Many film fans love nothing more than a gripping mystery to get their teeth sunk into, but normally by the end of the movie, the questions have been answered. Not all films like to wrap everything up in such a neat little package though. Have you ever been engrossed in a movie only to leave the theater with more questions than answers? Us too! These are the films that failed to answer all the questions their audiences had.
Pulp Fiction – What’s in the briefcase?
Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ had movie fans super excited going into screenings. The movie is one of the director’s most iconic and it has many fans, but with three stories going on at once, it was almost impossible for everything to be explained. One question that was asked over and over again is what is in the briefcase?
It’s one of the biggest mysteries in cinema, and Tarantino hasn’t helped sum things up either. The director told John Travolta that whatever he wanted to be in the briefcase was what he was staring at. Later Tarantino would admit that there was no official answer to the question, so your guess is as good as anyone else’s!
Inception – Is it still a dream?
When Christopher Nolan released ‘Inception’ in 2010, it quickly became the film that everyone had to see. Characters could enter the dreams of others and influence what happened in the real world, and while it got a little complicated, most people kept up with the plot. That was until the very final scene when we are shown Cobb’s totem, the spinning top, which continues spinning as the end credits roll.
So is he still dreaming, or has he got his wish? Even director Christopher Nolan doesn’t want to say, instead preferring to allow people to come up with their own conclusions. The director told Wired that he knows the answer, but he won’t be telling anyone.
Toy Story – Why does Buzz Lightyear freeze around humans?
So Buzz Lightyear later comes to accept that he’s a toy, but in the first movie of the ‘Toy Story’ franchise he thinks he’s a real space commander. If he was so sure about himself, then why does he also freeze the moment a human enters the room, just like the rest of the toys? The franchise doesn’t explain why, and we’re left to assume that either Buzz knew he was a toy all along, or he just blindly copied everyone else.
Forrest Gump – What did Forrest say at the rally?
‘Forrest Gump’ was a charming adventure through the 1950s and ‘60s as we followed Forrest on his many adventures. He was a man who had seemingly been there and done everything, but we just have one question for him.
What did he say when he addressed the huge crowd at the Washington Monument when all of the cables were pulled out? We seem destined to never know what Forrest says to the crowd of people; and that’s all we have to say about that.
The Dark Knight – Where did the Joker’s scars come from?
Heath Ledger gave an Oscar-winning performance in ‘The Dark Knight’ as the Joker, but there is one question left about his performance. The Joker initially explains that he got his scars from his abusive father, but later on in the film he says he carved them into his face to make his wife feel better. He’s beginning to explain a third version of the story before Batman beats him and doesn’t let him finish. So how did he get the scars? It seems like we’ll never know.
These are some of the most-loved films ever made, and despite not answering everything, they are still fan favorites. We may never know the answers to these questions, so we all might as well draw our own conclusions.