There’s a beautiful moment that can happen while watching a movie, that usually comes during the second or third viewing of it. The moment when you notice something revealing that you didn’t notice before, a clue that, in many cases, hints about or even gives away a plot twist. Sure, highly intuitive viewers and liars might catch these on their first viewings, but when the clue is good, it’s almost impossible to detect right away. But in that moment when you do finally see it, you smile. You understand. You might say, “I like your style Mr. Screenwriter.” Probably not, but maybe. Either way, in that moment you feel smart, and you are. You’re very smart.
On the other side of the screen, the writers and directors try to place these clues in a way that they can hide in plain sight. When they’re too small, they’re only noticed by people who go through films frame-by-frame, and I have no time for those kind of people in my life. When they’re too large, they can ruin the movie worse than a Kristen Stewart cameo.
Here are 13 crazy plot clues place placed in movies that were done just right.
13 Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon
12 21 Jump Street
11 The Shawshank Redemption
10 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
6 The Matrix Reloaded
5 The Usual Suspects
4 Fight Club
3 Total Recall
2 Jurassic Park
1 Shaun of the Dead
In what is probably the most amazing not-so-spoilish spoiler, the very first scene of Shaun of the Dead, a drunken conversation between Ed and Shaun, turns out to describe the entire plot of the film: “A bloody Mary first thing, a bite at the King's Head, couple at the Little Princess, stagger back here and bang... back to the bar for shots.” First, the guys fight a bloody zombie named Mary in the backyard, then Shaun’s stepfather is bitten, then they meet the couple David and Diana at Liz’s apartment, then they stagger back home whilst pretending to be zombies, then they go back to the Winchester for a final zombie shootout. Cool Ranch.
Sources: ScreenRant; IMDB; Wikipedia
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