The moment you realize that you’re not watching the movie (or television series) that you thought you were watching. There’s a number of these in various movies that, in some cases, turn a pedestrian experience into a good experience and, if we’re lucky, a good one into a great one. If, however, you haven’t see these… you should know that they’ve got little surprises in the middle. Now, they won’t change the plot or anything like that… All of the ones I’m thinking of happen in the middle and the ending probably could have happened without them (though it might take a rewrite). In any case, I’m not going to put the titles behind a cut, but I will be using rot13 to talk about the stuff that happened. Because it was *REALLY* cool when you found out that the ruby slippers could have sent her home in the first 20 minutes. That changed the whole movie. Glenda was, like, evil. Whoa.
In Taken, for example, there was the scene in which Aslan fubg uvf sevraq’f jvsr (va gur fubhyqre, tenagrq) gb qrzbafgengr gung ur zrnag ohfvarff. I was sitting at home thinking that I was watching “Die Hard In France” with a particularly humorless protagonist and, WHAM!, suddenly I’m watching an entirely different movie. We realize that Aslan isn’t a good guy trying to save his family, ur’f n onq thl gelvat gb fnir uvf snzvyl. Whoa.
Interestingly enough, there was a completely different one in The Expendables. You think you’re watching a Jason Statham movie as directed by Sylvester Stallone when, suddenly, you’ve got Mickey Rourke giving a speech in the tattoo parlor jurer ur’f gnyxvat nobhg gung ynql va Obfavn gung ur unq n punapr gb fgbc sebz whzcvat bss n oevqtr ohg ur qvqa’g… naq ur’f pelvat gurer va gur zvqqyr bs gur gnggbb cneybe erzrzorevat ubj gung’f gur bar guvat gung ur zvtug unir qbar gb fnir uvf bja fbhy naq ubj ur snvyrq gb qb vg and you’re thinking “holy cow… this is not what I thought I bought a ticket for…” I mean, sure, the movie had all of the explosions you could have possibly asked for and all of the gun/knife fu you could ask for in a movie that has Randy Couture *AND* Steve Austin *AND* Jet Li *AND* Terry Crews *AND* DOLPH LUNDGREN. But there’s also that speech. (Jason Statham’s to Charisma Carpenter was a treat that came out of nowhere as well. He can almost act? When in the heck did *THAT* happen?)
They aren’t exactly spoilers but… well, they’re reasons to see the movie and if it’s a movie that, really, doesn’t look that different from the other hundred cookie-cutter insipid films churned out by Hollywood, it’s always nice to find a gem in the middle that makes you realize that an actual human being was involved in this film at some point.
Which movies out there carry similar gems in the middle? What should I try to watch *NEXT* weekend?