Jewish World Review June 7, 2013/ 29 Sivan, 5773
This summer features a lot of movies with surprise plot twists
By Barry Koltnow
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It's been 45 years since Charlton Heston rode his horse down the beach on that strange planet and discovered that he actually was ... no, wait, I can't do it. I can't ruin it for someone who hasn't seen the movie.
If you believe that movies are forever, and that new generations continually discover old movies on their own, then there really never is a good time for a "spoiler alert."
They are the two laziest words in entertainment journalism. There is no good excuse for revealing important plot twists in reviews and feature stories under the protective umbrella of a "spoiler alert."
It is a privilege for journalists to get into early screenings of new movies, and it is a betrayal of that privilege to reveal plot twists to unsuspecting readers.
This summer movie season is young, but I am already noticing a growing trend toward surprise plot twists. I'm such a purist that I'm not even going to hint at which upcoming movies include a twist. You're welcome.
Of course, it's no secret that the first big movie of the summer "Iron Man 3" included a huge switcheroo with one of its main characters.
Although the movie has made $1 billion, I cannot assume that it has been seen by everyone who wants to see it, so I won't reveal anything.
But I want to apologize for deceiving you a couple of weeks ago in a story I wrote about "Iron Man 3." I misled you, but it was for a good cause. I did not think it fair to give away the plot twist just because I saw the movie before you. If an inconsiderate coworker or a dorky cousin gave it away, that's out of my control. I did my part I kept the filmmakers' secret.
That doesn't mean that I lie in all my stories it means that I only lie in stories about movies with plot twists. Of course, you won't know I'm lying until after you see the movie.
However, I can state for the record that I am not lying right now. I can't say the same thing for any other stories that might appear in today's newspaper.
If you haven't guessed, I enjoy a great plot twist. In fact, some of my favorite movies of all time were ones that fooled me. I love it when I don't see it coming. I hate nothing more than predictability in the movies.
As a favor to you, I will not discuss plot twists in movies you haven't seen yet. But let's have a little fun and look back on some of the best plot twists in movies. Once again, I will not reveal the actual twist. If you haven't seen all of these movies, and you love to be challenged in a darkened theater, do yourself a favor.
I should note that a plot twist should make sense when you watch the film a second time to make sure the twists and turns were honest and not contrived. A shock ending ("The Departed") is not necessarily a plot twist, and neither is the resolution of a mystery ("Citizen Kane").
Here are our 10 favorite plot twists:
1. "The Sixth Sense" (1999) The kid sees dead people. In case you missed it the first time, the kid sees dead people.
2. "Planet of the Apes" (1968) If you thought that astronauts landing on a planet run by apes is the big plot twist, you're in for a pleasant surprise.
3. "The Usual Suspects" (1995) Kevin Spacey won an Oscar, and nothing is as it seems. Some critics were turned off by this plot twist, but it comes out of nowhere.
4. "Fight Club" (1999) This film also has as many detractors as supporters, but you can't deny the surprise at the bottom of the Crackerjack box. Edward Norton and Brad Pitt star as guys who like to fight.
5. "The Game" (1997) David Fincher directs and Michael Douglas stars in a movie that seems more like an amusement park ride.
6. "The Others" (2001) A ghost story with Nicole Kidman, who plays a mother trying to protect her two children. But something is very wrong.
7. "No Way Out" (1987) Kevin Costner and Sean Young in a sexy spy thriller with a twist out of left field. And this isn't even one of Costner's baseball movies.
8. "Primal Fear" (1996) Edward Norton makes his second appearance on our list, but this was our first look at a bright new talent.
9. "Psycho" (1960) Generations of Normans are still trying to live down this very special relationship between a boy and his mom.
10. "The Crying Game" (1992) This plot twist had people asking the question, "Did I just see what I thought I saw?".
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