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Plot Holes That Will Ruin Your Favorite Action Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 4.2k votes 768 voters 48.0k views20 items

List RulesUpvote the most glaring plot holes in action movies - the ones that are hardest to ignore.

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.
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  • Rules Don't Apply to the Good Guy
    Photo: The Karate Kid / Columbia Pictures

    Film: The Karate Kid

    At 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: Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Andrew Shue, Frances Bay
    • Released: 1984
    • Directed by: John G. Avildsen
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  • Film: Jurassic Park III

    The 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: Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Linda Park
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Joe Johnston
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  • Needlessly Bending the Rules
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY

    Film: Star Trek Into Darkness

    In 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: Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto
    • Released: 2013
    • Directed by: J.J. Abrams
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  • Film: Slither

    When 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: Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer, Rob Zombie, Nathan Fillion, Michael Rooker
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: James Gunn
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