When Movies Go Wrong

I used to work in film production and so I think I am qualified enough to tell you that getting everything right in a movie is not easy! For instance, the development of a film may take several years and when it’s given the green light, the timing may not be exactly fitting for the film.

I worked on a film once which was heavily shot in a wood, and when filming began it was September, with golden leaves everywhere. By the end of shoot in November, the Director wanted to go back to do pick up shots, and of course there were hardly any leaves left on the trees!

He hadn’t thought of it and the added cost of CGI (computer generated image) would be impossible to fund at this stage. We had to go with what we had! (Mercenaries, 2011).

Here are some more movie blunders; it’s nice to know we get it wrong sometimes…

1.       Final Destination (2000)

I distinctly remember going to see this movie, and jumping clear out of my seat a few times. It was one of the first of its genre, prior to classics such as Wolf Creek or Hostel, where young people come to a grisly end under what appears to be normal circumstances.

One of the tensest scenes in Final Destination was when Carter’s car gets stuck on the rails and mashed up by a BC Rail train.

However, the film is set in New York state, and the BC Rail is a Canadian company! Ooops!

2.       Babel (2006)

This was an incredibly diverse film with so many different locations and threads, that it was hard to keep up. Production would have had a nightmare with this one!

But the movie blunder here is one of geography rather than anything else – illustrating the need for a thorough recce before the shoot!

The scene at the end of the movie, Amelia and the children are trying to get into the USA from the Tecate border, managing to get lost in the desert.

But, fact fans, there is no desert in Tecate; it is in fact a mountainous region – what you were watching was in fact the Arizona border!

3.       Flightplan (2005)

Jodie Foster encountered technical difficulties in this movie, which was mostly set inside a plane. Just as she is boarding the plane with her daughter through the external doors, she mentions that the aeroplane has four engines.

Later on when Jodie is caught up in the nightmare scenario of looking for her daughter who is lost at 30,000 feet, she finds herself in the cockpit and there the controls indicate that the plane only has two engines. Doh!

4.       Jaws (1975)

In today’s gore/slasher movies, such as Saw and Eden Lake, Jaws looks positively tame, with its fibreglass shark and rare shots of blood. But still has the power to strike fear in us; the primeval fear of the ultimate predator – the shark!

It is documented that the author of the Jaws book Peter Benchley, regretted feeding everyone this fear of sharks, which I must say I still have to this day.

One of the bloomers in this film happens in one of the most shocking (in 1975!) scenes, as the real shark turns up in the pond area of the beach and as people panic, the captain of a small boat gets tipped over by the shark and gets his leg bitten off.

In the boat, the captain was barefoot. But as the severed leg sinks to the bottom of the sea bed, you can see full well it has a tennis shoe on! Fail!

Can you beat these errors? Please share with us any movie mistakes you’ve noticed recently – I love to see them!

James Duval is an IT specialist who is addicted to his Xbox and watching films. Given the choice, he would rather spend his days roaring around the world on his motorbike seeing the greatest architecture the globe has to offer. He lives for the sound of a great guitar riff, and a well written blog for Eurocell Building Plastics.

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