The moon has been a fascination of mankind’s for thousands of years. Whether for geological, astronomical, spiritual, or scientific reasons, the lonely clump of rock has been a central part of cultures and societies over the course of history. When the U.S. managed to land on the moon, it became a history-defining moment and one of the greatest achievements of our species in recent history.
However, as we have moved steadily forward into the brave new future, other countries have started extending their interest into exploring the moon and recently, a Chinese rover that landed on the moon planted something other than a flag.
The Chinese moon lander known as Chang’e 4 successfully managed to land on the far side of the moon at the beginning of this month. The lander had a rover on board that was called Jade Rabbit 2 which had a very special mission. Rather than only taking pictures or rock samples, Jade Rabbit 2 was designed with the purpose of being the first ‘thing’ to grow plants on the moon! The Chinese scientists who designed the rover also created a small, 18-centimeter greenhouse with the purpose of housing seedlings for growth on the moon.
The initial goal of the scientists from the Institute of Advanced Technology at Chongqing University was to determine whether or not plants could survive on low-gravity surfaces that are exposed to high levels of radiation. The location chosen for their experiment was the South Pole – Aitken Basin – which is currently the largest crater impact in our solar system. The plants chosen for the experiment were cotton, potatoes, and rock cress and after nine days, sprouts began to appear – a sign that the hostile environment was able to support life if even on a small scale at first. These results are very promising for future space exploration as it means that growing plants for sustenance and survival on planets like Mars or in deep space is viable in the future.
Have you ever seen a movie trailer and was so enthralled that you just knew that the movie was going to be amazing? Then you start to watch it, and at the beginning, it grabs you bringing you into the make-believe world and the story only to disappoint you at the very end. There are plenty of movies that have horrible endings, and that makes them well worth a look. Hopefully, if you haven’t seen them, we can save you a little time. If not, maybe you will have fun looking back on all that disappointment!
40. The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
The epic trilogy (soon to have a new installment) was an instant classic. The final installment of this original trilogy, Revolutions, though, had an ending that did not make fans very happy.
After an epic battle with Agent Smith, the hero is taken out, and then the machines try to revive him. Which causes a large explosion and this is where the movie ends. What the heck does that mean!?
39. Savages (2012)
This movie is very dark and twisted. Two guys end up having to go up against some Mexican gangster when the gang kidnaps their girl. In fairness, this movie, in general, is not a great film, but a good ending may have redeemed it a bit.
After a big shoot out, one of the guys ends up mortally wounded. So the other two take their lives into their own hands, and they end it, so they don’t have to live without their buddy. Sort of lame.
38. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona is an intense drama that begins the way it ends. Let us explain. At the opening of the film, we are introduced to a marriage on the brink, another relationship that is just dull and has a little bit of an identity crisis.
You go through the whole movie looking for a resolution, and in the end, the same issues are left just the way they began. No resolution and a really lousy ending.
37. I Am Legend (2007)
I Am Legend is a movie adaptation of an amazing science fiction apocalypse novel. The adaptation was done very well, and for the most part, this is a great film. Starring Will Smith, the intensity and isolation of the film is engrossing.
Then we get to the end, which in some way is quite epic. But the alternative ending of the main character admitting to being a monster would have been so much better.
36. Titanic (1997)
We all knew how the movie was going to end, but the romance story between Jack and Rose gave us all hope for a happy ending. If that is what you hoped for, then you were very disappointed. The love affair ends with Jack freezing in the water.
Sure it was meant to be a romantic gesture, but we all know there was plenty of room on the door for the both of them.
35. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Indiana Jones fans had waited years for the next installment, and so when it was released, they flocked to the theaters to see it. Unfortunately for them, the movie did not live up to the hype, and most of it had to do with that ending.
Not only did the film veer into the world of science fiction with its aliens theme, but the CGI at the end was not quite up to the standards of the day. Maybe Indy should just stick with archaeological myths and leave the aliens to Mulder and Scully.
34. The Hedgehog (2011)
The Hedgehog is a film based on a French novel. It is about a young girl that is depressed and on a downward spiral to a tragic end and an aging concierge who hides her true self out of fear. Sounds riveting, right?
This movie is about self-exploration and moves rather slowly. In the end, the concierge passes away shockingly. Boo! What a crazy and sad ending.
33. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2009)
If you watched your way through the first two films of the trilogy, then you were probably ready for this final entry to wrap everything up neatly.
Though a lot of the issues and storylines were tied up well, like most of us, we all want that happily ever after ending when we have attached ourselves to tragic characters. If that is what you are looking for with this trilogy, then you will be greatly disappointed.
32. Special (2006)
Having a movie that ends with the tragic passing of the main character is not unique and, if warranted, could be a very epic finale. But with Special, the ending was sudden and a little anti-climactic in some ways.
The movie itself is creative and got great reviews. However, the ending was a little subpar and very non-committal when it comes to the tragedy. But it was definitely disturbing, so there is that.
31. Now You See Me (2013)
Since the original film, there have been two sequels, but the first was the best in some aspects. That is in all ways, except for the ending. The movie follows a group of illusionists, and the plot is full of twists and turns.
It was clear that it was building to some kind of surprise ending, but when we got there, it was a little flat. In fact, the end is simply a disappearing trick that sets up the sequels nicely but doesn’t end the movie very well.
30. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
This movie is a classic for sure, but that doesn’t mean it makes sense to everyone. The story of this film is very hard to follow and super confusing. In the end, if you’re willing to be trapped for a few hours in the abstract world with an abstract theme, then, by all means, check the film out.
But be warned, the abstractness of the entire movie does not stop at the ending. It’s hard to explain, but trust us, it is so abstract that everyone you talk to will tell you it meant a different thing.
29. Interstellar (2014)
Interstellar was an epic space adventure starring Matthew McConaughey. It was an amazingly in-depth and intense film that ended up with a wacky and very confusing ending that was not part of the original script.
In the end, the main character goes through a black hole and ends up in an alternate timeline. This ending is not in line with the rest of the movie, and that is why it was such a bad ending.
28. Tusk (2014)
The two words horror and comedy were not really put together until the early 2000s with movies like Shaun of the Dead and this movie. With Kevin Smith at its head, this movie was not so much funny as disturbing.
The ending, though, was just an ending. Nothing special as the main character gets free and takes his captor out, but ends up having to live like a hermit because he is no longer human.
27. The Sea of Trees (2015)
This movie premiered in Cannes but didn’t do well there or in the theaters, and the ending may well be part of the reason. The film was directed by Gus Van Sant and was a deep, meaningful look at grief.
But the end was a twist, and that twist just did not work very well. In the end, the main character learns that the man that he was talking to the whole time was the spirit of his wife. What?
26. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy was the granddaddy of all these series that were filmed consecutively, and it was a feat. But the adaptation of the classic fantasy novels had some creative liberties taken that made the finale bad.
The end seems to be a long farewell for the cast to other castmates. And that was just the theatrical cut. If you watch the ending on the director’s cut, it was even worse.
25. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Not even the director liked the way the Tobey McGuire-version Spider-Man 3 ended. This entire trilogy really was received with a bit of disdain, but they were fun films. However, the ending of the final was a little too much.
It seems like the team who made the film were trying to get as many villains into the last movie as they could. This just added to all the rest of the issues and made it a horrible ending to the movie and the trilogy.
24. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)
The Star Wars franchise is one of the biggest in movie history. These movies have spanned several generations and have created a whole slew of films and cartoons. That doesn’t mean that it can’t falter, and some look at the ending of the third movie of the original trilogy as one of these.
Ending with a huge party on the Ewoks planet was fine, but the final group pose for the polaroid was a little too staged.
23. War of the Worlds (2005)
War of the Worlds is one of those classic science fiction stories that keep being made. As the technology gets better and better, some new director or producer decides it’s time to dust it off, and in 2005, it was Steven Spielberg’s turn.
Unfortunately, the movie could not keep the pace and ended on an unbelievable note. After escaping the alien invasion that left Boston in utter destruction, all the Ferrier’s are unharmed. How is that possible?
22. Source Code (2011)
The movie, as a whole, is a great film. It is a thriller that has a touch of sci-fi to it. The main character uses new technology that permits you to live in another’s body for a given amount of time.
The jump around into alternative timelines by the end of the film has you confused about what is happening, and though they say all has been fixed, you are not quite sure it has been.
21. High Fidelity (2000)
This movie is one of those films you either love or hate with very few people in the center. The movie is about a record store owner who doesn’t seem quite to know what he wants from life.
He messes things up with a girl that he likes and then works to get her back. However, most of those that hate the ending feel that the young woman should have moved on from this very obvious jerk.
20. Lucy (2014)
We have all heard that humans use just 10% of their brains. This is actually false, but it still seems to be the source of many movie ideas like Luc Besson’s Lucy. Having taken something that lets her use more of her brain, Lucy begins to be able to do amazing things.
Of course, chases ensue, and in order to save herself, she takes more of the chemical and ends up becoming one with the universe. Unrealistic and a little cheesy is how we would describe the ending.
19. Man of Steel (2013)
When you are dealing with comic book movies, there is always a deep divide between those that love the new take and those that hate the derivation away from the original product. That may be what leads some to despise the Zack Snyder version of Superman.
Why is the ending so bad? Well, Superman ends up cutting his enemy’s life short. This is very un-Superman-like, and that is why many feel the ending is a bad one.
18. The Abyss (1989)
When this movie came out, it was met with praise, and for the most part, that praise is well deserved. But for such an epic build up the ending falls a little flat and seems too Hollywood for most sci-fi fans.
In the end, the underwater station ends up being saved by aliens, and everything goes back to normal. That seems a little unrealistic and a touch anti-climactic.
17. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2010)
Book adaptations very rarely stay true to the source material. There are many reasons this is true, but when it is as beloved as the Harry Potter franchise, this may lead to some very unhappy fans.
At the end of the movie, the final sequence is one of the kids all grown up and sending their kids off to Hogwarts. For many people, this seemed an unnecessary addition and a poor way to end the films.
16. The Devil Inside (2012)
There are a lot of great things about this horror film. It is devout to the possession topic and gives you enough of an eerie feeling to maintain its horror moniker. But the ending, like many horror films, seems a little ridiculous now.
In the end, there is an accident, and then a title card pops up with the instruction to follow the story on a website. At the time of release, that may have been great (or not), but now that site is not even active.
15. Splice (2009)
This movie has plenty to pick apart, but of all the things, the ending is by far the easiest. This movie is a science fiction that handles the idea of gene splicing (hence the name of the movie) and what happens when this is done.
There are a lot of messed up things, but in the end, the main character winds up pregnant by the mutant she created. So confusing and completely messed up!
14. The Mist (2007)
When you see the name Stephen King, you know that the story is going to be good, right? Well, sure, but that doesn’t mean that Hollywood can’t mess it up, and that is what happened in the 2007 film, The Mist.
The ending is an exercise in tragic impatience when the first responders finally make it to the small town the mist has subsided. That means if they had just held out, more people would have been there to save.
13. Signs (2002)
M. Night Shyamalan is the king of bad endings, so it should not surprise you that at least one of his films ended up on a list like this. Signs is an alien film disguised as a spooky survival film.
After all the trouble and accidents, the lead character finally discovers a great weapon. It is nothing special; in fact, it’s almost ridiculous. It seems that all it takes a little water, and the aliens are done for.
12. Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
This movie is excellent, actually. The ending isn’t as bad as some of the others, but it is a little frustrating, that is for sure. After getting his revenge on tons of people for the tragic loss of his wife, the main character does himself in.
Planning to take out the City Hall with an explosive, the device ends up in the prisoner’s cell. What is really trying is that wasn’t even the way it was supposed to end.
11. Unfaithful (2002)
This thriller is full of intrigue and several crimes, but the true crime is the way that the film ends. After a man finds out his wife has been seeing another man, he gets angry and subtracts that man from the equation.
Then the couple decides to leave the country to keep him from being arrested. The final scene is a camera locked on a police station. So did he turn himself in? We will never know.
10. 2012 (2009)
Remember when we all thought the world was going to end in 2012? Well, if you don’t you could always watch the 2009 disaster film appropriately entitled, 2012. But be warned, it is not that great of a movie, especially in the end.
After surviving the catastrophic circumstance, the main character asks his daughter if she was still scared. She says “no” and then some little quip and a fade-out to black. Lame!
9. The Life of David Gale (2003)
This movie is all messed up. After spending time in prison for some pretty serious and tragic crimes, the main character receives his punishment. But afterward, a tape comes out saying that everything had a different purpose.
In fact, the main character and his best friend were just trying to get people to reconsider the most serious of penalties one can get when sent to prison.
8. Secret Window (2004)
The old stocking the writer-who-you-think-stole your-work plotline gets a funky twist in this film starring Johnny Depp. After heading out to a cabin to try to overcome writer’s block, the lead character begins to be pestered by a man who accuses him of plagiarism.
In the end, it comes to light that the man is actually a different personality, and after taking the lives of several “people” the writer no longer is blocked.
7. The Number 23 (2007)
A lot of thrillers use mental illness as a catalyst for the bulk of the story. One of these films that do this and doesn’t do it well in The Number 23. This movie is about a man who is obsessed with a book he feels holds the answers to a crime.
In the end, we find out that he is actually the author of the book and had an accident. This accident gave him amnesia.
6. The Forgotten (2004)
We follow a woman who is grieving a son she says she had that passed away in a plane crash. But everyone around is telling her that she has never had a son, but she can’t accept that. She begins to investigate, and that is when she finds out the truth.
Do you know why she thinks she had a son? Because she did, and aliens have been running an experiment to understand love.
5. Next (2007)
Once you see the name Nicolas Cage, you should be well aware that the movie may be a hit or miss. Next is one of those misses. Cage plays a magician that can see into the future. The catch is he can only see two minutes into the future.
This is a useless talent, and a nuclear explosion goes off. But that was just a vision, and because his girlfriend is around him, he is able to prevent the tragedy.
4. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Once again, comic book movies are a dangerous ground to tread. The one franchise that seems to be okay for most (except Batman & Robin!) is Batman. But the ending of The Dark Knight Rises is just a little too predictable.
After the supposed tragic ending of Batman, the city of Gotham mourns him. Alfred, his trusted butler, then takes a vacation and ends up seeing Bruce and Selina Kyle having lunch. Sequel anyone?
3. Skyline (2010)
So this movie is one of those that seems to move pretty quickly. From happy everyday life to massive alien invasion in no time. After being abducted, a young couple who is pregnant are hypnotized.
But the baby daddy gets an upgrade as his brain is put into an alien. Using this body, he can get the aliens to back off. This seems a little convenient, and a little slapped together.
2. Knowing (2009)
Let’s visit another Nicolas Cage film, shall we? This time it is 2009’s Knowing. This movie is about a man who finds something crazy after going through a time capsule that his kid dug up.
A bunch of encrypted notes was stashed in it. They describe a coming disaster, and though he doesn’t make it, his son does. That’s right, aliens arrive to save the kid and his friend, and the two live happily ever after on another planet.
1. Knock Knock (2015)
Left on his own, the main character of this film intends on having a quiet, relaxing weekend. But two women show up at his door in need of help, and that is where everything goes downhill.
After some questionable and violent behavior and some leaked footage on social media, there is no justice. The movie ends with his family returning home to find him and a tragic scene.