Spotted this online and had to share, the movie above The Shawshank Redemption is one of my all time greats, but when you read the “Holes” in the story, it does make you wonder. At the end of the day, they are only Movies.
Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Dir: George Lucas, 2005
This was probably the best of the prequels, which isn’t saying much. Anti-hero Anakin Skywalker has completed his transformation from brooding teenager into dark overlord, generic love-interest Padme has died in childbirth, and the remaining good characters now find themselves with two children they must keep safe from the clutches of evil. Where’s the best place to hide Luke then? Oh, how about his father’s home planet with his dad’s only remaining living family? We should probably keep his last name as Skywalker too. Vader will never know.
Dir: John Lasseter, 1995
Like a playground Fight Club, there are certain rules to being a toy. The first rule is that you do not let the humans find out that you’re a sentient being. At the beginning of the Pixar classic, Buzz Lightyear is convinced he is a real space ranger and has no knowledge of his humble plastic origins. So why then does he freeze and play dead with the rest of the toys, as soon as Andy enters the room?
The Shawshank Redemption
Dir: Frank Darabont, 1994
It’s regarded by many as one of, if not the, finest films ever made. But even the most critically acclaimed pieces in cinema have momentary lapses of narrative concentration. Wrongly convicted Andy spends years digging a tunnel to freedom, hiding his work under a large picture of Rita Hayworth. Come escape day, Andy crawls his way towards the outside world – but not before perfectly replacing the poster on the wall to mask his escape route. All from inside the tunnel.
Dir: Joe Dante, 1984
Festive favourite Gremlins tells the tale of exotic pet care gone wrong – and not feeding the Mogwais after midnight is one of the many criteria for keeping them as pets. But isn’t it technically always after midnight? When’s the cut-off point?! Additionally, you can’t get the Mogwai/Gremlin wet, otherwise it’ll multiply. Well it’s a snowstorm outside, so wouldn’t the escaped critters be multiplying like Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind? Surely the town would be drowning in the creatures before long.
Planet of the Apes
Dir: Tim Burton, 2001
In this dire remake, rapper Marky Mark finds himself on an alternate Earth run by hyper-intelligent primates while humans are subjugated as slaves. The origin of this situation stems from a primate research spaceship launched by Mark Wahlberg in a distant past. The spaceship crash landed here, and the humans and apes on board are the ancient descendants of all known life on the planet. That doesn’t explain where the horses everyone’s riding about on came from though.
Dir: Wachowski Bros, 1999
In order to enter/exit the digital realm of The Matrix one must receive a telephone call from an “Operator”, a person calling from the real world. When the dastardly Cypher decides to rat his friends out to the bad guys however, he travels to The Matrix to sell information. So who calls him in and out? Who’s his Operator?
Dir: Various, 1984-2015
This plot hole spans an entire franchise and more than 20 years of multiple additions to the series. In the original Terminator, nefarious super-computer Skynet sends a naked Arnold Schwarzenegger back in time to prevent the conception of Skynet’s primary antagonist, resistance fighter John Connor. In order to save his yet to be born-self, future John Connor sends his own father, Kyle Reese, back in time to stop Arnie’s Terminator. This is of course the moment that Kyle Reese becomes the father – and John Connor is born. Being from the future however, surely Skynet would know this, and therefore, if it didn’t send Arnie back, there would be no need to send Kyle either and thus, John Connor would not have been born? The computer is actually its own worst enemy.
Star Wars: Episode V: Empire Strikes Back
Dir: Irvin Kershner, 1980
Another entry regarded by many as among the finest works in cinematic history, and rightly so. However, Episode V seems to lose track of the basics of time during the course of the film. At the beginning, heroic trio Luke, Leia and Han find themselves on the snow-world of Hoth. They part ways; Luke travelling to the swamplands of Dagobah to continue his Jedi training with Master Yoda, while Han and Leia make for the futuristic space port of Cloud City. Han and Leia are chased through an asteroid field and then arrive at the metropolis and reunite with Luke. How much time has passed here? Did Luke blitz a day’s intensive in Jedi training, or has Han been wandering the star system for months on end?
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Dir: Steven Spielberg, 1997
Chaos ensues as an abandoned trawler bearing an angry, captured T.Rex sails into an unsuspecting shipping port. Bizarrely though, the dinosaur is locked away in the ship’s cargo hold – yet the crew are already dead. So, who killed them?
Dir: Todd Phillips, 2009
Are we really expected to believe that soon-to-be married groom, Doug, was so drunk that he remained motionless on a sun-baked roof in Las Vegas for two full days while his hapless friends frolicked around on a series of misadventures in an attempt to find him? Like a poor-man’s Aron Ralston, we can only imagine the lengths Doug went to during his quest for survival.