Mistakes are great: Here are 8 classic movie twists

Written by Cadi Armer for CNN From stars literally running out of gas to men staring wrong through women’s sunglasses, moviegoers have long loved spotting epic film missteps. From “Risky Business” to “Snakes on…

Mistakes are great: Here are 8 classic movie twists

Written by Cadi Armer for CNN

From stars literally running out of gas to men staring wrong through women’s sunglasses, moviegoers have long loved spotting epic film missteps. From “Risky Business” to “Snakes on a Plane,” over-the-top mistakes abound.

But what about mistakes that muddle up plots, inject life into situations, or just make everyone feel smarter — when things aren’t quite as they seem?

As it turns out, moviegoers love watching moments like these, because they make the viewer realize they’re in good hands.

Take Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” which is a mind-bender right down to the last scene of an entire dream gone wrong. Bruce Willis’ character walks into the path of a speeding train in the film’s climax, only to glide away with a sigh.

Our hero — spoiler alert — actually lived the fantasy. Here’s a look at other moments in movies when something looked fishy, but turned out okay.

He’s alive!

Manon the escort is not in danger — at least not on the part of his ward. In director Francois Ozon’s “Swimming Pool,” Nicolas Cage is just swimming away from the real victim, so he can leave her in peace. “Definitely the most famous movie non-death,” as Ozon describes it.

French theater actor Jean-Marc Barr plays a little-known role in “Blade Runner.” The person he’d love to have dinner with? He has it written in the film script. “It was so astounding,” says Barr. “I’m a big fan of the movie.”

That fireball.

Men, want to look like a cosmopolitan man? Bear in mind this is not a dream. In this scene from “E.T.,” a young R. Kelly sings a creepy, slow version of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).” His crooked grin and swollen fists make a lasting impression on each viewer — and nobody wants to think of R. Kelly dancing.

Where’s the lightsaber?

Lupita Nyong’o is not the chosen one … just using her powers for good. While the glowing red lightsaber belongs to one of her main characters, that doesn’t stop it from getting super hot in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Eric Pfrunder, author of the blog “Holy S–t!”, says it may be more important to understand the context of the scene when scrutinizing an error. “If you were going to be stuck on an island, wouldn’t you get the space sword?” he asks.

…so get it while you can

Diversity is diversity. Just ask first-time-director John Singleton. He made the world aware of the fact his character just turned into Martin Luther King Jr. when he flinched at being covered with bullets in “Boyz n the Hood.”

Ed Norton’s presence in Hollywood is in question

Sorry, Ed Norton, but if you look at the blindfolded woman in “Fight Club,” you would think she’s talking to a boy.

The GPS is not in this Google Maps option

You may not realize it from the actual situation, but Nolan’s mysterious, high-tech device is crucial to the plot of “Interstellar.” As Ben Vaughn, science writer for the New York Times’ The Upshot explains, “Interstellar’s philosophical problems would be impossible without the existence of the planet-sized wormhole which allows Scott to use the giant microwave detectors he builds to track the little wormhole.”

The villain is not what he seems

Most of us know Daniel Radcliffe as the innocent and scrawny Harry Potter, but can we really tell the difference between the young boy and the bearded bearded man in a a white suit in “The Woman in Black”? The “Potter” movie has won several honors, including a 2008 Oscar for adapted screenplay, but this one has no Academy Award nominations. It did, however, make money.

We have time to kill

It takes more than 60 minutes for humans to reach the moon in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which, for humans, is sadly very long. The film’s eerie sound design, however, is memorable.

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