13 Best Sci-Fi Films with Ambiguous and Mind-Boggling Ending

Author Thumbnail BY Maria Guanzon - May 27, 2018
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These science fiction movies shatter our expectations in more ways than one. Of course, they all presented an intriguing premise that their story revolves in. The other thing is we are left stuck in the Twilight Zone while pondering what their endings could possibly mean. Hordes of geeks are left making some analysis videos or essays, spotting some Easter Eggs, and even debating among themselves of what really happened on their conclusion. Here are the greatest sci-fi films that left us with unsolved puzzles for their endings.

#13- The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

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From the highs of The Matrix Reloaded, fans of this franchise were left disappointed after seeing its third and final installment. The biggest reason why is its unanswered questions that were left for the viewers to answer.

Before seeing this film, it is definitely mandatory to watch the first two to really understand it. The film is set in a dystopian society where the robots rule. Neo (Keanu Reeves) is the only hope left for mankind. Neo is trapped in a limbo while the majority of the population is still stuck on a suspended reality. Things get even more effed up when an all-powerful computer program Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) enters the picture.

In the end, the Matrix is still not destroyed. Its seventh version was rebooted with a new set of rules. Every person has now a choice whether to leave the matrix or stay in it only this time there is no more enslavement... However, the Oracle implied that the peace will only last as long as it can, meaning that a chaotic future still looms. As for Neo, it's undetermined whether he lives or dies after deleting Smith. Let's just trust the Oracle saying that they will see Neo again.

#12- Dawn of the Dead (1978)

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Rotten Tomatoes had called this film "one of the most compelling and entertaining zombie films ever made," scoring 93% fresh. Rightfully so, Dawn of the Dead shows larger scale effects of a zombie apocalypse to the society. No wonder that this zombie flick has earned $55 million worldwide from its meager $1.5 million budget.

The plot follows Stephen (David Emge) and his girlfriend Francine (Gaylen Ross) as they escape hordes of zombie. With the two renegade SWAT members, Roger and Pete, they found solace in a shopping center.

After the zombie infiltrated the mall, Stephen was bitten many times. He became one of the undead. Acting on his memory, he destroyed the false wall covering the stairwell and led the others to where Pete and Francine were hiding. Peter killed the zombified Stephen as Francine escaped to the roof. Pete locked himself in a room and contemplated suicide. He had a change of heart at the last moment. The two fly away in a partially fueled helicopter into an uncertain future.

Some sci-fi films, like 10 Cloverfield Lane, have a similar ending. Apparently, Dawn of the Dead did it first.

#11- Looper (2012)

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Looper has proven that indie sci-fi films can score big at the box office. It made almost 6 times out of its budget and received good reviews from the critics. This film is the second team-up of the director, Rian Johnson, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt after Brick. They proved that they can also make good movies together. Take that, Johnny Depp and Tim Burton!

In the future, time-travel is used to target someone. Loopers are assassins who go back in time to kill people. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a looper that does his job well. However, his bosses wanted to “close the loop” and send his future self (Bruce Willis) in the past to be killed.

As he realized that Cid will become the Rainmaker, Young Joe committed suicide in order to prevent Old Joe from going after them. It erased the existence of Old Joe that saves Sarah and stops Cid from becoming the Rainmaker.

Pretty straightforward, eh? Wrong. Most of the movies with time traveling have to deal with time paradoxes. This one is no exception. There are some unanswered questions. Like, how did Sarah know all about Old Joe? Remember that he ceased to exist anymore. The moral of the story: don’t mess with time-travel. Just don’t.

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Maria Guanzon is a songwriter, future novelist, adventurer, and an escapist in this mundane world. She likes to explore pop culture in different eras particularly from the 50's to the 80's. She's a Ravenclaw who wants to uncover the existential truths using the methods of Aquinas and Socrates.Her passion and desire to learn will never cease. In her free time, she writes original songs, searches for the lipstick that Audrey Hepburn wore in the Breakfast at Tiffany's, and tries to complete her survival kit and a 25-year vegan food supply, if in case of a zombie apocalypse. Warning: this usually quiet introvert will be a chatterbox once triggered with geeky references.