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It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.
written by Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly
based on characters created by Michael Crichton
Rotten Tomatoes: 54%
After Credits Scene? Yes
Lots of movies these days, especially thrillers and horrors, try to pull off a twist ending. It has become pretty overused, and it often isn't satisfying. The twist is either cliche and predictable, or, once you really start thinking about, you realize that hundreds of variables could have thwarted the whole thing, or that some plot elements simply aren't explained. Plenty of threads about the worst and/or least believable twist endings have been posted already.
However, there's gotta be some plot twist that really make sense within the limits and rules of the movie (or are even realistic), and don't leave much plot holes. Some non-contrived, sensical plot twists. What are those?
First of, I think that the twist at the end of "Frailty" worked pretty well and made lots of sense (within the movie's universe, of course). "Frailty" actually had like three twist endings (that Fenton is actually Adam, that Fenton lured the FBI agent to an isolated location in order to kill him, and that demons are actually real), and they all worked pretty well, which is quite remarkable. All of the flashbacks were the events that featured Fenton and Adam together, so Adam would have no trouble telling the whole story while pretending to be Fenton, telling it from his POV. Also, in the first act, the FBI agent is about to shake hands with Adam (who is posing as Fenton), but Adam pulls away. That also makes sense later on. In the end, the fact that nobody can remember what the guy who talked to agent Doyle (Adam Meeks) and led him away looked like, and that all security footages are blurry so Adam's face can't be seen, not to mention agent Hull not recognizing Adam, reveals the final, "main" twist; father Meeks was right all along, the demons are real, and the God has chosen the Meeks family to fight against them. It also explains how are they able to get away with all those murders: God is protecting them, they are his soldiers.
The twist at the end of "Jacob's Ladder" also makes sense and works pretty well. All of the bizarre, creepy stuff happening is explained by Jacob Singer's mind and senses going wild while he is dying and struggling to stay alive. That twist is a bit obvious though, since two different people (a fortune teller and a "monster-surgeon") flat out tell Jacob that he is dead earlier in the movie. [Well, he was actually dying the whole time, not being dead all along, but still.] However, the "sub-twist" (that Jacob's fellow soldiers were drugged and ended up turning against each other) is a bit more subtle, and it also works really, well if you pay enough attention to the opening scene. It is kind of hard to notice at first, due to all the commotion, but it eventually becomes clear that there are no enemy soldiers there; just American soldiers going wild and shooting all over the place... and at each other. It also ties in with the "main" twist pretty well: the effect of the drug would make Jacob's dying experience all the more vivid, psychedelic and frightening.
The twist ending of "Psycho" also works pretty well. It makes sense given all the clues provided beforehand, and doesn't leave much plot holes. We never actually saw "the mother" before the reveal (other than shadows), and we never got a clear look at the person who stabbed Marion Crane to death either. The explanation provided by the psychiatrist at the end also ties all the knots together pretty well, and actually seems believable ( though they were probably "stretching" the severity and complexity of the actual disorder, which is also quite rare).
Though Shyamalan is probably a controversial subject on this subreddit, I think that the twist at the end of both "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable" make sense and tie everything together really good. The twist at the end of "The Sixth Sense" may seem contrived at first, but lots of confusion can be cleared by three simple lines: "They don't see each other. They only see what they want to see. They don't know they're dead." Still, I prefer the twist ending of "Unbreakable", since it is more original (not that that necessarily makes for a good twist ending, but here it works IMO), and it connects to all of the infamous comic book tropes very well.
What are your suggestions?
I thought Costner's performance in this film was superb. Great interplay with Hurt. There was talk of a sequel but I'm glad it didn't happen. Such a gem of a film.
First time round I thought Demi Moore was a weak spot but after a second viewing I changed my mind.
Mr. Earl Brooks: [whispering to himself] God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time and enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardships as the pathway to peace. Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is and not as I would have it, trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will, that I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen.
Mr. Earl Brooks: You enjoy watching me suffer, don't you?
Marshall: In a word, yes.
I'm finding it really hard to find a genuinely interesting romantic comedy. I admittedly haven't watched many as the genre has never specifically interested me, but it's because I feel like a lot of the ones in mainstream film are very samey and seem to follow the same formula or plot a lot of the time, and I realised I've never seen one that's particularly memorable or interesting.
Any suggestions or thoughts would be appreciated.
It reminded me of snatch of how it was a great mix between comedy and drama. The case was so solid the comedy was so fantastically on the nose as was the drama. Plus I loved the snide comments of shitting on Americans. Being American made those so much funnier. The action scenes were great and I loved how they were all handled, so many surprises, the film was so unpredictable. Also the music was great!
Not too long ago I watched I, Tonya and while it's worth noting for being just an all round excellent movie something else really stuck out for me.
It's depiction of just how complex the psychology of abusive relationships is. As a person educated in the field of psychology this was really interesting to me, so I made a video to share some of that with you.
Hope yall enjoy it and discussion is welcome.
I am looking for a movie, or even a show, that is very rainy. Maybe a suspenseful thriller, or even a mystery movie. I automatically think of Shutter Island. Something with an eerie feel to it. A fairly dark movie I guess would be a good comparison. So probably something similar to Shutter Island, The Dark Knight Movies, anything like that. It is a cloudy, rainy day and that is just what I am looking for. Thank you!
I'm talking about if the protagonist doesn't win, the world doesn't end, no one dies, there is no mortal danger, etc. It seems like a lot of movies that come out nowadays are super high stakes and everything is do or die. I'm curious which movies are very low consequence. The first toy story is an example where the plot has very low stakes. So, what are some other movies that you can think of that has that?
I absolutely love horror movies, especially terrifying ones. The conjuring series, and heredity I thought were incredible
If anyone has any recommendations for newer horror movies I’d love to check them out. Let’s say 2000 and up. I have nothing against older horror, I just want something that’s gonna scare the crap out of me.
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