Talking about endings: ever wondered why we as an audience have a much higher affinity towards twist endings than we do towards the overtly romanticised happy endings? It’s simply and trivially because of the one reason that we love to be surprised. To drive my point home, while you may not always remember the hero getting the girl, or even the hero killing the villain by the end of the film, as far as staple film plots are concerned, you will always, always remember Keyser Soze correcting his limp and delivering that shudder inducing monologue he began the film with, among countless other instances.
More than a well-earned payoff, we seem more content with films that are either able to blow our collective minds by the end or leave a lingering question by the times the credits roll, just for that additional fodder our brains require, or simply a jolt to shake us out through our senses. And what better than getting that jolt at the comfort of our couches, courtesy of Netflix, anytime we want? I may be typecasting, but it is surely a true thriller fan’s most vivid dream come true. So, without further ado, here is the list of some really good twist ending movies on Netflix that you can stream right now, and have your mind twisted all over again.
14. Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)
Love it or hate it, there is one thing that you absolutely cannot deny about this year’s early Netflix release. It is easily one of the most bizarre films that you will catch this year with an ending that should give the plot’s bizarrity a run for its money. There is frankly so much going on: social commentary, art critique, critique on the act of critique, and a horror plot in there somewhere, that you will have little to think about as the film progresses. There is also enough craft involved from the sizeable lineup of actors involved and from ‘Nightcrawler’ director Dan Gilroy to keep you involved as well. It is when the film ends that the inevitable questions start coming at you. If you can avoid those, ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ can be a delightfully weird watch if you have the taste for it.
13. The Butterfly Effect (2005)
The theory itself at the centre of the film: the butterfly effect, dictating that any event at any point of time in the present is bound to have magnified impacts in the future, is superbly interesting to begin with, and a film trifling with showcasing the idea in a cinematic form is bound to be too. Yes, it is flawed at certain points and the performances may not be at par, but the exploration of the very theory keeps it adrift, as we see Evan Treborn cycle between his past and present, trying to change the course of his life by altering specific events in his past, only to largely upset the order of things in that perceived reality. There is an important psychological insight offered here as well, about free will and the inevitability of it all that is bound to ignite intelligible discussions.
12. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018)
Talking of twist endings, this film doesn’t have just one, but 5 main ones and close to 10-12 ones that you can reach if you are willing to spend the required amount of time. We all know ‘Black Mirror’ to be a favourite owing to its cerebral subject matter and innovative presentation techniques. However, with ‘Bandersnatch’, both Netflix and Black Mirror push the envelope to introduce interactive TV to a curious audience, and it scored on those very aspects. Akin to an RPG, you are allowed to make choices that lead to separately devised narratives further leading to different endings, or you go back to make a different choice in case the choice you made turned out to be a dead end. I was glued for hours at end trying to figure out all the endings, and ended up having a baller of a time despite being stuck in front of my screen for close to three hours. The marketing may have been more centred on the gimmicky nature of interactive TV and selling that, but trust me when I say that even the plot is well thought of, tailored to deliver you the definitive ‘Black Mirror’ experience with an additional edge.