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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What's the purpose of the cube?

I've just watched a sci-fi horror movie called Cube. It was pretty awesome, as well as it left a lot of questions unanswered. However, the one that frustrated me a lot was, the Cube's purpose. I mean, ...
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How do they explain the ending of 'Don't be Afraid of the Dark'

In Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973), at the end of the film Sally is dragged into the creature's lair and made one of them. Is there any explanation of how they explain this to the police?
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What does the “Walking Distance” phrase mean?

In the film Super 8 there is a scene where the kids are filming in front of a house being searched by the army. The boy's father (the Sheriff) shows up and puts the boy in the back of his police car. ...
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Why did this character in Prometheus kill without apparent reason?

At the end of Prometheus, why did the Engineer kill the humans? What is that thing that killed the Engineer?
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Why did Mrs Robinson ask Benjamin not to take Elaine out in The Graduate?

In the movie The Graduate, Mrs Robinson asks Benjamin not to take Elaine Robinson out or date her. Why does she want to prevent Benjamin from dating her daughter? Would it be that she thinks ...
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Explain “hypersleep” from Alien, Prometheus, etc.?

Early in Prometheus, the human crew is in "hypersleep" for a couple years, and at one point, an android uses a touch-screen interface to "see" on a screen what a woman crew-member is dreaming. In a ...
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How did Marion know there's a tree on the cliff?

In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, in the Amazon chasing scene, Marion was in a boat-shaped car. At the end of the chasing scene, she drives the boat-shaped car onto a tree that ...
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What happens to the girls at the end of the movie?

I have recently watched Silent Hill again, but I couldn't really understand its ending. Rose and Sharon seem to be forever trapped within the foggy dimension, but neither of them seem to really ...
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How did Indy know not to look into the Ark?

In Raiders of the Lost Ark, at the Ark opening ceremony the Nazi troops brings the Ark of the Covenant to the top of the mountain as Belloq said something before opening the Ark. Then they took the ...
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Where did the clues come from?

In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, when Indy is going through the cave to get to the grail, he goes through several different obstacles. Either my memory is wrong or he was muttering to himself ...
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How did Indiana Jones manage to follow Marion to the Island?

From Wikipedia's plot summary of Raiders of the Lost Ark: (all images are taken from here) Indiana Jones and Marion leave Cairo to escort the Ark to England on board a tramp steamer. The next ...
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What is the device taken from Alex Trusks at the end of Hypercube?

The Cube series is a really complicated movie series. At the end of the Hypercube, Kate gives a device to some serious guys (military guys maybe). This device was taken from Alex Trusks' neck. What ...
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How does Cohagen track Quaid after the bug is removed?

After watching both Total Recall versions back to back I was struck by a very similar anomaly. In both movies Quaid starts out bugged so Cohagen's people can track him (in the Arnold version he pulls ...
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Time spent in the Pussy Wagon

When The Bride is in the Pussy Wagon in the hospital car park, thirteen hours elapse (which is stated in film as the time it took for her wiggle her toes) - surely during this time someone would have ...
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What's causing the hauntings/possessions?

In Paranormal Activity 3, it is either alluded to or outright stated what is actually causing the hauntings/possessions that occur in the entire series. I can't for the life of me remember if it was ...
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What happened to the helium 3 tanks of america in movie Iron-Sky?

At the end all nations were fighting with each other. America was fighting to save its helium 3 tanks on moon. Were they saved or destroyed?
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Is the black goo used to create human life the same the Engineers intended to use as a biological weapon to destroy human life on Earth?

At the end of Prometheus, we are lead to believe that the Engineers were planning on using the black goo as a biological weapon to end human life on Earth. At the beginning of the movie, black goo is ...
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Why does Tommy wear a hockey mask in the end of Friday the 13th: A New Beginning?

In the movie Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, Roy is the one who is pretending to be Jason Voorhees and is the killer of the movie. But in the last scene of movie why is Tommy seen with a knife and ...
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What is the significance of the color blue in “I Know Who Killed Me”?

I watched the movie I Know Who Killed Me and I didn't understand the significance of the color blue in the movie. It shows the blue flowers all the time and even killer use all blue weapons for ...
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Keys to Monika's apartment

In one of the episodes of Friends, everybody gets locked out of Monika's apartment (the episode with the long winded discussion over the differentiation between "got the keys!" and "got the keys?"). ...
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How can Joey be cast in “Days of our Lives” while living in New York?

In the TV show Friends, which is based around six friends living in Manhattan, New York - Joey (Matt LeBlanc) gets cast in the TV show "Days of our Lives", which is filmed in Los Angeles. How is ...
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Why did Jigsaw choose Zep in Saw?

In Saw, at the end of the movie we learn that Zep was forced to hold the Gordons captive to obtain an antidote for the slow-acting poison in his body. However, this scene confuses me, because Zep hasn'...
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Is the “Pin number cracking” scene in Terminator 2 a plot hole?

When the Terminator, the teen John Connor, Sarah Connor and Miles Dyson go to the Cyberdyne Systems Corporation building in order to destroy any data that could lead to Skynet's creation (and ...
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What does Bruce Wayne pack on his third attempt of leaving the pit in Dark Knight Rises?

Right before Bruce Wayne attempts to leave the pit he packs up something in a towel and wraps it around his body. Does anyone see what he packs?
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Why did Holmes aim at the explosive rather than at Moriarty?

When Holmes and Moriarty are having a stand off in the swimming pool Holmes has a gun trained on Moriarty's chest. He looks at Watson and Watson nods so he moves his aim to the bomb. Why would this ...
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Why is it impossible for women to be impregnated on the Island and survive the whole pregnancy?

Claire was able to give birth on the Island because she had conceived her child off the Island. However, no women who were impregnated on the Island could complete the term / give birth, and all died. ...
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How could Irene Adler text Sherlock without her mobile?

At the end of "A Scandal in Belgravia" (S02 E01), Sherlock gives Mycroft Irene's mobile and she's probably let free without her mobile, ending up in Karachi when we are told she has been supposedly ...
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What purpose did Quaid serve Cohagen as an Average Joe on the assembly line?

Both the 2012 and 1990 versions of Total Recall rely on the same back story for the main character, Quaid: Quaid was working for Cohagen Quaid agreed to be brainwashed to think he switched to the ...
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Why did Paul return from the darkness?

During the beginning of the movie, Paul ends up disappearing into the darkness like most everyone else. However, Luke ends up finding him, pretty beat up, in a bus stop lit by solar powered lights. ...
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Why did Ripley try to deactivate the self-destruct sequence at the end of Alien?

In the final sequences of Alien (1979), Ripley activates the self destruct sequence of the Nostromo. After seeing the alien in front of the shuttle entrance, Ripley runs back to the control room and ...
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What's the real meaning of the birth of the alien in Prometheus?

In the movie Prometheus the alien is born from the last 'human-alien' of the planet they traveled to. But, how should it be interpreted? The alien is a mutation from the parasite inside the body of ...
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How long has Alice been fighting the Umbrella Corporation?

I'm looking for the in-universe answer to "How long has Alice (as Alice or her clones) been fighting against the Umbrella Corporation?"
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How did Angier know not to appear in The Prestige?

In The Prestige, the secret to Angier's 'Real Transported Man' trick is that he is effectively cloned while teleporting, and the original Angier is drowned when disappearing under the stage. When ...
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In the pit in The Dark Knight Rises, where was the rope tied?

The rope hanging in the pit has the end tied up near the top of the well, or somewhere around midway. So why didn't the climbers directly used the rope to climb rather than climbing manually? Is this ...
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How did Lori survive?

During the destruction of The Fall, we see Quaid and Melina jump off, but I don't recall seeing Lori jump off of the machine. Was there a scene of Lori jumping off and I just missed it somehow? How ...
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Why was plot of Mars replaced in Total Recall (2012)?

Total Recall (2012) and Total Recall (1990) both are loosely based on the Philip K. Dick short-story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale. But Mars is the major part of the original story as well as ...
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Why were American accents common?

In Total Recall (2012), most of the world was rendered uninhabitable. Two regions remain habitable, the UK and Australia. So you'd expect accents appropriate to those areas to be common. However, ...
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Is the Kiss of the Dragon a real procedure?

In the movie "Kiss of the Dragon", Jet Li's character stabs the main villain in the neck, which causes him to suffer quadriplegia, and once removed, to have an incredibly painful looking anerysym. ...
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How can Batman run and climb in the pits without his knee brace?

Okay so after watching The Dark Knight Rises, I spent a bit of time thinking about the film, at first I didn't get it. I understood the storyline but this major plot flaw/continuity error really ...
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At the end of the movie, does Aunt May know Peter Parker is Spider-man?

When he gives Aunt May the eggs he was supposed to bring earlier, he is clearly injured but Aunt May does not suggest that he is Spider-man. (At least that's what I remember) However, after Gwen goes ...
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Ending of Shutter Island

In Shutter Island, it's hard to understand the ending because it's quite ambiguous. I think, a while before the ending of the movie Teddy confessed to Dr. Cawley as, he's Andrew Laeddis and he killed ...
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Why did Peaches' mom hang on the tree?

In the middle of the movie Ice Age: Continental Drift Peaches' mom asked Peaches to go to sleep. Then, she hung on the tree. This particular scene was quite strange and confused me pretty badly, ...
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“She did her best to convince me that she was still in love with me”

In Casablanca, when Rick says this to Laszlo: She tried everything to get them, and nothing worked. She did her best to convince me that she was still in love with me, but that was all over ...
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Why were some emotional displays tolerated in Equilibrium?

When Brandt captures Preston he shouts to witnesses about how the cleric has been caught etc which seems to be a clear case of pride. Also, I seem to remember when Preston is being interviewed and is ...
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Fox's analysis of the Bat

Near the end of The Dark Knight Rises, Fox examines the Bat and finds out that an auto-pilot had been installed. This seems to me a bit strange, because we have seen the Bat carrying the bomb far from ...
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In “Dark Knight Rises” what was U.S. government's strategy?

Toward the end of Dark Knight Rises, the biggest city in the United States has been held hostage for nearly five months. Bane has threatened to destroy the city via nuke if anyone leaves the city. ...
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What was the explanation of the 51 people burned alive on the train in For Greater Glory?

In For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada (2012), there is a scene in the first half of the movie in which a train is robbed by the Cristeros. Padre Vega, who is in command in the scene, asks ...
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Why didn't the fog enter the supermarket in The Mist?

In The Mist (2007), a white fog covers a small town, and a number of residents take refuge in the local supermarket. But the fog stops at the glass windows, never seeping through the cracks around ...
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How did Talia find her father?

In the great revelation of The Dark Knight Rises, we are shown it was Talia who escaped The Pit, then brought her father back to rescue her savior, Bane. However, considering the fact that Talia was ...
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Where is Commissioner Gordon's family in The Dark Knight Rises?

I likely missed the bit where it's mentioned or not, but I was just curious is there any mention of his family in the movie? I assume his wife and son probably had enough after what happened in The ...

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