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Eric Russ
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Posted: December 26 2018 at 9:43pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Do you require plot twists in the films that you watch, or are you satisfied with a story that is more linear?   

Also, do you require more plot twists in contemporary films, more so than past films?






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Brian Floyd
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Posted: December 26 2018 at 10:49pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Plot twists in movies are fine if they're present or if they're not. I just prefer if the `plot twist' isn't one I can see coming a mile away.....


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Posted: December 27 2018 at 3:12am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

This isn't much of an answer! I don't need a plot twist, but I can enjoy it if it's a good one.

I don't care for plot twists for the sake of plot twists, aka the career of M. Night Shyamalan.
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Posted: December 27 2018 at 5:14am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Personally, I crave plot twists in movies.  But as Steven said, it better be a good one and not gratuitous and silly.

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Posted: December 27 2018 at 6:09am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Like Brian, if I see it coming it's not really a twist.
Then there's the stories where they try and pile 3 or 4 twists in the last 15 minutes, no thanks.
So to answer your question Eric, no I do not require a "twist".
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Posted: December 27 2018 at 8:09am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Ultimately, it depends on the story being told. I don't think the plot is the be all end all of a story so if it's not unusually surprising, that's ok, assuming the characters and themes are enough to carry it.
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Posted: December 27 2018 at 8:20am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Im fine with plot twists, as long as they dont cheat. When the reveal comes, the audience reaction should be Oh-hh! not Huh??
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Posted: December 27 2018 at 9:06am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I quite like them, but do not require them. The quality of the journey is just as important as the destination. Having an unexpected kink in the road can add a bit of spice to the journey, but definitely not required.

I would also say that it depends on the genre. If it's a sleuthing-type film or a mystery potboiler, then it pretty much goes with the territory and so there is greater expectation for a twist with such films. If it's, say, a historical epic then no twist required, please.
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Posted: December 27 2018 at 9:45am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

My test for a good plot twist is if I don't see it coming, but when I rewatch the film, I feel stupid because it seems obvious.
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Posted: December 27 2018 at 11:10am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

My test for a good plot twist is if I don't see it coming, but when I rewatch the film, I feel stupid because it seems obvious.

Agreed. There are a couple of examples that I won't mention because doing so would be kinda spoiler-y. 

That said, something straightforward is enjoyable, too.
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Posted: December 27 2018 at 11:35am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Thanks for the replies.

I'm in agreement with most here.  I don't require them, but if they are good. I'm all for it.

One of my favorite plot twists is from film The Marathon Man dealing with the  William Devane character.  He was asking all the same questions as the "dentist" and I was as shocked as the Hoffman character during the reveal.


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Petter Myhr Ness
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Posted: December 27 2018 at 4:03pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I don't require them, but I appreciate a good plot twist if it makes sense after the reveal. 

THE SIXTH SENSE had a great plot twist. Every Shayamalan film sine.. well, hasn't. 
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