To begin with, I must warn you that this article contains LOTS of spoilers, since I’m literally telling you the end of the following movies in it: Number 23, Hide and Seek, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Inception.
It’s up to you whether you read it or not 🙂
Yesterday, I saw Inception (starring Leonardo Dicaprio), and in the end of the movie I saw something I had already seen before. I’m talking about those times in which you think everything is over and the problem is solved, and you’re pretty sure you understood it all very well. But then, the camera focuses just an image, which makes you realize that it is NOT over, and that the problem is NOT solved. It may last 10 seconds if much, but it is enough to make a whole mess in your mind.
Four different movies. The same old ending. Here on What a Cliché!
1) The Number 23
In The Number 23, Jim Carrey embodes a man who gets obssesed with this number after reading a book which talks about it. In the end of the movie he discovers the truth about this book and finally understands where everything came from. It was all in his mind, so he recovers from his obsession, and you think that’s it, happy ending… until the camera focuses the clock on the wall, and what are the hands pointing? Yes, 2-3.
2) Hide and Seek
In this masterpiece, a man (Robert Deniro), whose wife has just died, moves to the countryside with his little daughter (Dakota Fanning). She makes a new friend, Charlie, but his father never sees him and starts becoming worried about it. Who’s that Charlie? Why doesn’t he show up? And why on earth does he ask his daughter to help him with the murders he’s comitting? Well, the answer to all of those questions is… because HE himself is Charlie. He’s got double personality. Luckily, he’s shot before he kills his own dauther, and she lives happily with a kind woman since that happens. The End. No, no, wait,.. before going out with her new mom, the camera focuses the little girl’s drawing. How sweet, it is her mom holding the girl’s hand, who has… TWO HEADS! Yeah, she’s got double personality too.
3) Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
This one comes with a video! 🙂 I think the secret ending of Pirates of the Caribbean was the first time I saw this cliché. Finally, Will Turner and Jack Sparrow break the curse that turns everybody who has at least one coin from the chest into an immortal creature. Most of the people must have left the cinema after the “Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho!” by our dear Jack, but because they didn’t know this wasn’t the really ending! After the credits, monkey appears, steals a coin from the chest and VOILÀ! Undead monkey, the curse’s not broken.
In Christopher Nolan’s Inception, Leonardo Dicaprio is a man called Cobb who goes in and out of people’s dreams to steal information. That’s his job. The problem is, when you go from reality to dreams so often, you end up not knowing what is real and what is not. So, Cobb has a top which never stops spinning in dreams, this way he only has to check if it does so and he’ll know where he is. In the end of the film, you’ll probably think he’s finally in the real world, and he actually spins the top to check it, but he walks away and doesn’t pay attention to it. But we DO, and actually see it is about to stop… but no, it doesn’t, it keeps spinning and soon the credits appear. But I thought this was the real world!!! How couldn’t it be, anyway? WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?!!
Well, you’ll never know.
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