As the release of The Last Jedi on 15th December draws closer, our case of Star Wars fever is worsening. If you’ve been paying attention to speculation surrounding The Last Jedi, then you may have heard whispers that it’s supposedly the most significant and impactful chapter in the saga so far. In fact it's being compared to what is considered the best of the series: The Empire Strikes Back.
Empire was everything a sequel should be and it gave us one of the most famous and unexpected movie revelations of all time. In fact, it’s been hinted that The Last Jedi will have an even bigger revelation than Empire. We could keep guessing and still not get the answer but what we do know is that it would be unforgettable, much like these 5 movie revelations we could never have predicted. Beware of major spoilers for the following.
WARNING: BIG SPOILERS!
5. Who's Tyler Durden? – Fight Club (1999)
David Fincher gave us a slick modern classic starring Edward Norton as the nameless narrator and Brad Pitt as the anarchic Tyler Durden.
The latter forms an unlikely friendship with our narrator when his life falls apart and together they form Fight Club. However Durden’s character is a mysterious one. We never find out much about him other than he squats in an abandoned house and sells soap made of human fat. He seems harmless enough until he mysteriously vanishes after the "homework" he sets for Fight Club turns into acts of terrorism.
It’s now up to our narrator to find Durden to stop him before his actions go too far but what we weren’t expecting was that our narrator is Durden. Like The Sixth Sense, this twist fits perfectly into the film with zero plot-hole casualties. It’s an unforgettable twist in a memorable film that will leave you asking yourself "where is my mind?"
4. An unlikely suspect – The Usual Suspects (1995)
Before he directed X-Men, Bryan Singer gave us one of the most compelling crime thrillers of the 20th century. The Usual Suspects tells the events leading up to a shootout and murder on a boat which all starts when a group of criminals met during a police line-up. The events are narrated from the perspective of Verbal (Kevin Spacey) as police question him to find out the identity of the leader of the operation: Keyser Söze.
The trouble with questioning known criminals is that they lie and are incredibly unreliable narrators. After Verbal is released by the detectives who now believe he’s innocent, they quickly realise that most of what Verbal told them were lies. By the time they learn that Verbal is Söze, the person they’re after, it’s too late. Verbal is picked up in a car and driven away just before the detective can catch up with him.
3. A dead giveaway – The Sixth Sense (1999)
M. Night Shyamalan is famous for his deceptive twists and none are more unforgettable than the haunting conclusion to his breakout film.
When young Cole (Haley Joel Osment) is tormented by visions of ghosts, child psychologist Malcolm (Bruce Willis) attempts to help him confront his demons. What we could never have predicted was that Malcolm was a ghost all along, shot by one of his patients in the opening scene.
More than just a shock tactic, the twist works flawlessly into the film and makes for an incredible second viewing. Watch how Willis interacts with other characters and keep an eye out for the colour red; the clues are all there and yet we never seen it coming.
2. Mrs Bates revealed – Psycho (1960)
Directed by master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho is one of the most iconic films of all time and for good reason. It’s a gripping and suspenseful mystery, it features the most recognisable shower scene on film, it was the first film to show a toilet flushing, and, most of all, it contains one of the most disturbing movie revelations we’ve ever seen.
Throughout the film, we’re led to believe that Mrs Bates, mother of motel owner Norman (Anthony Perkins), resides in her room in the main house. We see her silhouette in the window, hear her talking to Norman, see Norman carry her downstairs, and glimpse her shadowy figure (apparently) murdering Marion (Janet Leigh).
Imagine our shock when it’s revealed that mother is nothing more than a decomposing corpse and that Norman was the murderer and the source of her voice all along. It was an unexpected and disturbing revelation that cemented Hitchcock as one of the greatest directors of suspense and Norman as one of the greatest horror icons.
1. The daddy of all movie revelations – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Imagine walking into cinemas in 1980 to see The Empire Strikes Back for the first time. After seeing A New Hope, you would have had so many questions about who Luke’s father was; all you would’ve known back then was that he was once a close friend of Obi-Wan and he was a great pilot. You would’ve expected (like Luke) that he was murdered by Luke’s nemesis, Darth Vader.
How wrong we were. The revelation that Vader was Luke’s father was a shockwave felt by everyone who saw Empire for the first time. It was so dramatic it changed our entire perspective of the Star Wars universe and made us want to know more about Vader’s past. It even gave us one of the most (mis)quoted lines in cinema: "No, Luke. I am your father." Never have six words meant so much.
Andy Murray is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.