I Hear A Gasp in the Crowd

I was in the theater watching the movie Primal Fear and particularly enjoying this new actor Edward Norton’s performance when suddenly the twist of the movie was revealed. To my surprise, along with myself, the whole audience gasped in unison. I sat there with my jaw dropped open feeling a little confused and very excited. I found at that moment my heart was racing and I had just witnessed pure brilliance.

To me, there isn’t much more exhilarating than a film that holds onto you throughout the ninety plus minutes, shakes you up and leaves you completely stunned. You find yourself sitting there running the previous hour or so through your already confused mind trying to figure out how you missed so much. I don’t know about you but when a film does this to me I usually end up watching it again, assuming I’m not watching this in the theater.

In my humble opinion the best ending of all time is The Usual Suspects. I found myself at the age of 18 watching this movie on video. For most of the movie I was downright confused and wondering what was up with this Keyser Soze person. At one point I thought I knew who it was and then changed my mind. I think I changed my mind again one more time until it was revealed in the most brilliant way and I suddenly felt like someone had smacked me across the face. To this day watching just the end scene I get chills and it’s one of the few movies that can turn me on without any nudity.

Another great movie with a twist was the blissfully different Fight Club because for most of the movie you don’t even realize how unaware you are, you think you know exactly what you are watching despite how disturbing the concept might be. Again a film with Edward Norton who has a way to make you believe what he wants you to believe. I’m still waiting for him to get the Oscar he so rightly deserves, Academy are you listening?

Now I can’t end my moment on the soap box here without mentioning my favorite movie of all time, which is American Beauty. Some people think the fact that Lester dies at the end is the actual surprise but it isn’t since he tells you that within the first five minutes of the film but it’s actually how it all happens. I will say that about 10 minutes before all is revealed I did figure out the twist but it didn’t make me any less shocked to find out

I still haven’t seen the movie The Crying Game because I found out the big hoopla about the ending and it just didn’t seem so important to see it anymore. I’d hate to see anyone feel that way about any of the films I mentioned because you’d be missing out on an experience everyone deserves to have. How often in this world are any of us truly shocked? We are all so jaded that we have to really appreciate the few moments we get of genuine surprise.

Did I prove my point David?


  1. duane

    December 22, 2005 at 1:17 pm

    Maybe I should add these to my Netflix list! I haven’t seen most of them; but I LOVE Fight Club!

  2. Robin

    December 22, 2005 at 1:20 pm

    Well duane you already know I have good taste in men so definitely check them out and let me know what you think.

  3. golfwidow

    December 22, 2005 at 1:24 pm

    I love Fight Club and The Usual Suspects. Another surprise ending that I didn’t figure out till shortly before the end was The Sixth Sense.

  4. Robin

    December 22, 2005 at 1:25 pm

    I was actually going to mention that movie but I didn’t want to go on forever 😆 Actually that movie I figured out at the beginning…I think it’s from watching and anlyzing too many movies.

  5. David W. Boles

    December 22, 2005 at 3:39 pm

    I think you did a fine job, Robinov!

  6. Robin

    December 22, 2005 at 3:40 pm

    I live for your praise David.

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