Random thoughts



The Substream's Film Lab

Home » Random thoughts, Reviews

The most unexpected endings in movies to date

Submitted by on April 21, 2008 – 2:12 pmOne Comment

Unexpected endings in film are without doubt what the whole game is all about. There is nothing more annoying than watching a predictable film. With this then, I present to you my top ten unexpected endings of films. The films that didn’t end the way you expected.

You have to bear in mind, despite watching many films; I haven’t watched all that you have. Please add some suggestions to the mix. Perhaps you can improve on mine. Remember; do NOT click on the spoiler link until you have watched these films. It would be such a shame to spoil a great film for those who haven’t seen it.

10: The Departed.

Okay, I to admit that I can’t stand that overrated fellow named Martin Scorsese. I think most of his films are bland to say the least. Nevertheless, he really did excel in one of his latest offerings. The Departed (albeit very long) is an entertaining watch again and again. However, the immediate and unglamorous deaths of each of the main characters (Matt Damon and Leonardo Di Caprio) are without doubt shocking and completely take you unawares. It is a sort of kick in the nuts really. You watch the film and have your favourites and yet with second (and third etc) viewing you have to accept that this film goes no-where. Only the seemingly arrogant cop survives. Didn’t see that one coming!

9: Saw.

So the Saw series is getting very samey now. It’s a great shame as they started very well (in my opinion) weighing more on the psychological thriller genre than just your average horror series. Nevertheless, most of them have been fairly enjoyable, but none more so than the “dead” man in the middle of the room being the killer after all. This “twist “ admittedly is quite unbelievable due to the fact that the characters in the room must have heard the bugger breathing…surely. Or maybe they were too busy screaming. Either way, you have to admit you didn’t even doubt the dead man was in fact…..DEAD.

8: The Sixth Sense:

Obviously! I am not going to sit here talking about the obvious. If you don’t know what I am on about, then you haven’t seen the film. Watch it!

7: Monty Python: Life of Brian:

This comes down to one line: “always look on the bright side of life” Says it all really.

6: Monty Python and the Holy Grail:

Well, if I’m going to have Life of Brian I should include another Monty Python. You have to admit the police turning up at the end of this very British romp to arrest all the actors is very very unexpected.

5: No Country for Old Men:

Great film all the way through, but Christ….what was the ending about? It is only a little while later when you consider the themes running through the story that you have an inkling why it ended in such a way. Despite this though, a very solid film and one that Javier Bardem should be very proud of.

4: The Italian Job (No, not the remake):

Michael Caine and his band of criminal misfits are in a bit of a dilemma. As a child I always wanted closure to this film, but getting older I have realised that it could end in no other way. The production team wanted a cliff-hanger and they got it…..literally.

3: The Usual Suspects:

Who is Keyser Söze? Did I see it coming? Nope. Absolutely perfectly played by Spacey in what must be one of the best twists in film to date. The last line (which is a repeat of a line spoken earlier) allows those shivers down your back to spring into life. “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that… he is gone.”

2: Snatch:

Well this Brit flick deserves a mention despite the end scene being quick cuts as the American gangster flies back from the U.S. I realise it is played throughout the film. I have never known any other movie to display such a long journey in such a neat, quick and comical way. Guy Ritchie, I salute you.

1: Citizen Kane:

Yep. I know its an easy choice, but the fact is with one word (for those in the know) it epitomises this film. With one word, this film’s shortcomings (and there are a lot of them) are forgotten. With one word, this film becomes ageless. That word is: “Rosebud”

Well, thank you for letting me take you through my top ten (in no particular order) unexpected endings to films. Rest assured, this is not my best “twists” in movies (that is coming in a later post).Don’t get mad. It is just an opinion.


Comments are closed.