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  • Beau S.
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    What are some of your favorite plot twists or twist/surprise endings?

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    Jason Travis
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    One of my favorite twists is Jacob’s Ladder (1990); Tim Robbins plays an ex-Vietnam soldier who keeps experiencing haunting flashbacks from his past and current visions with his live-in girlfriend Elizabeth Pena. What’s real, and what’s an illusion? It’s an extremley horrific and intense ride and the conclusion is one for you to discover. Directed by Adrian Lyne- a must see!

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    KT
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    An interesting question about sudden plot twists and unexpected endings is how do they hold up on repeat viewings? Can you still mine the movie and find new elements to how the plot was constructed and the film was executed? 

    Maybe a good comparison would be The Sixth Sense and Chinatown: One may shock you the first time you see it (if you weren’t spoiled), and the other may continue to haunt you for years with its complexity and devastating finale. 

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    babypook
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    Some of my favorites? They didnt all surprise me but I still loved them:

    Chinatown
    Memento
    Body Heat
    LA Confidential
    The Usual Suspects
    Fight Club
    The Others
    The Sixth Sense
    Se7en
    Citizen Kane
    Monsters
    Orphan
    Psycho

    Dark City
    Donnie Darko
    Presumed Innocent (I loved Bonnie Bedelia in this)
    The Crying Game
    Planet of the Apes
    Soylent Green
    No Way Out
    Wreck-it-Ralph
    Monster House
    Outlander
    The Matrix
    Identity

    Plenty of others but that’s it for now.

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    DamianWayne
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    Sleepaway Camp. Yeah it may be a horrible 80s teen slasher flick, but its ending deserves to be among the great twists ever put on screen. I will never recover.

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    Scottferguson
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    For me, nothing exceeds the profundity, audacity and thrill of the twist in Vertigo, for me the greatest film ever made.

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    campy
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    Shutter Island
    The Orphanage
     

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    ETPhoneHome
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    How has no one mentioned The Empire Strikes Back? One of the defining moments of the franchise is in my mind the biggest twist in cinema history.

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    Logan
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    More recently, Polanski’s The Ghost Writer has one of my favorite endings. Also, strange to call it a “favorite” because it’s so bleak, but Dogville went in a direction that argued for evil in one of the more compelling ways I’ve seen on film.

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    vozas
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    The Usual Suspects and The Sixth Tense were jawdropping albeit in very different ways (I think The Usual Suspects has the superior script but the revelation at the end would work regardless of what the audience sees up to that point, whereas in The Sixth Sense the whole movie is built around the final revelation, if that makes any sense). I guess The Usual Suspects is a movie within a movie while The Sixth Sense operates within itself.

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    “The Mist” has one of the cruelest ending I could think of. And even Stephen King himself, who wrote the short story the film’s based on, regrets that he has not written that ending in his original story that way.

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    For me, nothing exceeds the profundity, audacity and thrill of the twist in Vertigo, for me the greatest film ever made.

    Amen. I also remember gasping out loud at the twist involving James Cromwell in L.A. Confidential (which I guess really was originated in the novel) and the past lives twist in the sometimes-schlocky-but-entertaining Dead Again. 

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    Spark87
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    Fight Club
     Planet of the Apes
    Star Wars V – The Empire Strikes Back 
    Abre los ojos 
    The Matrix 
    Donnie Darko 
    The Others
    The Sixth Sense
    Mulholland Drive 
    Memento
    Side Effects 

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    Bill Buchanan
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    Fight Club
     Planet of the Apes
    Star Wars V – The Empire Strikes Back 
    Abre los ojos 
    The Matrix 
    Donnie Darko 
    The Others
    The Sixth Sense
    Mulholland Drive 
    Memento
    Side Effects 

    Honest question: What exactly is the twist ending in The Matrix? 

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    American History X, Oldboy and The Mist are three recent films that made my jaw drop at the end.

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