It can be painful, confusing and hurtful. It’s torn families apart and broken up marriages. It’s the worse thing in the whole entire world. Yes, that’s right, plot holes. Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic and highly doubtful that a plot hole can tear a family apart. It might just cause a heated debate and possibly a fistfight. A plot hole is an inconsistency in a storyline that has no explanation. Although many films contain mysterious questions that are never answered, a plot hole is crucial to the outcome of the story. It can be an event, moment or statement that greatly contradicts an earlier event in the plot. Suspension of disbelief is important when watching a movie. The writers have to take certain liberties to move the plot forward. An example of this would be the critically acclaimed 2013 film, Gravity. Perhaps, some of the stuff that Sandra Bullock goes through while trapped in space isn’t scientifically accurate. The directors need to take some liberties in order to tell the story they want to tell. However, a plot hole is an impossible or illogical event that unravels the storyline. Sometimes, suspension of disbelief can only go so far and viewers find themselves saying, “What the heck?” Here is look at 14 of the Worst Plot Holes in Movies.
14) Aren’t You Calvin Klein? – Back To The Future July 3, 1985
Back To The Future revolved around Marty McFly, who is accidentally sent back in time to the year 1955 in a time machine. He interferes in his parents meeting for the first time and becomes his mother’s love interest. He must figure out a way to fix history, by making his parents fall in love, and get back to 1985. The film was highly successful and did very well at the box office. However, films involving time travel usually contain a ton of paradoxes. Marty, using the alias of Calvin Klein, is instrumental in his parents falling in love. However, when Marty returns to 1985, there is no mention of the strange kid who helped bring the parents together. Also, did Lorraine McFly, his mother, ever wonder why one of her kid looks and acts identical to one of her high school crushes? The answer to that might make the space-time continuum implode.
13) New York In Ruins – The Avengers May 4, 2012
The Avengers is a superhero film that follows Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and Hulk, as they battle Loki. The film features an ensemble cast that includes, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo. It was both critically and commercially acclaimed. Loki begins his attack on earth in New York and The Avengers come together to defend the great city. However, at the end of the film, New York is completely destroyed and partially because of the Avengers. That seems a bit contradictory to the whole, “let’s defend New York” attitude. The whole city is in ruins, although The Avengers subtly notice it. One can’t help but wonder if they helped with the clean up and rebuilding process? It is hinted in other films, apart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that New York was cleaned up and rebuilt following the great battle.
12) The Flying Bike – E.T. June 11, 1982
E.T. follows a young, lonely boy named Elliot, who becomes best friends with an extraterrestrial alien, known as E.T. E.T. has been stranded on earth after the ship he was on leaves him behind. Elliot and his friends must now try to get E.T back home, or at least let him phone home. The film was a massive critical and commercial success. It is considered one of the greatest science fiction movies ever. The film contains the iconic scene of Elliot and E.T. flying through the air on Elliot’s bike. Presumably, E.T. is the one making the bike fly. That raises the question, why didn’t E.T. just fly up to his spaceship as it flew away? This one might have a very simple answer. Perhaps, E.T. only realizes at that moment on the bike that he has the ability to fly. Regardless, it remains one of the best films of all time.
11) Get a Room – Man Of Steel June 14, 2013
Man of Steel tells the origin story of Superman/Clark Kent. The film was a box office success and received positive to mixed reviews. He can fly, is super strong and is so fast it looks like a blur. When his adoptive father is about to die, Superman doesn’t save him. He just watches as his father dies in an incredibly emotional scene. Although, his father is the one that doesn’t let Clark save him, presumably because he doesn’t want the huge crowd of onlookers to find out Clark’s secret. However, he’s faster than a speeding bullet, it’s very possible he could have saved his father without a single person noticing.
Also, towards the end of the movie, Metropolis is destroyed and in ruins. What does Superman do about the destroyed city he loves? He takes the time to give Lois Lane a hot kiss. Lois responds with, “They say it’s all downhill after the first kiss.” Guys, you can flirt later, Metropolis need to be rebuilt.
10) Hero or Cheater? – The Karate Kid June 22, 1984
The Karate Kid followed a young teenager Daniel LaRusso, who befriends a karate expert, Mr. Myiagi, who teaches him the true art of karate. The first film was a major success and spawned two direct sequels. The climax of the film is based around a karate tournament that seems to have contradictory rules. During the final battle, the villains used underhanded tactics, such as sweeping the leg and punching to the face. Both of those are illegal maneuvers…when the villain does it. The iconic ending of the film has young Daniel use the crane kick right to the face of the villain and wins the tournament. It’s the ultimate underdog story but he kind of cheats. Regardless, it remains a classic and inspirational movie.
9) Tanning On The Roof – The Hangover June 5, 2009
The Hangover revolves around Stu, Phil and Alan going to Las Vegas for the bachelor party of their best friend, Doug. However, Stu, Phil and Alan wake up after a night of debauchery, with no memory of the previous night and a missing Doug. The film was a massive success both critically and commercially. For two days, Doug was on the roof just sitting there. The guys had put him and his bed on the roof as a practical joke. However, the roof door locked. He threw his bed over the edge and it got impaled on the side of the hotel. Apparently, that’s a normal occurrence in Las Vegas because none of the hotel staff tried to figure out how the bed got up there. Throwing the bed seems like the only way that Doug tried to signal for help. After that, he was fresh out of ideas. The film remains one of the most popular comedies of all time.
8) Final Words Spoken Alone – Citizen Kane September 5, 1941
Citizen Kane revolved around a reporter investigating the famous last words of one of the richest and most powerful tycoons, Charles Foster Kane. His mysterious last words were, “Rosebud”. It was directed, produced, starred and co-written by Orson Wells. However, in the film, when Kane utters his iconic last words, he is shown to be in the room alone. So, how exactly did everyone find out that his last words were “Rosebud”? Later, his butler is shown to be the one who heard those final words. Although, he is not shown in the scene when Kane dies. Perhaps his last words should have been, “Plot Hole”. Regardless, it remains a classic film and is widely considered to be the greatest movie of all time.
7) The Mystery Of The Prostitutes Flyers – Ocean’s 11 December 7, 2001
Ocean’s 11 revolved around the elaborate heist of Las Vegas Casinos. The film featured an ensemble cast, which included, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Matt Damon. The film was a critical and commercial success. The film features a daring and risky robbery. The plan itself is executed flawlessly. The Casino owner can either let the robbers walk out with the money or have it all destroyed. They let the robbers and money go in a van. In the big twist, it’s revealed that the Swat team that was called in after the van left was actually the robbers. They switch the bags and leave with the real money. It’s then revealed that the stolen money in the van are just flyers with ads for prostitutes. Many have wondered where the flyers came from, as no character was shown with the flyers, nor could any character have placed the flyers in the vault. As noted, the Swat team arrives after the van leaves, so none of them would have been able to do it. When the director, Steven Soderbergh was asked about the flyers, he noted that there was no explanation. Now, that’s a flawless heist.
6) The Magic Poster – Shawshank Redemption September 23, 1994
Shawshank Redemption revolved around Andy Dufresne, who is found guilty of killing his wife and her lover. Despite maintaining his innocence, he is sent to Shawshank Prison. It’s considered to be one of the best films of all time. However, the film has one minor, nagging question. Andy makes an elaborate escape through a narrow tunnel he’s been digging for two decades. He used posters of the most beautiful sex symbols, such as Rita Hayworth, to keep the hole hidden while he continued to dig. He then makes his daring escape on a rainy and stormy night. However, when squeezing through the tunnel, with a bag tied to his leg, how did Andy manage to turn around and put the poster back up? It’s possible he squeezed through with the poster already up. Regardless, the warden throwing the chess piece through the poster, who by this point is Raquel Welch, and discovering the hole, remains one of the most iconic scenes in film.
5) Ben Affleck Asks Too Many Questions – Armageddon July 1, 1998
Armageddon revolved around a group of deep core diggers, who are sent by NASA into outer space to stop an asteroid from destroying Earth. The film had an ensemble cast that included, Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Michael Clarke Duncan, Owen Wilson and more. The film was a huge success at the box office but received mixed reviews. During filming, Ben Affleck himself pointed out a major plot hole in the film. He asked the director, “Wouldn’t it be easier to train astronauts to drill than to teach drillers how to be astronauts.” The response he got was, “Shut the **** up, Ben.”
4) Bruce Wayne Rises – The Dark Knight Rises July 20, 2012
The Dark Knight Rises follows an older Bruce Wayne/Batman, as he does battle with Bane. After Bane takes Gotham hostage and breaks Batman’s back, he flies halfway across the world and puts Batman in a prison. The prison is actually a huge hole in the ground. Of course, Batman escapes the prison. With no money and no transportation, he makes it back to Gotham very quickly. Maybe Superman gave him a lift.
In the end, Batman dies and is honored as a hero. Bruce Wayne is also presumed dead. He actually faked his death, but does a pretty bad job hiding. Bruce Wayne is an international billionaire who was even on the cover of Time Magazine. He was even voted man of the year. Regardless, he sits in a busy café in Florence with nobody, except for Alfred, noticing the dead billionaire.
3) A Two-Minute Reunion – Interstellar November 5, 2014
Interstellar revolves around astronauts who travel through a wormhole, on a mission to discover a new home for mankind. The movie is a box office success and received mostly positive reviews. Critics praised the visual effects, scientific accuracy, cast and score. The plot follows Cooper, a farmer who is an ex-astronaut pilot. After receiving mysterious clues from a possible ghost, Cooper and his daughter stumble upon the top-secret headquarters of NASA. NASA is planning a mission into space and they have an open spot for a pilot. No explanation is given to why they don’t already have a pilot or why they didn’t reach out to Cooper first. If Cooper hadn’t stumbled upon NASA, who was going to be the pilot?
Cooper spends nearly 80 years trying to get back to his daughter. His daughter dreams of seeing her father again. Finally, they reunite, Cooper is still young but his daughter is an old lady on her deathbed. The reunion lasts all but two minutes, as she tells her father to leave so she can be with her kids as she dies. Apparently, they didn’t miss each other that much.
2) The Escaping Escape Pod – Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope May 25, 1977
A New Hope follows Luke Skywalker, who joins the Rebel Alliance in their attempt to destroy the Galactic Empire’s Death Star. It was a critical and commercial success. At the beginning, Princess Leia is captured by the evil Darth Vader. Right before she is captured, she releases an escape pod that has droids R2-D2, C-3PO, a message to Obi-Wan Kenobi and the blueprints for the Death Star. The droids don’t escape in an elaborate and sneaky way. In fact, the ship’s commander notices the escape pod…escape. They scan the pod but there are no signs of human life. They simply let the pod fly away, despite the fact that a revolution is happening, despite the fact that the blueprints for the Death Star have been stolen and despite that fact that droids exist. The existence of droids easily explains the lack of human life aboard the escape pod. Many critics have pointed out that it would have taken two seconds to shoot the escape pod and blow it up, just to be on the safe side. However, if that happened, one of the greatest movies might have been over in 10 minutes.
1) That Sinking Feeling – Titanic December 19, 1997
Titanic is a fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, on April 14, 1912. It followed two people from different social classes that fall in love aboard the ship, but of course, have a tragic ending. The film starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet with James Cameron as the director. The film was a massive success at the box and was universally, critically acclaimed. However, many fans have pointed out that it contains one major hole and it’s not the hole in the ship. After the ship is split in two, Jack and Rose are left drifting in the cold ocean. They find a large wooden panel but it can only manage the weight of one of them. Rose survives and Jack freezes to death. Well, it’s not an iceberg, but clearly the wooden panel was big enough for the both of them. They may have had to do some shifting of weight, but it might have worked out. Instead, Jack dies and sinks to the bottom of the ocean with the Titanic.