Best sci-fi movie deliberate mistakes of 1999

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The Matrix picture The Matrix mistake picture

Deliberate mistake: When Neo and Morpheus are in the construct place (where it is all white), you can see that Morpheus' glasses are a matte grey and then a second later they are totally reflective. [The shot where Morpheus has flat black glasses was shot with a steadycam. A cameraman using a special camera strapped to his body walks in a snaking path from behind Neo, to behind Morpheus. He passes in front of Morpheus at least once. His glasses were painted flat black to prevent the reflection of the steadycam operator showing up on film. At the end of the shot, you can see the back side of the lens. While doing this scene and saying his dialogue, Laurence Fishburne couldn't see anything.] (00:38:10)

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Deliberate mistake: When Commander Taggert and Lt. Madison are about to press the blue button to stop the ship exploding, Lt. Madison's tunic is mostly zipped up. A few seconds later it is suddenly mostly unzipped. Those of you who have access to the DVD of the film can see that there was a deleted scene which was originally intended to go in here where she unzips her tunic to distract the aliens.

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Deliberate mistake: When Jar Jar gets arrested in the Gungan city, in the second shot of Jar Jar and Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan and a part of the floor behind him are reversed. This can be seen, for example, because two of the red areas on the floor have switched positions, and Obi-Wan's braid and lightsaber are on the wrong side. (00:14:00)

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Deliberate mistake: If this movie takes place 7 years after the original, how could his daughter be 13? He was part of a government project, I doubt they let them leave for relationships.


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Suggested correction: This is a retconned film made after 2 other direct-to-video Universal Soldier movies were made. While the film is considered non-canon in the series, in the film itself, the facts of the original are altered to allow Luc to have a daughter.


Exactly. If this movie changes things that happened in previous films than they don't make sense in context to the series, that's a mistake.


Essential the film can be considered the same as a reboot. Reboots and remakes can alter characters without being considered mistakes because they're not actually part of the film series, just like "Universal Soldier: The Return" is not part of the Universal Soldier film series. However, changes to characters in retconned films, shows, or books, by definition, are not mistakes.


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