Spoiler alert: This article is filled with spoilers and might ruin the endings of films you have yet to watch, so proceed with caution.
People love watching films, and for good reason. Movies allow us to escape our own realities and our day-to-day problems, as we turn our focus to other people’s stories. For a couple of hours, we can sit in the theater or at home and not have a care in the world, besides the adventures of the characters on our screens.
Getting sucked into a whole other reality is fun, but it’s even more fun when movies manage to outsmart us as viewers. When a film has a huge twist or a surprising ending, it can change the whole premise of the movie. This makes us stop in our tracks and rethink the entirety of what we just saw. Sometimes we even need to watch it again just to figure out what happened! And we love these movies, because as viewers we like to be challenged.
Some of the best films in history had surprising twists to the plot, and they’re still talked about to this very day. How many references have you heard of Darth Vader telling Luke he’s actually his father? Or about that time we found out Bruce Willis was a ghost at the end of The Sixth Sense? These films made us stare blankly at the screen and ask ourselves what just happened, and we love them for it. Keep reading to see which brilliant plot twists kept us on our toes and made our jaws drop.
[post_page_title]Gone Girl (2014)[/post_page_title]
The mystery drama, based on a Gillian Flynn novel, begin with the search for Amy (Rosamund Pike) who’s gone missing. Like in many of these cases, the suspicion falls on her husband, Nick (Ben Affleck). Viewers were so busy trying to figure out whether he had killed his wife or not, they were completely blindsided by the big plot twist coming. We were left in awe to find out Amy had actually staged her own kidnapping to take revenge on her husband. And not only that, but she then came back and inseminated herself with his baby so Nick will be forced to stay with her. That’s cold – and also very unexpected.