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Midweek Movie Mouth-off: movies, stick to your own rules!

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If a movie is going to ask to you suspend your disbelief and spend time setting up some specific rules for their cinematic universe, you should hope they’d have the decency to stick to them. After all, they’re the ones that established the rule set. Sadly though, consistency in universe building is not always the case.

The most egregious example I can think of is the 2012 movie Upside Down. If you haven’t seen it, take my word for it and don’t bother. The basic plot of Upside Down is there’s a dual planet system where the two planets are really super close to each other, with “dual gravity” that allows the planets to orbit each other. They spend a lot of time establishing how this “dual gravity” works, and they even have a narration in the beginning laying out three very specific, “immutable” rules as the movie calls them.

So what do they proceed to do throughout the rest of the film? Obviously, they break every single one of those rules, several times. The generic Romeo and Juliet style romance plot didn’t help, but I couldn’t even get angry at that. I was spending too much time yelling at the TV after they’d broken yet another one of their own damn laws.

I’m not even going to get into the wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey sides of time travel movies like The Butterfly Effect or Looper. Time travel movies are probably the worst offenders in this category. Superhero movies are another big offender, take as many pinches of salt as you want but that tank key-chain in Ant-Man should have weighed several tons.

So, if you can think of a time when a movie asked you to suspend your disbelief, only to ruin it (and potentially the rest of the movie) by going against their own rules, I want to know. Which movie was it, and how pissed off did you get?

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Critical Hit as an organisation.

Last Updated: July 20, 2016

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