A plot twist can really make or break a movie – do it right and it can be exceptionally rewarding to watch over and over again, but do it wrong and it can derail the whole thing.
Generally it’s better that there’s a plot twist in service to the story or characters, rather than having to reverse-engineer around an oh-so-smart original that the author came up with first.
And so it’s hardly surprising that so many movie twists are either embarrassingly predictable—media-savvy as we all are these days—or simply poorly executed.
But before you ask about it — no, Malignant’s mind-melting plot twist won’t be here, because it’s the best and most interesting part of an otherwise bad movie so far.
These 10 plot twists, however, all drag their respective films down through their laziness, lack of imagination, and their lame, disjointed execution.
With stronger writing and direction they probably could have worked, but as it stands, these rugs don’t make nearly as much impact as the filmmakers had clearly intended.
If you were paying more attention, you might have seen a good number of twists coming from a mile away…
In fairness, The Hitman’s wife’s bodyguard’s initial revelation that Michael Bryce’s (Ryan Reynolds) stepfather is being played by none other than Morgan Freeman is pretty hilarious, after which the film goes on to take this gag. extends and extends it beyond the snapping point.
Bryce Sr. (Freeman), a legendary bodyguard in his own right, later reappears to reveal to his stepson that he is actually working with the villainous Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Papadopoulos (Antonio Banderas).
When Bryce confronts Aristotle at the end of the film, he also faces off against Senior, who continues his work and protects Aristotle, leading to a fight between father and son.
Although Senior easily gives Bryce the best, Bryce is eventually able to overcome his father by stabbing him in the neck with a pocket knife.
Morgan Freeman’s becoming Ryan Reynolds’s (non-biological) father made for a fun cameo, but making him a secondary villain was a step too far to derail the joke. It was the definition of a sidekick character beyond his welcome in service of a lousy plot twist.