Plot Holes That Will Ruin Your Favorite Action Movies
Everyone knows that, generally speaking, action movies are not to be taken seriously. When you go to the movie theater to check out a film about an alien invasion or people fighting off killer robots, you're probably there to get pumped and feel the thrill of carnage and destruction, not to dissect and scrutinize the film’s idiosyncrasies and errors… but that doesn’t mean that action movies are free of plot holes - some even feature the worst plot holes in any film of any genre.
Over the years, you’ve probably noticed some rather puzzling unanswered questions in some of your own favorite flicks, likely finding the biggest plot holes in action movies (if you can’t plug yourself into the Matrix, then how did Cypher sneak in to make a shady deal with Agent Smith?) As this list proves, there just might be more plot holes in action movies than any other kind of film out there.So which of these action movie plot holes do you find the most offensive and which ones can you forgive? Vote up the ones you can stand and vote down those you can look past.
- 1420 VOTESPhoto: The Karate Kid / Columbia Pictures
Film: The Karate KidAt the final tournament in The Karate Kid, one of the match rules stipulated kicking your opponent in the face will result in disqualification. How then is Daniel allowed to win the final bout by crane kicking Billy Zabka’s bad guy in the jaw?
- Actors: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Randee Heller, Martin Kove
- Released: 1984
- Directed by: John G. Avildsen
- 2276 VOTESPhoto: Jurassic Park III / Universal Pictures
Film: Jurassic Park IIIThe spinosaurus in Jurassic Park III shows an incredible amount of strength when it breaks through a massive wall with reinforced metal bars. So how is it that later on, it's unable to break through a wooden gate with regular old metal bars?
- Actors: Sam Neill, William H. Macy, Téa Leoni, Alessandro Nivola, Trevor Morgan
- Released: 2001
- Directed by: Joe Johnston
- 3160 VOTESPhoto: Slither / Universal Pictures
Film: SlitherWhen Starla begins to get suspicious of her husband's activities in Slither, she decides to bust the lock off the basement and have a look at what he's hiding - she discovers a room full of rotting meat and dead animal carcasses, reeling from the stench. But no matter how thick those basement walls were, the smell of that much carnage would have permeated the entire house.
- Actors: Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker, Gregg Henry, Tania Saulnier
- Released: 2006
- Directed by: James Gunn
- 4214 VOTESPhoto: Star Trek Into Darkness / Paramount Pictures
Film: Star Trek Into DarknessIn the beginning of the franchise sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, Spock gets in a tizzy over Kirk’s willingness to flout the Prime Directive by letting a primitive civilization witness their technological clout. But if anyone was actually worried about remaining undetected by these people, then why make a trip all the way to the planet's surface and hide under the ocean? Couldn’t they just have stayed in orbit, out of sight, and beamed their crew on and off the rock?
- Actors: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin
- Released: 2013
- Directed by: J.J. Abrams
- 5313 VOTESPhoto: Terminator 2: Judgment Day / Tri-Star Pictures
Film: Terminator 2: Judgment DayA well-explained part of the time-travel mythology in the James Cameron franchise is that only organic material or something surrounded by organic material can time travel, which is why people arrive at their temporal destinations naked. But if the T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day is made of liquid metal, how did he make the trip back in time?
- Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Earl Boen
- Released: 1991
- Directed by: James Cameron
- 6202 VOTESPhoto: Spider-Man 2 / Sony Pictures Releasing
Film: Spider-Man 2In exchange for the precious metal that Doc Octopus wants, Harry Osbourne demands that Spider-Man be brought to him; Harry tells Doc that to find Spider-Man he has to find Peter Parker. When Doc does find Peter, he hurls a car at him while sitting in a café with Mary Jane. Sure he dodged it - he’s Spider-Man… but how could Doc have known that?
- Actors: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris
- Released: 2004
- Directed by: Sam Raimi