The Biggest Plot Holes We Found In 2022



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Vote up the biggest gaps in logic in these popular films.

Isn't it funny how a movie can be released, you'll enjoy it well enough, and then years later someone points out to you a glaring plot hole? Maybe it's a matter of the physics not working in a sci-fi film, or how a main character inexplicably overlooks something so the filmmakers can keep the plot moving. 

These plot holes don't ruin our watching experience per se, but they definitely affect how we view the movie the next time we watch it. So let's point out some of the plot holes we discovered this past year for some of our favorite old films and new releases. Vote up any plot holes that particularly bother you - but be warned, major spoilers ahead.

  • 1
    798 VOTES

    The Watcher

    The Watcher
    Photo: Netflix

    Plot: Married couple Nora and Dean Brannock (Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale) and their two kids leave their busy city lives to settle into their dream home in the suburbs. However, shortly after moving in, they start getting threatening letters from a stalker named “The Watcher.”

    Plot Hole: Dean hires Dakota (Henry Hunter Hall) to set up cameras after more letters arrive. However, he doesn't have Dakota point any cameras at the mailbox - the literal place The Watcher is dropping off the notes. 

    Wouldn't that have solved the mystery much more quickly?

    798 votes
  • 2
    545 VOTES

    Plot: Astronauts Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) are stranded in space after there is an accident with their shuttle.

    Plot Hole: Oh, the physicists had a field day with this movie. There are countless issues with the science the movie uses to explain the astronauts' movements. One issue was brought to light by actual astronaut Michael Massimino.

    In the movie, the astronaut's plan is to use their small Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) to head to safety on the International Space Station, 900 miles away. 

    As Massimino describes

    As we recall from bitter memory, the Hubble and the space station are in vastly different orbits. Getting from one to the other requires so much energy that not even space shuttles had enough fuel to do it. The telescope is 353 miles high, in an orbit that keeps it near the Equator; the space station is about 100 miles lower, in an orbit that takes it far north, over Russia.

    To have the movie astronauts Matt Kowalski (Mr. Clooney) and Ryan Stone (Ms. Bullock) zip over to the space station would be like having a pirate tossed overboard in the Caribbean swim to London.

    545 votes
  • 3
    913 VOTES

    Plot: The story follows a family trying to survive in a world dominated by monsters with hyper-sensitive hearing. 

    Plot Hole: The family of four live in a house that they have noise-proofed as much as possible - yet, they are never able to breathe even a sigh without being worried that monsters are going to descend on their home. 

    We learn that there is a raging waterfall not far from their home that masks all other noises. So then… why doesn't the family live next to the waterfall? Or at least have the pregnant mother (Emily Blunt) live there as her delivery date gets close? 

    913 votes
  • 4
    584 VOTES

    Plot: Our first introduction to the legendary Michael Myers, who escapes from a mental institution on Halloween and is bent on wreaking havoc in the small town of Haddonfield. 

    Plot Hole: Many of the plot holes have to do with the authorities not noticing Myers's stolen car. They know that Myers stole a nurse's station wagon, but the car literally passes by Myers's psychiatrist, Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) in the middle of the day - and he doesn't notice. Another time it's parked only a few feet away, and Loomis also fails to see it. 

    Arguably the bigger plot hole is how Myers learned to drive in the first place. According to the film, he was institutionalized at the age of six, then spent the next 15 years without speaking a word. When the heck did he learn how to drive?

    584 votes
  • Plot: Set 30 years after the original Top Gun, the sequel catches back up with Maverick (Tom Cruise) as he continues to push the envelope in his flight career and now has a new generation of pilots to teach. 

    Plot Hole: No less an authority than Neil DeGrasse Tyson chimed in to explain how a key scene in the film absolutely, positively could not happen in real life. Early in the film, Maverick pilots a prototype Darkstar hypersonic jet. When Maverick pushes the jet beyond Mach 10, the aircraft begins to come apart and Maverick is forced to eject.

    According to Tyson, ejecting from an aircraft at this speed would literally rip a human being apart:

    At that air speed, his body would splatter like a chainmail glove swatting a worm. Just sayin’. [...] When Maverick ejected at Mach 10.5, he was going 7,000 mph, giving him 400 million joules of kinetic energy — the explosive power of 100 kg of TNT. A situation that human physiology is not designed to survive.

    So, no. Maverick does not walk away from this. He be dead. Very dead.

    710 votes
  • Plot: A 1950s housewife (Florence Pugh) lives a seemingly picturesque life - but she learns that her life may not be all that it seems. 

    Plot Hole: There are some serious questions regarding the simulation/real-life aspects of the plot. If Alice Chambers (Pugh) was a surgeon in real life, it stands to reason that she would have co-workers searching for her - to say nothing of her family. If she's trapped in bed while stuck in the simulation, how is she not suffering from significant malnutrition or infection (her husband seems to be doing the bare minimum to care for her body)? Also, what was up with the crashed airplane? Were the yolk-less eggs a glitch in the simulation or was it evidence of Chambers's inner rebellion against the program? What was the end goal of the Victory Project anyway, putting all women in the simulation? The list goes on…

    303 votes