Twist Ending Explained [SPOILER!]

SPOILER ALERT: the following article contains massive spoilers, including the ending. If you have not yet seen the movie, proceed at your own risk, or better, come back to this article later!

Inspired by Charles Dickens’s iconic novel Oliver Twist, this action-fueled crime-thriller set in contemporary London follows the journey of Twist (Raff Law), a gifted graffiti artist trying to find his way after the loss of his mother. Lured into a street gang headed by the paternal Fagin (Oscar® winner* Michael Caine), Twist is attracted to the lifestyle — and to Red (Sophie Simnett), an alluring member of Fagin’s crew. But when an art theft goes wrong, Twist’s moral code is tested as he’s caught between Fagin, the police, and a loose-cannon enforcer (Lena Headey).


Twist Plot Summary and Synopsis

A thief named Tom Chitling steals an envelope from a safe and escapes from guards but is thrown off a building by an unseen assailant. The envelope is stolen while Tom is left to die.

Years before, a boy named Oliver lived with his mother Molly and their hobby was painting. After Molly dies from unknown causes, Oliver runs away being scared due to not knowing anyone else.

He teaches himself to free run and getting the nickname “Twist”. One day while graffiti spraying on a traffic warden’s van, the police chase him and meets Dodge and Batesey (The Artful Dodger and Charles Bates).

They escape to their den near the Truman Brewery where Twist meets Fagin their carer. The next morning, Twist draws a giant graffiti painting on a building. Fagin sends Red (Nancy Leigh) to invite Twist (who is smitten with her) to his for dinner. Meanwhile Fagin meets with a friend of his named Sikes (Bill Sikes) revealing she pushed Chitling. Twist stays with the family and Fagin reveals his plan to steal from art dealer Dr. Crispin Losberne who took everything from Fagin. They then steal his phone and Batesey makes a copy.

Meanwhile Red, as a distraction, asks to be an intern for Losberne, so the next day Fagin gets the blueprints to Losberne’s gallery. Twist meets Sikes and her dog Bull’s-Eye. Fagin explains that Losberne once went into partnership with a Mr. Issac Solomon who Losberne also betrayed.

Red plants a small bomb in Losberne’s bathroom to steal a lost painting by William Hogarth. The bomb floods the basement and causes the painting to have to be moved.

Back at base, Twist finds out that Red and Sikes are a couple upsetting him. At a pub, Red appears and Sikes’ goons attack the group while Dodge plays Ever Fallen In Love in the jukebox. Twist and Red escape to a pool where the two kiss and run through the park. Twist is arrested by the traffic warden from earlier and is interrogated by Detectives Brownlow and Bedwin who tell him about Chitling. Twist is let free and gets back to base.

Batesey is planned to get in a box to steal the painting while it’s on the move but because he’s claustrophobic, Twist switches places with him.

Losberne finds out about the thieves and this causes Twist to fall out the van. Sikes picks Batesey up and apparently kills him. Twist gets back to base and asks “What happened to Tom Chitling?” and Sikes reveals that she killed Tom. Fagin gets a plan to break into the auction building. Disguised, the group sneak in and Fagin plants a gun in Losberne’s chair. This causes a big evacuation.

Twist steals the painting and escapes with Dodge. Batesey, who is still alive, reveals that Sikes tried to kill him and meets them at the base. Where Twist reveals he made a duplicate of the painting and has hidden the real one. He and Red escape and Sikes shoots Fagin. She then chases them to a rooftop and is shot by Fagin and falls of a building (ironic after what happened to Tom).

A week later, Twist meets Bedwin and Brownlow at a café and leaves them the envelope and a key. He then calls Brownlow hinting that the painting was right next to them the whole time.

The envelope reveals the true owners of the painting and the key leads them to a locker owned by Losberne (who is arrested) which houses many stolen artwork. Fagin is revealed to be Issac Solomon and leaves with Twist in charge. It is also revealed that Twist snuck in a photo that he painted and credits it as his mother’s.

Twist Ending

The film ends with Twist telling the gang to stop stealing and start selling paintings while him and Red start a relationship.

Source: Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0).

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