A common criticism of the action movie genre is that audiences can simply turn off their brains and enjoy the insane chaos onscreen. It’s clearly unfair to categorize an entire genre in this way, because there are some very clever action movies out there. But of course, some plot developments are more compelling than others.
When action movies try to deliver big twists, many tend to be pretty predictable. From revealing the real villain of the film to the “surprise” fate of some characters, these twists may have looked shocking on paper, but were rather evident on screen.
ten Shaw’s death was rigged – Fate of the Furious (2017)
The eighth Fast and furious The film set up the intriguing idea of Dom Toretto turning on his family. Although it’s explained quite early in the movie that Dom is forced into this position, the scene where he executes Deckard Shaw was meant to convince fans that there was no turning back for him.
But no one believed that was how Shaw was leaving the franchise. Although he was missing for part of the film, fans were fully expecting it when he reappeared, revealing that everything was a trick orchestrated by Dom.
9 Jack Sparrow Isn’t Really Dead – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
At the end of Pirates of the Caribbean Following this, the crew of the Black Pearl are forced to abandon their ship when the Kraken searches for Jack Sparrow. Hoping to give the others time to escape, Elizabeth chains him to the ship and Jack Sparrow is apparently devoured by the monster.
Of course, at the time, the idea of continuing the franchise without Jack Sparrow was unheard of. He had become one of the most popular movie heroes around, so fans knew he would return. Sure enough, even before the movie was over, they were sure to hint at his early comeback.
8 The Team – Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
After setting up separate solo films for the two iconic monsters, Kong and Godzilla were finally ready to go head-to-head. Godzilla against Kong largely delivered on the promise of the two battling titans, but instead of declaring a true winner, the film opted for a predictable climax.
After the two monsters clash a few times, a common enemy is introduced with the arrival of Mechagodzilla in the third act. This obviously leads the two monsters to put aside their differences and team up to face this new threat.
seven Mutt is Indy’s Son – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
After a long absence, Indiana Jones returns for a new adventure in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. This time he was joined by a sidekick named Mutt (Shia LaBeouf) and fans quickly began to speculate about a possible connection here.
Once fans started to see Indy and Mutt interact and talk about Indy knowing Mutt’s mother, it was clear what the movie was up to. Although Mutt has been confirmed to be Indy’s son, the unpopular character does not seem likely to make a comeback in Indiana Jones 5.
6 Slevin is ready for revenge – Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
Although not seen by many, Lucky number Slevin is an underrated crime action film starring Josh Hartnett as a seemingly innocent guy in the wrong place at the wrong time who gets tangled up in a war between two mobsters. But it is revealed at the end that Slevin was not that innocent and was in fact ready for revenge after the mobsters killed his family.
Fortunately, the movie is quite fun without the twist, which is sloppy in the first scene. There’s a long story about a family killed by gangsters that the movie tries to pass off as a simple story, but it makes it pretty clear what the catch is.
5 Komarov is the Villain – A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
With Die hard Being one of the most watched iconic action movies of all time, many fans were disappointed with the horror of the fifth film in the series. A good day to die hard feel like the franchise is overflowing with uninspired ideas.
This includes the villainous Komarov, who is introduced as a mentor to John McClane’s son, Jack. Shortly after, it is revealed that he was using Jack and that he is the mastermind of the evil conspiracy. But the fact that the movie had yet to introduce its villain at that point made it pretty obvious who he was going to turn out to be.
4 Miranda is Talia Al Ghul – The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Tom Hardy’s Bane was featured as a formidable villain for Batman in The dark knight rises, and he seems to be the author of the whole plot to destroy Gotham. But in the end, it turns out he’s working for Bruce Wayne’s love interest, Miranda, who is actually Talia al Ghul.
The fact that they put her in a costume very similar to her comic book look helped fans draw conclusions. Plus, having Marion Cotillard in a seemingly unnecessary role and focusing on random things like Miranda’s scar made it clear that something was wrong with this character.
3 Optimus is Risen – Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)
Michael bay Transformers the movies were never considered subtle, but that lazy plot in the second movie didn’t fool anyone. Like the heroic Transformer Autobot Optimus Prime tries to save the human protagonist from the Decepticons, he is ambushed and killed.
Even with many others Transformers to take his place, there was simply no way the film would kill its main mechanical hero in the second film. While the film claims that Optimus is truly dead, audiences are waiting for the magical thing that will bring him back, which inevitably happens in the third act.
2 Walker is John Lark – Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Although Tom Cruise is clearly the star of the Impossible mission franchise, Henry Cavill made a wonderful addition to the sixth film. He played John Walker, a CIA officer who teams up with Ethan Hunt to find a mysterious man named John Lark who is trying to acquire a nuclear bomb.
But the problem with casting a big name actor like Henry Cavill in Impossible mission it’s pretty obvious he’s not here just to play the supporting role to Cruise. Fortunately, the very late revelation that he is Lark doesn’t diminish the enjoyment of the film.
1 They’re all coming back – Avengers: Endgame
See some of their favorite heroes turn to dust at the end of Avengers: Infinity War was quite devastating for the fans. However, the sting of seeing these characters fade into nothingness was dampened somewhat by the fact that everyone knew they would be back.
With Black Panther disappearing right after the launch of his billion dollar franchise and Spider-Man appearing to die despite an ongoing sequel, there was no doubt that Avengers: Endgame was going to end with the return and union of all the heroes, which is exactly what happened.
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