11 Famous Movies Where We Didn’t Notice Hidden Spoilers
Films are appreciated the most when they have unexpected plot twists. But what if the ending could have been predicted?
Bright Side picked 11 popular movies that might have been less impressive if the audience had been more attentive.
Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)
When Kirk comes to Admiral Marcus to be reinstated as captain and to discuss how to capture Khan, Marcus’s plans do not yet seem obvious. On his desk we can see models of Starfleet ships; he is talking about the militarization of the Starfleet; looking at the last ship, Marcus takes an enigmatic pause (that’s James’s ship). If we had paid attention to that detail, we could have figured out what awaited Kirk.
Shutter Island (2010)
Teddy’s partner, Chuck, is, in reality, a doctor who plays a role trying to save Teddy. When they first arrive on the island, they are asked to give up their weapons. In that scene, we can see Chuck fumbling with his gun holster, which means he is not used to it and has nothing to do with the Marshals Service. This lack of experience puzzles Teddy, but he decides not to dwell on the thought. It makes sense at the end when Teddy learns the truth.
It’s enough to watch the first few minutes of the cartoon to figure out that Rapunzel is going to set out on a long journey. Just look at the toys above her bed: her pet chameleon, Pascal, a rubber duck (that we’ll later see near the pub), Maximus the horse, and so on.
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
When Harry, in the shape of the Green Goblin, attacks his friend Peter Parker, the fight ends with Harry developing amnesia. Peter and Mary Jane visit him in the hospital, and they become friends again. When they leave, the nurse tells Harry he has lovely friends, to which he says he would give his life for them. We can guess what follows when someone says that in a movie.
The Prestige (2006)
At the end, we learn that Alfred had been secretly working with his twin brother. But we could have guessed that ourselves when Robert, Alfred’s rival, was reading his diary. It described the brothers’ early days using "we." Note also the trick with a bird: a little boy asked afterward, "But where’s his brother?" This confused Alfred.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
The sudden finale of this detective story caused a lot of laughter and confusion. Ace explains to everyone Finkle’s motives and reveals that Einhorn is not who she pretends to be. As proof, he tears off her dress and everyone sees that she’s a man. The biggest fruity hint could be seen on her desk.
Saw 3D (2010)
We should’ve worked out it was Gordon at the very beginning. At least because he survived: nobody survives in this film for no reason. Besides, Gordon suddenly shows up at a meeting of Jigsaw survivors organized by Bobby. We could’ve figured out that this character didn’t return for just one scene. Later he would start cooperating with John Kramer (the Saw).
Back to the Future
Observant fans of this movie could have predicted that Marty’s trip into the future would not go smoothly: the postcard with Harry Lloyd hanging from a clock tower was a hint at that.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
The entire plot of the film is laid out at the very beginning when Danny talks about his plans with Shaun: "You know what we should do tomorrow? Keep drinking. A Bloody Mary first thing (Mary is the name of the first zombie to attack them), a bite at the King’s Head (they go to Shaun’s mother’s house where his stepfather gets bitten in the neck), couple at The Little Princess (Shaun saves Dave and Diana, a couple living with a "princess," Liz), stagger back here and bang… back at the bar for shots (the movie ends with a colossal showdown with zombies at the bar)."
Casino Royale (2006)
In the movie’s credits, we can see Vesper Lynd portrayed as the Queen of Hearts and the Queen of Spades. This is a symbol of love, and at the same time, bad luck or betrayal: the character’s part was revealed before we even saw her in action.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Groot looks a lot like a character from Shel Silverstein’s book The Giving Tree. Those who had read it could probably guess how the film would end up. Groot grows flowers, helps his friends, loses branches, and finally sacrifices himself for the raccoon he loves so much.