Movie theaters across the States have been issuing warning notices after audiences were left confused by a silent scene in the latest Star Wars movie. Released in mid-December, The Last Jedi contains around ten seconds of complete silence during one of the film's key scenes.
Apparently accustomed to the sound of lightsabers cutting through the air, furious movie-goers have been lodging complaints about what they believed to be a technical error.
As it turns out, the decision to cut the sound during the unusually quiet sequence was made by Rian Johnson in order to imply the soundless vacuum of space – something that hasn't really been done before in the Star Wars franchise.
Nonetheless, AMC cinemas have started pinning up warning signs outside showings of the movie to avoid dealing with the wrath of fans who believe they've been cheated out of ten seconds of sound effects. The notice reads:
"Please note: The Last Jedi contains a sequence at approximately 1 hour and 52 minutes into the movie in which all sound stops for about 10 full seconds. While the images continue to play on the screen you will hear nothing. This is intentionally done by the director for a creative effect."
In the meantime, Collider managed to track down visual effects supervisor Ben Morris who praised his work on the silent scene with the following:
"We had always hoped that would resonate, both as a story beat and as a striking visual, and when I heard all of the cries and gasps in the silence, it was just fantastic. We realized that it worked. That’s never really happened in Star Wars before."
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is still out in theaters.