The whole question is spoiler heavy so please only people that saw the movie read this question

The end of the movie the Thirteenth floor finishes in a "TV shutdown" kind of way. Does this imply that even though Douglass Hall escaped from the system that is in the 1990s to the "real world" in 2024, the future is another system as well?

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    People who downvoted, at least have the courtesy to leave a comment on why you did so. – bobbyalex Oct 15 '14 at 8:44
  • Indeed. I did not understand the downvotes either. Is it a spoiler thing? – John Demetriou Oct 15 '14 at 10:01
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    Edited my question with spoiler tags and changed the title so people that have not seen the movie know that it's spoiler heavy – John Demetriou Oct 15 '14 at 10:04
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    Does my answer here not answer your question? scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/28868/… – Valorum Oct 15 '14 at 11:04
  • Searching did not pop up that question, I read your answer but I did not understand it to be honest. Could you elaborate more in an answer here? – John Demetriou Oct 15 '14 at 11:23

There is actually an alternate ending, that does not display that scene.

The scene that you described is not in the original script. Is not uncommon that the studio makes requests for changes (on behalf of a more comercial approach for the movie).

With or without the scene, you could still raise the question about

if 2024 is a simulation or not. And the world in the upper level, is a simulation too, like an endless Russian doll? How would I make sure I reached "the top", "the real thing?".

As with other SiFi works that deal with the perception of reality, like Ubik or The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch the appropriate question of a character in that world would be "how do I tell what is real and what is not?", "How could I be sure?".

That ending is just an artifact to bring some of that reflection. Even,

that abrupt disconnecting could tease the spectator: "how could you be sure your world is not a simulation too?"

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