The audience is kept guessing throughout a solid thriller film. However, it can be tough to execute a well-crafted film that is both logical and avoids giving away the main reveal too soon. Here are a few movie plot twists that moviegoers spotted coming a mile away:
1. The Irishman
Another true-crime film, The Irishman has no qualms about coming to its own judgments about who the culprit is. The mafia film follows Frank, a low-level gangster played by Robert De Niro, who befriends American labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, played by Al Pacino. The plot twists are not in whether or not Hoffa will be killed, but rather how he will die. Despite their friendship and the lack of historical proof, it is clear early on that Frank will ultimately be the one to pull the shot.
2. Justice League
Nearly everyone expected Superman to make a comeback in Justice League. Henry Cavill’s return was a foregone conclusion, and he was prominently featured in the trailers. The only uncertainty was whether he would be good or evil when he returned. It was evident from the start of the film, with Mother Boxes as the focus, how the team would bring him back. He fought the team for a few minutes after being restored, then returned to his heroic Superman form. Not only did his death in Batman vs Superman seem senseless, but the scenario was also unsurprising.
3. The Woman In The Window
The Woman in the Window, a popular Netflix thriller offers an all-star cast of superb actors, the majority of whom are squandered on a bland narrative. Adams portrays an agoraphobic lady who believes she sees her neighbor murdered, only to have her sanity thrown into doubt. While the idea of whether or not this troubled woman dreamt it all is raised, the film never truly explores that possibility, and it’s clear there are plot twists in the works. The fact that they cast a 20-year-old actor to play the adolescent neighbor also further adds to the suspicion that he is the murderer.
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
From the minute we meet Nick Fury, he is portrayed as the ideal spy who is always aware of everything. When the Winter Soldier attacks Nick Fury, it is one of the first moments we see him. Later, he is shot and killed by the Winter Soldier as he tries to inform Steve about how S.H.I.E.L.D. has been compromised. However, even after we witness his heart stop, no one in the audience believes Nick Fury is dead. It’s nice to have the crew back together when the big plot twists happen and he’s alive, but it’s not surprising.
5. Red Dragon
The precursor Red Dragon, albeit not as renowned as The Silence of the Lambs, is a very engaging thriller starring Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter. Along with Hopkins, Edward Norton portrays Will Graham, an FBI agent tasked with tracking down Dolarhyde, a dangerous serial murderer. Dolarhyde appears to suicide after setting fire to his residence in the final scene. But it doesn’t take much to figure out what’s coming when the primary villain dies off-screen with no proof. Dolarhyde does live, and before being killed for real, he tries to kill Will.