Watch the pivotal moment of revelation in Shutter Island, Fight Club, American Psycho, Star Wars, Mission: Impossible (Video)

Watch an Emotional Video Montage of Movie Characters’ Key Moments of Revelation

Watch an Emotional Video Montage of Movie Characters’ Key Moments of Revelation

Brow Beat
Slate's Culture Blog
Oct. 6 2015 11:47 AM

Watch an Emotional Video Montage of Movie Characters’ Key Moments of Revelation

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Leonardo DiCaprio has a moment inShutter Island.

It’s the moment from which all spoilers are derived—the moment in a movie that changes everything. It’s Bruce Willis realizing he’s dead at the end of The Sixth Sense, or Christian Bale coming home to a spotless apartment in American Psycho, or Edward Norton in Fight Club discovering Brad Pitt is a figment of his imagination. It’s “Soylent green is made out of people,” and it’s “Luke, I am your father.” 

The moment is difficult to describe but easy to recognize; it’s often accompanied by misty eyes, trembling hands, and the open-mouthed gape of someone who’s just had their entire universe flipped upside down. In that moment they know, and we know they know, and we know now, too, and nothing will ever be the same. 

Jacob T. Swinney is a video essayist, filmmaker, and cinephile.