August 11, 2009

THE REAL QUESTION...:

Greatest 'Say what?' movie moments (Patrick Kevin Day, Brill Bundy and Andy Greiser, 8/11/09, Chicago Tribune)

We can't tell you exactly what part of "Orphan" made us slap our forehead in disbelief and mutter, "Say what?" -- that would spoil the movie for you if you haven't seen it. But trust us when we say this is the kind of film that the phrase "Say what?" was invented for. And it's not the first. There are movies in which surprise is a pleasing virtue, such as the early work of M. Night Shyamalan, and films in which surprise is like waking to find your bed smeared with birthday cake and a church choir sitting in your living room. You didn't expect it, sure, but huh? The films listed here are of the latter variety. Be warned that spoilers abound. [...]

"Deep Blue Sea" (1999). The moment: Samuel L. Jackson stands on the edge of a moon pool and utters this stirring speech: "Nature can be lethal, but it doesn't hold a candle to man. Now you've seen how bad things can get and how quick they can get that way. Well they can get a whole lot worse. So we're not going to fight anymore. We're going to pull together and we're going to find a way to get out of here! First, we're going to seal off this ..." At which point a giant shark jumps out and eats him. It's perhaps the film's only highlight, but where did that come from?


...is why more movie makers don't realize they've reached the point where the shark has to be let out of the tank. No one was happy that Richard Dreyfus survived in Jaws.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 11, 2009 11:55 AM
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