I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I hate spoilers and I strongly dislike the people who do the spoiling. But I have a confession: I have spoiled many a movie, for myself. I have always spent a lot of time researching movies and reading plots, with no regard as to whether or not I’ll actually end up watching the film.
So, here’s a list of films with serious plot twists, that I spoiled for myself. Spoiler alert yo!
1. The Sixth Sense (1999), dir. M. Night Shyamalan
I feel like this is the number one film people discuss when it comes to plot twists and twelve year old Grace went to fast herself up and read all about it.
Its about a child, Cole Sear, who sears and talks to dead people. Enter child psychologist, Malcolm who tries to help him but his dumb self doesn’t even realise that he isn’t alive.
I know my mind would have been blown at the reveal that Bruce Willis’ character had been dead all long. YO I literally tried to force myself to forget as I forced one sibling to watch with me, but ugh, to no avail. Great movie though.
2. American Beauty (1999), dir. Sam Mendes
Kevin Spacey plays Lester Burnham, an executive, living in the suburbs, going through a midlife crisis and becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter’s teenage friend. Nasty.
Okay the reveal that Lester dies didn’t bother me too much because when I actually watched the film, Lester himself freaking tells us that he dies in the first minute. Jeez, this is just a dishonourable mention to be honest.
3. Fight Club (1999), dir. David Fincher
Yo, this is probably the reveal that hurts the most? Another film I forced my family (and a family friend) to watch, my mum was confused but I feel like they appreciated the reveal. Since I already knew it, I just tried to see if I could notice that The Narrator and Tyler were the same person. I don’t think I could. This is also another film I spent so much time researching and I just wanted anarchy after I saw it for the first time. Wild.
If you somehow have never heard of this film (teach me please if that’s the case), then it’s the story of The Narrator who, disillusioned with his boring job and life, creates a fight club with new ‘friend’ Tyler Durden.
4. The Usual Suspects (1995), dir. Bryan Singer
Verbal Kint tells his story of version of what happened at a massacre where he was the sole survivor.
I realised that I held a very unpopular opinion about this film after I saw it. Bar the twist, I thought this film was so freaking boring. This is the only instance where I don’t even care that I knew the ending beforehand because if I hadn’t, I would have never carried on until the end. And even then, I still felt like it wasn’t worth it. But hey, as long as Keyser Söze is gloriously drunk.
5. The Village (2004), dir. M. Night Shyamalan
A psychological thriller where in 1897, a village’s inhabitants live in seclusion and fear of creatures referred to as ‘Those We Don’t Speak Of’ but later, it is revealed that it is really present day and the village was created to deter the villagers from leaving. I don’t know about you, but for me, this reads so well. It sounds sick but I’m not sure if it actually pays off as I’ve only seen the twist and honestly, have no intention of watching the whole thing.
6. Seven (1995), dir. David Fincher
Se7en is about two detectives who are tasked with finding a serial killer whose murders are based on the seven deadly sins.
I have the audacity to shout ‘WHAT’S IN THE BOX?’ more or less every time this film is mentioned but I’ve never seen it. I’m sure it’s a fantastic movie but at this point, I’ve read the synopsis so many times, I probably won’t bother actually seeing it anytime soon.
I’m just realising that Kevin Spacey stars in half of the movies I mentioned.
I’d like to say I’ve learnt my lesson and have stopped reading film plots on Wikipedia but I really still do, albeit not as much.
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