I was just looking through the main page of the internet, and I found a discussion about “movies with a big surprise in the story.” Here are the most liked answers.
1. The Prestige
The Prestige follows to stage magicians after an incident in the 1890s, played by Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman. Their friendship turns into a lifelong feud, trying to sabotage eachother. The two will stop at nothing to uncover each other’s tricks and one-up the other, leading to a dangerous obsession and a series of shocking plot twists.
Redditor tune345 commented, “My all-time favorite! Jaw literally dropped at the end. There’s no director like Nolan!”
2. Sorry to Bother You
Sorry to Bother You is a 2018 dark comedy science fiction film directed by Boots Riley. The film follows Cassius Green, a telemarketer who rises the ranks to become a top salesman using his “white voice” but soon discovers a dark secret about his company and its ties to a sinister movement. The film is a commentary on race, labor, and capitalism, blending absurd humor with surreal visuals to deliver a thought-provoking and entertaining story.
Redditor Historical_Focus1407 commented, “Sorry to Bother You gets crazy, and boy oh boy, it never stops.” bluweeknd added, “Came here just to say this! Don’t even watch the trailer just jump right in.”
3. The Usual Suspects
The Usual Suspects is a 1995 neo-noir crime thriller directed by Bryan Singer. The film follows a group of criminals brought together for a heist, but things turn dark when one of the members reveals himself to be a mysterious and ruthless criminal mastermind known as Keyser Soze. The film is known for its twist ending, complex plot, unpredictable storyline, and impressive cast, including Kevin Spacey, Benicio Del Toro, and Gabriel Byrne.
Another recommends, “Don’t watch the trailer; it’s terrible. The movie is insane tho! One of my favourite!”
4. Primal Fear
Primal Fear is a 1996 legal thriller about a defense attorney (Richard Gere) who takes on the case of a young altar boy (Edward Norton) accused of murder, only to uncover a shocking truth about the defendant’s multiple personalities. The film features a series of unexpected twists and turns.
Another mention, “Great pick. I read the book prior to it becoming a movie. To this day, it’s the only book I’ve read that I yelled at the end and wanted to throw the book, not because it was bad but because it was so good and I felt so manipulated and stupid.”
Oldboy is a 2003 South Korean neo-noir thriller about a man named Oh Dae-su, who is kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years before embarking on a quest for vengeance and uncovering a web of deceit and corruption. The film features a climactic confrontation and a shocking revelation about the captor’s true identity.
Another Redditor mentions, “Make sure you watch the original Korean version. It is AMAZING! The American remake is kind of crappy.”
Frailty is a 2001 psychological horror thriller directed by and starring Bill Paxton. The film follows the story of a man named Fenton, who claims to have been visited by an angel and tasked with destroying demons disguised as people. He enlists the help of his two young sons, but as the bodies pile up, one boy questions his father’s sanity and motives.
Another comment on that is by saying, “I came here to say this. I don’t think many people have seen it. It’s really great!”
7. The Cabin in the Woods
The Cabin in the Woods is a 2012 horror comedy film co-written by Joss Whedon and directed by Drew Goddard. The film follows a group of friends who go to a remote cabin for a weekend getaway but soon discover that they are pawns in a twisted and deadly game being controlled by a mysterious organization.
Redditor TommyRobotX mentions it’s a great movie on this list because “most of these are just surprising plot twists with the movie’s climax, then it’s over. A movie like Cabin in the Woods’ twist changes the movie well before the end.”
Another adds, “Cabin in the Woods is a great movie to go into blind. I even think they did a good job with cutting the trailers and the marketing. I remember thinking the ploy “If You Think You Know This Story, You’re Wrong” was the type of thing every run-of-the-mill horror movie would say. And then Cabin in the Woods delivered.”
Predestination is a 2014 science fiction film directed by The Spierig Brothers. The film follows a time-traveling government agent who must track down a dangerous criminal, constantly jumping back and forth through time and unraveling a series of unexpected twists and turns in a race against time to prevent a catastrophic event.
9. Shutter Island
Shutter Island is a 2010 psychological thriller directed by Martin Scorsese. The film follows two U.S. Marshals, Teddy Daniels, and Chuck Aule, investigating a missing person case on a remote island hospital for the criminally insane. Teddy’s reality begins to unravel as he uncovers a web of conspiracies, secrets, and hallucinations, leading to a shocking and mind-bending conclusion.
Another added, “Watched it last night after seeing it being recommended so many times. I remember watching it when I was really young a few years ago but didn’t remember anything at all, and needless to say, it blew my mind. Exactly what I was hoping for.”
Saw is a 2004 horror film directed by James Wan. The film follows two men who awaken in a brutal trap-filled dungeon and must navigate a series of gruesome and deadly puzzles in order to survive and uncover the identity of their tormentor, the infamous Jigsaw Killer.
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