Oh, the art of the plot twist. Surprising the audience, if done right, can be one of the most satisfying parts of a story. A good twist can redefine the whole narrative or at least absorb you more into a movie that you hope will have even more surprises.
A bad plot, however, can go so far as to ruin an otherwise decent film. Whether lazy, illogical, or just plain desperate and stupid, bad twists can be just as memorable as good ones for entirely different reasons. As you can imagine, there are spoilers ahead! If you read the title of a movie that’s still on your watchlist, you might want to move on.
This article will contain spoilers for each entry.
‘The Village’ (2004)
If there is one thing M.Night Shyamalan is known for, it’s for its twists: although, the further his career progressed, the more they broke the public’s suspension of disbelief. The village starts out as a decent enough mystery thriller about a 19th-century rural village being stalked by strange monsters. But then Shyamalan’s twist came and brought it all down.
It is revealed that the film is actually set in modern times and that the village is, in fact, a professor’s experiment. Monsters, of course, are just people in disguise. The twist raises more questions than it can answer, and it sucks all the fun out of the movie.
The plot of Steven Knightit is Serenity is sparked by the ex-wife of a fishing boat captain, who asks her to murder her abusive new husband, Frank (Jason Clark), raising an interesting moral dilemma. The film looks quite intriguing, and with a star-studded cast including Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in the leading roles, it was the recipe for success.
Unfortunately, the final twist is so ridiculous that it’s more likely to elicit laughs than gasps. It turns out that Dill, the captain, was actually the protagonist of a video game created by his son to escape Frank’s abuse. The phrase “Who came out of nowhere” takes on a whole new meaning with Serenity.
Hancock stars Will Smith as a needy, drunk and erratic superhero main character who tends to cause million dollar losses in collateral damage, so he is forced to employ a public relations expert played by jason batman. Charlize Theron plays the PR agent’s wife, Mary, and she’s at the center of the plot that derails the film.
It is suddenly revealed that Mary is Hancock’s ex-wife, also an immortal being with superpowers. But for some reason being in close physical proximity weakens their powers, leading to Hancock being hospitalized and losing his memories of 80 years prior. What could have been a fun action superhero dramedy thus becomes a ridiculous campfest.
“Remember Me” (2010)
Remember mefeaturing Robert Pattinson like Tyler in the middle of the Dusk infatuation, begins as a somewhat useful but forgettable romantic drama about two deeply scarred characters who fall in love by a twist of fate.
It’s not until the third act that the film becomes truly memorable, but for the wrong reasons. When Tyler visits his father’s office, it is abruptly shown that the office is in one of the twin towers and the date is September 11, 2001. Tyler dies in the ensuing attack, which most onlookers interpreted as a revolting exploitation of a national tragedy. .
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” (2022)
The sequel to 2016 strange doctor saw the return of the director Sam Raimi to the superhero genre, which has earned him the love of many MCU fans. However, one thing that isn’t as well liked is how the film has dealt with some of Marvel’s most powerful heroes.
During their journey across the universe to stop Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) encounter the Illuminati, a secret organization made up of some of the most powerful heroes in this universe. But when Scarlet Witch arrives, she proceeds to slaughter them all easily, which most fans considered lazy and disrespectful.
“The Good Liar” (2019)
Bill Condonit is the good liarabout a professional scammer called Roy (Ian McKellen) who finds it harder than expected to steal a widow’s fortune, is a film full of ridiculous twists that seem to come out of nowhere.
The worst of these comes at the start of the film’s third act. The Widow, played by Helen Mirren, reveals that she has always played with Roy. Her illogical plan stems from a thirst for revenge ever since Roy sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. Good twists leave little crumbs for viewers to pick up along the way, and they’re based on clear, logical guidelines. the good liar fails to pull the rug out from under viewers because it never put that rug in there to begin with.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” (2018)
fantastic beasts and where to find them was a charming and fun movie, partly because it felt like a simple, self-contained adventure into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. But then it was revealed that the big bad behind it all was Gellert Grindelwald, and the second film lost almost everything that made the first enjoyable.
The film felt sufficiently padded as it was, but when Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp) recount Ezra Miller‘s Credence that he’s a Dumbledore, fans knew they were in for a series of ridiculous cash grabs with this franchise.
‘Now You See Me’ (2013)
Yet another example of a movie that started out useful but turned ridiculous with its final twist, Now you see me shows an FBI agent (Marc Ruffalo) chasing down a team of magicians who use their shows to steal the bank accounts of wealthy people and offer that money to their audience.
For most of it, Now you see me is an entertaining story with wacky but fun twists. And then Ruffalo’s character turns out to be the mastermind magician behind the team’s latest heist. It’s a ridiculous reveal that spawns countless plot holes, retroactively worsening everything that came before.
When audiences found out at the end of M. Night Shyamalan Divide that it was a surprise sequel to the director’s 2000 film Unbreakable, and when a third and final installment to wrap it all up was announced, the prospect of such a trilogy was more than exciting. Unfortunately, Glass did not live up to expectations.
The script is full of problems, not the least of which is the laughable final twist. The three main characters are killed off, and then the secondary characters broadcast the CCTV footage of their encounter to the public. The ending is disappointing and ridiculous, if only because no one would be stupid enough to think that CCTV stunt could work in our modern world.
“Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker” (2019)
The first two Disney films star wars the sequel trilogy was divisive but overall well-received. The last episode of the series, on the other hand, was a huge disappointment.
The film begins by revealing – in the exploration of the title, of every moment! — that Emperor Palpatine has returned from the dead. How? To quote Oscar Isaacis Poe Dameron, “sort of”. The twist is ridiculous and insulting not only because of how lazily it’s delivered, but also because it both belittles Darth Vader’s sacrifice in Episode VIand the Emperor’s Bow throughout the saga.
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