It is true that most of us now spend our free time watching television or videos on the internet, but even with so many eyes focused elsewhere, the movie industry still manages to generate billions of dollars every single year. There may be those who say that Hollywood has run out of ideas and that most movies are now either carbon copies of each other or just another reboot or remake. But that does not mean that these films cannot tell a good story. In order to tell a good story, however, a movie needs to have characters that are interesting and relatable, a setting that fully immerses the audience in the world, and most importantly, a good plot.
Seeing as every single movie ever made has a plot, you would think that it is easy to actually write one, but in truth, making a cohesive plot that makes sense is incredibly difficult to do, thanks to all of the story’s pieces, which is why plot holes occur. A plot hole is an inconsistency within the plot that goes against the flow of logic put in place by the story, and in most cases, a plot hole has major implications on the story itself. When it comes to plot holes, it does not matter if the movie is a huge success or a major bomb, they will exist no matter what. But when we spot a plot hole in a very popular movie, they are much harder to ignore, no matter how much time has passed. And the purpose of this article is to point out 15 movie plot holes that continue to baffle us.
15. How Does The T-1000 Even Travel Back In Time?
Since 1991, The Terminator franchise has been in disarray, as virtually every single installment following the release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day has been a complete and utter mess. Judgement Day saw Arnold Schwarzenegger return as an android who was sent from the future; except, instead of killing the protagonists, he was sent to protect them from a greater threat, the T-1000. The T-1000 is unique because it was a prototype Terminator made out of liquid metal, which is actually problematic because according to the franchise’s lore, it should have never been able to go back in time in the first place. When Arnold appears in the present, he is completely naked because only biological material can be sent back in time, which is why he has real skin tissue over his metal skeleton. But since the T-1000 is made completely out of metal, how exactly was it able to make the trip?
14. Sending The Entire Gotham Police Force Underground?
There may be those who like DC’s current cinematic universe, but most people do not. And that would be because all of DC’s movies have incredible gaps in logic, and they also suffer from the fact that they are just not entertaining films. That is why the Nolan Batman trilogy was so successful because it offered a dark and grounded universe filled with characters who were portrayed by actors who did marvelous jobs. Of the three films, The Dark Knight Rises is regarded as a letdown, which is fairly accurate, especially since commissioner Jim Gorden basically hands Gotham over to the bad guy. While trying to get Bane out of hiding, Gorden sends the entire police force underground to find him where they all get trapped for months, allowing Bane to take control of the city. If you anticipate a trap, why send EVERYONE in? But what is even more surprising is the fact that every single cop looks perfectly healthy and ready for a fight once they get set free.
13. How Does Thor Get To Earth Without The Bifrost
Marvel has done an incredible job with their cinematic universe, as the movies continue to do well. But no matter how much money the upcoming movies make, they will not be able to match the greatness of The Avengers. The 2012 film was the culmination of several films, and although it is still considered to be the best Marvel movie, it still has a pretty significant plot hole that is hard to ignore. In the movie, while the heroes are transporting a captured Loki, Thor arrives and lands on the group’s plane. Although it is a cool entrance, the god of thunder should not have been able to travel to Earth. In Thor, we see the destruction of the Bifrost, which allows people to travel through the Nine Realms, and based on Thor’s reaction, it was implied that he could never return to Earth. But in The Avengers, he is able to travel there using the same method without any explanation.
12. The Timeline Of Spider-Man: Homecoming
In February of 2015, comic book fans rejoiced as Marvel and Sony worked out a deal to allow Spider-Man to finally become a part of the MCU. And so far, this new incarnation of the web slinger has been pretty good. Last summer, we saw the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was okay, except for the fact that it completely messed up the universe’s timeline. The beginning of the movie takes place in 2012, right after the events of The Avengers. Then, it makes an eight-year jump to the present, which means that the movie takes place in the year 2020. Kevin Feige has already said that Avengers: Infinity War takes place in 2018, which would mean that Homecoming happens two years later, which makes no sense especially since Peter Parker is seen wearing a new suit in Infinity War, a suit that he sees for the first time at the end of Homecoming.
11. Why Does Indiana Jones Dig Up The Ark Of The Covenant?
Whether he likes it or not, Harrison Ford will forever be known as Han Solo, but he will also always be remembered for bringing the character of Indiana Jones to life, a character that is still beloved by fans today. The original film came out in 1981, and in it, Indy is on a mission to find the legendary Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis can get their hands on it to use its power to strengthen their soldiers. Later in the movie, Indy discovers the Nazi’s dig site, and to his surprise, they are nowhere close to finding it. But, instead of walking away to find it another day, he helps them excavate it. Granted, the Ark wipes out all of the Nazis. However, it almost gets Indy too, which makes the idea of helping them even more outrageous.
10. The Gremlins Not Being Allowed To Eat After Midnight
Many of us have pets, either because we love animals or because we enjoy the companionship that they offer. And sometimes, people get very unique pets that need to be taken care of in very specific ways. In 1984, Gremlins was released, and in it, Billy Peltzer is given a Mogwai as a pet for Christmas, a pet that must not be fed after midnight, because if it is, it will turn into a monster that will cause nothing but terror. This rule does not make any sense, though, because it will always be after midnight somewhere in the world, and the movie does not explain if the rule depends on the region that the Mogwai is currently located in. This rule should also apply to every single minute of the day, seeing as 5 in the afternoon is technically 17 hours past midnight, and it is also never explained whether or not the rule follows the principle of daylight savings.
9. How Do R2D2 & C-3PO Get Onto Leia’s Ship?
Not since the prequels has the Star Wars fan base been so split and outraged, as The Last Jedi has shown that every franchise is susceptible to glaring plot holes that will make you want to smash your head against a wall. Last year, Rogue One was released, and it told the story of how the rebels came into possession of the Death Star plans seen in the original 1977 film. And although it is far better than Episode VIII in terms of story, it contains a plot hole with major ramifications. Near the end of the movie, we see R2D2 and C-3PO at the rebel base, which would be fine, except for the fact that they were supposed to be on Princess Leia’s ship at the time, a ship that had already departed prior to their cameo. Seeing as the original trilogy picks up just 20 minutes after the events of Rogue One, which sees Leia’s ship escape the climactic battle, R2 and 3PO should have not been on the ship at all, which means that they would have never found Luke and Obi-Wan.
8. Where Does Edward Get The Ice For His Sculptures?
Johnny Depp has had a long career, a career that has seen him play some memorable characters, like Jack Sparrow. But no matter how many times he plays a pirate, he will always be remembered for playing Edward Scissorhands. In the movie, Edward is the creation of an inventor who dies before he can replace his scissorhands with real hands, and after he is taken in by a normal family, he returns to his home and lives in isolation after having to defend both himself and his love interest. At the end of the movie, we learn that Edward continues to use his hands to make sculptures, except that these new sculptures are made from blocks of ice. There should be no issue here, but considering the fact that he cannot come into contact with anyone and the fact that he is incapable of physically grasping things, how does he even get the ice blocks?
7. Why Do The Decepticons Even Go After Sam In Transformers?
The Transformers franchise has been popular for over 30 years, which is why we have a live-action film series that, aside from the action scenes, is fairly terrible and filled with an astounding amount of plot holes. The first movie came out in 2007, and in it, we have a plot hole that could have literally changed the entire outcome of the first three films, as one simple act would have eliminated the need of Shia LaBeouf‘s character, Sam. In the Movie, Sam tries to sell his grandfather’s glasses on eBay, glasses that also happen to have the location of the All Spark, an item that the evil Decepticons are after. The Decepticons go after Sam to retrieve the glasses, which sets off a chain of events that should have never happened, seeing as they could have just hacked into the website to ensure that they got the glasses in secret, and it would have been fairly easy for them to do seeing as they were able to easily hack into the U.S. government in the same movie.
6. Beast’s Serum In X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Thanks to Disney’s recent purchase of Fox, we will finally get to see the X-Men in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and hopefully, they will not introduce the same serum that was used in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. In the 2014 film, which takes place in the same timeline as the original X-Men films, Beast develops a mutant suppression serum in 1974 which is used to temporarily disable Professor X’s powers. However, when 2006 comes along, Beast, along with everyone else in The Last Stand, are shocked to learn that a mutant ‘cure’ has been discovered. It makes no sense that anyone, especially Beast, would be surprised that such a cure exists, especially since he created the aforementioned serum 30 years earlier. But then again, these are the types of plot holes that pop up in stories that deal with time travel.
5. How Does Cypher Even Meet With Agent Smith?
The Matrix trilogy ended in 2003, and since then, no other film franchise has managed to create a world with so many philosophical and religious ideas that center around the use of martial arts. To get into the Matrix, an individual needs to have an operator on hand in order to jack them in, to watch their backs, and to find them a safe way out when needed, which is why it does make sense how Cypher was able to betray his crewmates in the first movie. Cypher was his ship’s operator, and we see that he has been secretly meeting with Agent Smith inside the Matrix, which is quite odd, seeing as he managed to get in and out of the Matrix all by himself, despite the fact that he needed to have the help of someone else to do that.
4. The Shawshank Redemption Escape
The Shawshank Redemption is an incredible film that tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker from Maine who was wrongly sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for the murder of his wife and her lover. While in prison, Andy befriends his fellow inmates while also getting on the warden’s bad side, and seeing as he is innocent, he does not plan on staying behind bars for the rest of his life, which is why he decides to escape via a hole that he digs by himself in his cell. The warden discovers the escape by ripping off a Raquel Welch poster that was hiding the hole in the wall, and it is there that the plot hole becomes apparent. In order to pull this off, Andy needed to always reattach the poster so that everything seemed normal, which is fine, until you realize that he also had to reattach the poster from inside the hole, which is an impossible task to do.
3. How Does The T-Rex Eat Everyone On The Boat?
There are very few people who say that they do not like the original Jurassic Park, and that would be because it was a fundamentally good movie that helped to revolutionize the way that movies are made. The sequel may have not been as good, but it was still pretty enjoyable, as we got to see what a full grown T-rex would look like while on a mini rampage in the heart of San Diego. The T-rex in question was originally captured on an island near Costa Rica and was being transported via a boat. But, upon its arrival at the San Diego harbor, we see that the massive carnivore is loose and that the ship’s entire crew has been eaten. Now, a full-grown T-rex is huge, so there is literally no way that it could have gone through every deck and the bridge, without completely destroying the boat. The boat was fully intact, though, so how exactly did everyone on the boat get eaten?
2. Delivering The Computer Virus In Independence Day
In 2016, we finally got the long-awaited sequel to Independence Day. The only problem with it, though, was that it was a pretty bad movie that did not live up to the hype whatsoever. It is true that the original movie was very popular, as it saw the entire Earth get attacked by aliens who were only defeated, thanks to the actions of a fairly small group of American survivors. The key to humanity’s victory lied in Jeff Goldblum‘s character developing a computer virus that would make the alien mothership vulnerable to a nuclear bomb, and he manages to upload this virus via a Mac. This should all check out except for the fact that the Aliens possessed incredibly advanced technology, so how could a Mac from the ’90s even be compatible with their systems?
1. Marty McFly’s Parents Being Oblivious
No matter the genre, there are just certain movies that are so good and entertaining that they stand the test of time. And without a doubt, Back to the Future is one of those movies, as it is still amazing more than 30 years after its initial release. As good as it is, though, the movie contains one of the biggest plot holes in movie history, and the only reason it exists is because of time travel. In the movie, Marty McFly goes back in time and ends up having to make sure that his parents end up falling in love with each other to ensure that he is born. To do this, he befriends them both while using the alias Calvin Klein. But when he successfully returns to the future, his parents are both oblivious to the fact that their son looks exactly like their friend from 30 years ago, which should be a pretty big deal.