8 Movies That Still Confuse Us


Movies are supposed to entertain us, perhaps even teach us something. That’s what we want on a Saturday night with our friends. However, some movies leave us feeling more than a little confused (and some with a headache). Here are eight famous movies people still don’t understand. Even after watching them twice.


Batman Vs Superman

It was hyped up as the comic book movie of the decade, but most people have no idea what happened with this movie. Between the elaborate dystopian dream sequences and time travelling visits from the Flash (and basically the entire plot) it ended up as a weird film that left fans more confused than anything else.


Prometheus was supposed to be an Alien prequel, giving us an insight into the universe surrounding the original films and perhaps even kicking off a reboot of the franchise. Instead, we got hints, questions and, well… some more hints. And for some reason, Doctor Manhattan from Watchmen. We’re still not sure why he was there…

The Prestige

Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige is complex and fascinating, but leaves us with a haunting question at the end. Hugh Jackman’s character Angier clones himself over and over to perform the water tank trick. The clone drowns, Angier lives, and in the end, we’re not sure if he’s the original Angier anymore. Oh and he has a warehouse full of skeletons, so there’s that.


This movie is one that leaves us wondering what’s real and why and the question alone gave viewers a headache. Does the Solaris cause hallucinations in its inhabitants? If they know nothing is real, why does George Clooney’s character stay? It’s possible he’s asking the same questions we are, to be honest.


David Lynch has always been known for his work being surreal, and this movie is no different. Even now, his first movie Eraserhead has film fans scratching their heads. While the message of the film is simple enough – being a new parent is scary – the way it’s told confuses everyone involved. Except for Lynch probably.

Cloud Atlas

Turning this book into a movie was always going to be a mammoth task – telling six stories that are unrelated to one another in one movie has left people trying to figure out how they’re connected. You’re either left with six individual stories that make sense or one larger story that doesn’t. In the end, we’re confused no matter what.

Only God Forgives

In his second collaboration with director Nicolas Winding Refn, Ryan Gosling spends the entire movie wandering around Thailand. For reasons. As we mentioned, films are supposed to entertain or teach, but we’re not sure what we’re supposed to learn from this. Or be entertained by. Certainly wasn’t the weird karaoke.

The Butterfly Effect

This movie is both enjoyable and illogical. The plot falls apart quickly if you think about it too much. Being able to go back in time and change the present (or the future) is always a bad idea, but the movie continuously breaks its own rules and our brains in the process.