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So I finished watching take shelter and have some questions about what exactly is going on at the end of the film. I would be interested to hear others interpretation about what I just saw. I see a few distinct possibilities:
1.) Curtis is dreaming/having a nightmare. None of what happens at the end of the film is real. He is not actually on vacation with Samantha and Hannah but is instead sleeping in his bed or at some nut house. I am not sure about this possibility because the other characters seem to interact with him more in this scene than the other dream sequences.
2.) Curtis has completely gone off the deep end. Not only has he lost his mind but his grip on reality is so tenuous that he has incorporated Hannah and Samantha into his psychosis. His insanity has manifested to the point that his dreams are now his reality. He is actually on vacation but there is no giant storm approaching from the ocean. Hannah and Samantha are not confirming that a storm is approaching that is just what Curtis is seeing in his mind.
3.) Curtis is on his way to recovery. Curtis with the help of Samantha has turned a corner by opening the door to his storm cellar after the storm, at the point in the film I will call ending #1. He is actually on vacation and playing on the beach with Hannah when she and Samantha confirm to him that a storm is actually approaching. What he sees is real. Now if this is the case then how crazy is Curtis in the rest of the film? Is he actually a prophet and there are giant storms approaching that he was trying to warn everyone about? Or is he still crazy and there just happens to be a storm approaching and he still needs to go into treatment for his mental illness?
I imagine that there are many other possibilities that I have not thought of and I would love to hear your thoughts on the film’s conclusion. I am sort of leaning toward option no. 3 above at this point but I am far from steadfast in that opinion at this juncture. What do you guys think is really going on?