Open endings and ambiguous endings in films are divided by a very thin line. While ambiguous movies have an ending, but has more than one logical interpretation, open ended movies tend to leave the plot line open for conclusions and are indefinite in nature. The climax of ‘Birdman’ can be termed as an ambiguous ending while ‘Gone Girl’ has an open end to its story. The 21st Century boasts of a number of open ended movies, with the filmmakers relishing the concept and the audience eager to work their brains over it. We listed 10 of the best movies with open endings to have come out in this century and summarized as to why they are considered as such. Most of them are notable movies and have acquired a cult status in their genre. Read On!
10. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
The finale of the best comic-to-film series might not hold the legendary status of its predecessor, but the climax made it stand out on its own. Bruce Wayne has lost everything and is in recluse. His adversary Bane has taken control of Gotham and is using a nuclear device to keep the people on their toes. Bruce becomes Batman again, but Bane proves too strong for the spiritually broken down Dark Knight. He breaks his back and throws him into his prison where the only escape is a perilous climb. Bruce eventually regains his health and escapes and returns to Gotham to confront Bane and his mistress, Talia al-Ghul, daughter of Ra’s. In a battle of will against brawn, Batman wins, with help from love interest Selina Kyle. Bane and Talia dies, but not before revealing that the device had been armed and is minutes away from detonation.
With the entire city in chaos, Batman takes it upon himself to deliver the bomb to a safe detonation place. As he flies away on the Bat-plane, the bomb detonates and the entire Gotham city witnesses the sacrifice of their beloved Dark Knight. After a while, Lucius Fox discovers that the autopilot of the Bat-plane had been fixed and James Gordon finds the Bat signal to be refurbished. Loyal friend Alfred spies a content Bruce Wayne with Selena Kyle while visiting Florence marking the ending of the iconic trilogy and Nolan in his trademark style leaves it open for presumptions. The hardcore Bat – lovers are of the belief that the Dark Knight is alive and well and being the Batman, can do almost anything. The skeptics however think the climax to be a part of Alfred’s fantasy, as he had recounted in the film earlier, and that Batman had perished in the blast, handing over the reins of his kingdom to ‘Robin’ John Blake. The conclusion of the Dark Knight series by Christopher Nolan means we don’t have a logical conclusion, but dead or alive, Batman will always be the evergreen enigma of the fantasy world.
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9. American Psycho (2000)