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Old 08-20-2015, 05:03 PM
 
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As I recall, the main twist in Crying Game wasn't last-minute or a surprise ending.
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:58 PM
 
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Korean film, "Oldboy". Nothing comes close. One of the most shocking and F up ending.
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Old 08-21-2015, 08:02 PM
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Location: Type 0.7 Kardashev
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I really enjoyed the way Young Joe defeated Old Joe at the end of Looper.

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He kills himself.

Old Joe is a 30-year-older version of himself who has traveled back in time to avenge the death of his wife. He was the intended target, and the murder was commissioned by an organized crime figure who 'went bad' upon seeing his mother murdered.

Old Joe has made contact with the younger version of himself and has tracked down this figure, known as the Rainmaker, 30 years in the past when he is just a boy. A tthe film's climax, the boy's mother puts herself between Old Joe and the boy. Young Joe, looking on from a distance, is armed but too far away to effectively intercede. He knows the older version of himself is about to gun down the mother in order to get at the boy who would become his wife's murderer.

So Young Joe kills himself on the spot. Old Joe thereby ceases to exist. The boy and his mother are saved. And as a result, maybe the boy never 'goes bad'.

A very well-done film, by the way. One of the more thoughtful handlings of the time-travel phenomenon.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iQuhsmtfHw
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Old 08-23-2015, 06:29 AM
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The ending of "Life is Beautiful" - while I always knew it was a possibility - was so suddenly poignant and heart rending after such an ebullient movie. It was really an emotional roller coaster.
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Old 07-16-2017, 10:34 PM
 
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Was reminded of a favorite after introducing it to someone else, for about the fourth time since it came out: one of my favorite "whodunits," because the plot takes *multiple* right-turns and...where does it end up, exactly? Are you sure?

And that is: Identity (2003), with John Cusack, Ray Liotta, and Amanda Peet as only part of an excellent ensemble cast.

Think "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie, as they're picked off one-by-one at an isolated location. Or...? Not even going to hide a spoiler here, needs to be seen all the way through, from first minute to literally last, to completely gel.

Best watched on a dark and (very) stormy night...

Surprised no one mentioned the equally-excellent Gang Related (1997) with Jim Belushi and Tupac Shakur, as another plot that keeps taking right turns through to the last minute. An outstanding crime drama.
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Old Yesterday, 06:11 AM
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This movie had a terrific surprise twist.

The Illusionist (2006) - IMDb

This, Primal Fear, Fight Club...Edward Norton may well be the Master of the Surprise Ending.
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Old Yesterday, 09:54 PM
 
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4 pages in & I can't believe no one has mentioned the original "Carrie", you know when the hand grabs her up from the grave...

I was satisfied with "Life of Pi" & then at the end he elaborates on what really took place, didn't see that coming.
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Old Today, 12:29 PM
 
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"Night of the Living Dead"
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Old Today, 01:10 PM
 
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The Last Seduction
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Old Today, 07:11 PM
 
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The Usual Suspects

Body Heat

No Way Out
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