| 03.21.2018

What a twist


A great plot twist leaves viewers going, “I did not see that coming!” But some movies haven’t perfected the art of the twist. Here are some films with great twists to keep you guessing until the credits roll.

Bradley Burgess

Bradley Burgess

“Lucky Number Slevin”

Josh Hartnett stars as Slevin, who is mistaken for a professional assassin and must carry out a hit for a mob boss. Of course, this isn’t all that’s going on. With an all-star cast, including Morgan Freeman and Bruce Willis, this thriller will leave you breathless.

“The Prestige”

Are you watching closely? Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending thriller about two magicians who attempt to perfect the ultimate magic trick features a twist so shocking you’ll have to see it twice. No, really. On second viewing, the entire film will make perfect sense. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself.


Christopher Nolan returns with one of his most famous films. The main character, Leonard, tries to solve his wife’s murder while dealing with his short-term memory loss. With a complex structure, memorable characters and a shocking twist, this should be on every thriller lover’s list.


Oscar winning director Danny Boyle takes on a dark tale of an art auctioneer who is the only one who knows the location of a missing priceless painting. Criminals want the painting for the money, but a mysterious hypnotist has designs on it for her own ends.


Of course, M. Night Shyamalan had to make an appearance on this list with his divisive thriller about the sole survivor of a devastating train wreck who meets a man who may be the answer to all of his questions. Whether or not you agree with Shyamalan’s later films, this mesmerizing flic with a unique perspective is one to check out.

“Vantage Point”

When the president of the United States is shot at a peace summit, the moments leading up to the assassination are replayed over and over again, each time through a different perspective of a key witness. With each repetition, you get closer to the truth, making this a thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.

“Trust Me”

This film about a struggling Hollywood agent who wants to sign the next big thing may look like a funny comedy, but when you find out what’s really going on, you’ll be talking for days.

Bradley Burgess can be reached at arg-arts@uidaho.edu

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