10 Most Ridiculously Unearned Movie Twists Of All Time

Rubbish rug tugs...

Warner Bros.

A perfectly executed plot twist can elevate a movie onto a whole other level. It can turn a movie on its head (Memento, Mulholland Drive), gleefully change what you thought you knew (The Usual Suspects, Gone Baby, Gone), leave you absolutely reeling (Primal Fear, Old Boy) and, when you get an absolute doozy, turn a film into something that becomes truly iconic (The Sixth Sense, The Empire Strikes Back). These are the unforgettable moments in cinema.

On the flipside, a dire narrative maneuver can unwind a lot of good work; with a naff film, a crap twist is usually the icing on the cake. When you have a good film, though, a mistimed reveal can be an absolute heart breaker, a waste of time invested that makes you wonder why you bothered.

It's now time to expose those films that have bent our noodles for all the wrong reasons. The preceding entries on this list really are the worst of the worst, a collection of moments that had the intention to wow us, but fell wide of the mark. Because, what you need to remember is, for every Tyler Durden being unmasked, there is a monked up Ewan McGregor jumping out of a helicopter, pulling the rug out from under you and sending you ass first onto a hardwood floor. Ouch.

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Shaun is a former contributor for a number of Future Publishing titles and more recently worked as a staffer at Imagine Publishing. He can now be found banking in the daytime and writing a variety of articles for What Culture, namely around his favourite topics of film, retro gaming, music, TV and, when he's feeling clever, literature.