Recently, the director of The Avengers, Joss Whedon, made headlines and evoked the rage of internet trolls everywhere when he slammed movies that end with the anticipation of a sequel. What he was complaining about was movies that end in a cliffhanger. A cliffhanger is a plot device in which an artist will end his work with the main character still in a precarious situation or is confronted with a shocking revelation. It is meant to set up the next installment of a story. Whedon believes that films should have a clear beginning, middle and end and be whole onto themselves. While we do like his idea, we also have to somewhat disagree as there have been some really great cliffhanger endings in movies over the years.
Beyond this point I will be spoiling the hell out of the endings to a lot of movies so consider this your alert.
Cloverfield is one of the most divisive movies ever made. You felt one of three ways about this movie; you loved it, hated it or felt sick due to the shaky camera movements. Regardless of how you feel about the movie, at the least we can agree that the ending is pretty good.
At the end the monster has apparently killed all the characters we had been following throughout the film. Then we catch a scene taking place before the monster attack where something is falling from space into the ocean in the background so we learn the monster’s origin. We also here some military chatter about how they will be bombing the monster. However, if you stay to the very end of the credits you will hear some broken radio static. If you listen closely a voice can be heard saying “It’s still alive.”
Unfortunately, the sequel for this movie is not alive as the producers, director and writers are busy making other blockbusters.