Small But Clever Details From Underrated Mystery Movies That Demand A Second Look

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Vote up the most impressive details that made you say "whoa."

If there's one film genre that relies heavily on small but clever details, it's the mystery genre. Trying to solve a film's mystery or watch the characters attempt to uncover what happened is one of the most appealing aspects of any movie. Of course, not all mystery movies are the same, and because it's such a heavily saturated genre, there are far more underrated mystery movies than critically acclaimed ones.

Underrated or overlooked mystery movies may not come to mind when you think of the genre, but they have just as many small but clever details as the ones that win major awards. Movie fans have watched these movies, and every so often, they post their findings on the Movie Details subreddit. This list features the best small but clever details from underrated mystery movies that demand a second look.


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    7 VOTES

    Handwriting Is Key In Understanding Small Details In 'Memento'

    From Redditor u/somu69:

    In Memento, Lenny tells us in the beginning that you learn to trust your own handwriting. When Teddy pressurizes him to write something about Natalie, he doesn't use his normal handwriting so that he doesn't trust it later. He changes it eventually with his real handwriting.

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    7 VOTES

    March Sleeps In Water For A Very Good Reason In 'The Nice Guys'

    From Redditor u/professionalcynic1:

    The Nice Guys - March wakes up in the bath and also falls asleep in the pool whilst smoking. This is because he lost his sense of smell and could not smell the gas thats burnt his house down and resulted in the loss of his wife. He is scared he will cause a fire whilst sleeping and lose his daughter.

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    6 VOTES

    Chuck's Mishandling Of His Holster At The Beginning Of 'Shutter Island' Speaks Volumes About His True Story

    From Redditor u/Numerous-Lemon:

    In Shutter Island (2010), Chuck struggles to remove his holster in the opening scene, suggesting he has his inexperience with handling firearms.

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    13 VOTES

    Each Character's Car In 'Clue' Is The Color Of Their Name

    From Redditor u/bootymix96:

    In Clue (1985), each character's car is the same color as their name and game piece in the board game.

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    5 VOTES

    The Person Reading The Letters In 'Zodiac' Changes Because The True Killer's Identity Remains A Mystery

    From Redditor u/brhoades1138:

    In Zodiac (2007), since the real Zodiac was never found they use several actors to voice reading the letters so the viewer doesn't associate any one person with the killings.

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    6 VOTES

    There's A Key Indication Of Rachel's Alcoholism Early In 'The Girl On The Train'

    From Redditor u/Lucid_Dreema:

    At the beginning of The Girl on the Train (around 3:50), we see Rachel applying pressure between her thumb and index finger, a common acupressure trick to ward off severe nausea. In the next scene, we discover she is drunk and feeling unwell. The fact she knows this trick highlights her alcoholism.