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2013's Biggest WTF Moments In Movies
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What happens? So there’s a grub, and people dig it up and put it in a pill? Anyone who takes the pill becomes utterly obedient and might sign over their entire life, until the grub (now a worm) is dug out of their body and implanted into a pig? Later, a woman who was given this pill and lost everything meets a man who’s been through the same experience, and they find the pig farmer? There are also some blue flowers by a river that seem to be part of the drug’s cycle. And… stuff?

WTF? Darned if we know. The idea of casting something out of a human and into a pig seems Biblical, but the whole film focuses more on the life cycle of this mysterious, will-sapping drug and how it might be disrupted, while also offering a sort of love story between damaged people. In any case, this is the sort of film you’re supposed to argue about afterwards, so let’s chalk up our lack of understanding as a success for writer / director / star / producer / composer / editor Shane Carruth (who you can listen to on the Empire Podcast here), and note that we loved the film anyway.

The lesson: Don’t do drugs? Or do. We’re not sure.

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21 Not very WTF at all...
I seriously think whoever rights these articles for you isn't a comic book fan, or indeed, doesn't watch the movies very closely. The credit sting in Thor TDW.... Firstly, the canister does not contain the Aether. If you know what Gardians of the Galaxy is about and who they are facing, the whole Collector thing makes perfect sense. I don't want to give away any spoilers to people who don't know the comics, but all this is tied together very easily by a single plot point. I'd think that the bigger WTF moment from the movie would be from the previous 'Odin' scene towards the end. That's made far more people wonder WTF and where are they going with it then the credit sting. Okay... The whole W.H.O Doctor thing with Capadli isn't wtf in the slightest. Its just a massive coincidence. You have to remember he would have been cast in the role at least a year before the film was finished, so it was a long time before we even knew Matt Smith would be leaving at they'd have to find a More

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