What is it that we love about movies? Each person has their own response to this question as everyone is drawn to a particular film for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you enjoy the acting of a particular actor. Maybe the style of films produced by a certain director catch you the right way. Or, perhaps the genre of film is just the kind of thing you love to sit back and take in on a lazy weekend evening. Whatever the reason, people love heading to the theatre to watch them, downloading them to watch at home or buying actual hard copies of DVD or Blu-Ray to build a collection.
When you think of it, there are some pretty bad films out there. You know, the ones where the acting is terrible, the special effects are laughable and the writing is so poor you are left wondering how on earth this thing got made into an actual film. Then there are those films that pull us in, have us on the edge of our seat or wanting to watch it over and over again. These successful films have some fantastic writing and acting and a director who is able to make everything just work. This can make all the difference between producing a film like The Godfather, Shawshank Redemption and The Dark Knight or one like Jersey Girl, Glitter and Jack and Jill.
There are many things that can make a movie stand out. One of the biggest is the addition of a major twist in the story. This usually shocks audiences and catches them totally off-guard. The following looks at 15 of the biggest and most mind-blowing movie twists. These films were all good to begin with but received a real boost when the story took a sudden and unexpected turn that left audiences wondering what the heck just happened.
***Major Plot Spoilers Ahead***
14 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
12 Fight Club
11 Secret Window
10 The Village
9 The Others
8 Citizen Kane
7 Planet of the Apes
6 Les Diaboliques
5 The Descent
4 American Psycho
2 The Sixth Sense
1 The Usual Suspects
In 1995, Kevin Spacey took on the role of a weak, crippled small-time crook named Roger Kint – aka Verbal. He is one of two survivors picked up after a firefight involving a legendary and near-mythical drug lord named Keyser Soze. For most of the film, audiences hear things from Verbal’s point of view as he is interrogated by police. Having filled in the detectives on ‘everything’ he knows, Verbal is cut loose as no one believes such a cripple could possibly have any value in a case of such magnitude. As Verbal is released, police get a sketch of what Keyser Soze looks like thanks to the other survivor who is under detention in the hospital. Audiences are shocked to learn that Spacey was Soze the whole time. The character of Verbal was simply a ploy to lose the cops. As the detectives rush out of the station to apprehend Verbal, the last we see is Soze, free of his crippling limp, getting into a car only to disappear into the city.
Sources: harpersbazaar.com, gamesradar.com, tasteofcinema.com
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