The Endless

the_endlessYear: 2017

Synopsis: Years after escaping an apparent cult, two brothers inexplicably find themselves pulled back, and experience things that might be impossible to understand.

Pros:
• A simple (?) yet mindbogglingly effective and original piece of weird fiction.
• The actors-filmmakers realistically portrayed how different people reacted to a seemingly impossible situation.
• Twisted the “UFO death cult” trope effectively by reversing the reasoning why the “cult” did what they felt was right.
• Like watching Groundhog Day (1993) if H.P. Lovecraft wrote the screenplay.
• It was easy to imagine that this was a filmmaker’s nightmare, going through the same moments in a loop, slightly differently each time, and partially out of order.
• Arguably were no heroes or villains, only a growing madness of inexplicability.

Cons:
• Might be difficult for some viewers to handle, particularly in the lack of true resolution for most characters.
• The repeated dark themes, particularly in the latter half of the film, might not be for everyone.

Discussion:
When seemingly rational people are seeing weird things before they eat or drink anything in the strange place, the journey can only become weirder and truly cerebral. What was “It”? To answer that question fully might be impossible unless one had the chance to study the entity a million times. Yet, the answer to that question can only be a form of madness. The thing might have been reacting to humans in its refracted domain; the humans might have been reacting to things that cannot be comprehended. Some humans embraced the eternity created by the thing’s presence, while others desperately sought a way out. In the end, though, there was no doubt that the twisted reality depicted was easy to draw people into out of sheer curiosity. The way the entity communicated could have been interpreted as it laughing at them all, or perhaps it had been enacting a kind of scientific curiosity. Perhaps all the entity created was a means for humans to find a different kind of repetition from already repetitive lives. Or perhaps, more horrifyingly, there was no knowable meaning …


Rotten Tomatoes — 94%

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