Good Films Ruined By Terrible Plot Twists

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Having a plot twist is almost mandatory for movies nowadays. Viewers can be lulled into a sense of complacency only to be shocked by a sudden twist that seemingly comes out of nowhere. When done well, the plot twist is an amazing device; however, when done poorly, it can ruin a perfectly good movie. Here are 7 movies that were ruined by terrible plot twists:

7. I Am Legend

For a post-apocalyptic movie, I Am Legend didn’t disappoint – until the very the end. When the Darkseekers attack Neville’s house and he gives the cure for virus to Anna and Ethan and lets them escape, and then kills himself and the Darkseekers by blowing up his house, fans were disappointed. The movie ends with Anna and Ethan arriving at the survivor’s camp in Vermont with the cure – but it really should have ended with Neville arriving with them.

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6. The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises was considered the weakest link in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and that’s probably because of its weird twists and plot holes. One of the worst twists in the movie was the Miranda Tate/Talia al Ghul storyline. At the end of the film, she reveals that she’s the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul (the villain from the first movie) and she was the one who climbed the wall to escape the prison – not Bane. Bane was her protector, but he’s not the mastermind behind destroying Gotham – that’s Talia, who was acting on her father’s behalf. It was a pretty disappointing twist, especially since Bane was built up to be the ultimate villain, one that Batman couldn’t seem to destroy.

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5. The Witch

The low budget horror film The Witch received positive reviews when it was released in 2015; however, there was one blaring issue with the film – the plot twist at the end, which comes out of nowhere when it is revealed that the goat, Black Phillip, is the Devil and he’s been infecting the family. The story becomes even more confusing when the family’s only surviving member, Thomasin, seems to sell her soul to the devil and is led out of the woods by Black Phillip where she joins a coven of witches dancing around a bonfire. It needed more explanation to be effective.

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4. Iron Man 3

Iron Man fans were deeply dissatisfied with Iron Man 3’s plot twist, which involved The Mandarin (played by Ben Kingsley) not actually being The Mandarin, but instead being some random guy named Trevor, who was hired by the movie’s real villain, Aldrich Killian (played by Guy Pierce), to distract from Killian’s real schemes. Trevor, as it turns out, was more of a buffoon. He was a boozed up, formerly homeless actor acting as The Mandarin in exchange for drugs and boats. Fans found it really unexpected, but not in a good way. The Mandarin was one of Iron Man’s arch-nemeses, and this character was anything but.

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3. Ex Machina

When viewers realized that all of the hot chicks in Ex Machina were actually robots, that was pretty disturbing; however, things began to make even less sense when Ava tricked Caleb and left him trapped in the facility and then headed out and hitched a ride on the helicopter that was waiting for Caleb. The story made even less sense when she made it to the city and blended in with all of the other people. Ava was obviously a pretty ballsy robot, but all of this leaves more questions than answers, one of the big ones being – how does she get away with all of this?

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2. Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys ended up disappointing fans because it turned the hero of the first three films, John Connor, into the villain. He’s supposed to be the leader of the resistance, so when it’s revealed that he’s been turned into an evil machine by Skynet, it’s a complete let-down. Fans had been rooting for John Connor since the character was first introduced in Terminator 2, so it wasn’t a wise decision to make him the big bad.

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1. Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 had so much potential, but it really fell flat and one reason for that was the plot twist they threw at us in the end. When it was revealed that President Cohn is just as bad as President Snow and was using the uprising to gain ultimate power for herself, we couldn’t help but feel that it came out of nowhere. What also came out of nowhere was Katniss’ sister Prim’s subsequent death and then the big reveal that Gale had a part in the bombing that killed Prim. There was a lot happening, but there was little to no build up for any of it, which is what made it so terrible.

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Cate has a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature and has been the Managing Editor of Fame10 for more than 6 years. Despite having a love for the works of Thomas Hardy, Leo Tolstoy and Lord Byron, she also has an intense fascination with pop culture. When she isn’t writing for Fame10, she’s planning her next big adventure in Southeast Asia.