A whole genre of movies is made for the sole purpose of causing the viewers to spend the majority of their time watching, trying to put the pieces together. These films that are filled with twists and turns often will drive the audience crazy but will deliver a huge payoff in the end that makes them worth watching. According to an internet forum, ten popular movies will twist, turn, and confuse you.
1. Inception (2010)
Inception tells the story of a thief who can enter people’s dreams and steal their secrets from their subconscious. Because of this, you never know what is real. Is he in a dream or the real world? Though also twisted, the end is a payoff for those who were paying attention.
2. Tenet (2020)
A secret agent is given a single word as his weapon and sent to prevent the onset of World War III in Tenet. He must travel through time and bend the laws of nature to succeed in his mission. Many viewers claim that they never saw the twist coming, but this film truly delivers once it hits.
3. Enemy (2013)
After a man spots his exact look-a-like in a movie, he seeks him out, ultimately diving into his private affairs. If you think your brain is twisted in the middle of the film, just wait until you get to the end!
4. Primer (2004)
Intellectual engineers Aaron and Abe build and sell error-checking technology with the help of their friends. When they accidentally invent what they think is a time machine, Abe builds a version capable of transporting a human and puts the device to the test. As the two friends obsess over their creation, they discover the dark consequences of their actions. One cinephile states, ‘You can watch Primer once a year for the rest of your life and still won’t understand it.’
5. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
In the folksy town of Twin Peaks, Washington, FBI Agent Desmond inexplicably disappears while hunting for the man who murdered a teen girl. The killer is never apprehended, and after experiencing dark visions and supernatural encounters, Agent Dale Cooper chillingly predicts that the culprit will claim another life.
6. The Lighthouse (2019)
Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s in The Lighthouse. The longer the movie goes on, the more twisted it gets. While the ending is certainly entertaining, it will still leave your brain a twisted mess (which is a good thing!).
7. Vanilla Sky (2001)
Vanilla Sky is the story of a young New York City publishing magnate who finds himself on an unexpected roller-coaster ride of romance, comedy, suspicion, love, and dreams in a mind-bending search for his soul. Viewers will never really know what is real and what isn’t, which is part of the fun of this thriller.
8. The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)
Chicago librarian Henry De Tamble suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes him to drift uncontrollably back and forth through time. Time travel almost always causes confusion in a movie, and that is exactly what this aspect of the film brings in The Time Traveler’s Wife. Some might say the ending is disturbing, but it feels like a well-earned payoff for those who become invested in the story.
9. Beau Is Afraid (2023)
Beau Is Afraid is weird from the very start and just gets more complicated as it goes on. Constantly thrusting the audience into twists and turns as we learn that Beau is indeed afraid – of everything. The end is controversial, but you can’t say it doesn’t make you think.
10. The Sting (1973)
Following the murder of a mutual friend, aspiring con man Johnny Hooker teams up with old pro-Henry Gondorff to take revenge on the ruthless crime boss responsible. Hooker and Gondorff set about implementing a crafty elaborate scheme that the crime boss won’t even know he’s been tricked. One movie lover claims that this movie left them with their ‘jaw on the floor during the reveal.’
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