10 Biggest Editing Mistakes in Movies

Some of the biggest blockbusters movies in the past few years let mistakes slip through editing - did you notice them all?

We all know that mistakes happen. But when hundreds of millions of dollars are on the line, you would think that people would pay even closer attention to detail. But in the world of move- making, the opposite is true. The bigger the movie, the bigger the mistakes. They’re not all bad, and plenty of them can be downright hilarious. Either way, fans won’t want to miss a single one of them.

Here are Screenrant’s 10 Biggest Editing Mistakes in Movies.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max Fury Road Movie Mistakes Crew

With the amount of practical effects and stunt work in George Miller’s insane story of car carnage, a few visible safety harnesses or wires wouldn’t be surprising. After all, the actors can’t really take the risks of their characters. But one major mistake has nothing to do with Fury Road's ambitious action. When Immortan Joe and his War Boys are blocked in a desert canyon, an aerial shot shows his entire war party stuck, clearing a path. But pay close attention to the right side of the screen, and you’ll catch the entire crew taking in the sights, clearly assuming the pounding war drums will keep the audience distracted.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers Age Ultron Mistakes Quicksilver Speed

In Age of Ultron, a pair of superpowered siblings give the heroes a run for their money. But when Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch join the good side before the movie’s final battle, they put their talents to good use, helping evacuate an entire city. The speedster tries to alert the police, but finds out that gunfire is all that will get their attention. Bursting in and out of a police station got a laugh from audiences, but his speed isn’t a special effect. The actors did their best to hold still, but their jerking movements show the footage was simply sped up and slowed down. Once you spot it, you might wonder how you ever missed it!

Jurassic World

Jurassic World Movie Mistake Heartbeat

In the world of film, nothing says “death” like watching a heart rate monitor flatline. In Jurassic World, a team of dinosaur containment soldiers prove that point when tackling the movie’s biggest, deadliest creature - and being killed one after another. But the effects team assumed people wouldn’t be looking too closely at the hearts still beating. Not only do the heart rates stay steady as the squad is being slaughtered, but the EKG patterns themselves are flawed. They made sure to keep every heart from beating at the same time, but in a dozen soldiers, even TWO having identical patterns is impossible, let alone every one of them. The movie isn’t the first to cheat with an EKG, and it definitely won’t be the last.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy Star-Lord Drax

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy are some truly colorful characters, but none is stranger than Drax (Dave Bautista), the green-skinned, tattooed alien who audiences are told can’t understand metaphors. The idea of Drax being "completely literal" is played for a few jokes, but the character explicitly drops the idea for one line. Before the attack on Ronan’s forces, Drax lets a fellow warrior know that he thinks of them "as paper people." That’s not just a metaphor, but a particularly vivid one, at that.

American Sniper

American Sniper Fake Baby Mistakes

Nobody would have guessed that Clint Eastwood’s story of a real American Sniper would bring in over a half a billion dollars at the global box office. If they did, then the filmmakers may have spent a bit more money bringing the main character’s newborn child to life. When two real-life babies were unable to shoot their scene, the crew apparently decided a doll was good enough. Some CG was used to animate the baby’s hand, but once star Bradley Cooper took it in his arms, the act completely dropped. Instead of changing the scene or cutting around it, one of the fakest babies to every appear in a blockbuster movie took center stage.


Frozen Movie Mistakes Thumb Glitch

If there’s one thing you can say about Disney and Pixar, it’s that they’ve truly risen to their very own level of animated moviemaking. It’s that fact that makes any mistake that slips into a modern Disney movie even more shocking – and Frozen was no exception. When the movie’s villain has been dealt with, and every cast member is getting their happy ending, Anna and Kristoff share their first kiss, as he literally sweeps her off her feet. With the story wrapping up, the animators either missed the fact that Kristoff’s thumb glitches into Anna’s body, or decided it was too small to ever be noticed. They may be right for the most part, but it’s moments like these that remind movie fans that even the experts aren’t always perfect.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America Winter Soldier Mistakes Bucky Years

Steve Rogers took it hard when he learned that his former best friend had been turned into the brainwashed assassin known as The Winter Soldier. But Captain America should probably have been tipped off when the story of Bucky’s disappearance – and even his life – didn’t quite add up. According to Bucky's commemorative plaque in the National Air and Space Museum, the soldier was born in 1916. But the same plaque also claims he lived from 1917-1944, when he fell to his presumed death in The First Avenger. So, he died in 1944 then... except that was on the same day that Arnim Zola was captured, which according to the doctor's artificial likeness, was in 1945.

Furious 7

Fast Furious 7 Movie Mistakes Cameraman

It took seven movies for the Fast & Furious series to answer the question: who is man enough to bring down Jason Statham? Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson pull it off, with the villain being put away in a solitary cell for years to come. The good news, though, is he won’t be alone. When the supercop Hobbs (Johnson) finally locks him up, audiences are supposed to be looking at the hero’s grin. They’re not supposed to notice the cameraman standing in front of Statham, clearly visible in the window’s reflection, blocking the actor’s orange jumpsuit. Then reflected again, outside of the cell. Maybe Statham was so angry because he wasn't ready for his close-up?

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers Movie Mistakes Extinction Green Screens

Audiences may never be able to guess just how much of what they see on screen was actually filmed, and how much was added later using computers. Luckily, director Michael Bay doesn’t always make it hard to tell. In the fourth Transformers movie, an elite team of Autobot-hunters works alongside the villain to kill any and all Transformers. Viewers might wonder why some of the video screens being monitored by the team leader are just green squares. It’s a trick used to capture the screens on set, with video feeds or monitors to be added in later. Apparently, the effects team decided they only had a few ideas for interesting footage, and left the rest of the screens blank (the giant robots might have taken up most of their time).

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men Days Future Past Mistake Pentagon

In a movie packed with fan-favorite X-Men, it wasn’t easy for Quicksilver to stand out in Days of Future Past. But using his superspeed to take down a room full of Pentagon security guards won over skeptics, after he’d already shown he was the only mutant capable of breaking Magneto out of prison. Unfortunately, those paying close attention spotted some strange mistakes. When Quicksilver actually runs Magneto out of containment, he moves so fast, the guards storming the cell are sent flying. But once the pair make it to the elevator, the guards are missing from the hallway behind. And even harder to miss is the black-and-white striped paint job that’s replaced the clean white walls. A change in location is obviously to blame, but there had to have been a subtler solution.


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