Programmer turned thief Dennis Nedry, played by Wayne Knight, is the biggest reason Jurassic Park went from the most amazing theme park ever to a disaster. At one point, Nedry appears to be talking with an accomplice on his computer via a live feed, as we do pretty often today. However, a closer look reveals that he’s actually watching a pre-recorded video and speaking back to it.
While it’s clearly just a technical limitation the filmmakers had to work around, it’s pretty obvious nowadays, and with increasing technical skills, it becomes more and more laughable every year.
“Commando”: The Magical Rebuilding Car
The 1985 movie “Commando” includes plenty of fun action scenes with our man Arnold, and one of those scenes is a long car chase sequence. One of the characters is driving a Porsche, and as you might expect from an eighties action movie that stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, the car is pretty beat up by the end of the scene.
In the next scene, however, the car has somehow been rebuilt and repaired. It's part of the charm of movies in the eighties, which were less about stellar filmmaking and more about making a movie that was simply a lot of fun.
“Gladiator”: A Little Bit of Extra Propulsion
As far as historical movies go, “Gladiator” isn't the most accurate, but it's still remembered as one of the best. During the re-enactment of the Battle of Carthage, a chariot hits a wall and flips over, revealing a gas canister hidden in the back to help the vehicle get up to speed for the movie.
The Romans had plenty of technological advancements, but pressurized gas wasn't one of them. Unfortunately, resetting the entire action scene would have cost too much and taken too long, so they had to go with the shot that they got.
“Twilight”: Bella, There's a Cameraman
“Twilight” is fun in its poor filmmaking, thanks in part to the barren expressions of lead star Kristen Stewart. The film itself is rife with errors, and one of the most noticeable mistakes is being able to see a cameraman in the curve of Bella's truck, such as you can see in the picture.
A mistake like this reminds the viewers that they're watching a movie and can take them out of the experience – breaking rule number one for most artists of any stripe, be it writers, directors, or musicians.
“Inglourious Basterds”: Maybe it Kept Falling Off
Richard Sammel's character, Sgt. Rachtman is a brutal and ruthless SS officer that appeared on screen opposite of the Basterds from another one of Quentin Tarantino's violent historical movies.
We already know that Tarantino isn't all that strict about having his movies be historically accurate, but even he toned it down for this World War II flick. Yet a mistake still slipped in during a scene that has Sammel's character wearing a medal on his left breast. In one shot, it's there, in the next, it's gone, and then it returns in the next shot.