Star Wars: The Force Awakens - 9 Plot Holes That Almost Ruined The Film

Cue the Imperial March Theme.

What a relief. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is good. Like, really good. Having been finally unveiled to a feverish public more than three weeks ago, fans of the space-based franchise can now rest knowing that this isn't the prequels all over again; there were no Jar Jar Binks-sized mistakes lingering in the narrative; no politics; no Hayden Christensens. What we got was an awesome, tonally accurate return to Star Wars' roots. That said, the movie - like any blockbuster released in this day and age, perhaps - isn't without its problems. It's no use pretending that J.J. Abrams made a "perfect" film. Because the Force might have awakened, but so have audiences... and with that wide-eyed analysis of every single moment in the film comes a sense that Episode VII is packed to the brim with - what at least appear to be - plot holes of the First Order (get it?). You can try to ignore these bad boys, of course, and lots have fans have opted to do just that. What's the point in spoiling what is - for the most part - a great movie, right? Still, no matter how hard you try, there are a few questionable plot elements that it's hard to forgive; holes that near enough unravel the movie, logical fallacies that make no sense, or plot contrivances that are so thin and so coincidental that they might as well be plot holes...


Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.