”) thrown in for gravy.

  • Stalkeye
  • RolandDeschain1 .

    The problem with the ending of THE MIST wasn’t so much the concept but Darabont’s laughably heavy-handed execution of it.

    He was so in love with the idea of doing a ‘shocking’ ending that it’s all slow-motion with those keening female vocals and is so pretentious my eyes were rolling in my head like a slot machine.