13 Brilliant Plot Twists That Couldn't Quite Save Terrible Movies

So close, yet so far away from redemption.

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If used properly, a great plot twist can be utterly transformative, and it can get to the point where it overshadows everything else that came before it. Even in a poor film, a good twist can sometimes distract from all of the plot holes and boring characters that had preceded it. But sometimes, a good plot twist isn’t enough.

Even when a twist is glorious - whether clever or delightfully revelatory - some movies are just so bad that there's no redeeming them.

But that’s to say nothing of the twists themselves, however. Whether revealing the true villain, explaining the insane premise, or reshaping how we understand the story, all of these twists were still utterly mind-blowing. When taken on their own merits, these twists are quite wonderful, but when taken with the entire film, they just weren’t quite enough to rescue their entire movies.

Even in their awfulness, though, the twists here offered glimpses of what might have been, highlighting great ideas that could have turned terrible movies into something less difficult to watch. In some cases, making awful films great. But because nobody really paid attention, they now just look like missed opportunities and strange footnotes in entirely forgettable films.


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