A great plot twist doesn’t just leave the audience shocked, it can make a movie truly unforgettable. There’s nothing like a distressing ending or an unexpected revelation about a character to keep you glued to your seat. (No Spoilers Here)!
Primal Fear (1996)
Defence attorney Martin Vail (Richard Gere) takes on the majority of his jobs for money, power, and reputation, rather than for the greater good. His latest case involves an altar boy, Aaron Stampler (Edward Norton) accused of murdering the local Archbishop of Chicago. Aaron’s multiple personality disorder leads to conflict and confusion, as he blames his dangerous alter ego “Roy” for the death of the Archbishop. Nothing could prepare Vail for the outcome of what appeared to be a simple case as it takes a turn for the worst.
The Usual suspects (1995)
“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist”, this is the comparison drawn to the notorious criminal, Keyser Soze. Kint (Kevin Spacey) and his accomplices try to uncover the criminal masterminds existence while working on a multi-million dollar, life-threatening heist. As they run into a lot of trouble on the way, they have yet to discover the power of deception. (You may be boycotting the Spacey ouevre, but if not, enjoy).
David Fincher directed this classic thriller that has captivated audiences for over 20 years. A week before William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) is set to retire and new-comer David Mills (Brad Pitt) takes his place, they are tasked with the difficult job of hunting down a serial killer who targets people he believes represent the seven deadly sins. In a town riddled with crime, Somerset, Mills and his pregnant wife Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow), have yet to discover the consequences of their actions in a nightmare version of New York City.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
M. Night Shyamalan’s supernatural thriller is all about the plot twist. Cole Sear is a troubled and isolated kid who sees dead people. Malcolm Crowe, (Bruce Willis) a child psychologist is equally troubled and tries to help Cole through the social anxiety and alienation that this has led him to. When Cole realises he can communicate with the ghosts he was once afraid of, Malcolm questions just how much help he is to Cole after all.
Fight Club (1999)
“The first rule of fight club is: you do not talk about fight club”. In another classic directed by David Fincher, a depressed man (Edward Norton) suffers from anxiety and insomnia. When he meets ‘super-cool’ Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) in an underground fighting circuit, he slowly begins to gain confidence in himself and the two of them form an underground fight club. The brawling escalates and their partnership is put on the line when Marla (Helena Bonham Carter) attracts their attention.
The Others (2001)
A brilliant take on the haunted house movie genre. Nicole Kidman (Grace) plays the protective mother of two small children who seem to have a biological aversion to sunlight. After losing her husband to World War II, Grace is confined to a dark, isolated and spooky mansion. Things take an unwanted turn when she starts to question her servant’s intentions and ‘the others’ start to haunt her and her children. Once Grace delves into the mystery, she soon learns the horrible truth behind these supernatural events.
Shutter Island (2010)
American filmmaker Martin Scorcese revolves the psychological thriller around the disappearance of a very dangerous in-patient at a psychiatric facility. Assigned to the investigation are U.S Marshals Teddy Daniels (Leonardo Dicaprio) and his new partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo). As they try to uncover the mysterious and conflicting events happening around them, the deeper they dig into the clues, the stranger things got.
Black Swan (2010)
In this psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky, Nina (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina whose life is consumed by her passion for dance. When she is cast as the lead in Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’ she meets her competition, Lily (Mila Kunis). Swan Lake requires a dancer who can portray the innocent white swan, as well as the dark black swan, and while Nina fits the white swan role, Lily is the personification of the black swan, forcing Nina to get in touch with her dark side.