One of the main reasons I watch films is because I love a good story. I especially like working out the ins and outs of the plot lines too. So, it stands to reason that some films may have inconsistencies in their story or even plot holes. I would define a plot hole as a gap in the story which remains unexplained by the writer or writers. Sometimes these can spoil the film, but more often than not it can add to the enjoyment. They may in fact be known to the writers, however, they may have left it as an enigma for the audience to work out. Either that or the writers made a mistake or they could not be bothered to, or were unable to close the hole. In fact, they may be hoping we don’t notice or care.

There are so many films out there and I’m sure one could nitpick holes in most stories. Here I have picked out six of my favourites. I have chosen well known films so as to differentiate between good and just plain bad storytelling. Moreover, I have also omitted horror films where people just make stupid decisions. Likewise fantastical, surreal and dream logic narratives are avoided. Lastly, the major Marvel franchise plot hole is skimmed. You know the narrative hole that occurs in the stand alone entries. E.g. in Spiderman: Far From Home (2019), if the world is being threatened why don’t the other Avengers help poor Peter Parker? Oh, they’re conveniently busy. . . hmmm. Anyway, here are six of the best plot holes I like. If you can think of more please let me know.


KING KONG (1933 / 1978 / 2005) – how did they get King Kong back to New York?

This question is not always one that is brought up as an obvious plot hole. However, think about it. Kong is captured on Skull Island, but is suddenly revealed in New York. How did they manage to find a boat big enough to carry him to America? And what if he woke up? He would destroy any ship carrying him with a yawn and stretch. Plus, because we do not SEE him being transported a massive hole in the narrative occurs.

How King Kong quadrupled in size since 1933

HALLOWEEN (1978) – who taught Michael Myers how to drive?

It chills the bones when Donald Pleasance’s Dr Samuel Loomis finds on a dark evening on October 30th, the day before Halloween, his most feared patient, Michael Myers has escaped from a maximum security facility. Myers has stolen a car and sped off into the night. The big question is, given Michael was six when he committed the murder, how the hell did he learn to drive? Obviously given Myers is a manifestation of pure evil, he somehow mastered driving through psychic force.

STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (1979) – the V’Ger probe would be coded as Voyager!

Talking of William Shatner masks, Star Trek is a wonderful science fiction television series and film franchise. It’s loved by many and given the numerous narratives involving time travel and alien species there are no doubt more plot holes in there. I mean the number of aliens who talk English and look human is quite something. However, in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), there is a major plot hole involving the “V-Ger” probe. Indeed, the entire twist of the plot centers around “V-Ger” actually being “Voyager,” as demonstrated by the corroded name plate on the probe. It seems weird though that nowhere in its programming (or anywhere else) did Voyager have its name recorded. It would be like if a label of a computer, say “Dell”, had the “D” covered up, the boot-up screen would not read, “ell” during post, it would still read, “Dell”! Thus, the plot hole is entirely illogical, Captain.

THE TERMINATOR (1984) – why not just destroy the time machine and stop Kyle Reese going back?

There are loads of plot queries in James Cameron’s classic sci-fi thriller. The one I like the most is more paradoxical than plot hole, but similarly this illustrates flaws in Skynet’s overall plan. Given Skynet and The Terminator have detailed files on everyone, why didn’t they know Kyle Reese was John Connor’s father? If so, just destroy the time machine to stop him going back. If killing Sarah Connor in the past stops John from ever being born, perhaps killing Kyle or stopping him time travelling would have the same effect.

SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994) – when Andy escapes, how does he put the poster back so perfectly?

This is one plot hole I love and is in fact, given Andy Dufresne’s incredible struggle to escape, one you can certainly understand. I mean, thematically speaking, Andy is coded as a spiritual Christ-like figure throughout the film. It’s very subtle, but it is there. Thus, perhaps, he had some divine intervention during his escape. He definitely earned it. Lastly, I also love that it is literally a plot hole and Andy escaped right through it.

SIGNS (2002) – why did the Aliens raid a water-based planet when it hurt them?

While the director has had his fair share of critics, I generally enjoy most of his early films and some of the more recent ones. Signs (2002) is a fantastic sci-fi thriller with themes of faith, family and alien incursion. The major hole is the aliens have to be incredibly stupid to want to invade a planet that is 70% their biggest weakness. However, as some have pointed out, it wasn’t an invasion, but a raid to get some people. However, given people are made up of water and water is in Earth’s atmosphere, perhaps Shyamalan should have made their weakness alcohol or even actual acid. Still a very entertaining film though.

10 thoughts on “SIX OF THE BEST #25 – FILM PLOT-HOLES!”

  1. Great idea for a post. Love it! I’ve thought about King Kong, but the whole movie is so magical that I chided myself for even considering it. I thought about the Shawshank Redemption plot hole too. I never considered the Christ-like element, but, yeah, that would explain it (sort of)–and that’s good because that one always bothered me.
    I never caught the Michael Myers one…but let’s face it, Myers was supernatural evil, like you “say.” Plus, I know you’ve seen news reports of 5 and 6 year old kids being pulled over driving…Michael was obviously one of those. Ha!

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting so positively. I thought it more interesting to consider films I genuinely liked, rather than criticise easy targets. What’s great about these plot queries is the films are so excellent they easily survive the scrutiny.

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  2. These are awesome. Thanks! 🙂

    I won’t bother to point out the numerous times I’ve watched a Bond movie and muttered, “Why don’t you just cap his ass, already?!” 🙂

    I should put together my own list. Uh oh. You’re giving me ideas here! 🙂

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  3. My God THANK YOU for pointing out the weak story logic of the Signs aliens thing. I have been on about that since 2003 or whenever the movie came out and honestly wondered why no one ever mentioned it. The thing is, it’s not just that it’s bad logic, it’s weak writing. It’s like a first draft idea that should have been fixed. But then again that’s most movies in the Shyamalan-iverse.

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    1. Thanks for reading. Oh, loads of people pointed it out at the time re: Signs. I really like most of his early films up to The Village as he is an interesting storyteller. But agree that many of the “twists” have foundations built on sand. Unbreakable and Split are superior thrillers though. I also have affection for Sixth Sense, Signs and The Village. The latter though divides people. I guess at least he tries to tell proper stories although his career went off the rails after the abysmal Happening! Now that was really bad.

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      1. Agree–I like those 4 movies, especially Unbreakable. I actually really like Unbreakable. A minor masterpiece in its own right. I remember liking The Village at the time, even though some people derided its twist. It didn’t really bother me. It seemed like a superior execution of a decent, kind of pleasantly schlocky premise. Lol haven’t seen The Happening but I hear it’s terrible

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