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Questions tagged [plot-explanation]

Seeking to understand a story plot better, or to clear up confusion about certain aspects or plot points.

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How was the nuclear reactor failure simulated?

Maybe someone who read the homonymous book that The Hunt for Red October is based on can answer this. The officers of the Red October (except for the doctor) simulated a reactor failure and leak of ...
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How credible is the ending of Collateral?

Here's what happens at the end of Collateral (2004): The taxi driver manages to defeat a highly skilled hitman. Is it mere luck? Should we accept this as a screw-up on the part of the movie ...
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Why isn't Bruce Willis's character in the Sixth Sense self-aware?

Why doesn't Bruce Willis's character realize he is dead? If I remember correctly, the plot takes place several months after he is killed. Shouldn't there have been some clues during that time? They ...
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Why does Harry only make use of time travel in The Prisoner of Azkaban?

At the end of The Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry and Hermione travel back in time to save Sirius (and as it turns out, Buckbeak) and escape the Dementors. If this is a legitimate option for saving people,...
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Ending of Donnie Darko

I never understood the movie Donnie Darko. In order not to keep the question vague, what happens in the end?
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Captain Miller's thought process in Private Ryan “School Teacher” scene?

As Captain Miller says to "gear up" after releasing the hostage, one of the sub-ordinates refuses. What I am trying to understand is what the movie was trying to portray in that minute or so when ...
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What changes were made to the Star Wars Blu-ray and what effect did they have on the plot?

The recently released Blu-ray edition of Star Wars has a few changes made personally by George Lucas. The most striking is Darth Vader's "No!" in episode VI. Why were these changes made, and do such ...
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Outcome of relationship at the end of 'Blue Valentine'

At the end of the movie 'Blue Valentine', as 'Dean' walked away from the home and sending their daughter back to 'Cindy' mean that they separate (divorce or something)? Or does it mean anything else ...
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Are there specific plot inconsistencies in The Matrix Trilogy?

Lots of people reject both Matrix sequels, but do they have a good solid reason? Personally, I watched all three with the same level of wonder and interest. I listened carefully and pieced together ...
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Where did the speaking-disease come from?

In the movie Pontypool, the people have a disease that is transferred by hearing the mumbling of an infected person and thinking about it. Where did the disease come from? In the plot the possibility ...
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Why does the dinosaur let the wounded dinosaur live?

Yes, we are all fascinated (or abhorred) by the inclusion of a few CGI dinosaurs in Terrence Malick's 'Tree of Life'. Personally, I enjoyed the dinosaurs thoroughly, but... Why did the predatory ...
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How does the son (R.L.) die?

In the beginning of the movie 'Tree of Life', Mrs. O'Brien (Jessica Chastain) receives a telegram (or was it a regular piece of mail?) notifying her that her son has died. According to Wikipedia this ...
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Did the FBI know about the mole in the police department and did they interfere with the investigation?

Frank Costello the mob boss, one of the main antagonists in The Departed, is revealed to be a protected FBI informant. Assuming that this is indeed the case, does Costello's ties with the ...
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What does the ending of The Tree of Life mean?

At the end of the movie, adult Jack (Sean Penn) wanders through a wasteland, goes through a doorway and ends up on a beach. There he shares the screen with his father (Brad Pitt) and Mrs. O’Brien (...
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Why did the girl try to kill herself in the 2009 Sherlock Holmes film?

In the beginning of Sherlock Holmes (2009), Lord Blackwood attempts to kill a young woman during some sort of dark ritual and is thwarted just in time by Holmes and Watson. Blackwood himself was not ...