The best breathtaking twists in the cinema

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If done correctly, a twist turns a good script into a great script, turning the work of a writer from smart to genius.

The best plot twists are those that leave viewers completely blinded by its reveal, which makes them want to go back and watch the movie again to try and spot the clues.

Spoiler-free, so you can have some fun, here are some movies with the best twists:

1. “Saw” (2004, available on Hulu)

In “Saw,” oncologist Lawrence Gordon, played by Cary Elwes, fights for his life as he and a stranger attempt to solve the puzzle of serial killer Jigsaw.
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From the vision of director and creator, James Wan, comes the first and best installment in the “Saw” franchise.

Lawrence Gordon, played by Cary Elwes, and Adam Stanheight, played by Leigh Whannell, wake up in a horribly dirty bathroom, chained to pipes on either side of the room. Without a single memory of how they got there and of a dead man lying on the ground between them, the two aliens must reunite and find a way to escape the trap of a serial killer before he not be too late.

2. “The village” (2004, available on Hulu)

Ivy Walker, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, meets one of the creatures that live outside in "The village." Photo courtesy of Touchstone Pictures

Ivy Walker, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, meets one of the creatures that lives outside in “The Village”.
Photo courtesy of Touchstone Pictures

Bryce Dallas Howard and Joaquin Phoenix star as Ivy Walker and Lucius Hunt in one of director M. Night Shyamalan’s greatest films, “The Village.”

It tells the story of a remote 19th century village surrounded by terrifying monsters that keep people isolated within their community. A conflict arises when a villager falls ill and a mission is set up to leave the borders and venture outside to find help.

3. “The Prestige” (2006, available on Hulu)

Hugh Jackman plays Robert Angier, a magician trying to master teleportation, in "Prestige." Photo courtesy of Touchstone Pictures

Hugh Jackman plays Robert Angier, a magician trying to master teleportation, in “The Prestige”.
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With a dynamite cast of Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, David Bowie and Scarlett Johansson, “The Prestige” tells the story of a feud between two magicians in England in the late 1800s.

The rivalry begins when one of them succeeds in achieving the impossible: teleportation. The struggle to be the best magician known to man brings them to the brink of losing everything.

4. “Now You See Me” (2013, available on Hulu)

Jesse Eisenberg stars, Atlas, of the Four Horseman, a group of vigilant magicians, in "Now you see me." Photo courtesy of Summit Entertainment

Jesse Eisenberg stars J. Daniel Atlas of the Four Horseman, a group of vigilant magicians, in “Now You See Me”.
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While on the subject of magician mystery films, “Now You See Me” is a very entertaining crime thriller.

An anonymous leader brings together four magicians, led by illusionist J. Daniel Atlas, played by Jesse Eisenburg, to form the ultimate team, the Four Horsemen. Their mission is to steal money from the rich and corrupt and redistribute it to those in need. Their obstacle, FBI agent Dylan Rhodes, played by Mark Ruffalo, is right behind them, watching their every move.

5. “The Others” (2001, available on Amazon Prime Video)

Nicole Kidman) and her two children, Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley), begin to experience the supernatural in their new home. Photo courtesy of Cruise/Wagner Productions” data-rl_caption=”Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman) and her two children, Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley), begin to experience the supernatural in their new home. Photo courtesy of Cruise/Wagner Productions” title=”Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman) and her two children, Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley), begin to experience the supernatural in their new home. Photo courtesy of Cruise/Wagner Productions”>Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman) and her two children, Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley), begin to experience the supernatural in their new home.  Photo courtesy of Cruise / Wagner Productions

Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman) and her two children, Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley), begin to experience the supernatural in their new home.
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Nicole Kidman stars as Grace Stewart, a mother who cares for her children as she longs for her husband who died in the midst of World War II. As Grace watches over Anne, played by Alakina Mann, and Nicholas, played by James Bentley, who suffer from a rare condition that prevents them from being exposed to the sun, they begin to experience paranormal activities in their new home.

The much-loved film by director Alejandro Amenábar is based on the adaptation of “The Turn of the Screw”, an 1898 horror short story by Henry James.

6. “The shutter island” (2010, available on Netflix)

Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) investigate the disappearance of a murderer from a hospital for insane criminals in "The shutter island." Photo courtesy of Phoenix Pictures

Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) investigate the disappearance of a murderer from a hospital for insane criminals on “Shutter Island”.
Photo courtesy of Phoenix Pictures

Martin Scorsese is known to have directed “The Wolf of Wall Street”, the famous film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, but the couple brings something very different in “Shutter Island.”

This very dark thriller, set in the 1950s, stars DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo as US Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner Chuck Aule, respectively. They went to Ashecliffe Hospital on Shutter Island to investigate the disappearance of a woman guilty of drowning her three children.

7. “American Psycho” (2000, available on Hulu)

Christian Bale plays horrific serial killer and investment banker Patrick Batemen in "American psycho." Photo courtesy of Lions Gate Films

Christian Bale plays horrific serial killer and investment banker Patrick Bateman in “American Psycho”.
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Located in the 1980s,American Psycho “follows a charming all-American investment banker, Patrick Bateman, played by Christian Bale. Unbeknownst to those around him, he’s a raging monster who leads a double life as a serial killer.

Bale’s film is considered a cult classic and has received high praise on websites from film reviewers such as Rotten Tomatoes, who says: “American Psycho always finds its own mix of horror and humor, in part thanks to a perfectly chilling performance.”

Prepare to experience confusion, disarray, and maximum entertainment at the same time while enjoying these movies.


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