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Feature Film Endings Explained 

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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.

Annihilation (2018) movie explained!

What does the ending of Annihilation mean? What is the Shimmer, and what happened in the lighthouse scene? What is the film’s alternate ending, and how does the story differ from the book?

Erik Voss breaks down the final sequence of Annihilation and explains the deeper meaning of the movie’s extended metaphor. How does director Alex Garland build on the sci-fi concepts he laid out in Ex Machina (2014)? Is Natalie Portman’s character a secret imposter?

A Quiet Place Ending & Creatures Explained

A Quiet Place movie ending spoiler review and alien creature monsters explained. A Quiet Place stars Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds.

Contact: The Movie

Contact is a 1997 science fiction drama directed by Robert Zemeckis, adapted from the novel of the same name by the legendary Carl Sagan.

GET OUT (2017) Ending + Twists Explained

Explaining the ending and twists for Jordan Peele’s GET OUT starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener.

TRUTH OR DARE (2018) Ending Explained

The latest release from Blumhouse Productions (The Purge, Happy Death Day, Get Out) is TRUTH OR DARE, a supernatural thriller where a game turns deadly for a group of friends led by Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey.

Movie endings, they’re usually pretty straightforward, right?

Everything pays off, the main characters learn something, and our heroes ride off into the sunset. Sometimes though, we don’t get the typical ending from a movie, we get something much more nuanced, complex and open-ended. The kind of endings that leave things up in the air for all of us to debate and theorize about until we’re blue in the face. With Movie Endings Explained, we aim to delve into some of the more ambiguous and mysterious endings to films that have left audiences scratching their heads for years, and to attempt to explain them. In most cases, a definitive answer isn’t really there, so we definitely want to hear from YOU on how you interpret the various endings we’ll be discussing with this series.



But that doesn’t mean it isn’t confusing. In fact, Arrival’s focus on linguistics and space-time theory is tough to untangle, and only seems to get more complex the deeper you dive into it. But we’ve got you covered. If you’re ready to dig deep and don’t mind spoilers, here’s everything you need to know about Arrival’s confusing ending…

“Arrival” Ending Explained

Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi drama Arrival hit theaters in 2016 and earned rave reviews from critics, thanks to Amy Adams’ brilliant performance, Villeneuve’s excellent direction, and a mature, focused take on the alien invasion genre.

Stephen King’s It Movie Ending Explained

Exploring the new adaptation of Stephen King’s IT starring Bill Skarsgard and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) from director Andy Muschietti (Mama). Looking at the creature itself, the ending, and what to expect in the sequel.

INSIDIOUS Trilogy Explained

An in-depth look at the original INSIDIOUS Trilogy. Explaining all three films, plus the series’ mythology and breaking down the various main entities (Red Devil, Black Bride, The Man Who Can’t Breathe).


 Harry Potter Movie Series Ending Explained

The 2010 film — which thrusts its leads into a chemically-induced dream state where they attempt to implant ideas into people’s minds — was so complex and ambiguous that the director’s true meaning has become a point of cinematic controversy. Don’t worry, though, we’ve got your back. Let’s dive into explaining the ending of Inception…


Christopher Nolan’s movies often require a repeat screening or two to fully process all the plot layers and subtle details, and Inception is no different.

Tully’s “Controversial” Ending Explained

SILENT HILL (2006) Ending Explained + Game Connections

Exploring the movie adaptation of SILENT HILL, based on the popular horror video game series. Including breaking down the film’s story and ending, as well as references and connections to the games.

BEFORE I WAKE (2018) Ending Explained

A boy’s dreams and nightmares become reality in the supernatural thriller BEFORE I WAKE from Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush, Gerald’s Game) starring Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane. Explaining the ending and the origins of the Canker Man creature.

No Country for Old Men Explained

No Country for Old Men is a 2007 movie directed, written, and edited by Joel and Ethan Coen. Based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. Its enigmatic title actually comes from the first stanza of William Butler Yeats poem “Sailing to Byzantium”, first published in the 1928 collection The Tower.


This film has been defined as a “neo-western movie” a description which fits it well. Except perhaps that the term neo might suggest that the Western genre is dead and buried. In this video, I am going to analyze No Country for Old Men from both a narrative and visual point of view. This analysis will allow us to understand the meaning of that ending which has been unjustly defined as disappointing, arbitrary, strained and soulless. Besides, it will also try to explain why Anton Chigurh is such a disturbing character.

Yes, very, very disturbing.

Movie Endings That Don’t Mean What You Think

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