Nine Queens. What did you think of the ending?

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  1. Edwin-S

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    I rented this film once, but it just would not play on my regular player. I was finally able to see the film using my laptop.

    I was quite surprised by this film. First, for a crime film it had a violence quotient of almost zero. Secondly, the ending really came out of left field. I normally never feel surprised by an ending, but the ending of this film definitely caught me out.

    The ending was so surprising I laughed at just how clever the filmmakers were in not telegraphing clues. In some respects the ending was so unexpected a person actually got the feeling that somehow a person had missed part of the story. It literally left a person with a WTF??!! feeling. The ending impressed me because of the unexpected resolution.

    On the other hand, I had a fleeting feeling of being unfairly snookered. The lack of foreshadowing gave the ending somewhat of a tacked on feeling: like it was done just to be clever.

    So I was wondering what other people thought of the ending? Clever or a cheat? I thought it was a little of both.
     
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    I thought it was very clever, not much of a cheat at all. I've only seen it once, so I think a good test of this would be to watch it again with a close look-out for any foreshadowing and/or cheating.
     
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    Well, the only place I can think of any foreshadowing occurring is during a kissing scene, but within the context of the story even that scene wouldn't have been sufficient to raise any awareness as to the ending. Unfortunately, I have to return the film, so I won't be able to watch it again.

    All in all, it was a very good film. I was caught out so much by the ending I just had to laugh. The actor playing the younger "con artist" did an excellent job. His performance was key to the success of the film.
     
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    Then again, do you really want much foreshadowing in a movie like this? The whole point of a twist ending is that you don't see it coming. If you're sufficiently into the story and the characters that it feels like a pleasing explanation, like in this movie, then I think that's good enough.
     

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