10 Movies That Couldn't Wait To Spoil The Ending
4. Phone Booth Totally Underestimated Kiefer Sutherland's Popularity
Stu (Colin Farrell) is saved from being shot by the sniper (Kiefer Sutherland) who's been harrassing him the entire movie because the FBI shoots him in the gut with a beanbag bullet first.
As Stu's being treated for his injuries, the cops reveal that the sniper committed suicide, revealing the body of a pizza delivery man Stu had a brief antagonistic interaction with earlier in the film.
But of course, moments later, while Stu is high on morphine, the real sniper approaches him, warning that he'll be seeing him again soon if he doesn't keep himself honest. The man disappears into the crowd, and the film ends.
How It Was Spoiled
As brilliant as Kiefer Sutherland's voice-over performance was in this movie, it's tough not to feel like casting him was a bit of a mistake, if only because his voice is so damn distinctive.
As a result, the pizza guy misdirect feels totally pointless and tacked-on, because with Sutherland enjoying peak popularity at the time with his TV show 24, everyone knew what he sounded like, and so his mere involvement was itself a spoiler.
If that wasn't bad enough, the posters even straight-up featured an image of Sutherland's face from the final scene, further undermining the film's attempted ambiguity regarding the sniper's identity.
It's still a great movie, of course, but one that's not quite as punchy as it could've been with a lesser-known character actor in the antagonist role. Just not Leland Orser, though, obviously.