2. The stairwell descent in ‘Parasite’
Bong Joon-ho’s genre-twisting masterpiece comes with a second act twist that is among the most exciting reveals in any movie this year. Once the Kim family has fully infiltrated the Park family’s home through various assistance jobs, they receive an unexpected visitor in the dead of night: the previously displaced housekeeper, Moon-gwang.
The bewildered Kim family follows Moon-gwang downstairs to reveal an even lower level of the basement. Unveiling the bunker below, the camera follows our characters swiveling down the stairs, rounding corners, making us anticipate what exactly has been down there this whole time. The sense of dread and anticipation created by just one shot is masterful filmmaking.