The last year has thoroughly proven itself as one hell of a period for movies; in the world of indies as well as big-budget blockbusters, 2015 saw some of the most memorable and debatable film endings in recent memory. These finales have us talking because of their riveting, thought-provoking nature, their willingness to deviate from the norm, or even due to the mere ways in which they disappointed us. The point is that these films ended in a way that made them truly stand out from the rest of the pack.
We have compiled a list of the five movie endings in 2015 that still have us talking. Some for the right reasons, and others for the wrong ones. Check the list out and give us your input. What movie ending from the past year are you still talking about?
Warning: This list contains MAJOR spoilers for all of the movies discussed. Proceed with caution.
It would be an understatement to assert that Alex Garland’s expertly crafted Ex Machina proved polarizing among audiences. While most came to the general consensus that the film’s story, as well as the three lead performances by Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander, seemed nearly pitch perfect, the ending incited an incredible dichotomy of opinion. The film ends with AI Ava (Vikander) killing her creator Nathan (Isaac) and trapping Caleb (Gleeson) presumably to die as she escapes her prison – having successfully passed the Turing Test by making Caleb fall in love with her.
The primary reason Ex Machina’s ending proved divisive is that it does not explicitly give the audience a character to root for. Those who empathize with Caleb’s perspective tend to consider Ava a villainous, malicious machine, and that the film should end on the somber note of Caleb seemingly permanently trapped. On the other hand, those who empathize with Ava think the movie is just the right length because they get to see her yearning for freedom realized as she escapes the compound. The film doesn’t offer any definitive answers to the moral questions it poses, giving no real credence to either side of the debate.