When a pair of girls go missing from the same town on Thanksgiving Day, Detective Loki (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) is brought in to find the culprit. The first suspect is a man named Alex, who is revealed to be mentally stunted, possessing the intelligence of a ten-year-old despite being far older.
There are quite a number of twists during the film, but the main one is that Alex IS responsible – he was forced to kidnap the two girls on the urges of his adoptive mother, Holly, who has been kidnapping and killing children for years. In addition, Alex himself was kidnapped by Holly after her child had died and was then forced to join her awful crusade.
Last Night in Soho
Ellie, played by Thomasin McKenzie, is a sweet, mentally damaged girl who loves the swinging sixties and dreams of being a fashion designer. She rents a room from the elderly Ms. Collins while learning that she can see back into the past. She sees a singer working as a working girl, Sandie (played by Anya Taylor-Joy), who is seemingly murdered by her pimp Jack.
There is a great deal more going on here, but the film’s biggest twist is that Sandie is not only alive, but going about racking up quite the list of kills when men come to see her. Not only THAT, but she’s the very same Ms. Collins that Ellie is renting her room from! Edgar Wright is a stellar writer who does some great twists, including this one.
A pair of cynical wedding guests, Nyles and Sarah (played by Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti) meet up at a wedding and feel a spark, but nothing happens until the second time they meet – at the same wedding, because they’re in a time loop. That’s the first-act twist, but there’s a lot more to go over here. Eventually, these two fall in love as they repeat the same wedding over and over, but they want to get out of the loop.
However, the film’s final twist is that we never really get to find out what happened. Sarah comes up with a plan involving quantum physics. The two options are that they did manage to break the time loop and escape, but they could also be in an alternate universe.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, S.H.I.E.L.D. was one of the biggest forces of good for the entire first phase. They fought against Hydra, battled aliens, and worked tirelessly to stop terrorists, up until “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which revealed that the entire organization was infiltrated by Hydra and not the force of good that it’s made out to be.
This affected the entire universe, including the weekly “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which responded to this change by having one of the main characters, Agent Grant Ward, be revealed to be a member of Hydra. He was a complicated, arrogant, and not-always sympathetic character, but many people still liked him. It was a great twist since it made the stakes a lot higher and kept the tension high.
The Good Place
Self-centered Eleanor dies and ends up in “the good place,” despite being a pretty awful person all around. At first, her goal is to keep up the facade with the help of her friend Chidi, who attempted to teach her how to be a better person. It ends up being a whole lot of stress and even starts to feel a little hellish to poor Eleanor.
In fact, that’s the twist: she – as well as all the other human characters, AREN’T in the good place. They’re in the bad place. Michael, the leader of the...place...cackles with evil glee. The show is clever, well-written, and fast-paced, and this twist is one of the big reasons it’s so fondly remembered since it sends the characters on a quest to get to the real good place.