5 Movie Happy Endings That Are Not Really Happy At All

Tuesday, December 27 by Joseph Gibson


By the end of “Inception,” Leonardo DiCaprio has gone through one of the most complex adventures in modern movies. He finally makes it out of his business of stealing (and “incepting”) people’s dreams and goes back to his kids, which is what he wanted all along. So he does what any dream thief would do, takes out his totem used for determining whether he’s in a dream or reality, puts it on the table, and spins it. The only problem is the movie goes to credits before we can see the result of the reality test. Like “Total Recall,” it’s a mindf*ck, and far from a happy ending.


Both the comic and the movie version of “Watchmen” have a great ending. Rorschach’s journal, which holds the secret to Ozymandias‘ plot to unite the world through an act of terrorism. It seems cool at first – “hooray! The bad guy is going to be discovered!” But then if you think about it, it seems a bit more ominous. Because despite Ozy’s unethical methods, the world really has been united – what happens if that falls apart? Even more people will die, that’s what.

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