20 Big Movie Plot Holes You Might Have Not Noticed
The suspension of disbelief is crucial to a film’s success. Without it, we’d just spend the entire time going, “That couldn’t happen!” which would make watching movies one of the more irritating pastimes we could do. However, sometimes the internal logic of films stretches credulity so much, you can’t but sit up and take notice.
Here are 20 of the finest examples where things don’t quite make total sense. We approach all of this from a position of love: we might be being nit-picky, but we do enjoy most of the movies here. So read on, and add your own in the comments.
20. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
The Plot Hole: Joe Cabot’s gun is aimed at Mr Orange. Mr White’s gun is trained on Joe. Joe’s son, Nice Guy Eddie, is pointed at White.
Bang, bang, bang! Everyone goes down…but who shot Nice Guy Eddie?
Reasonable Explanation: The apocryphal story is that Chris Penn’s squib went off too soon, an accident that Quentin Tarantino liked so much he left it in for film geeks to chew over.
In the script, however, Mr White is supposed to have shot Eddie after killing Joe, and Harvey Keitel makes a move to do so even though Penn’s already falling, so that’s still the best fix even if the visuals don’t quite tally.
19. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
The Plot Hole: It’s explained in the first Terminator movie that only objects surrounding by organic tissue can time-travel. Hence why Kyle Reese and the Terminator are both naked.
But where does this leave the T-1000, who is made entirely from liquid metal and therefore has no tissue matter at all?
Reasonable Explanation: Things have moved on from the events of the first film, and Skynet has developed a workaround for the whole ‘living tissue’ conundrum.
In which case, there’s no need for the T-1000 to be naked, unless he’s trying to trick any passing gawpers into thinking he’s an older model of Terminator. Which would be exceptionally paranoid for an emotionless machine.
18. Batman (1989)
The Plot Hole: During the climactic confrontation, Batman (Michael Keaton) tells Jack Nicholson’s Joker, “You killed my parents!”
The Joker’s response – “I was just a kid” – rather implies he knows Batman’s secret identity, which would significantly alter our perception of everything that’s happened before.
Reasonable Explanation: Not necessarily. Jack Napier has clearly killed a lot of people; maybe it’s his standard line for dealing with vengeful orphans.
17. Independence Day (1996)
The Plot Hole: Stretching plausibility into shapes you never thought possible, the end of Roland Emmerich’s gung-ho blockbuster sees Jeff Goldblum’s boffin create a computer virus that will FUBAR the alien’s mothership and save the day.
But how is this virus going to be downloaded? By plugging in a Mac to their extra-terrestrial systems.
Reasonable Explanation: There is at least a deleted scene showing Goldblum dicking about with his computer to make it compatible, which at least proves Emmerich was aware of how silly this was going to look.
Even so, you have to assume the aliens are big Apple fans. Maybe they invaded to get their grubby protuberances on an iPod, but arrived a few years too early.