Questions tagged [plot-explanation]

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In Ocean's Twelve, how did the Night Fox make the switch?

At the end when the Night Fox is explaining that he actually stole the Golden Egg on the first night it arrived, there's a flashback montage of how he got through the randomized lasers. He stole the ...
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Why do the three boxes appear when the parademon explodes?

When Batman is fighting the parademon in the beginning of Justice League, he catches the demon with a net on the wall. The demon explodes after some screaming and twitching, leaving goo picturing the ...
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How is the bloodpact between Dumbledore and Grindelwald even possible?

For those who have watched the newly released Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, you will find a "bloodpact" (which is something very similar to the Unbreakable Vow) mentioned there between ...
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Why hasn't Extremis filled the gap in Killian's brain?

In Iron Man 3, Killian shows Pepper a live feed of his brain [1]. He then claims to show her evidence that the human brain hasn't finished evolving--there is a clear gap present [2], a gap which, when ...
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Why did Curtis Chen try to do this in Continuum?

In the season 2 finale of the Canadian science fiction show Continuum, Alec Sadler goes back in time, which leads to the creation of a new Green Timeline and the subsequent destruction of the original ...
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What is the bird and/or the birdcage supposed to represent while Hank and Leticia have sex?

In Monster's Ball, Hank and Leticia have sex in her living room. They engage in extremely passionate and unbridled sex during this scene. During the scene, we see close up flashes of a brown- ...
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Why did Ethan Hunt dream of Solomon Lane with a beard?

In the first minute of Mission Impossible: Fallout, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has a dream that features Solomon Lane and Ethan's ex-wife Julia. In the dream, Solomon Lane does not appear clean-shaven ...
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Why exactly did the CIA want to recruit Bourne?

In Jason Bourne, we learn that Jason's (David Webb) dad, Richard Webb was a CIA analyst that helped create Treadstone. We learn later that the asset (Vincent Cassel) killed his dad to persuade ...
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Why doesn't Aman's wife come back the last time?

In the movie Survive Style 5+ (2004), Aman's wife comes back as a revengeful ghost every time he kills her. But when she is killed the second time by the hitman, she doesn't come back. What is the ...
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Did Daryl Van Horne participate in group sex with the three women?

Daryl did seduce each of the women individually. He started with Alex and moved on to Jane and he seduced Sukie last. Alex and Jane were unaware of Daryl's intentions towards the two of them at ...
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Why were witnesses to the initial assassination in “The Parallax View” (1974) systematically killed?

Rewatched Alan J. Pakula’s The Parallax View (starring Warren Beatty) this recently–first time since seeing it in 1986—and am still baffled by a key plot device. The film starts off with an ...
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Identifying the professor by tiny piece of burned photo

In Money Heist S2E1, the lady inspector's husband collects a piece of a photo burned by the professor. How can the police determine the professor's identity on the basis of that tiny piece of burned ...
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Why does Kido honor Frank in Man in the High Castle?

This refers to The Man in the High Castle S3/Ep9 "Baku". When Kido takes Frank to his place of execution, he chooses a location--a former Japanese internment camp--where Frank's symbol has been ...
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Why don't the visitors get moved into the hotel and visitors center?

In the movie Jurassic World, when things go south in the park, all the visitors are moved to the central square in front of the visitors' center. They clearly show how the visitors are suffering the ...
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What is the meaning of this conversation between Dr. Hafez and the former Anck-Su-Namun?

In the movie The Mummy Returns (2001), sequel to the highly famous The Mummy (1999), soon after the protagonists capture the bracelet of Anubis from a place near the banks of the river Nile, we are ...
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Kaplan's Mission in "North By Northwest"

The film "North By Northwest" seems to have two theories of Kaplan's mission. On the one hand he's supposed to be the agent following Vandamm. This is why it's important to the Professor that Vandamm ...
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How did Smurfette know her origins in "The Smurfs" (2011) and then, suddenly, she learns Gargamel is her creator in "The Smurfs 2" (2013)?

I'm going to focus on the following question: how did Smurfette know her origins in The Smurfs (2011) and then, suddenly, she learns Gargamel is her creator in The Smurfs 2? Unfortunately, most of the ...
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How could the Water Shuriken be on the bridge when Pikachu found it?

Shortly after Detective Pikachu left Tim, after realising he freed Mewtwo, he walks on the bridge where the Greninjas attacked Harry. Pikachu stumbles upon a Water Shuriken, which he uses to deduce ...
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Why are John Clare and Lily immortal?

When the Creature/John Clare first appears in Penny Dreadful, he kills Proteus, Frankenstein's second creation, who is quite clearly mortal. However, in a number of instances afterward, the Creature ...
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Is Salazar really what Jack fears most?

During the course of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, we come to learn that Jack's compass can be "betrayed" and it releases one's greatest fear! But is Salazar really what Jack ...
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Is there any hidden meaning behind Travis and the prosthetic arm?

In the last episode of Dexter season 6 (S06E12), Travis finds the prosthetic arm He's seen wondering what it is, puzzled: But quickly after that he put the arm back in the box when interrupted. ...
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Why does Kurtz allow Willard to walk around free?

During the ending of Apocalypse Now Kurtz knows that Willard is there to kill him. Why does he let him walk around free?
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Was Ronald responsible for starting the fire that killed Dennis McCaffrey?

In Backdraft, the beginning of the film shows a firefighter (Dennis McCaffrey) killed while fighting a fire while his two young sons, Brian and Stephen witnessed it. Brian and Steven are now adults ...
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What is Lionel Fusco's actual rank in Person of Interest?

In the pilot, the corrupt prosecutor Diane Hansen refers to Lionel Fusco as Officer following his testimony at her trial. He's later referred to as a Detective throughout most of the series. However, ...
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Why can't ARIIA access this device?

In Eagle Eye (2008), the computer ARIIA accesses all the electronic devices during the whole movie. Then why can't she access this small mobile device?
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How long was Tristan Ludlow away from home?

The 1994 film Legends of the Fall describes the film's main character, Tristan Ludlow being away from home for a lengthy period of time after he decides to leave the ranch and his lover, Susannah ...
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Was the job offer part of the plan all along?

In the film Snowpiercer (2013), besides population control was Wilford's offering up leadership of the train to Curtis also part of the plan? I mean, was Wilford planning on retiring and offering the ...
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Why does Agent Smith call the Oracle mom?

In Matrix Revolutions, when Smith and Oracle meet, she calls him a bastard and he says "you would know, mom". What does this imply? Why does he call her mom?
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Who sent the postcard in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings?

I've just watched the Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings movie, and according to me there's a plot point that is left hanging (possible spoilers if you haven't seen the movie). Shang-Chi knows ...
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What is the "trap" or "gimmick" Brad Pitt is talking about in 12 Monkeys?

In a December 2019 interview in the New York Times, Brad Pitt says this about "12 Monkeys": I nailed the first half of “12 Monkeys.” I got the second half all wrong. That performance ...
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What happened in Pan's Labyrinth, assuming Ofelia's experiences are imaginary?

There has been a lot of discussion about whether Ofelia's experiences in Pan's Labyrinth are real or imaginary. But assuming they are imaginary or an unreliable narration, what are the real events ...
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How did the culprit create the Darkasher?

At the end of the first season of Carnival Row, we find out that Like other viewers, I wondered who might be behind it all while watching the season, but one thing threw me off of the right guess. ...
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What is the contraption that Aladdin gifts the Sultan?

When Aladdin disguised as Prince Ali is introduced to the Sultan and Jasmine he brings a contraption covered under blanket and claims it is very expensive. What is said contraption?
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Does each character focus on one super-power?

In Shazam! (2019), Billy shares his powers with his siblings. It seems like each sibling gets a unique ability: Freddy - Flight Darla - Speed Pedro - Strength Mary - Unknown Eugene - Lightning They ...
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How is Itomori's demise related to its lake's creation?

During the course of Your Name. (orig.: Kimi no na wa.) we learn that in Mitsuha's time her home town Itomori is about to be hit by a splintering comet. When Taki in Mitsuha's body is going to save ...
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Why did Mrs. Tyson state the incorrect movie?

In the 1995 film Sabrina, Mr. Tyson is giving a toast to celebrate the engagement of his daughter to David Larrabee. When Mr. Tyson is finishing his toast, he jokingly quotes The Godfather: May ...
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How did the alien know the hand signals at the end of Close Encounters of the Third Kind?

In the last few minutes of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the French ufologist Claud Lacombe does 5 hand gestures in the presence of a single alien. The gestures are supposed to represent the 5 ...
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Why are there so many octagons in Exorcist II: The Heretic?

Sure, there are many questions to be had regarding this movie, but why is the clinic Regan goes to made of octagons in the rooms? But especially, why are people constantly pushing big octagons around ...
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Did Percy gain immortality along with Dr.Parnassus?

In the movie Imaginarium of Dr.Parnassus, Percy and Anton are the assistants of Dr.Parnassus. They help in performing the show. As the movie progresses, we know that Percy is a former monk. He is ...
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Did Emma have an abortion?

In Terms of Endearment, there is a scene depicting a visibly pregnant Emma Horton looking like she is starting the second trimester (just a guess) of her pregnancy while she is on the phone with her ...
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Who is the dead woman in the casket?

Sharon Stone's character in The Specialist is named May Munro. She uses the alias Adrian Hastings to infiltrate a local crime organization to seek revenge for the murder of her parents. Adrian ...
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Could someone explain the meaning of the "subway man" hallucination in the movie "Pi" (1998)?

In the movie Pi (1998), Max has several hallucinations. One hallucination I did not understand was the singing man in the subway. We see the man twice in the movie. We first see the man singing, then ...
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What is in Pai Mei's mouth when fighting with the Bride?

I'm referring to the scene when they engage in martial arts fight (after the sword scene). Beatrix hits Pai Mei at the neck, then he smiles and it seems he throws something to her. Anyway, something ...
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How could Claudia know of this?

In the series DARK, Claudia tells Adam in the end that she spent 33 years toggling between the two worlds that are knotted together. That both these worlds must be an ulcer created from a third Origin ...
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How did Barry keep up with his special diet in jail?

In one of the earlier seasons its apparent that Barry need an insane amount of calories to run so how does he keep up with this while he's in jail?
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Why did Kevin's dog run away?

In the last episode of season 2 (episode 10) of The Leftovers, Kevin Garvey gets his dog back but at some point the dog runs away and not seen again. This does not make any sense, as the dog was 100% ...
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Who is Greider's father?

The Dark Valley (orig.: Das finstere Tal) has the American Greider visit a village in the Alps to exert revenge on the local patriarch Brenner for crucifying his mother's husband when they violated ...
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Why does Chaucer say he will write about blacksmiths?

A fictionalized version of the English writer Geoffrey Chaucer appears in the 2001 film "A Knight's Tale". The very title of the movie is a Chaucerian reference as well (a story with the ...
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What is it that Nick did for Gilead?

In Season 3 Episode 6, we see that the Swiss delegates reject Nick as a Gilead's inside man owing to the fact that 'he cannot be trusted' and according to Serena Joy he 'played an instrumental role in ...
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Is the "Reddick, Boseman & Kolstad" law firm at the same location as the former "Stern, Lockhart, & Gardner"?

Much of the television series The Good Wife took place at the law firm, "Stern, Lockhart, & Gardner" (and "Lockhart & Gardner", "Lockhart, Gardner, & Bond", etc) a law firm existing ...

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