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I was at a screening of FATE OF THE FURIOUS and there was a scene where a plot twist was about to happen. A girl next to me said aloud "It's where they Are!", and it happened just as she said.

 

Has there been a time where you guessed exactly the dialogue that a character was going to say? Or how the next scene was going to happen?

post #2 of 57

In Revenge of the Sith, I totally saw Anakin Skywalker's turn to the Dark Side coming.

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In The Secret Window when the film starts with Depp finding his wife cheating on him I looked at my friend Quincy and said "it's him.. He is imagining everything, can we leave?"

96 minutes later I had my suspicions confirmed and my life cut shorter by watching that terrible film.
post #4 of 57
I guessed the Sixth Sense twist just from everyone going on and on and on and on saying there was a big astounding twist, mixed with knowing that the movie starts with Bruno getting shot and then meeting a kid who can see dead people. And yes, I am amazing, but in this case I don't reckon it required much to figure out. I mean, once you know those three things (which were all mentioned in many reviews also) what is the twist more likely to be than what it is?

On the other hand I didn't see the GOTG 2 twist coming until waaaaaay late, so how amazing am I really?
post #5 of 57
I'm incredibly accurate in guessing which character(s) is/are going to die. Usually the plot is predictable enough that it's pretty easy, but sometimes i get a gut feeling on movies that aren't following the standard roadmaps and I'm correct pretty often.
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I guessed the Sixth Sense twist just from everyone going on and on and on and on saying there was a big astounding twist, mixed with knowing that the movie starts with Bruno getting shot and then meeting a kid who can see dead people. And yes, I am amazing, but in this case I don't reckon it required much to figure out. I mean, once you know those three things (which were all mentioned in many reviews also) what is the twist more likely to be than what it is?

On the other hand I didn't see the GOTG 2 twist coming until waaaaaay late, so how amazing am I really?

I actually spent the majority of the runtime thinking Haley Joel Osment was the ghost and that the twist was Bruce Willis's near-death experience had allowed him to see dead people. Little did 15-year-old Bart know, and I was genuinely surprised.

 

Not to brag either, but there's a moment in True Detective where younger Cohle has a brief conversation with a random person, and I just knew that random person would be important. I won't say who so as not to spoil, but it was too prominent of a moment for said person to just be an extra. 

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Not to brag either, but there's a moment in True Detective where younger Cohle has a brief conversation with a random person, and I just knew that random person would be important. I won't say who so as not to spoil, but it was too prominent of a moment for said person to just be an extra. 

I love this. It's a good example of how universal some tropes really are; a young person internalizing an idea like Chekhov's Gun long before you ever heard that term for it. Young you knew when he was seeing a set-up that will have a payoff later, because young you had seen enough movies do this trick before.

It brings back a memory. I saw "Eraser," a relatively minor and forgettable Schwarzenegger picture, in the theater when it first came out, because I was living in a small town at the time and whatever movie was playing on the one screen was whatever I was watching that week. Haven't seen the movie since, haven't even thought about it in years, but I can still remember the camera panning across a tank full of crocodiles at the beginning of a scene and me thinking, "I'll just bet some mofo gets eaten by a crocodile before this scene is over." Sure enough. Obvious enough in hindsight, but Internet access in every house wasn't a thing back then, let alone TVTropes.com.
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It brings back a memory. I saw "Eraser," a relatively minor and forgettable Schwarzenegger picture, in the theater when it first came out, because I was living in a small town at the time and whatever movie was playing on the one screen was whatever I was watching that week. Haven't seen the movie since, haven't even thought about it in years, but I can still remember the camera panning across a tank full of crocodiles at the beginning of a scene and me thinking, "I'll just bet some mofo gets eaten by a crocodile before this scene is over." Sure enough. Obvious enough in hindsight, but Internet access in every house wasn't a thing back then, let alone TVTropes.com.

 

There's a scene in A PERFECT MURDER where a servant/cook deliberately places a meat thermometer down.  I remember going 'somebody's gonna get stabbed with that shortly.  Sure enough...

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Yeah, just in terms of set up, reminder and payoff, if you know to look for them it's kind of unavoidable. Otherwise it's bad filmmaking if something prominent shows up out of nowhere.

 

For instance, in Halloween II Dr. Loomis uses a zippo lighter to light several people's cigarettes. It feels like it happens three times across the movie! And then he uses it at the end to blow him and Michael up. Now just knowing how movies work, it would be very, very random to have Loomis light so many cigarettes (when he's not a smoker) if the lighter wasn't going to pay off.

 

Although I still wish he had used that pack of matches from the Rabbit in Red lounge seen in the first movie...

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Basic Insinct. The killer is wearing such an obvious blond wig that when, pretty much the only, non blonde femal cast member showed up I knew it was her.
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"Just Like Heaven." My gf at the time wanted to see this incredibly forgettable Reese Witherspoon rom-com/haunted house movie. About halfway through, I whispered to her, "Reese Witherspoon's not really dead, just in a coma." Sure enough, I was right.

I believe that former gf is now married and has a kid, whilst I remain #ForeverAlone.
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Yeah, just in terms of set up, reminder and payoff, if you know to look for them it's kind of unavoidable. Otherwise it's bad filmmaking if something prominent shows up out of nowhere.

My favorite example of this is from Peter Jackson's BRAINDEAD, where in the beginning there's a completely left-field awesome shot of the main character driving over the camera with a lawnmower. And in the end we see, for nearly 15 minutes, what those blades are really good for.
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I tumbled to the end of "The Sixth Sense" maybe a couple minutes before the reveal. I just thought there had to be something more to the story, which seemed kind of thin.

I saw the twist in "The Crying Game" pretty early on. I think it was Jaye Davidson's wrists that tipped me off.

And I saw that movie before there was buzz about there being a "secret" at all. I headed in expecting just an IRA thriller with Miranda Richardson, who I had a crush on. So it was still pretty surprising that the story took the turn it did.
post #14 of 57
Shutter Island. The first 60 seconds on the boat, I turned to my girlfriend and said "Bet he's a patient."
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Shutter Island seemed to me like Scorsese took a bet that he could find the lamest most cliched script imaginable and make something slick out of it. Because otherwise that movie is one strange banal anomaly in his filmography. But it looks great and is obviously made by an expert..
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Shutter Island. The first 60 seconds on the boat, I turned to my girlfriend and said "Bet he's a patient."

 

How did you figure that?

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How did you figure that?

I've not seen it since, but I remember there being something so obviously staged and heavy-handed about the boat scene and the conversation they have that they were trying too hard to give you enough info but at the same time be really nonchalant about the whole thing. Just honestly seemed so obvious.

And then I sat there for the next two hours just watching it play out in (from what I recall) a really plodding and boring manner, until Twist!!!! Ah-ha!!! Didn't see that coming did you??

Um, yeah. About 60 seconds in.
post #18 of 57
The freakiest thing about it is Elias Koteas dead-on playing DeNiro's Frankenstein monster..
post #19 of 57
It's a fair bet, when you have a mystery set inside a nuthouse, that the hero turns out to have been a patient, or will be by the end ("Shock Corridor"; "Come and Go Mad"). I was about halfway through Lehane's novel when I figured that to be the case-- don't know if I would've after 60 seconds of movie, though... Still, I liked "Shutter Island" better than most did. Lots of old-school horror atmosphere.

Oh, another Shamaylan: friend of mine saw "The Village" the day of release, and I declined to go. After I said "Lemme guess, they're not really in the past."
"Nope."
"Well, there you go. Didn't need to see it." Still haven't.
post #20 of 57
I almost guessed the first Saw. Because the gun that the "guy" laying on the floor had "killed" himself with had not one spent shell in it. So I figured that the scene was staged....but I don't recall expecting him to stand up..
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I guessed who Keyser Soze was within the first ten minutes.  Still loved the movie as it wasn't dependent on that twist.  

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Session 9 - Pretty sure I remember having Guilfoyle pegged as the murderous loony, but there was plenty of other supernatural shit going on it was difficult to be sure.

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I guessed who Keyser Soze was within the first ten minutes.  Still loved the movie as it wasn't dependent on that twist.  

When I watched it with my dad at home, he figured it out (or, at least, that Verbal was not what he seemed) in an early scene, because Spacey is smoking his cigarette underhanded, like a European. I did not catch that.
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In The Secret Window when the film starts with Depp finding his wife cheating on him I looked at my friend Quincy and said "it's him.. He is imagining everything, can we leave?"

96 minutes later I had my suspicions confirmed and my life cut shorter by watching that terrible film.

You stole muh storeah!!!
post #25 of 57
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Not to brag either, but there's a moment in True Detective where younger Cohle has a brief conversation with a random person, and I just knew that random person would be important. I won't say who so as not to spoil, but it was too prominent of a moment for said person to just be an extra. 

 

My most recent offshoot of this spoiler-via-casting was with Shameless.  I was going through it recently, and somewhere in season 5, Lip walks into a class taught by a woman whose casting description was clearly "female, 40-ish, sexy" and I immediately thought "I wonder how many episodes until Lip wakes up to this woman blowing him."  Turns out it was her very next scene, where she was having him go down on her in her office.  Sometimes a show, or genre, just tips you to its habits to an extent that you can spot the move as soon as the piece hits the board.

 

One show that used this against us was The Shield.  I recall a couple times in the later seasons where attractive actresses of a certain age were introduced and a bunch of us were going "oh, it's just a matter of time until Vic is sleeping with her."  And then they went different directions.

post #26 of 57
Dexter was the King of this..
post #27 of 57
I guessed that Vic Mackey was a dirty cop during the first episode of The Shield.
post #28 of 57
Two recent horror films, Goodnight Mommy and Raw. The former relies more heavily on its twist which is why it was easy to immediately spot it within the first five minutes. The latter film is more about slow reveals, but it's still rather easy to put together exactly what's going on. I struggled to give a fuck about anything after those first five minutes of Goodnight Mommy, but Raw didn't suffer too badly from my beating it to the punch.
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Elementary may not be the only CBS procedural where the best-known guest star is invariably the culprit, but it's the only one I watch.

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In The Secret Window when the film starts with Depp finding his wife cheating on him I looked at my friend Quincy and said "it's him.. He is imagining everything, can we leave?"

96 minutes later I had my suspicions confirmed and my life cut shorter by watching that terrible film.

 

I spent the whole time thinking, "For the love of God, don't let that be the twist. It's so fucking lazy."

 

Needed to say, I was pissed off having wasted my time when it was over.

 

Also a buddy of mine and I sat through Transformers on opening night and when Megan Fox talks about fixing cars with her dad, I immediately whispered, "And he's totally not in jail!" 20 minutes later, it's revealed her dad is in jail, and the audience was shocked. Save for us two.

post #31 of 57
It's not the twist of the movie, but can I add a collective rriiiiiggght for Avatar when Uhura says that no one has ever managed to tame and fly the alpha flying lizard thing?
post #32 of 57
Thread Starter 

"Every fine evening, I'd sit there and order a Fernet Branca. I had this fantasy, that I would look across the tables and I'd see you there, with a wife and maybe a couple of kids. You wouldn't say anything to me, nor me to you."

 

Fess up. Who here actually thought Bruce was dead?

post #33 of 57

hehehe what an awful scene

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Reminds me when I was watching THE DARK KNIGHT with a buddy, and how he was convinced that at the end Batman would kill Joker with a ruby the size of a tangerine. Missed opportunity there.

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Jurassic World: I guessed the Big Godzilla fish in the trailer would jump out of the water onto 'some rocks' and eat the Indominus Rex. Swap rocks for perimeter fence and I was bang on.

 

On the other side of the coin, I didn't see the twist in The Village coming... but to be fair I thought M Night was 'above' taking such a cheap route at the time...

post #36 of 57
The Village was at least savvy enough to plant a mini-twist (that the monsters are the village elders in costume) before the final, big one.  That helps to keep the audience eye's off the ball when they were already primed to look for the illusion.  Which also, color me unimpressed by anyone who was able to "call" the ending of The Sixth Sense after hearing that there was a twist ending.  Knowing that is going to prime you to notice things an opening-night audience would not.
post #37 of 57
I just remember The Village feeling interminably long. And them sending the blind girl was just a TOTAL dead giveaway that either the village is full of complete cowards (well....the ones not in the know certainly were) or the people that sent her knew there was no real danger and that there was something she was supposed to not see. That one just felt over the top obvious. I haven't seen it since the theater..
post #38 of 57
I had the twist spoiled the weekend it came out by a kid I hardly even liked to begin with.

He just kept blabbing about it and I finally said "no it's cool, everyone here saw it..." after he realized he fucked up I told him "it's just M. Night, who expects a twist anyway?".

So, essentially, Signs was the last M. Night movie I ever saw.

Am excited to watch Split however.
post #39 of 57
I had the ending to Gladiator spoiled like 15 minutes before driving to the theater. And I was SUPER pissed because I was SO psyched at the time for it and had avoided all reviews and everything because I wanted to know as little as possible. It wasn't like I thought it would have a twist or anything...it was just that it was a film where I got the distinct impression that anyone could be dead by the end of it. So my buddy and I were walking around in an On Cue store (anybody remember THOSE??) killing time until the show started and we were literally walking past the counter to leave and go buy our tickets when this asshole says to his friend "yeah, Gladiator's pretty good but Maximus dies at the end." I really wanted to do or say something irrational but I decided that making a scene over THAT would just be dumb. Really WAS super pissed though..
post #40 of 57

Didn't everybody guess the Village twist pretty much immediately after the first trailer dropped?

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I had the ending to Gladiator spoiled like 15 minutes before driving to the theater. And I was SUPER pissed because I was SO psyched at the time for it and had avoided all reviews and everything because I wanted to know as little as possible. It wasn't like I thought it would have a twist or anything...it was just that it was a film where I got the distinct impression that anyone could be dead by the end of it. So my buddy and I were walking around in an On Cue store (anybody remember THOSE??) killing time until the show started and we were literally walking past the counter to leave and go buy our tickets when this asshole says to his friend "yeah, Gladiator's pretty good but Maximus dies at the end." I really wanted to do or say something irrational but I decided that making a scene over THAT would just be dumb. Really WAS super pissed though..

 

That reminds me of waiting in line to see some movie (I forget which) when UNDER THE CHERRY MOON let out.  One guy leaving the theater told everyone who was waiting for the next showing 'Prince dies at the end'.  People were PISSED.

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I guessed the Sixth Sense twist just from everyone going on and on and on and on saying there was a big astounding twist, mixed with knowing that the movie starts with Bruno getting shot and then meeting a kid who can see dead people. And yes, I am amazing, but in this case I don't reckon it required much to figure out. I mean, once you know those three things (which were all mentioned in many reviews also) what is the twist more likely to be than what it is?

Maybe it was because I didn't see it until the end of its run in theaters, but after the opening scene I remember thinking "Hm, I wonder how Bruce Willis' ghost will help Haley Joel Osment, and what the crazy twist is going to be!"

 

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Shutter Island seemed to me like Scorsese took a bet that he could find the lamest most cliched script imaginable and make something slick out of it. Because otherwise that movie is one strange banal anomaly in his filmography. But it looks great and is obviously made by an expert..

The twist is silly (it's never good when charts have to be introduced), but I loved that movie on my 2nd and 3rd viewings. The way everyone is clearly trying to gingerly deal with Leo's character is almost funny, and once you realize that Ruffalo is spending his time looking at Leo with pity, it's a much sadder film, much better as a tragedy than a spooky ghost story.

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Didn't everybody guess the Village twist pretty much immediately after the first trailer dropped?

 

Probably. Once that became Shamaylan's "thing", that stuff was pretty obvious... But, just in general, there are only so many ways a story can go, so I'm rarely surprised by anything*-- which is why I've never been especially spoiler-phobic.

 

Only time I remember being upset that something was blown for me, is when a friend told me that Steven Segal got killed early in "Executive Decision". That bugged me, because I think it would've been extra hilarious to see him get sucked out of that plane if I didn't know it was coming.

 

*One movie that caught me completely flat footed for some reason? "Malice".

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Double post. Shit's glitchy today.

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I don't think anything's blindsided me like the introduction of Alpha on Dollhouse.

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That reminds me of waiting in line to see some movie (I forget which) when UNDER THE CHERRY MOON let out.  One guy leaving the theater told everyone who was waiting for the next showing 'Prince dies at the end'.  People were PISSED.

So anyway, it's 1986 and Brad just got out a theater playing Under the Cherry Moon...
post #47 of 57
Holy shit, "Under the Cherry Moon" was the co-recipient of the Worst Picture Razzie award along with "Howard the Duck."
post #48 of 57

heh, I read UNDER THE CHERRY MOON as

 

TWO MOON JUNCTION

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"Two Moon Junction" is about Soleil Moon Frye and Moon Bloodgood teaming up to fight crime.
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I'll watch that!

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