Plot-twists are intended to evoke surprise and shock in viewers and cinema has had a great history with plot-twists. Right from the times of Alfred Hitchcock and Roman Polanksi to David Fincher and Christopher Nolan, plot-twists have often struck the right notes. But sometimes, they are used for mere plot-convolution and come off as extremely forced and painfully contrived. This article attempts to dissect movies with the most ludicrous plot-twists that left us in fuming disbelief. These are blatantly contrived twist endings that ruined potentially great movies and hardly do anything to lift the story. Also the numbers here do not reflect any kind of ranking of the films. So with everything said now, let me take you to a list of decent movies that got ruined by worst movie endings:
15. Savages (2012)
Oliver Stone has never been the most consistent filmmaker and has often been at the helm of numerous colossal cinematic disappointments. ‘Savages’, however, had all the ingredients of a near-perfect crime drama and has one of the more brutal finishes you’ll ever see to a film. But an infuriating use of the old deus ex machina device in the climax hampers the film from a potential brilliance. In the final scene, it is shown that the death of the main characters in the film has never really happened and it was all just Ophelia’s nightmare. The climax rewinds itself and we are revealed that the main characters have all survived, making you go WTF after the credits have rolled out.
14. Planet of the Apes (2001)
Tim Burton’s infamous sci-fi travesty was indeed an obvious pick for the list. Based on the 1968 film of the same name, ‘Planet of the Apes’ depicts the story of an astronaut who happens to land on a planet where apes rule human beings. He takes help of one of the apes named Ari in order to revolt against the forces. The film features one of the worst uses of open endings as we see Mark Wahlberg travel back in time, crash landing in front of the Abraham Lincoln monument in Washington D.C only to realise later that it has been replaced by the most evil ape he just defeated, presumably in the future. A team of reporters, police offers arrive at the scene, all of whom are turned into apes, as Wahlberg looks on puzzled and perplexed at what has just happened. The lame writing leaves absolutely no space for any plausible explanations of the events that have taken place in the final 110-15 minutes and we are just left as baffled and frustrated as Wahlberg in the final scene.