The Mid-Film Twist:
While on trial, altar boy Aaron Stampler (Edward Norton) breaks down and turns into a completely new person, calling himself Roy and confessing to the murder that Aaron is on trial for…
Effect On The Rest Of The Narrative:
Aaron's defence attorney Martin Vail (Richard Gere) has to find a way to get Aaron off, even though he technically did commit murder. It's a tricky one.
And of course, it sets up a sucker-punch of a twist in the final act. "There was never an