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It’s happen to everyone, you’re watching a movie and it’s very good, but until it ends. Sometimes not even the best movies can stick the landing. Here are 11 (mostly) good movies with bad endings.
- A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Steven Spielberg’s first foray in the science fiction genre since The Lost World: Jurassic Park, A.I. Artificial Intelligence was a seemingly great addition to the director’s work, until its ending. The movie should’ve ended with David at the bottom of the ocean, but the movie keeps going for another 20 minutes leaping to thousands of years into the future where new alien-like robots find him.
- Signs. M. Night Shyamalan is known for his terrible twist endings, but Signs was the first movie he made that was really good until its end. After Signs, M. Night Shyamalan’s movies were just terrible. Why would aliens who die when they come into contact with water come to a planet that’s 80% water?
- Sunshine. The first two acts of Sunshine was inspired science fiction, until the third act when it quickly becomes a standard monster movie. Sunshine will live on as a movie that could’ve been a great piece of science fiction, if it were not for its ending.
- I Am Legend. While I Am Legend deviates from its original source material, the movie exchanges a brilliant twist for a standard Hollywood ending. Instead of Will Smith coming to the realization that he’s the real monster in the movie, he sacrifices himself for the sake of humanity. Oh, what could’ve been?
- The Wolverine. The X-Men movie was on the verge of redeeming the franchise with a samurai genre superhero movie, but instead takes a big nose dive in its third act. Instead of being a really interesting character-driven superhero movie, it ends with a pretty typical battle between good and evil. How boring?
- Remember Me. Its a romance movie starring Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin. The movie was pretty decent until the end reveals that Pattinson’s character is in The World Trade Center on the morning of 9/11. Now that’s a downer that no saw coming. The plot point had nothing to do with what come before it.
- Savages. The protagonist die in a brilliant shoot out at the end of the film, but it just turned out to be what could’ve been. The movie resets and ends with a happy ending.
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. While the whole movie is a mess, there are some redeeming qualities of the fourth Indiana Jones movie, but the final scene revealing an alien invasion and a UFO was the last straw.
- The Matrix Trilogy. If you look at The Matrix trilogy as one long movie with a three act structure, the final movie would represent the end of the film. The whole series devolves into a standard Hollywood ending that makes an interesting and philosophical movie into a “they lived happily ever after” fairy tale.
- The Abyss. James Cameron’s movie is sometimes forgotten and mostly known as a disastrous production. I think the movie would’ve played better if underwater space aliens didn’t factor into the film’s ending. It just kind of rubbed people the wrong way.
- Superman: The Movie. It ends with the death of lois lane, but Superman is so stricken with pain that he whips around the world in its opposite direction to turn back time to save Lois Lane from death. What? Really? Even as a kid, I thought this was stupid.