8 Movie Plot Points Secretly Introduced Earlier Than You Realized

We all love an unexpected twist, but we don’t like a twist so unexpected it seems completely absurd. The key to pulling off a big surprise in the final act is to sow it smartly in the time leading up to the big reveal, and if it’s done so smartly, the audience won’t even realize you gave them the answers. until it’s too late. It’s like a Derren Brown experience but on all audiences!

The directors sometimes manage to shoehorn in a number of subtle nods and pointers to upcoming reveals, twists and other plot points. Even in the very first scene of a movie, you can never let your guard down, as long as you know that seemingly irrelevant information or speech can come back later to hit you right in the forehead and say, “Hey silly , you understand now ?”

Dear reader, of course MOST of us don’t get it the first time, sometimes it takes multiple viewings of a movie to catch all the clues. But why find it yourself when I can point it out to you here? Work smarter, not harder.

I’m only taking one specific point here, but in a monologue near the start of the film, Edgar Wright really just laid out every major plot point of the film right in front of our noses and we were none the wiser.

As Shaun and his best friend Ed enjoy a pint at the local, Ed lays out his plans to cheer Shaun up after his girlfriend, Liz, breaks up with him. He proposes, and I quote: “Do you know what we should do tomorrow? Keep drinking. Bloody Mary first, a bite at the King’s Head, a couple at the Little Princess, stagger back here and BANG, back to the bar for some shots!

A big part of Shaun’s life revolves around being at the pub, it seems, and that’s part of why his girlfriend was so unhappy with him in the first place. In Ed’s plans, things start at the pub and end at the pub and everything else is just noise.

Of course, by the time the film unfolds and we find ourselves at the pub, the shots of the bar they talk about are much more literal than we first thought. Incidentally, everything else he presented was pretty literal as well.

Andrea G. Henderson