Things That Bug Me: Movies With Giant Logic Plot Holes


Yesterday I watched the movie Apollo 18. It is of the found film genre like The Blair Witch Project. It was made on a small $5,000,000 budget and grossed $25,000,000 but it was not very good. What makes it not so good is the gaping hole in the plot. Supposedly in the movie there was a secret Apollo 18 mission, alien moon life is discovered, it kills one of our astronauts on the moon, the other barely escapes back to moon orbit where he is killed, his lunar module crashes into the CSM killing the third astronaut in orbit and we are watching an edit of the 84 hours of footage the astronauts recorded on 16 mm film. Problem how did we get the footage from the moon. There are some on the internet who suggestion that Apollo 19 retrieved it, or the CSM was only damage but made it back to earth. I don't care how it gets back it just needs to be stated in the movie. If you tell me at the beginning of the movie that this film was found you better allude to how it makes it way from the moon to earth when all the astronauts are dead and the ship is destroyed.

When will movie makers learn that movie goers can be on the edge of their seats through a hole movie and if there is a gigantic logic plot problem at the end it will spoil the whole movie? It is not that every question has to be answered in the movie but you do have to answer the crucial ones to the plot. Everyone may not notice the hole, even professional reviewers may not mention it but it leaves an unsettle conscience. Which affect the opinions of the watchers and the amount of money the movie makes in case any movie makers every read this.

This is the same problem the movie Reign of Fire has. I so enjoyed that movie right up until the producer creates the problem of were did the female dragon come from. If you have not seen it, I am about to ruin it for you. A lone male dragon is awaken from hibernation, soon the world is swarming with dragons killing and burning everything, we discover that they are all female except for the first one who has been fertilizing their eggs and if we kill him the dragons will die out. You see the problem right. If not you probably need to add more caffeine to your diet.

Netflix How Good Was That Movie

Netflix gives you a choice of five stars and a not interested button for rating movies. The stars are labeled as “Hated It”, “Didn’t Like It”, “Liked It”, “Really Liked It”, and “Loved It”. The problem with those ratings is that the practical meaning is ambiguous. It is easy to say “like” or “didn’t like” but what constitutes the fine line between 1 or 2 stars. I found that I was rating most movies I enjoyed with 3 stars even though there was a varying degree of like. So I had to improve definition of their 5 star rating and add some physical practicality so that from one time to the next I give consistent rating.


“Hated It” means I did not even finish watching the movie.
“Didn’t Like It” means I finished watching it but I did not enjoy it.
“Liked It” means I enjoyed watching it but not likely to ever watch it again.
“Really Liked It” means I enjoyed it so much that I want to see it again.
“Loved It” means I enjoyed it so much that I want to buy the movie.


Now that I have shared this with you I need for every Netflix account holder to go back and update their star ratings to this finer setting. That way we will all benefit from a better tuned recommendation system. After all it is only as good as our ratings are consistent.