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I've been surprised recently by how many movies open with the ending: This is referred to as the "How We Got Here" trope. The link has quite a long list of movies, but here is a top ten version if you need a shorter refresher. This trope seems to be used mostly in movies and seldom used in books.

What is the purpose or starting at the end? Is it to create suspense?

closed as primarily opinion-based by Paulie_D, Skooba, Rand al'Thor, Meat Trademark, Thunderforge Feb 25 '18 at 19:13

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    Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise. – Paulie_D Feb 24 '18 at 10:23
  • Obviously, opinion-prone questions are a constant nuisance on StackExchange. However, this question is specific to plot and story structure. This part of film-making is quite well-documented, with most plot structures based on the 3-act structure. It is from this field that I expect a fairly established answer to come from. If all the answers are opinion-based, I will gladly remove my question. – MXMLLN Feb 24 '18 at 11:25
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    I think the question is a good one at its core, however, I question the assertion that this technique is "predominantly used." I'm sure there are plenty of movies that use this trope, but there are also a lot of movies in general. I doubt this trope is used in most of them. – Steve-O Feb 24 '18 at 17:17
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    Foregone Conclusion – ibrahim mahrir Feb 24 '18 at 19:11
  • Apologies. "Predominantly" was specifically referring to mediums where this technique is used, i.e., movies and not books. I've hopefully clarified that further in the latest revision. @Steve-O – MXMLLN Feb 25 '18 at 14:41

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