10 Mediocre Movies Made Awesome By Their Twist

Ender's Game went from drab to fab in no time.

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Warner Bros.

We all love a good plot twist. From The Sixth Sense's amazing reveal of a perpetually dead Bruce Willis to The Usual Suspects's final incredulous villain, cinema is appreciated best when it makes you double take so hard that you're left picking your jaw up off the floor in the aftermath.

What these two movies in particular have in common though, as it should be noted, is that they're fantastic films regardless of whether a category five twister comes bounding in or not - but not every film has the pleasure of such solid conception.

There's plenty of plain old average movies out there that get by just fine as the humble ready salted crisps of the film world. Getting a good plot twist in one of these mediocre movies is perhaps even better then, since they catapult them to new, lofty heights in the process, transforming your average Joe into a technicolour Joseph in no time with one big shake up that turns the narrative on its head.

It's not often that one convention can save a whole movie, but these are the exceptions to expectation that are worth the watch. And of course, there's going to be some spoilers. Don't say I didn't warn you.

10. Book Of Eli - The Blind Leading The Blind

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Summit Entertainment

When the last copy of a book becomes a coveted prize for literature nerds and raging tyrants alike, one man intends to protect it at all costs. Eli travels across the deserts of Earth after the apocalypse has struck, being instructed by a divine force to head west to safety whilst carrying the final written copy of the Bible - intending to give it to those that would do good.

Of course, it's not quite that easy, as along the way he's hounded by a man that wants it for power over the meagre townships that have been rebuilt in the wake of nuclear war, Carnegie.

Whilst Eli makes it to the promised land, Carnegie manages to steal his Bible copy - only to find out it's written in braille, and Eli is a blind man that has been seemingly supernaturally protected as he endeavours on his journey. Considering he's been drop kicking the sh*t out of any and everyone that gets in his way, it's a particularly impressive feat - and a surprise that lends itself to seeing all the sound-cues and clues to his condition along the course of his journey.

Without this gratifying moment at the end, The Book of Eli wouldn't be half the movie it is.

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