If you are like me, after watching the movie 400 Days, you immediately went on line to google the ending. You probably screamed at the screen and or just scratched your head. After watching the movie for an hour and a half, I decided to go back and watch it in pieces, breaking down the movie so I could rest easy about it.
Yes, I’m not kidding, the movie will drive you nuts because you think there just aren’t enough clues. But there are. It's well written and well acted.
If you haven’t seen 400 Days … STOP. Watch it and come back. This entire review/explanation is full of spoilers. You have been warned. SPOILERS AHEAD.
400 days deals with a psychological experiment to test the effects of astronauts in space for long periods of time. It's a solid movie that will keep you entertained and guessing.
Hint one – Psychological experiment. That alone tells you it all. But they want you to believe, is it? Is it all an experiment or did the apocalypse really happen while they were tucked 100 feet underground in a simulated ship?
The film gave plenty of clues to explain the ending of the film.
In the beginning, it is painfully obvious that the Doctor is a part of it. “Remember our deal,” the director says. Although, she explains later that he was reminding her to stay estranged from her boyfriend the captain.
Doctor chick, Emily, gives injections to the men. Not herself, she takes pills. In every experiment there has to be a constant. She is the constant. The pills help her keep clarity, while the injections cause hallucinations in the men. Hence why she keeps testing them.
Her supposed death, was a fake, if you recall she took extra pills, got dizzy and went to sleep. A set up.
Hallucinogenics cause a projection of fear or something in your subconscious, hence why Botany boy, Bug, kept seeing his dead son.— He wasn’t going crazy, seeing a ghost, he was hallucinating. When he figures it out, the experiment snatches him away. Actually …. Emily helps with that. That’s why she disappeared briefly. Being part of the experiment, she had to step back so Theo could discover the blood bath. She had to get Bug out of the way.
Now for some things you may have missed or not thought of. When they have the explosions, the ship rocks. Dane Cook's character (My favorite and most well rounded) asks, “Are we moving?”
I believe they were moved to the stage. Where everything was set up. The crew said the town wasn’t there before the experiment. So in the apocalypse the town appears with power?
Moon dust? Okay, serious, if the moon fell apart, there’d be a lot more damage than rocks falling from the sky. How about tsunami’s? The computer read outs could have been duped by the experiment.
As a writer, we place the truth in a character. A glossary guy. But sometimes you may miss that the character is giving away the truth. We think he’s nuts or unbelievable. Dane Cook is that character.
He continually states it’s all part of the experiment, reminding the viewer that none of it is real. He does so passionately. Like shouting. "Dudes, listen to me. It 's not real." But we don’t pay attention, we’re too busy hoping it is not.
He states that all the towns’ people were familiar and were the reporters. He is correct. The reporters are credited in the movie credits as reporter 1, 2, 3 etc. But none of the townspeople get a credit. Because they would confirm they were also reporters.
The big one, and the reason Cook disappears is he figured it out and recognized the town hottie as Miss February. She indeed was one in the same. The mag with her picture was done on purpose to see if he would remember, he did, he called them on it, he was taken out.
The final death scene, well, to be honest, maybe they were real, maybe not. One thing is for sure, it was nothing but an experiment, The surveillance camera view at the end along with the hatch opening and the sunlight coming in were, in my opinion, final confirmation.
I’m not saying I’m right, and you can double check what I put here, but I’m pretty darn sure the filmmakers left enough hints to let us turn off the movie with the certainty that it was all a big experiment. I liked the movie, I liked it more once I figured it out completely … at least to my satisfaction.