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Midweek Movie Mouth-off: what’s the worst logic flaw you’ve seen?

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Movies are magical things that create wonderful worlds where the rules of reality need not apply. However, when a movie sets up an established rule set and proceeds to ignore it, that’s when things can get laughable, silly or downright annoying.

Most recently, I picked up on this with Ant-Man (minor spoilers to follow). If you have seen it, you might have noticed the way that Ant-Man’s strength didn’t seem to be consistent throughout the movie. When he’s shrunken down, he’s able to knock people out with a single punch, but in the final battle when he’s throwing toy blocks and toy train cars around, logically those objects should have been moving through the air a heck of a lot faster than they actually were. Instead, they looked like they were being thrown “normally”, like they scaled down his super strength to “fit” the scene instead of keeping the established rules all the way through.

Heck, even when movies aren’t taking place in a fantasy world, sometimes things come up that are glaringly wrong, like the infamous 27 mile long runway from Fast and Furious 6, or any car that magically explodes when hit with a regular bullet. Let’s not even get started on technology in movies, that’s a whole new rant on its own!

So, let’s get pedantic. What’s the worst logic flaw you’ve seen in a movie?

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: September 2, 2015


  1. The Sten

    September 2, 2015 at 11:00

    There’s an episode of The Flash where Barry’s strategy to beat this guy who has the same powers as Colossus (turn to metal at will) without breaking his hand, is to run at a specific high speed, and punch him at a very specific angle, all calculated within minutes in Cisco’s head.

    Why would that work? Why would he not throw a damn brick at him instead? This was so absurd I actually got angry.


  2. Kromas untamed

    September 2, 2015 at 11:02

    Star Wars. They can go out in space wearing just a badly designed oxygen mask.


    • Kervyn Cloete

      September 2, 2015 at 12:01

      Technically the human body will survive fine for a short period in hard vacuum without any need to for a suit or oxygen. You would lose consciousness very quickly though (like 20 seconds or something), as you can’t hold your breath for as long in space, but there won’t be any explosive decompression or instant freezing as some movies depicted.


      • Kromas untamed

        September 2, 2015 at 14:26

        I agree but their logic was still flawed. The particular scene on the asteroid had full earth gravity and seemed to be a comfy temperature and their masks were pretty much airline oxygen masks. And they were out for a relatively extended time. Flawed logic in an otherwise great space adventure.


        • Kervyn Cloete

          September 2, 2015 at 14:28

          No I get you and totally agree. It was just an aside busting the commonly believed myth that you would die instantly.


    • Ranting Raptor

      September 2, 2015 at 12:53

      That scene in the astroid has always, always ALWAYS bugged me.
      However I’ve put it down to the worm’s innards being able to give of some gas and the astroid being large enough to create gravity and so you have a mini atmosphere inside the worm that would allow them to walk around as if on an actual planet with an atmosphere. Thus only requiring oxygen masks to not be poisoned by the gas in the worm…. Something like that.

      Yes the logic breaks down when you think about if they knew this then why not leave immidiately and all that. But hey. It’s better than walking around in a vacuum with no ill side effects and only using oxygen masks


  3. Alien Emperor Trevor

    September 2, 2015 at 11:06

    There’s a new TV series called Proof. Basically a walking trope of a dying tech billionaire wants to hire a walking trope of a neurosurgeon to find definitive proof of life after death or, and this is what made me scream with rage and insta-quit after 10 minutes, definitive proof of nothing.



  4. HvR

    September 2, 2015 at 17:11


    Where they choose which planet to visit first and which acts as the catalyst for everything going wrong.

    Apparently the most brilliant scientists in the world, knew perfectly well that there is a time dilation meaning that the data they received is relatively only few hours worth and worthless. Besides that there would only be a fraction of data versus the other planets as it would be trickling in, that is if the “brilliant” people didn’t see that timestamp on the data would be out of whack.

    This black-hole of a plot hole easily makes this the most overrated movie of 2014, maybe ever.


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