A lot of sci-fi films ask the big questions. Why are we here? Is any of this real? What is my purpose? Ironically, the most profound questions usually don't have an answer.
It's this type of cinema that tends to divide audiences the most. One person may think a movie is a multi-layered masterwork while another viewer may see it as pretentious tosh.
And I'm not just talking about the casual audience. Movie critics suffer the same problem. When 2001: A Space Odyssey was released, most reviewers couldn't make heads or tails of it. And that's the point. Storytellers don't just want to tell stories; they want people to discuss and explore the characters and themes.
Some films are left ambiguous, forcing viewers to argue for years or decades to try and figure out what it really meant (despite the fact, deep down, we know we are never going to get an answer). Although unanswered questions can be confusing, it can make a film more entertaining. Do you think people would still be talking about Inception after a decade if the ending had a conclusive answer? (Actually, we probably would because that movie is awesome.)
Some sci-fi films are so enigmatic, they leave all viewers scratching their heads.
James Egan has written 80 books including
1000 Facts about Superheroes Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Supervillains Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about The Greatest Films Ever Made Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Video Games Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about TV Shows Vol. 1-3
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