Sometimes, no matter how good a movie is, there comes a moment where you momentarily snap back to reality and it suddenly dawns on you, “hold on, that makes no sense!”. It can be a gaping plot hole or simply a ludicrous decision taken by a character, but these baffling movie moments always seem to prompt considerable discussion.
A number of those listed here are fairly well documented, though I have left out a few of the more infamous examples. Who shot Nice Guy Eddie? Who heard Charles Foster Kane say Rosebud in the first place? Why does James Bond go around telling everybody his real name? I’m sure there are many more which warrant a place on the list too which didn’t quite make the cut.
So without further ado, here are my seven baffling movie moments.
7. The Rock
Obviously a 90’s action romp with Nic Cage in the lead is not expected to be a bastion of common sense and logic but there’s one particular moment that always baffles me. Former convict Mason (Sean Connery) is the only man to have ever escaped from Alcatraz and so is recruited by the army to break a crack team back into the prison in order to stop Ed Harris being really, really mental. To get them into the prison, Mason must at one stage crawl through a flaming tunnel which he tells us he got through before by timing the exact moments of the flames and rolling through accordingly.
Incredibly dangerous business this escaping lark. He could be incinerated in a moment. It takes all his skill and patience to pull this daring escapade off. Then he very helpfully opens up a door and lets the rest of the team in. Wait…what? He opens the door? Why didn’t he use the door the first time! Let’s leave aside the fact that it is seemingly a pointless door to nowhere for now and focus on the stupidity on display here. Rather than kick open a conveniently place door and simply stroll to freedom back in the 1960’s, Mason opted for the far more dangerous ‘flame tunnel’ option instead. No wonder he got recaptured, the man is clearly simple.
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