Movies often make us suspend our disbelief to take us on magical or futuristic journeys, where unicorns are real and humans have already explored more than just our solar system. And while usually those unrealistic events are explained by in-universe laws, there are times when we sit up, squint at the glimmering screen and go "wait a minute." Not even some of the greatest story plots are immune to plot holes, and while some are so minuscule that they can be easily ignored, others are so hard to forget that they may turn the story into the worst movie ever.

Bored Panda has compiled a list of movie mistakes in some of the best movies out there, so scroll down below and see if your favorite one also has something that makes absolutely no sense in story writing. Oh, and don't forget vote for your favorites and share any interestingmovie plot holes that you've noticed yourself!

#1

Armageddon (1998)

Armageddon (1998)

It would be easier to train astronauts how to drill than train drillers to become astronauts. When Ben Affleck pointed this out, Michael Bay told him to shut up.

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Bear Trapp
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2 years ago

I am shocked Affleck could figure that out.

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#2

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

Lara's whole goal in the film is to destroy the triangle so the Illuminati can't use its evil power, however, after successfully getting the first half at the first tomb, she spends the entire third act trying to acquire the second half in order to destroy them both. The problem is that she has one piece already and one half can not work without joining it with the other, so why doesn't she just destroy the one she has, rendering the second piece useless?

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Kath Leen
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2 years ago

because that will cut the story short? lol..please don't hate me

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#3

Toy Story (1995)

Toy Story (1995)

If Buzz does not believe himself to be a toy, and in fact a real space ranger, why would he freeze around humans like the other toys do?

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logical fallacy
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2 years ago

I just watched Toy Story for the first time a couple of days ago, and it's been a big question of mine.

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#4

Gravity (2013)

Gravity (2013)

When Kowalski asks Stone to let go of him because the rope will not hold them both, that could never happen because they are both in the same orbit around the earth. A short simple tug would have brought him back to her.

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Last Hurrah
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2 years ago

They didn't understand the gravity of the situation.

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#5

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

There was no need to know the capsule's combination in order to open it as vinegar is easily frozen in a household freezer. Simply freeze the capsule and then smash it open to reveal the internal message.

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Kristyn Schulz
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2 years ago

omg i thought this too

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#6

The Hangover (2009)

The Hangover (2009)

Every square inch (with the exception of restrooms, guest rooms and employee locker rooms) in a Nevada casino is covered by surveillance cameras. There's simply no way that Doug could have been on the roof for two days without someone seeing him and sending security to make certain that he wasn't up to no good or trying to commit suicide.

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Ben Smith
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2 years ago

But the movie is MUCH funnier this way

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#7

Ant-Man (2015)

Ant-Man (2015)

Ant-Man is repeatedly told that his mass does not change upon miniaturization. This means, however, that no ant or group thereof--crawling or flying--could support him.

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maswartz
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2 years ago

This also applies to the tank in the first one and the cars in the second one.

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#8

What We Do In The Shadows (2014)

What We Do In The Shadows (2014)

Around 10 minutes in, the vampires draw pictures of each other to show how their clothing looks because their images don't reflect in the mirror. While the vampires themselves wouldn't show up, their clothing should. Since the cup one vampire is holding does show in the mirror, proximity to the vampire's body shouldn't be a factor.

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Last Hurrah
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2 years ago

He was wearing the emperor's new clothes.

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#9

Cinderella (2015)

Cinderella (2015)

The fairy says that her enchantments lose their power after midnight. Indeed, when Cinderella runs away from the ball, all magic items (mice to horses, pumpkin to coach, mother's dress to fancy gown, lizards to servants) are changed back into their previous shape. There is no reason given why the magic shoes should remain in their enchanted state of glass.

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Allison G.
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2 years ago

This has ALWAYS bothered me!

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#10

The Maze Runner (2014)

The Maze Runner (2014)

During the "we have tried everything" dialogue exchange, Newt says that they can't climb to the top because the ivy doesn't go all the way up. In multiple shots of the maze wall, it is clearly visible that the Ivy goes all the way to the top.

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Just a Purpler
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2 years ago

That's IN the maze though, not next to the outside walls of the maze

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#11

Man Of Steel (2013)

Man Of Steel (2013)

Since Superman is indestructible in the presence of our yellow sun, then how can he shave? He appears with a beard in some scenes, then clean-shaven in others. No Earthly razor could remove his beard, a problem which has been used as the driving plot of some of his more humorous comic book adventures.

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athornedrose
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2 years ago

depending on who writes him (comic book wise) he either reflects his laser vision to burn it off or keeps kryptonite lined razors

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#12

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

The Hogwarts Express only has 4 carriages, so it's not surprising that Ron says that everywhere else is full, so why was Harry alone in a compartment that could seat 6 people?

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John Ashley
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2 years ago

They were afraid of Harry.

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#13

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

In the flashback to when Snape and Lily were kids, Lily is shown with brown eyes. This is incorrect because everybody describes Lily to have the same color eyes as Harry in the movie which is blue.

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r3dd3v1lL
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2 years ago

A much worse plothole is the way Harry gets the sword of Gryffindor. In the book Snape has it and a painting hears Harry and Hermione talking about the forest they are currently in and it (the painting) reports back to Snape. In the movie Harry just stares in the mirror, which Aberforth has- which creates two problems- firstly Aberforth doesn't have the sword and secondly he doesn't know where Harry is- all he see is a forest at night. I've always hated the way that David Yates ruined the second four movies, but this is the biggest mistake.

Nikol Böhmová
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2 years ago

I finaly finished last book and I must say that I finaly understand it all... I didn't really like last 2 movies even earlier, but after reading book I found out that the end they choose in movie is stupid... Voldemort and Harrys fight at the end is much better in book, like really epic. They had time to not mess up, but... :( And Snapes part in this movie gets me the most. He's hero and movie just not show it enough :(

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Sirio Romagnoli
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2 years ago

Let's talk about the fact that everyone drinks the polyjuice to look like Harry Potter thus confusing the bad guys. Wouldn't it be much smarter for Harry Potter to drink it to look like one of the Weasley? He would then be just another red-haired brother and not alerting the death eaters.

Mary Lennox
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2 years ago

It wouldn't have made any difference since the death eaters are not tracking Harry by his appearance. They are tracking him by the trace of the Ministry of Magic since he is the only one who is not 18 yet. Also by the end they recognise him because of Hedwig anyways.

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Random Panda
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2 years ago

There were a whole host of problems with the HP adaptations. I still can't get over the idiotic decision in the sixth movie to have the Death Eaters break through the Weasleys' house wards and Voldemort doesn't immediately arrive to attack Harry, who is right there with them and has no protection. Even if we assume e wanted to get the Elder Wand first, he still could have taken Harry prisoner.

r3dd3v1lL
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2 years ago

Ugh don't even get me started on the sixth movie. Why David Yates decided to make an american teen rom-com from a british mystery/ fantasy and how he has avoided public lynching (or at least backlash) is beyond me.

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Peter Bear
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2 years ago

This is even more interesting when you remember that both Harry and Lily are supposed to have green eyes.

Tom Servo
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2 years ago

The reason Harry has blue eyes in the movies is that Daniel Radcliffe had an allergic reaction of some sort to the contact lenses.

Nadia Khan
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2 years ago

For me worst moment in the movie adaptations was Ginny tying Harry's shoe laces. Like, wtf

Evan Hart
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2 years ago

Throughout the novels it was always said that Harry had inherited his mothers green eyes.

Tegan Simmonds
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2 years ago

I thank God I thought I was losing it . They are most definitely green ... well in the story anyhow lol

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RLLMV
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2 years ago

And in the books they both have green eyes!

tarebear
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2 years ago

I can look past most Harry Potter movie plot holes but what I simply cannot do is forgive the travesty that was the 3rd movie. PoA was my absolute favorite book and in my opinion the worst movie made!!! I just feel like so many things were changed and ruined and just AAAGGGHHHHH WHY DID THEY HAVE TO SCREW IT ALL UP!!!!! I know many people disagree with my opinion but I just needed to vent a little bit...I'm sorry

Mer
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2 years ago

This...this is why I like reading HP fanfic...a few of those writers are absolutely fantastic and they fix things!

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Roger Haywood
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2 years ago

Not a plot hole. A minor movie mistake at best.

Samuli Kantola
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2 years ago

If you knew your Rowling, you'd know that Harry's (and Lily's) eyes are actually green. But this being said, discarding an actor just because of eye color would only be ridiculous. So this is just absurdly petty.

Kathy Baylis
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2 years ago

They could've provided blue contact lenses to the actress to make the eyes match---or the correct green color to both actors, as the eye color in the book is pointed out in another reply

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Lauren Caswell
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2 years ago

Harry and lily's eyes were green!

Jinal P
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2 years ago

GREEN LILLY AND HARRY HAVE GREEN EYES

Gryffindor Grace
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2 years ago

SHHH DON'T RUIN MY CHILDHOOD

vogonpoet
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2 years ago

But in the books Harry and Lily both have green eyes.

fox tail
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2 years ago

Except the chances of getting a ginger with blue eyes is the smallest.

cwa92464
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2 years ago

why are there 11 pages of this shit?

MikeyWaveOven He/Him
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1 month ago

Also, either way, the eyes should be green.

Amy Duffy
Community Member
1 year ago

You have your mother's eyes-- Rowling addressed this. Eyes are more than color.

Stina Kolling
Community Member
2 years ago

that's not a plothole, that's just a simple continuity error that nobody paid attention to.

Fred Burrows
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2 years ago

It's magic . Duh !

Tegan Simmonds
Community Member
2 years ago

I thought they were green

Susanna Vesna
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes, this was very stupid and I noticed it straight away! But oh well...Hermionie is an African woman now in the Cursed Child play...So who cares about details, right?

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
2 years ago

Well, playing Devils advocate here, but hermione's descriptions in the book was rather ambiguous about her race. When I first read the books I pictured her as of African & European descent

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Azure Adams
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2 years ago

Everyone knew that already

Monika
Community Member
2 years ago

also, not blue or brown eyes, they both should have had green eyes. which is mentioned so many times in the book. but also Daniel Radcliffe has addressed this - he cant wear contact lenses at all.

Andreas Wærholm
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2 years ago

What about Voldermort struggling to kill Harry Potter with a want, when a gun probably way more easily could have done it for him.

Ani Archeron
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2 years ago

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in the books Harry is meant to have brown eyes - Daniel Radcliffe was allergic to contact lenses.

Random Panda
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2 years ago

Harry's eyes are green in the books.

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#14

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

During numerous fight scenes, Captain America falls back due to blocking hits with his shield: which absorbs nearly all kinetic energy. See other Marvel movies where he can take a hit from Thor's hammer, blasts from Iron Man, shots from aliens & ships, yet a human punch/kick causes him to stumble back.

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David Annis
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2 years ago

Its a freakin vibranium arm.

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#15

Frozen (2013)

Frozen (2013)

It is revealed on Elsa's coronation day that Anna had stayed inside the palace for the entirety of the time that the gates were closed, even though the only reason the gate were closed was to prevent word getting out about Elsa's powers, this means Anna could have gone outside and had a normal life whenever she felt like it.

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Biana Weatherford
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2 years ago

Well then, someone should have told her!

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#16

Signs (2002)

Signs (2002)

In the end it is revealed that aliens are supposedly afraid of or damaged by water, yet in the beginning of the movie they are running through a dew-covered Pennsylvania cornfield at night.

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Jenny Lee
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2 years ago

I consider myself moderately intelligent and perceptive, but after 16 years, this blew my mind.

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#17

Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman (2017)

When Diana is racing away from the gala on a horse back to the village, the blue dress she was wearing flies off, leaving her in her Wonder Woman costume. However, if she had been wearing her costume under the dress at the gala, it would've easily been seen peeking out the top of the dress, since the dress is much lower cut across her chest than her costume is.

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KT Pinto
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2 years ago

That's the ONLY plot inconsistency you have a problem with in this movie? The whole damn movie is an inconsistency.

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#18

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Bane keeps the entire police force trapped underground (why would you have every police man go to the tunnels anyway?) and they are rescued by Batman months later. When they emerge they are all clean-shaven, unscathed, and somehow... alive?

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Katie Perrelli
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2 years ago

They showed them having supplies lowered down to them...not a plot hole.

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#19

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

Statistically, it would be almost impossible for all 12 districts to have a living male and female past victor to compete in the 75th Hunger Games. In the previous film The Hunger Games, Haymitch mentioned that "Career Tributes" from Districts One and Two won the Games almost every year. Even if just over half of the past Games were won by Career Tributes, subtracting previously identified victors leaves 30 past victors to be distributed as one male and one female from each of the 10 remaining districts. That also assumes that none of the victors have died of old age.

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Biana Weatherford
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2 years ago

I spent many hours considering how they managed this. I did like how the movie showed them of various ages...not just the young models like JLaw. Mags was priceless.

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#20

Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin (1992)

Genie offers to restore Aladdin as a prince instead of gaining his freedom, but why would Aladdin need to wish to be a prince again? He already wished to be one so unless the wish has an expiration date on it, this doesn't make sense.

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glowworm2
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2 years ago

I thought the wish was technically broken when Jafar exposed Aladdin to Jasmine as a street rat.

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#21

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

After years in a coma, the Bride's legs have atrophied. Never explained is how her arms - with which she drags herself, kills two men, and effortlessly propels a wheelchair - have not.

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Rebecah Ozuna
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2 years ago

Legs needs to carry the body's weight.

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#22

The Princess Diaries (2001)

The Princess Diaries (2001)

Helen tells Mia that they (the Queen, Mia's dad and Helen) were planning on telling Mia about her heritage when she turned 18. However the letter from Mia's dad was for her 16th birthday and it has the royal insignia on the letter head. Wouldn't that give it away?

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Stephanie Brown
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2 years ago

I really liked the way that was handled in the book better with her dad being alive and unable to produce any other heirs because of testicular cancer. Guess it was an iffy subject for a family movie?

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#23

Passengers (2016)

Passengers (2016)

We are told that the ship has spares of everything on board. Why not just build a second Auto-Doc so that both Aurora and Jim can go back into hibernation?

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John Ashley
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2 years ago

Maybe for the same reason the Titanic didn't have enough lifeboats.

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#24

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

In the final scenes, when helicopters rescue survivors in NY, people congregate on the roofs of skyscrapers. How did they manage to get onto the roof from inside the building when the roof is covered in more than 10 feet of snow and ice?

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My O My
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2 years ago

Aaahh...details

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#25

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014)

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014)

When Azog falls under in the water he keeps floating under the ice without sinking despite wearing metal armour.

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John Ashley
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2 years ago

Because even with the weight of the armor, he weighs less than the water he displaces.

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#26

World War Z (2013)

World War Z (2013)

Although there are many helicopters patrolling the area around Jerusalem, the pile of zombies that overrun the wall are, for some reason, not noticed by any of them until it was too late to curb the threat.

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Logical Hue
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2 years ago

They knew they were there, but there's a wall they obviously thought they had built high enough to keep them out.

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#27

Eurotrip (2004)

Eurotrip (2004)

Since Mieke only blocked Scott's email, the trip to Europe was completely unnecessary. Scott could have simply contacted Mieke through a different email address.

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Jean Jacket
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2 years ago

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Scotty Doesn't Know her other email addresses.. I only have one that I use for personal contacts.

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#28

Gone Girl (2014)

Gone Girl (2014)

Amy would have been fully examined by doctors at the hospital. An attack that would have been able to incapacitate her and lose as much blood as claimed would still be very visible a month after the attack. It would have been easily detected at the hospital, yet was not.

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Biljana Malesevic
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2 years ago

It's like in Pretty Little Liars when Ally claims she was kept tied up in the basement for a year, yet she looked great, fit with perfect hair and shiny sunny complexion. Yeah, really.

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#29

The Wolverine (2013)

The Wolverine (2013)

Wolverine's claws have been established as being able to easily cut through all kinds of metal; even thick armored doors & concrete. A thin sword would not have even slowed them down.

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Random Panda
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2 years ago

But what was that sword made of?

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#30

Skyfall (2012)

Skyfall (2012)

When Q investigates Silva's computer he connects it to the MI6 network. No one who knows anything about computer security would ever connect a suspect computer to the network before it has been fully investigated and found to be safe. Such a system would be investigated in strict isolation.

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Pedro Purcino
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2 years ago

hes right, people have an unpluged, "dummy test" equipment to be the first test.

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