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9 Trailers That Spoiled the Whole Damn Movie

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By all accounts, "The Impossible" is one of the best movies of the year. Not just heartwarming but legitimately moving, it stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts as a couple who, along with their three children, are flung into chaos and danger during the deadly 2004 tsunami. It's a story that is guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat and leave a lump in your throat as you wonder if any of them can possibly survive.

Unless, of course, you've seen the trailer, in which case you know the answer — and the plot of the entire film.

This seems to be happening more and more these days. Movie studios are turning away from the classic tease, which tries to get you into the theater to find out what happens, and turning towards a new type of trailer where they show you what happens and hope you like it enough to want to watch two entire hours of it.

Frankly, we think that sort of thing sucks to high heaven. And "The Impossible" isn't the only movie that's been affected by this annoying trend. Here's a look at nine other trailers that spoiled the whole damn movie.

9. 'The Sum of All Fears' (2002)

This attempt to reboot Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan franchise by offering up Ben Affleck in a prequel seemed like a good idea, especially since it was based on a gripping novel about Ryan's tense race against the clock to prevent terrorists from detonating a bomb on American soil. Except [SPOILER ALERT!] the trailer shows the bomb going off. So ... apparently he fails? And so does this trailer.

 

8. 'Arlington Road' (1999)

Speaking of tense thrillers about suspected terrorist attacks, "Arlington Road" takes a slightly different tact, as Jeff Bridges plays a professorial type who starts believing his mild-mannered neighbor (Tim Robbins) might be a domestic terrorist. But is he? Or is Bridges just going crazy? [SPOILER ALERT!] No, he's totes a terrorist. Good call, Jeff.

 

7. 'Rope' (1948)

You wouldn't expect Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense, to ruin his own movie by blowing everything in the trailer. But that's just what he does in this teaser for "Rope."  The film is about two dudes who murder a guy just to be jerks. Then James Stewart figures out the crime and confronts them about it. We know this because [SPOILER ALERT!] Stewart literally just stands in front of the camera and narrates the entire plot. Seriously.

 

6. 'Dream House' (2011)

When Daniel Craig and real life wife-to-be Rachel Weisz buy a home in "Dream House," their family becomes terrorized by neighbors or ghosts or something. Or maybe it's all just a dream? [SPOILER ALERT!] It's a dream. Hell, this one is spoiled right in the title of the film! See for yourself.

 

5. 'Letters to Juliet' (2010)

This charming little 2010 romance has a nice premise: Amanda Seyfried plays a gal who discovers an old love letter and tracks down the writer (Vanessa Redgrave) in hopes of helping to find the long lost target of her affections. The task seems impossible, but [SPOILER ALERT!] they find him and everyone lives happily ever after. You're welcome.

 

4. 'Cast Away' (2000)

The central question of "Cast Away" is pretty simple: Will Tom Hanks make it off the desert island he gets stranded on after a plane crash? [SPOILER ALERT!] Yeah, he will. So ... who's up for two hours of watching Hanks grow a beard and light fires? Have at it, America.

 

3. 'Free Willy' (1993)

Much like "Cast Away," "Free Willy" basically asks just one question: Will they, in fact, free Willy? Or will the killer whale be stuck in captivity forever? Well, you'll never guess, but [SPOILER ALERT] they free him. As proven by the parts of this trailer where Willy is, you know, shown being free. Ah, who the hell needs drama in your drama, anyway?

 

2. 'The Negotiator' (1998)

Back in mid-'90s, Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey were pretty much two of the coolest badasses in film, with Jackson still riding high from "Pulp Fiction" and "Die Hard with a Vengeance" and Spacey rocking it with "Seven" and "The Usual Suspects." So the idea of the two of them facing off and matching wits in a hostage situation was pretty juicy — at least, right up to the part in the trailer where [SPOILER ALERT!] they are shown teaming up to take on the crooked cops who framed Jackson. Another cool movie completely wrecked by the trailer:

 

1. 'The Double' (2011)

And here we are, the most egregious trailer ever made: "The Double." This psychological thriller has a tasty hook, as Topher Grace plays a CIA type who begins to believe that a noted terrorist assassin not only isn't dead as previously believed but may actually be secretly active somewhere in Washington as a double agent. Of course, he could have solved the case a lot quicker if he had watched this trailer, which [SPOILER ALERT!] reveals that his partner, Richard Gere, is the assassin. Hey Hollywood, revealing the huge twist in the trailer kind of makes it no longer a twist. Just saying.

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