Movies are the perfect form of entertainment. They take us out of ourselves for just long enough to get a break from our normal lives and yet, they are still a complete story as well, which is perfect.
However, not all movies are created equal, and in the movies that we want to look at today, there are cunning sequences within each film that dramatically change the way the movie can be interpreted.
Yet, they're so subtle that you, like us, probably missed them when you saw the movie. The amazing community over at reddit have found 25 incredible hidden plot points that will completely change the way you see each film.
1. Ferris Cheats Himself
/u/Naweezy found this: "In Ferris Bueller's Day Off, FB's constant complaint, and his justification for many of his shenanigans, is that his parents won't buy him a car. Toward the end of the movie, when FB's mom is driving his sister home from picking her up at the police station, there's a quick throwaway line where mom complains that all this mess screwed up the deal she was working on, and that the money from that deal was going to be used to buy a Ferris a car."
2. Keeping Things Separate
/u/mobileuseratwork has an odd observation to make: "Fifth Element: Antagonist and Protagonist not only don't meet each other during the entire duration, but do not even know of each other's existence.
Only movie to do this."
3. Wage Revenge
/u/DoubleDot7 has realized why the dinosaurs are mean: "In Jurassic Park, Hammond keeps saying, 'I spared no expense.' Ironically, when his programmer, Newman Dennis Nedry, runs into financial trouble, he refuses to give Newman Nedry a raise. So the disgruntled employee tries stealing dinosaur embryos and sets the disaster into motion."
4. The Red Pill
/u/TERRAOperative has a scary insight: "In The Matrix, the machines weren't the bad guys...
They were preserving themselves and the human race until the earth could support life after the damage we caused trying to wipe out the robots for economic reasons.
The Zionists were on a misguided campaign and were unwittingly trying to tear down the very construct that was preserving the human race."
5. Alcoholic Secret
/u/alain741 found truth in a glass. "In Back to the Future part 2, we see Biff spiking the punch at the dance. The same exact punch that we see Marty's dad drinking just before he decks Biff in the face. So George Mcfly got the courage from booze."
6. Holy Smokes
This is an absolute gem from /u/MixMasterBone:, "In the opening credits of Watchmen the original Nite Owl is shown saving Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne from getting murdered.
This means that in the Watchmen universe Nite Owl prevented Bruce Wayne from becoming Batman."
7. Sneaky Tactics
An anonymous user on reddit has a huge theory: "Star Wars - When they are in the Death Star, there is a reason that the Stormtroopers are awful shots. It's on purpose. The central point leading to the third act is that Vader and Tarkin wanted to let them go in order for the Falcon to lead them to the hidden rebel base."
8. Parallel Worlds
This is a great observation by /u/brotherjonathan. "In Toy Story 2, Woody finds himself by discovering his identity, Buzz finds himself by losing his identity."
9. Changing It Up
/u/NuclearGhandi definitely has a point, "In The Avengers, Loki actually won....
Surely, it seems like he lost. But he wants rule of Asgard not Midgard. By getting recaptured, he has an easy one-way ticket back to his home, in an attempt to rule it. In Thor 2, he gets out of prison, and can easily regain the throne. This is one of those times where the villain actually won."
10. Small Details
/u/clonston picks up the smallest of details. "Not exactly a plot point, but kinda funny. In Men in Black when they go to Edgar's house to talk to his wife, Will Smith's character asks for lemonade but spits it out back into the cup...
It's because she wasted all of her sugar on Edgar's sugar water."
11. More Than Crying
/u/fringly finds something deep underlying this movie. "In Home Alone Kevin gets in a fight with his family when he spills some milk and that leads to his ticket getting thrown out and him being sent to his room.
So the movie all comes from an argument over spilt milk."
12. Life Imitates Art
An anonymous redditor found this incredible piece. "Fight Club - Most people thought fight club was an anarchist/terrorist organization developed to take down the institutions that controlled society.
However, the point missed was as fight club grew and as franchises got established it became institutionalized itself - and not unlike the institutions it sought to take down."
13. Singing Stone
This is a clever insight from /u/pestdantic. "Space Odyssey 2001. The Monolith is accompanied by a creepy male choir through most of the movie and is standing vertical. When the astronaut has his psychedelic journey he is staring at the Monolith as it slowly turns horizontal...
The Monolith is the same dimensions as the theater screen. The only other time we hear the creepy male chorus is during the intermission when we are staring at a black screen. We are staring at a Horizontal Monolith."
14. Very Sly
Fake Malaysia News
This is a moment of truly incredible observation from /u/gaygnostics51. "In Entrapment, Sean Connery steals 5 microchips worth $4 million each but when he hands it over to the authorities he gives them 4 microchips and says they're worth $5 million each."
15. Hypocritical Stance
This find from /u/upus3535 is quite scary, "In T2, Sarah Connor attempted to kill an innocent Miles Dyson based on actions he had not yet committed. This was much like what the original Terminator tried to achieve by killing Connor for the child she had not yet birthed. In effect, Sarah had become the monster she was trying to escape in the first film."
16. Two Sides
Redditor /u/jamesman53 has an interesting observation. "In the Dark Knight, Joker is portrayed to the audience the way that Batman is portrayed to criminals.
What do we ever find out about the Joker? Nearly nothing. He is a man with seemingly endless resources that arrived in Gotham, looked at the state of the city, decided that something must be done to change it, and so he offers his services to the criminals of the city. Not because he wants anything in return, but simply to "send a message". We never know what his real name is, where he got those scars, where he goes or what he does when he's not wearing the makeup.
This is almost exactly what Batman is to the underworld. A man who arrived out of nowhere with all these gadgets and vehicles, who decided that he could change the way that Gotham was by doing the work that the police wouldn't do, and thus "sending a message". And in the same way that the police turn on Batman, and have to condemn his actions, the criminals of Gotham eventually sell out the Joker.
The two are presented as two sides of the same coin. This is hammered home by the fact that two face is in the movie, a character who uses the same coin to make decisions about good and evil."
17. Nice Sword
Pirate of the Caribbean
Here's something /u/Flater420 discovered about Will Turner's sword. "The sword Will Turner made in the beginning of the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie. He made it for the Commodore (I forget his earlier rank), who loses it for a while, but regains it as Lord Beckett gives it back when he is reinstated.
The Commodore is then killed by Davy Jones, who comments on the sword ("Hmm. Nice sword") after he stabbed him with it.
At the end of the third movie, Will is stabbed by Davy Jones with the sword he made in the beginning.
Not sure if it's that hidden, but not many of my friends noticed it."
18. Part Of The Plan
/u/Lochifess realized that "Senator Stern (the guy who says 'Hail Hydra' to Sitwell) from the Captain America: Winter Soldier was actually first seen on Iron Man 2. This means the reason why he wanted Stark to give up his tech was because he wanted to use it for Hydra's purposes."
19. One Mean Fish
An anonymous Reddit user noted that "In Lilo and Stitch, Lilo was late for dance class because she had to run to the store to get a peanut butter sandwich for Pudge the fish (who controls the weather).
Being late (and wet, due to delivering said sandwich to the fish), led to Lilo being in a fight with another girl and then ultimately a fight with her sister Nani.
Meanwhile, as punishment for his late sandwich, Pudge the weather-controlling fish then conjured rain just as Stitch crash lands on Earth, causing a truck to hit him as it skidded on the slippery wet road.
Stitch was then adopted by Nani and Lilo, thus completing Pudge's revenge when all the extra terrestrials involved with Stitch were later responsible for Lilo being taken away by social services."
20. The Butler Did It
Sound of Music
/u/HotelIndiaFoxtrot writes, "The Sound of Music - The butler is actually a Nazi and rats out the family."
21. Could It Be?
This one is still up for debate, but /u/thegirlontheredbicyc has an interesting theory about Blood Diamond. "Blood Diamond spoilers below.
Danny Archer has HIV/AIDS
When walking through town a [working girl] propositions him with 'I'm clean, no HIV' Danny scoffs and says 'ya, I've heard that one before.'
When he's bleeding out from his gunshot wound he freaks out when Solomon goes to compress the wound 'don't touch it! don't touch the blood!'
There's never [physical intimacy] with the journalist, they have feelings for one another but Danny keeps her at a distance and it's obvious there is a reason why he says 'another lifetime ey?'
Whenever the wife, settling down or child question comes up he retreats and says it's not possible.
He's had to leave the army at some stage, yet the reason doesn't get mentioned. Once infected with HIV you're discharged.
Danny has a need more than greed when he follows after the the Diamond. When he says to Solomon 'I don't give a ---- about you!' is more of a moment of desperation, rather than heartless blind greed. He never really details what getting the Diamond will bring for him to anyone in the film."
22. Well, Now I Feel Bad...
/u/Crimson_Kremlin says, "Inglorious Basterds - it's not a hidden plot point so much as the overall allegory. The plot follows the propaganda machine led by Joseph Goebbels showing how movies were used to promote stereotypes of Jews and glorify the Nazi cause, when the other plot in the film is literally glorifying the brutal killing of Nazis.
Tarantino gets the audience to cheer on the savage acts of the Basterds, and by doing so proves how easily it is to manipulate the emotions of the people. It's a really interesting way to show people how it's understandable that nearly an entire nation can get essentially brainwashed into supporting a tyrannical war mongering dictator.
Anyway, I think most people who see it just think of it is a fun Nazi killing movie with artistic violence.
For a children's movie, LEGO Movie was surprisingly complex, as /u/Coriendre found out: "In the LEGO Movie, every time the police has a fight with the main characters, it's just the little boy in the real world fighting with his father.
In the bridge seen, the father accidentally breaks the bridge, forcing him to stay behind to fix it. His son then has enough time to run to another area of the house (Cloud CooCoo land), where he plays by himself.
His father then comes in and destroys his creation and confiscates some of his characters out of revenge."
24. Missing Minutes
/u/saabn observes that, "X-Men: Days of Future Past takes place during Nixon's presidency, and in one scene, President Nixon holds a secret meeting in the Oval Office regarding mutants. Right before the meeting begins, he reaches across his desk and turns off his tape recorder."
25. That's So Sad :(
/u/Stevopotamus writes, "Jumanji. I didn't realize this until years later, but the hunter from the game board is the same actor who plays his father. Mind blown."
Which one of these clever plot points is your favorite? We're still trying to deal with Home Alone being about spilled milk.
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