Here are the 15 most memorable twists in film history that we’re now shooting SPOILERESEN well.
End-of-film screws are so common today that we are often not surprised. Over time, moreover, every trick is recognizable, especially if one pulls up one’s entire career juggling with unexpected twists like M. Night Shyamalan. However, a good director or writer can always anesthetize the suspicion of viewers and shock him at an unexpected moment.
The Baseline: Aliens are coming to our planet, and the U.S. military is asking an acclaimed linguist, played by Amy Adams, to mediate between them and the creatures.
The twist: Louise has managed to decipher the language of the aliens and with her help she will be able to see into the future. It was then that it turned out that the flashbacks that flashed from his past were in fact “flashforwards,” he saw the future of his unborn daughter.
The baseline: Private detective Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is commissioned by a rich and beautiful woman, Evelyn (Faye Dunaway), to observe her husband and prove her infidelity. On the way, he realizes that the woman’s brother, Katherine, is also playing an important role in the case.
The twist: When the detective interrogates Evelyn, it turns out that Katherine was raped not only by her brother but also by her daughter, who was raped by her father when she was 15 years old.
The Brick (2006)
The baseline: Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), the most talented young member of the Irish mafia, is admitted to the Massachusetts Police Academy. He was tasked with being a perfect police officer, gaining a higher rank on the board, and reporting everything to his true clients. But another young police officer, Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio), gets a similar job: he has to enroll in Boston’s powerful criminal consortium to get as close to his godfather as possible.
The twist: None of them are worth the end of the film. In a brutal scene, Sullivan kills Costigan and is killed by a detective (Mark Wahlberg).
The baseline: A sadistic school principal joins his wife and husband’s lover to kill him – only the corpse disappears and more and more special events happen.
The twist: The husband just played his death with the help of his lover.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The baseline: Luke Skywalker prepares for the final battle against evil Darth Vader with the help of Obi Wan Kenobi and Master Yoda.
The twist: The big showdown reveals that the main villain, i.e. Lord Vader, is actually Luke’s father, which also means that Princess Leia, with whom he has previously flirted, is his sister.
Warriors Club (1999)
The baseline: Jack (Edward Norton) attends self-awareness therapy groups. He accidentally meets Tyler (Brad Pitt), in whom he discovers his missing qualities. Tyler is trying to obsessively master the chaos of the world by founding a strange, secret society. The news of the Warriors Club is soon spreading.
The twist: The narrator, i.e. Jack and Tyler, are two sides of the same personality – that is, one and the same two people.
Plays / Today (1997)
The baseline: The missing younger brother of a rich and bored banker (Michael Douglas) reappears on the scene. The prodigal son (Sean Penn) invents a special birthday present: he offers his brother a mysterious game. The organizing company is simply absorbed when the banker accidentally kills his own brother. The stakes in the game are now your own life.
The twist: The game is really just a game and the brother is alive.
Get out! (2017)
The baseline: Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) have reached a point in their relationship to get to know each other’s parents, the girl invites Christ for a weekend at the family estate.
The twist: Chris’s misconceptions are confirmed, the whole family is a member of a sectarian organization, their method of using Rose to lure young blacks to their property, where the brains of elderly or sick people in their community are operated into the bodies of their “guests”.