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Old 04-08-2015, 09:50 AM   #1
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Default Movies that show the ending in the first scene?

I hate it when a movie shows the ending of the movie in the first scene in a movie.

I can think of 3 movies off hand that would of been better if you didn't know what was coming.

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1) Blow: The start of the movie shows you Depps character doing one last job and during the job he gets betrayed and busted. If they didn't show this scene you would wonder at the end when he made a promise to his daughter that he'd do one more job and then leave with her if he would actually be able to pull it off.

2) Casino: We see Roberts character enter a car and it explodes. This one i'll give a somewhat pass because they tricked you into thinking he was going to die in the explosion, but he lived.

3) Carlitos Way: This is my lease favorite spoil. Why show you at the start of the movie that Pacinos character was going to get shot and die??? That whole chase at the end of the movie where Pacino is trying to get away from those guys trying to get him is stripped from excitement since you know Pacino is going to die (I can't remember if that first scene showed who shot him, but even so the fact that he wont make it).

I remember showing Carlitos Way to a family member and I fast forward that first scene and then told them to start watching. At the end of the movie I told them the first scene would of shown Pacino getting shot and dying. My relative was like "WOW glad I didn't see that. Why would they show that?"

Those are some that I can think of. Any other movie that would been better if they didn't show the ending at the start of the movie?

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Old 04-08-2015, 09:59 AM   #2
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:08 AM   #3
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:39 AM   #4
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Well, it doesnt exactly show it, but in Moulin Rouge! they tell us that the woman the lead guy loves is dead. Doesnt take long to figure out who that is. And despite them telling me i ended up crying all the same

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Old 04-08-2015, 11:16 AM   #6
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I think it's fine, and those three examples you gave are great movies. They don't spoil anything.

Also, Fight Club.

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Old 04-08-2015, 05:06 PM   #7
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Melancholia.

This film is well worth the watch! Most people either love it or hate it . . . I think that it is a great experience.

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Titanic. You at least finds out right away what happened to the boat, for those who didn't know/ didn't realize it was based on a real event.

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John Wick.

I feel that most of these are misdirection. Not many actually give away the ending. Also with Fight Club you still wonder how they got to that point.

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Titanic. You at least finds out right away what happened to the boat, for those who didn't know/ didn't realize it was based on a real event.
Haha. I had read books about it in school long before the film was made. There's probably people that watch Titanic and have no idea it was based on a true story nowadays

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Old 04-09-2015, 01:26 AM   #12
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Old 04-09-2015, 01:33 AM   #13
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I too hate when movies do this. What's the flippin' point of showing some dramatic "ending" scene first only to have it followed with something like "24 hours before", when the movie could just start at the beginning? It's just annoying every time and I don't get why filmmakers rely on this trope so much. TV shows do it too for that matter, it's just vastly overused and doesn't seem to add anything.

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In a way..Terminator and Promethius

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Some of these like John Wick and Fight Club don't show the ending but the final scene. The movie later picks up at these scenes and then you see the true ending. Not the same thing.

In many of these cases the intent is another way to get the audience invested in "why does this happen?" instead of just what happens. Look at American Beauty.

In screenwriting these scenes are sometimes called inciting incidents to grab the audience's attention right away. Without them the movie can risk a slow build-up. I think that's what John Wick's writer was thinking.


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