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Old 09-17-2008, 09:38 AM   #1
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Default Movies with cop-out endings

The other day I was rewatching Lady and the Tramp and something in the ending really disappointed me:

[Show spoiler]Trusty is hit by the City Pound wagon. He lies under the wheels, totally immobile. Jock walks to him and begins howling to death. Fade to black and - hey Trusty is alive and only has hurt his leg!
This is discussed even one of the featurettes of the DVD.

Another one: Spielberg's War of the Worlds:

[Show spoiler]The elder son goes to the battlefront, which promptly gets incinerated. Eventually, Tom Cruise and his daughter arrive to the in-laws' house, and everybody is totally okay there - including the son!!
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Old 09-17-2008, 09:48 AM   #2
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I constantly change my opinion about the end of Matrix Revolutions.
[Show spoiler]The Squiddies are on mass outside zion, just about to kill everyone. But Neo makes a "deal" which ends the war.
Pfft!

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Old 09-17-2008, 02:21 PM   #3
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the final scene of crossing the line: cop shack #2. what a cop-out!
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WALL-E
[Show spoiler]Why did he have to remember her? It would have been awesome if he didn't.
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Wow. Five posts in, and I'm the first person to bring up Crystal Skull? That's gotta be a record.
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Wow. Five posts in, and I'm the first person to bring up Crystal Skull? That's gotta be a record.
For Crystal Skull I would change everything after
[Show spoiler]Indy find the fridge.
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Old 09-17-2008, 04:20 PM   #7
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G.I. Joe The Movie
[Show spoiler]Duke Doesn't Die??
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WALL-E
[Show spoiler]Why did he have to remember her? It would have been awesome if he didn't.
[Show spoiler] cause its a kids pixar movie, you want every kid walking out of the theater crying?

though, i do agree with you it would be a better movie if he hadn't remembered her
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Old 09-17-2008, 04:30 PM   #9
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i gotta go with I Am Legend.
[Show spoiler]so a single explosion supposedly stops every zombie laying seige on the house (either by killing every zombie with a couple blocks radius or creating a fire that burns throughout the night), but the explosion and/or following inferno doesn't scratch the two kids on the other side of a door mere inches away?

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For Crystal Skull I would change everything after
[Show spoiler]Indy find the fridge.
Man, I thought for sure you were going to say:

For Crystal Skull I would change everything after
[Show spoiler]The opening credits.
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Mission Impossible III.
[Show spoiler]The beginning of the movie got me hooked, and made for some great suspense, until you make it that same scene later in the movie, and then it drops to just an average movie almost instantly once the chick lives


If any of that made sense. Although it wasn't the end of the movie.

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I constantly change my opinion about the end of Matrix Revolutions.
[Show spoiler]The Squiddies are on mass outside zion, just about to kill everyone. But Neo makes a "deal" which ends the war.
Pfft!

Edit: Inserted spoiler tags.
[Show spoiler] how is that a cop out? The matrix had been overrun by Smith and The Matrix couldn't solve the problem. In the real world the Sentinals or whatever were going to take over Zion and before they could do that Neo went to The Matrix and offered to take care of Smith for them.

The Matrix at the point realized that mankind and robots could live in peace and were even willing to sacrafice for one another, so there was no point in killing off mankind.
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I would definitely agree that Crystal Skull had a cop-out ending, and would probably rank pretty high on the list of films that were entirely mailed in banking on nostalgia of the past rather than a good creative direction moving forward. That along with the most recent Star Wars movies.

I just felt empty after watching Crystal Skull, particularly at the end. It was a thoroughly vapid film. This is my opinion of course, but this appeared a gateway for a new franchise starring Shia LaBoeuf rather than the latest adventures of Dr. Jones.
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I would definitely agree that Crystal Skull had a cop-out ending, and would probably rank pretty high on the list of films that were entirely mailed in banking on nostalgia of the past rather than a good creative direction moving forward. That along with the most recent Star Wars movies.

I just felt empty after watching Crystal Skull, particularly at the end. It was a thoroughly vapid film. This is my opinion of course, but this appeared a gateway for a new franchise starring Shia LaBoeuf rather than the latest adventures of Dr. Jones.
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Shia won't be the next Jones, Lucas and Spielberg recently were interviewed and confirmed that. Jones will still remain the main character in the next movie
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i gotta go with I Am Legend.
[Show spoiler]so a single explosion supposedly stops every zombie laying seige on the house (either by killing every zombie with a couple blocks radius or creating a fire that burns throughout the night), but the explosion and/or following inferno doesn't scratch the two kids on the other side of a door mere inches away?
Branden, while I'm a little confused about what you're saying, try watching the alternate ending on the BD. I find it far superior. It avoids the situation you're talking about.
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Wow, I'm the first to say No Country for Old Men.

It had a cop out ending, because it didn't have an ending. The credits just roll.


Also, Judge Dredd had one. The movie was decent up until
[Show spoiler]the bad fight scene and cheap special effects of the statue of liberty at the end. I swear they just all of a sudden ran out of a budget for the movie, and had to finish it quick and cheap.

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Old 09-17-2008, 04:59 PM   #18
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Man, I thought for sure you were going to say:

For Crystal Skull I would change everything after
[Show spoiler]The opening credits.
That's exactly the route I would have taken.

And change the name for christ's sake. "Kingdom of the unnecessary sequel" sounds so much better for what it is.

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Wow, I'm the first to say No Country for Old Men.

It had a cop out ending, because it didn't have an ending. The credits just roll.


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While I don't agree that No Country's ending was a cop out, I can definitely see where you come from when stating it. To me the ambiguity referred to Jones' opening monologue about being old and what happens when you get there. I can definitely relate with your POV because the ending was neither visual, nor dramatic, nor really cathartic in any meaningful way.
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Another classic cop-out ending is Superman: The Movie.

[Show spoiler]An earthquake kills Lois Lane and tons of people. Good thing Superman suddenly remembers he has the ability to fly so quickly that the Earth’s rotation will reverse itself. As we all know, that makes time go backward.
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