Cinema is full of shocking twists and startling revelations, from Darth Vader being Luke’s deadbeat dad to Nicole Kidman being a ghost the whole time.
But over the last few years, it’s undeniable that shocking third act twists have become, and I’m being Frank, a bit garbage.
This is mostly because it’s actually really difficult to pull off a satisfying twist, one that rewards the clever clogs in the audience without being super obvious and not cheating viewers by having it come out of nowhere.
This leaves us in a dull, shock-less, cinematic wasteland where moviegoers either sit there unsurprised by the revelation the bad guy was, in fact, our hero’s mum’s yoga partner the whole time, or they don’t care because the film’s writers forgot to even hint that the hero’s mum liked yoga.
Bizarre ramblings aside though there are plenty of films which manage to surprise people with a clever twist, and the first film I remember leaving me slack-jawed in surprise was M. Night Shyamalan’s spooky masterpiece The Sixth Sense.
In case you’ve not seen it prepare for some 19 years old spoilers, The Sixth Sense tells the story of Cole Sear (see what they did there) a troubled young man who’s been left a social pariah because, and I’m quoting him here, ‘He sees dead people’.