18 Plot Holes In Movies That Aren't Actually Plot Holes
Sometimes people watch movies and are completely convinced that there are unanswered questions and character quirks, because even within the best stories, there can be more than a few loose ends. But we managed to round up the times that people just got it wrong. Plot holes often happen, we're well aware, but sometimes the answer is right there within the movie itself. Vote up the best example of people just not paying attention to the plot of the movie!
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It's Perfectly Reasonable For The Death Star To Have An Exhaust PortPhoto: Star Wars: A New Hope / 20th Century Fox
From Redditor u/TheVoidDragon:
Plot Hole: Why does the Death Star have such a stupid weakness of an exhaust port?
Cooling things in space is difficult as heat needs somewhere to go. An exhaust vent is a perfectly reasonable thing to have station is the size of a small moon that's obviously going to generate a lot of heat and other such things that needs to be vented. The movie also outright tells us that this is not the only exhaust vent the station has. In the briefing scene it mentions there are multiple exhaust vents, it wasn't a single vent.
The Rebel pilot also complain about the 2m wide port being too small to hit. Their first torpedoes are unsuccessful even with the targeting computers, it's only Luke using the force to time when to fire that works, so it is not some huge glaring unneccesary weakness. It's an integral part of a giant space station that even skilled pilots with computer-targeting couldn't hit, it wasn't some significant weakness in the first place.
As part of that, there's the "Rogue One explains the weakness!" thing. No, it doesn't explain the exhaust port - the weakness added by Galen Erso is that the reactor when hit will cause a chain reaction. That specific exhaust port is just identified as the most appropriate one to use.
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Of Course Batman Would Know How To Get Back Into GothamPhoto: The Dark Knight Rises / Warner Bros. Pictures
From Redditor u/yeyjordan:
Plot Hole: How did Batman get back into Gotham in The Dark Knight Rises?
Obviously, Bruce is a man of stealth who knows every way into, out of, and through Gotham; not just the roads that were seized by Bane.
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Batman Allowed Himself To Be Blamed Because Harvey Dent Restored Gotham’s Hope For JusticePhoto: The Dark Knight / Warner Bros. Pictures
From Redditor u/TellDemCrackasDat:
Plot Hole: Why did Batman let them blame him for everything Harvey Dent did in Dark Knight?
To get civilians to stop running around pretending to be him and getting into trouble and killed. I don't understand how that one went over peoples heads.
From Redditor u/Oh_umms_cocktails:
Also because Harvey dent was the embodiment of Law with the capital “L.” Batman is a vigilante, a literal criminal. Harvey Dent restored Gotham’s hope for justice, equality, and a good well operating society. Batman just hit people.
The movies mention lots of times the importance of social programs and Batman prioritizes pulling corruption out of the police force because superheroes are not a sustainable solution, government, law enforcement, and social programs are. It’s just that the mob takeover is so severe that there needs to be a temporary and extremely heavy-handed approach to get things back to a place where society returns. That heavy handed temporary approach is Batman, even from the first movie Bruce Wayne acknowledges that his activities are physically unsustainable for more than a couple years (no lifelong Batman here), and in the second one he knowingly builds an unethical surveillance machine expressly because the Joker is such a unique threat while also making sure that the tool only gets used once and never again.
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They Didn't Fly The Eagles To Mordor Because Sauron Would See ThemPhoto: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring / New Line Cinema
From Redditor u/Animeking1108:
Plot Hole: Why didn't they just fly the Eagles to Mordor?
Well, maybe that tower with the giant demonic eye could see them coming miles away and order an army of Orcs to shoot them down, just off the top of my head.
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Vader Didn't Know His Children SurvivedPhoto: Star Wars: A New Hope / 20th Century Fox
From Redditor u/YodasChick-O-Stick:
Plot Hole: Why didn't Vader sense that Leia was his daughter in ANH?
Vader didn't sense that Luke was his son either. He thought Padme had a miscarriage. He only knows Luke is his son when Palpatine flat out tells him.
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Ariel Didn't Throw Her Life Away For Someone She Just MetPhoto: The Little Mermaid / Buena Vista Pictures
From Redditor u/tsabracadabra:
Plot Hole: Why would Ariel throw her whole life away for a man she spied on for like a few hours, tops?
Ariel had an entire song about how much she wanted to explore the human world long before she ever laid eyes on Eric. Even after seeing him for the first time and fawning all over him, she never thought about going to see Ursula to get some legs.
The reason she "threw her life away" was because she just watched as her father go into a rage and violently destroy her Human Trinkets collection, something that brought her more joy than anything else. She invested SO MUCH TIME and risked her life to get those things. All that time and effort was destroyed and invalidated by her father in less than a minute.
Sure, Ursula may have framed her whole pitch to Ariel around "you'll get your human man," but Ariel didn't even consider Ursula an option until Triton destroyed her life's work. She no longer felt she could be happy or safe in her father's ocean, so she might as well try to find a life where he can't reach her. Getting a chance to be with Eric was just a nice bonus.