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Greatest ‘Say What?’ moments

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By Patrick Kevin Day, Brill Bundy and Andy Greiser

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 where surprise is a pleasing virtue, such as early Shyamalan, and films where 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 in this gallery are of the latter variety and you should be warned that spoilers abound. (Rafy / Warner Bros.)
‘Awake’ (2007)
The moment: This movie is just a string of “What? Seriously?” moments from Terrence Howard and Jessica Alba‘s duplicity to Lena Olin‘s overdose so she can save her son ( Hayden Christensen), but not before having a nice little conversation with him in limbo and giving him closure about his dead father’s memory.

The biggest “What?” of them all though is how those four got suckered into being in “Awake” in the first place. (K.C. Bailey)
‘Sleepaway Camp’ (1983)
The moment: Campers at sleepy Camp Arawak are getting slaughtered one by one. Sweet but shy Angela couldn’t be a suspect, or could she? Actually, yes, Angela is the killer. But writer-director Robert Hiltzik doesn’t stop there. Not only is Angela the killer, but Angela isn’t even Angela at all! Turns out she’s a he, and if the explicit explanation of that wasn’t clear enough, Hiltzik treats us viewers to a full-frontal proof that the shy sweet little girl is actually a crazed little boy. What?!? ()
‘Mission: Impossible’ (1996)
The moment: Remember heroic Impossible Missions Force leader Jim Phelps ( Peter Graves) from the television series? In the biggest “huh?” moment of the 1996 movie, Phelps (here played by Jon Voight) is revealed as a traitor determined to murder and sell out his fellow spies because he’s unappreciated and underpaid. (Murray Close / Paramount Pictures)
‘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 man, where did that come from? (Merle W. Wallace / Warner Bros.)
‘Planet of the Apes’ (2001)
The moment: We understand director Tim Burton couldn’t just re-create the great twist that ended the original “Planet of the Apes” -- remember the Statue of Liberty in the sand? But his choice of a surprising twist just left audiences scratching their heads. The astronaut, played by Mark Wahlberg, manages to return to Earth only to find it’s an Earth taken over by apes, complete with their own parallel ape history. (We learn this by seeing an ape version of the Lincoln Memorial and an Ape-raham Lincoln.) The original “Apes” ending gave us a different lens through which to view the entire movie again. The new “Apes” ending? Left people with more confused questions than answers. (Nels Israelson / 20th Century Fox)
‘Anaconda’ (1997)
The moment: This B-movie with a soon-to-be A-list cast (including Owen Wilson and Jennifer Lopez) was a sub-standard giant killer snake movie saved by a great, over-the-top scenery-chewing performance by Jon Voight as the sinister Amazon guide with a nasty snake scar. But the all-time great jaw-dropping moment of the entire film comes when Voight, who has been devoured whole by the giant snake, gets vomited back onto the ground at Lopez’s feet. There he kneels, partially digested, and, I kid you not, winks at her. WINKS! Words fail. (Van Redin / Columbia / TriStar)
‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ (2008)
The moment: We expect a certain level of ridiculousness in our “ Indiana Jones” movies. In all honesty, that’s part of their charm. The film’s biggest spoiler – that there’d be aliens – was leaked early, so we thought we had plenty of time to prepare. We were wrong. The end of this movie turned the most recent “Indiana Jones” installment from a senseless romp into a pure puzzler. Minds are melded, people explode and a super-fancy spaceship suddenly emerges from the ruins. Where does it go? The “space between spaces.” Is that where our money went? (Lucasfilm)
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