Ollie's 10...Best Plot Twists

These flicks twist your melon in the juiciest way possible. There's nothing like having your predictions blown out of the water, but being left smiling. No-one likes a predictable film and these are no such thing. Rated in order of how twistily the twist twists.
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Inglourious Basterds (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)
“ They killed Hitler? I didn't see that one coming. The whole way though this film I was thinking, "Well they certainly can't kill Hitler so how can this end?". When Donowitz and Ulmer did start unloading their guns into the Fuhrer's face I was at first objectionable, but then reasoned with myself to agree, "Why the hell not? Screw him!". Well done Quentin, truly the greatest historical inacuracy of all time. ” - Ollie Martin
Shutter Island (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A U.S Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. (138 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ This is one of the best films to watch twice. So many hints towards the twist are missed on the first watch. If you do get a chance to watch it a second time, keep your eyes on Chuck, he has no idea how to remove a gun holster, he's obviously not a real cop, but we know that now hu? ” - Ollie Martin
Fight Club (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a alter-ego devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more... (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ I can only assume this was a great twist. I have a tool of a friend who tries to ruin films for me by telling me the twists. This film gets a valiant 3rd spot for being one of the best films ever made (in my opinion). If you haven't seen it in a while, give it another watch and tell me a scene that's either unnecassary, boring or poorly acted; there aren't any are there? ” - Ollie Martin
Dark City (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun. (100 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
“ This film is so arty. It's homage to the Jean-Pierre Jeunet steam-punk thing is great and we're left wondering what the hell is going on the whole way through. When they eventually drop the bomb that the city is an alien experiment that is flying through space audiences can be understandably divided. Personally it was a great twist, which for some reason reminded me of Time Bandits (1981) ” - Ollie Martin
The Usual Suspects (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup. (106 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ The genius of this film's twist is augmented by the way the story was delivered. filling in the little details by stealing names and places off posters and other items in the interview room was such a classy way to stick a middle finger up at Agent Kujan. I love a film where the bad-guy wins and this is one of the best. "And like that, he's gone" ” - Ollie Martin
The Machinist (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity. (101 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
“ This film proved how committed to acting Christian Bale actually is. We spend the whole film trying to understand, not only why he can't sleep or why he's losing weight, but also what the actual story is. It's a difficult question to keep in an audiences' minds for a full film without them getting bored, but the final explanation is a real relief, not because it's good or joyful, but because we've been craving it for 90 minutes like crack addicts needing a hit. Despite this dark and dismal storyline it's delivery makes it a masterpiece. ” - Ollie Martin
Memento (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A man creates a strange system to help him remember things; so he can hunt for the murderer of his wife without his short-term memory loss being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
“ Every time we see the previous chunk of Leonard's memory, we're given a twist in the story line. Impressively they get better each time and similarly to The Machinist (2004) we're kept watching until we get a full explanation at the end. Sometimes I wonder if the end truly justifies the means: a man who is constantly used to continue hunting a non-existant murder, who even lies to himself to give him purpose, but it's put together so ingeniously that you just can't help but love it. ” - Ollie Martin
The Prestige (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion. (130 mins.)
“ Bordering on fantasy, this film pits traditional slight-of-hand against "technology sufficiently advanced it is indistinguishable from magic". The film is centered around who killed a particular character and the development of events leading up to their murder, but even after this story line is resolved we're given another twist regarding the storyline of the apparent murder...following? The twists-within-twists of this film give it a place on the top 10, if it weren't for this well-delivered complexity I don't think it would make a top 10 list anywhere. ” - Ollie Martin
Inside Man (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation. (129 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ This film would have been a perfectly well made bank job movie, but it cleverly weaves a sub-plot around the main story that asks, "but how did they get away?". The answer is gently revealed and leaves no final questions, I always think it's nice to get closure. ” - Ollie Martin
Following (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing. (69 mins.)
“ I don't think it's any coincidence that Christopher Nolan has 3 films in this list, even though I wasn't thinking of him when choosing them. The guy loves a complex plot with a twist. If you haven't seen Following, don't expect a high budget. Frankly, don't expect colour! But the storyline is good enough to be remade into a blockbuster. A young man is shown a thrilling lifestyle of breaking and entering, but is he becoming a partner in crime or a frameable sucker? Yup, sucker! ” - Ollie Martin