Fan Theories From Mindbending Movies That Actually Make Sense

List Rules
Vote up the trippiest fan theories from trippy movies.

Movies that consistently throw audiences through a loop throughout their runtime twist and turn the brain in a way that some viewers crave vehemently. Now, movie buffs are turning to Reddit to explain mind-bending movie fan theories from several films that mess with your head. 

Some of these theories may feel more far out there than others. However, when discussing these types of trippy flicks, does being "too far out there" even apply anymore?

  • From Redditor u/LongLiveBacon:

    Tyler is sitting by the emergency escape, and he's reading the pamphet thing. He reads out something along the lines of, "If you are incapable to help with the emergency escape, please switch seats." He then turns to The Narrator and asks if they can switch spots. He asks because he is imaginary, and therefore cannot open the door if needed.

    218 votes
  • 2
    373 VOTES

    The Machines Are Still Slaves To Humanity In 'The Matrix'

    From Redditor u/John-on-gliding:

    The Matrix establishes that Humanity and the Machines went to war. Towards the end of the conflict, humanity scorched the sky to rob the Machines of their power source. We are led to believe that despite this feat, the Machines still won the war and enslaved humanity as an energy source. It’s been discussed to death that humans would be a terrible energy source for the Machines. So, why do they keep us alive? For all the Architect’s smugness, it seems to me that, considering the alterative, the humans have a pretty cushy existence inside the Matrix. Earth is destroyed, but we live on with all the perceived amenities of the modern world while the Machines endlessly toil away to keep us in perceived material comfort. If the Resistance achieved their goal of freeing us, they would have billions of unplugged humans, all in need of rapid medical assistance to adjust to the real world. Zion could barely feed their own people, now they’re supposed to sustain billions of disorganized humans on a dead planet?

    I propose that Humanity won the war against the Machines when they scorched the sky. But, victory came at the terrible cost of destroying the planetary ecosystem. Having rendered the world conventionally uninhabitable, the survivors programmed the remaining Machines to keep humans alive in a virtual reality, in perpetuity. The Machines are programmed to think they won the war and that they need humans as a fuel source. The Machines slave away to keep us alive while we live on blissfully unaware in a digital utopia mirroring the supposed pinnacle of human civilization. The Machines continue on because they are the ones under the delusion that they are in control.

    373 votes
  • From Redditor u/WebbyUrchin:

    In the scene where Jack wanders into the Gold Room after Wendy accused him of hurting their son, he goes up to the bar, rummages around, and finds nothing. It is in this moment that he puts his face in his hands and says in all his frustration that "I'd sell my soul for some beer!"

    After this line, everything changes. He opens his eyes and sees a bartender, Lloyd, who gives him bourbon and chats with him. Now, this Lloyd guy is a very stoic figure, and he wears all red. Who did Jack sell his soul to? Later, the second time Jack comes to the bar and orders a drink, he attempts to pay, but Lloyd tells him it's been paid for. It was something along the lines of "It's on the house" (the house being the creepy hotel?) and that he doesn't need to worry about it at that point in time. Back to the initial visit to the bar, before that scene Jack literally started crying when he had a dream about hurting his family. Immediately afterwards, he starts going downhill, seeing things, talking to Grady, and so on. It's a sudden shift in character.

    224 votes
  • From Redditor u/imusuallywatching:

    I haven't seen this anywhere, but that is only after a 15-minute ecosia search, so, sorry, but... Interstellar had a very Grapes of Wrath opening with dustbowls and soil erosion issues leading us to believe that that was the cause of the lack of crop diversification. The last two were okra and corn. I wondered why those two - and many can say, "Well, they are actually very hardy plants that can handle a wide variety of soil and are relatively drought-tolerant," but there are plenty of plants like that, so what gives? Well, neither need bees to pollinate. Corn is grown closely together to allow for wind pollination, and okra is a self-pollinator with both M/F parts. I think this is a big reason they are the last major crops there are no bees to pollinate the crops.

    160 votes
  • 5
    146 VOTES

    Cobb Is The Actual Target In 'Inception'

    From Redditor straub42:

    My favorite is that Cobb is the actual target of the Inception. The goal to remove the guilt that has been destroying him over the death of his wife.

    As we know from the movie, this starts with an idea. This idea being the quote that starts off the movie, and is repeated at various parts, "Do you want to become an old man, filled with regrets, waiting to die alone?"

    146 votes
  • 6
    104 VOTES

    Tyler Durden Had Been Around Long Before The Events Of 'Fight Club'

    From Redditor u/StrangeApparition:

    When the Narrator and Tyler were talking, one bit of dialogue stuck out to me. Tyler said he called his dad that year, saying "I'm 25, what now?" When Tyler says his dad said for him to get married, The Narrator says, "I can't get married, I'm a 30-year-old boy." If Tyler and the Narrator are one and the same, why aren't they the same age?

    Because Tyler came into existence when the Narrator's dad left his mother. He said his dad would start a family, then move to a new place and start another family and do this same thing "every six years or so." Placing about a five-year or so difference between the Narrator and Tyler. Tyler had been brewing in the back of his mind for 25 years. Waiting to manifest.

    104 votes