October is coming to an end, and with it, this month’s Solidarity Sisters! This month I had the wonderful Llinos, who blogs over at The Lilac Linet, and who has been an absolute trooper this month while I’ve been so terrible at getting to my emails! Thanks, Llinos!
To accompany my blog post of movies with unexpected twists, Llinos has created a list of her top 5 worst romantic comedies, check it out right here!!
There’s something incredibly thrilling about sitting down to watch a movie, becoming invested in the characters, the plot, the setting… only to have all of that yanked away simply by the utterance of a few words, or the act of something seemingly meaningless.
Plot twists in movies astound, delight, terrify and confuse us, and for that reason we just can’t stop watching. It takes a very good film maker to be able to lead on millions of people, then perform a total backflip and shock them all, but that is what these film makers have done.
These films are my top 7 movies with unexpected twists – if you think I’ve missed any, let me know in the comments below!
How can I possibly make a list of movies with unexpected plot twists without addressing the 2014 film craze, Gone Girl!? When I first watched this movie, I didn’t know whether I loved it or hated it. I think this was probably to do with the fact that it totally threw me – I wasn’t expecting any of what happened. Now, however, it’s become one of the favourite movies.
What it’s about: Nick Dunne seems to have the perfect marriage with his wife, however when she disappears and his wife’s journal shows up he quickly becomes the main suspect in her murder, all the while maintaining his innocence, even under intense media and social scrutiny.
The twist: Nick’s wife, Amy, staged her own disappearance and fabricated the journal to frame her husband. But perhaps the biggest plot twist is he still takes her back after realising, I suppose, that he will never find another girl quite as batshit crazy as Amy.
Shutter Island is the go-to movie for late-night movie watching. Not only does it has Leonardo DiCaprio in it (bonus!), but it is also gloriously eerie. This psychological horror is full of totally spooky twists and turns, but nothing could possibly prepare you for what’s really going on.
What it’s about: Detective Teddy Daniels (Leo) is sent to Ashecliffe, an institution for the criminally insane, to investigate the disppearance of an inmate who drowned her three children, who seemingly escaped from a locked room.
The twist: Teddy is really called Andrew, and he is an inmate at the asylum, guilty of murdering his wife after she drowned their three children. The ‘investigation’ was a game to attempt to cure him of his insanity. What.
Fight Club is one of those movies that you could watch a hundred times and still pick up on tiny little details you missed the first ninety nine times. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve seen this movie, but it still gets to me, and I reckon it’s one of the best movies with unexpected plot twists I’ve ever seen.
What it’s about: The narrator (we never find out his name) meets cool, crazy Tyler Durden, and they begin a ‘fight club’, giving the narrator a way out of his boring dissatisfying life.
The twist: The narrator IS Tyler Durden. He suffers from dissociative identity disorder, and the whole time we’ve been thinking we’re watching two men, we’re really only watching one (which has been hinted at throughout the whole movie by tiny hidden messages). How’s that for a mind melt.
I love Donnie Darko (perhaps it’s because I love Jake Gyllenhaal, but still). This movie is a total cult classic, and shot the piano cover of ‘Mad World’ to the top of the charts. Fun fact – the whole film was shot in just 28 days!
What it’s about: Donnie is visited by a huge rabbit called Frank after an aeroplane crashes through his bedroom window. Frank gives him warnings about the impending apocalypse, and encourages him to carry out a string of crimes.
The twist: At the moment that the apocalypse is meant to occur, Donnie travels back in time and dies in the crash in his bedroom, seemingly proving that this whole experience was a hallucination.
A movie directed by David Fincher with the killer cast of Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey, how could this movie possibly be anything but completely brilliant? This film’s twist will totally surprise you, and have you covering you eyes in disbelief… curious yet?
What it’s about: Two detectives (Mills and Somerset) are given the job of searching for a serial killer who is carrying out his crimes in the pattern of the seven deadly sins.
The twist: The killer offers to take the detectives to the bodies of his two final victims, only to find that when they reach the location, they are met with nothing but a mail delivery. Inside the parcel is the head of Mills’ wife (who he murdered out of envy), then demands that Mills kill him (out of wrath) to complete the string of murders.
Just in case you were planning on going spelunking any time soon, this movie is here to destroy any desire to set foot underground. The dark, some crazy deformed cave people – what could possibly go wrong!? Quite a lot, apparently.
What it’s about: A group of female spelunkers realise they are trapped underground after a cave-in destroys the cave’s exit. In a further revelation, they discover it’s not just them down there…
The twist: This movie’s twist comes right at the end, where we watch Beth, the only one left alive, find her way out (yes! You go girl!), only to realise that, oh wait, she’s actually just hallucinating and she’s about to get sliced/diced/eaten by the crazy cave monsters. Damn.
The Village totally threw me the first time I watched it, and if you haven’t seen it already, you really must. It takes the things that we might find difficult to comprehend, and makes them even more difficult to come to grips with.
What it’s about: “Those We Don’t Speak Of” roam the woods around Covington, a secluded village that people never leave, simply because they’re too scared to venture out through the woods in case they might come in to contact with the monsters they believe live there.
The twist: The ‘monsters’ are, in fact, a myth played by the founders of Covington in order to keep the townspeople scared and in the village, this giving the leaders power over their people.
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What do you think? Are you crying “No! How could you forget ______???” Let me know in the comments below! Don’t forget to visit the wonderful Llionos over at The Lilac Linet!