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5 WTF Moments In Movies
5 Head Scratching Scenes From Film
By Dirk Sonniksen
August 18, 2009
Continuity problems that would baffle Stephen Hawking, art direction that has audiences covering their eyes, characters so out of place, you check to see if you're in the right theater. WTF moments can be little slices of joy, or moments from hell for those who have waited years to see their favorite story make it to the big screen, only to be destroyed by an over-zealous director. From box office hits to box office bombs, they're everywhere. For your review, the following are five recent and not-so-recent WTF moments.
1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
In an attempt to create a homage to every film that came into his head, Michael Bay managed to create two hours and thirty minutes of WTF moments. A glimpse of R2-D2, Wheelie as WALL-E, and a Decepticon with testicles (Balls of Fury?). And then there's Alice. Poor Alice. What shall we make of you? Are you Decepticon or T1000 (definitely more of the latter in our opinion). Why not start from scratch and create something original instead of blatantly ripping off other films? As for the T1000 logo on Alice, ROTF's Visual Effects Supervisor, Scott Farrar commented, “We did it because we like to give a nod to the competition. It's OK; we're all friends.” Maybe you are friends, Scott, but is it really OK? Perhaps Bay is saving something original for Transformers 3. We certainly hope so.
2. The Abyss: (1989) – The Pink-Spaceship-Thing
For the most part, The Abyss was a great movie. Nail-biting underwater scenes, a guy going bonkers with the bends, nuclear missiles, explosions and aliens! Cute, pink, passive aliens. And that's fine. We can handle pink aliens. Our WTF moment occurs when the alien ship surfaces. It's as if Monet and Salvador Dali collaborated on some strange art project and ended up with something akin to the Giant Sea Snail in the '67 version of Dr. Dolittle. What makes the ending so out of place is not just one silly looking spaceship, it's what was cut from the theatrical version of the film. If you want a more accurate representation of Cameron's vision, watch the Special Edition. It doesn't spare audiences the goofy spaceship, but it does give the film a more meaningful ending.
3. Logan's Run (1976) - Box
Box is the ridiculously out of place psycho robot that welcomes Logan (Michael York) and Jessica (Jenny Agutter) into its frozen lair (such a well-suited setting for robots). Box pontificates like Al Gore at a Sierra Club meeting, all the while planning the frozen demise of his guests. Logan's Run was fantastic fun, with set designs resembling a montage of high-end hair salons, but the sequence with Box just left us with that WTF face. Perhaps a more tactful move for director Michael Anderson would have been to stay true to the novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, in which Box is depicted as an actual human who is kept alive with cyber-like implants. With the remake of Logan's Run slated to hit the screen in 2010 (with Tron's Joseph Kosinsky at the helm), let's hope Box gets a proper makeover.
4. The Day After Tomorrow (2004) – Weather
The Day After Tomorrow is a meteorologist's wet dream, with some of the most implausible WTF moments in the annals of weather forecasting. It could be the tornadoes in Los Angeles (Breg thought they'd be great in Hancock as well), or the fact that no one can seem to outrun the freakishly cold temperatures that hit the East Coast, except Jake Gyllenhaal and a few of his co-stars. While everyone else in New York freezes dead in their tracks, Jake and his posse manage to weather the cold by simply building a fire in a cozy room in the city library. Jake's Dad (played by Dennis Quaid) also manages to trek all the way from D.C. To NYC to save his son, but the majority of Big Apple residents can't make it three blocks down Broadway without turning into snow cones.
5. Blade Runner (1982) - Narration
More of an after-the-fact WTF moment, the narration of Blade Runner was a decision made to please soccer mom audiences in the early '80s, with studio execs unable to realize that their true target audience was smart enough to understand a film without being spoon-fed obvious plot points. Enter Blade Runner, The Director's Cut, Ridley Scott's 1992 version, which removed Harrison Ford's narration, broached the idea of Deckard being a Replicant, and changed the ending. While some argue the removal of Ford's narration left the film somewhat sterile, we applaud Scott for seeing his vision of the film through to fruition.