When it comes to making a good movie, you have to start with a good story. Most movies follow a three-act structure that sets up the story, sends your characters on a mission, and ends with a resolution. This structure has been working for years and is the blueprint of most of the movies you watch today. That said, a good screenwriter can use his own techniques to make his story unique to him. You want to keep your audience engaged from start to finish. A good way to do that is to include unanswered questions in your story to keep your audience guessing until everything is finalized. The ending of the twist is a satisfying way to shock your audience by turning the tables and showing them something they never saw coming. Filmmakers have been using this method in their movies for ages and it can make or break a good movie.
Some directors like M. Night Shyamalan are known for their twist endings. Shyamalan’s endings have satisfied his viewers and others, such as: the village, have enraged them. It all depends on the context of the twist and whether it makes sense for the rest of the story. It is a storytelling technique that must be handled delicately. Some twist endings like Bryan Singer’s The usual suspects, define the movie and make it memorable for years to come. Whatever happens, you need to keep your audience engaged to make your movie memorable, and using a twist ending can be the way to do it. At Charlie Kaufman’s Amendment, says Robert McKee (Brian Cox), “wow them at the end, and you have a hit”.
Here are the ten best plot twists of all time, ranked: spoilers ahead.
The others is a creepy ghost story that will leave you guessing until the end. The story follows Grace (Kidman) and her two children as they await the return of her husband towards the end of World War II. The creepy mansion they live in, as well as the need to keep the sunlight out at all times due to a condition the kids have, all add up to the perfect setting for a ghost story. The family’s life is turned upside down when unexplained ghosts terrorize them. In the terrifying climax, Grace and her children learn that it is they who are the ghosts and that they are haunting the new family that now lives in their house.
Park Chan-Wook’s crime thriller masterpiece has possibly one of the most disturbing twists in movie history. The film follows Oh Dae-Su (Choi Min-sik) on a bloody search for the person who imprisoned him for fifteen years. Along the way, Dae-Su forms a romantic relationship with a young chef named Mi-Do (Kang Hye-jeong), who becomes involved in Dae-Su’s mission. In the end, Dae-Su discovers that Mi-Do is actually his daughter and that he was at the center of an evil plan of revenge by a rich man whom he wronged in the past. old boy is a perfect showcase of the brilliance of South Korean cinema.
Planet of the Apes
Planet of the Apes is a timeless story that has launched several sequels and remakes. Franklin J. Schaffner’s original classic, starring Charlton Heston, could be considered the best of the series. After crash-landing on an unknown planet, astronaut George Taylor (Heston) must face a race of highly evolved monkeys who enslave humans. After returning to Earth, Taylor sees a destroyed Statue of Liberty along the coast and discovers that the planet he was on was actually Earth after a nuclear apocalypse.
David Fincher’s Classic Movie Se7en follows two detectives (Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman) who try to catch a serial killer who commits seven murders based on the seven deadly sins of the Bible. The script, written by Andrew Kevin Walker, is perfect from start to finish. In the unforgettable climax, we learn that the killer, John Doe (Kevin Spacey), killed Detective Mill (Pitt)’s wife and delivered her head in a box in an attempt to get Mills to kill Doe, leaving Doe the seventh. becomes a cardinal sin.
James Wan’s horror classic was on a budget and mostly set in one room. That didn’t stop it from becoming one of the greatest franchises of all time. The story of Saw follows two men held captive in a deadly game to stay alive. After a rollercoaster ride of blood and pain, the two inmates realize that the man responsible for their kidnapping has been lying in the center of the room the entire time, disguised as a corpse.
Based on Chuck Palahniuk’s novel, fight club follows a group of outcasts who form a “fighting club” that eventually turns into a terrorist plot to bring down corporate America. The club’s leaders are the Narrator (Edward Norton) and the violent Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). After a series of crazy events, Norton’s character realizes that he has always been Durden. David Fincher’s film has gone down in history as a cult classic and is loved by many.
The usual suspects
Bryan Singer’s The usual suspects will go down in history as one of the most famous twist endings of all time. The story begins with the interrogation of Roger Kint (Keven Spacey), a survivor of a botched robbery. The film is told through a series of flashbacks as we see how a group of criminals led by their mysterious leader, Keyser Soze, were brought together to carry out the heist. We eventually find out that Kint is actually the criminal mastermind Soze and that he created the story by stitching together items he saw in the interrogation room.
Alfred Hitchcock will forever be known as the master of suspense. His classic from 1960 psycho shocked audiences around the world. The film introduced the audience to the psychopathic Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins). When the story begins, we have to believe that Bate’s mother butchers Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) in the infamous shower scene. When her daughter Lila (Vera Miles) investigates her mother’s disappearance, more blood is spilled and we learn that the killer is actually Norman, who has taken on the persona as his mother.
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
The rule of this infamous Star Wars scene will go down as one of the greatest twists in history of all time. Through the intergalactic wars, we learn that Luke Skywalker’s (Mark Hammil) nemesis Darth Vader is actually his father. It’s a scene with depth, emotion and shocked audiences around the world. Star Wars is a global phenomenon that has captivated fans for decades.
The Sixth Sense
M. Night Shyamalan will forever be known as the king of twist endings. His 1999 masterpiece tells the story of a boy named Cole (Haley Joel Osment) who sees dead people and seeks help from psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis). Through an emotional series of eerie events, the audience learns that Crow himself is actually a ghost. The ending shocked audiences around the world and proved Shyamalan’s abilities as a storyteller. The Sixth Sense would be nominated for six Oscars.
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