ByFranco Gucci, writer at
I'm an avid movie fan whose favorite movie ever is Back to the Future. I'm the type of person that if I like a TV show, I'll binge watch it
Franco Gucci

Warning: Massive Spoilers Below!

Motion pictures have seen drastic changes over Hollywood's 100+ years of existence. Proof of that is us, the modern audience. We've gone from strict and skeptical individuals — allowing only certain types of stories into our escape from reality — to people that welcome with open arms new and peculiar types of storytelling.

Thousands of movies are released every year. They range from action-packed adventures that have us on the edge of our seats to dramas that make us wish we were alone to cry without embarrassing ourselves. But with so many films out there, there are some that make us go "What?" at their nonsensical plots. Here are five films with plots that make no sense (at least, to me):

1. Spectre (2015) — Franz Oberhauser Controlled Everything All Along

Daniel Craig's run as British secret agent 007, a.k.a. James Bond, has been one of the most celebrated portrayals of the character in its 50 years of cinematic existence. Shockingly, Spectre, one of the franchise's most anticipated entries, did something I had never seen before in that it not only invalidated its own plot, but continuity of the previous three Craig films as well.

How? With a single character: Christoph Waltz's Franz Oberhauser. In the film, we learn that James Bond lived with a temporary guardian and his son, Oberhauser, after his parents died. Franz resented Bond so much for the attention he was getting that he murdered his own father and faked his death to then form shadow group Spectre to orchestrate every single Bond film in this new series and make James Bond miserable. Franz (finally revealed to actually be Ernst Stavro Blofeld) even tells Bond "I am the author of all your pain." And if that doesn't make sense to you reading it, trust me, it makes even less sense watching it.

Why The Story Doesn't Work

Spectre depends on the plots of the other films to make sense. We learn that Blofeld wasn't trying to kill Bond at first; he simply wanted to torture him, and he achieved that through the villains we met in previous entries. I don't know about you, but I think good ol' 007 would have died 10 times already in the previous three films if it weren't for his skills and quick-thinking, which is why it invalidates so much of what happened in the other entries. Plus, why would Blofeld create an entire criminal organization just to mess with the guy that made him jealous when he was a child? Overall, as much as I like Spectre, the story was an overcomplicated mess that relied too heavily on a suspension of disbelief, which failed to keep viewers engaged.

2. The Conjuring 2 (2016) — The Nun Ghost And Old Man Ghost Are The Same Entity

Let me start by saying this: I loved The Conjuring 2. I think it's one of the few great horror movie sequels out there: It has great characters, an original setting and scares the pants off of you. However, I can't deny its plot makes absolutely no sense.

The film begins by telling us right away that Lorraine Warren has been haunted by this nun demon for a while. The entity appeared in her house and gave Lorraine visions of her husband dying while revealing its name. Then we cut to a family in England whose little girl is being possessed by an old man.

Why The Story Doesn't Work

The Warrens go to England to investigate and, behold! It turns out the entity haunting the little girl is the same demon nun stalking Lorraine! Wait, what? What was the demon's plan? Haunt Lorraine in her home, then go to a family in England to possess a girl to lure the Warrens into a trap to kill them and make sure to give Lorraine its name so she could banish it once things got real? I don't know about you, but I can't find a world where that makes sense at all.

We know that the nun was added in reshoots, replacing the original entity that was going to haunt the family. After watching the film, I completely believe it.

3. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) — Pretty Much Everything

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is, in my opinion, the most controversial entry in the list. This film united two of the world's greatest superheroes, Batman and Superman, in a story that was supposed to be beloved by many and remind you why these heroes are the best of the best. Instead, we got a two-and-a-half hour compilation of scenes that each made you feel as if you had fallen asleep for 30 minutes, not knowing at any point what was going on.

Why The Story Doesn't Work

Why does Lex Luthor try to frame Superman for a bombing that was confirmed to not be his fault? How did Luthor find out who Superman was in the first place? How did Superman know Lois was falling from a building but wasn't aware that his own mother had been kidnapped and tortured? How did Batman decide he was going to fight Superman on the exact same night that Luthor forced Superman to kill the Bat? How come Bruce Wayne — after hating Superman with all his heart for two years — decides he's now best friends with the alien because their mothers share a first name? How did Bruce Wayne, the world's so-called greatest detective, manage to figure out the identities of the entire Justice League but couldn't figure out it was Lex Luthor pulling the strings all along?

All questions we won't have answers to. And to anyone that wants to defend the film, saying that the Ultimate Edition explained some plot holes: I don't want to make sense of a film through its extended apology version. I wanted a coherent story out of the two-hour theatrical release, starring two of the greatest superheroes in the world.

4. The Terminator (1984) — John Conner Chooses His Own Father After He's Born

The Terminator is beloved by millions around the world. Its impact in pop culture is so strong that to this day the franchise is still going (granted, without as much success) and its elements have been copied by countless filmmakers year after year.

With that said, I've noticed something in the kick-off of the story that invalidates the entire plot: We know that Skynet sends a Terminator to kill Sarah Connor so that John Connor, humanity's savior, will never be born. To prevent Skynet from succeeding, John from the future sends Kyle Reese back in time to protect his mother. Eventually, Reese impregnates Sarah with baby John Connor, meaning that Connor himself is responsible for his own existence.

Why The Story Doesn't Work

Let me explain why it is one of the most nonsensical things I've ever watched: John Connor sends the man who would become his father into the past, who impregnates his mother and ensures John's future existence, but who was John's first father in the first place in order for him to be born, grow up and send Kyle Reese into the past and become his father? Granted, time travel plots are always tricky as it's all too easy to wreck the continuity if you don't adhere to specific rules, and you end up with a paradox like this, but still.

This hasn't been explained, and the worst part is that in some cases, Kyle Reese is treated as essential for John's existence, which invalidates the possibility of John's original father existing (but never shown). I know many fans have insane theories in order to make sense of the story. However, we can just see it as another item in the never-ending pile of time-travel movies' mistakes.

5. Man Of Steel (2013) — Humans Just Don't Work Like That, Clark

Criticizing Man of Steel, as well as entry No. 3, is a very controversial thing to do. If you do it, fans will label you a hater and a Marvel fanboy. To clarify, I am not a DC or Marvel fanboy, I'm a superhero fanboy and I still had problems with this film. A lot of them.

Why The Story Doesn't Work

Let's start with Jonathan Kent. When he tells Clark Kent about the spaceship they found him in, he shows him the key to activate it. Jonathan tells him that he took the key to a metallurgist and he told him that whatever it was made from, it didn't even exist in the periodic table and therefore could not be from Earth. OK, so what happened then? Did the metallurgist took a look at the clearly carved piece of metal and simply let Jonathan go with his piece of alien technology and never told anyone else?

There is also Superman's response to Zod's arrival. When the crazed general threatens Earth to have Kal-El delivered to him, what does Clark Kent do? Does he go to his recently-discovered Kryptonian father to know how Zod should be dealt with? No, he goes to a random priest for advice — that's seems like a reasonable response.

How about when Zod goes to pick up Superman? After Supes is in his ship, Faora walks up to the soldiers and states that General Zod wants Lois Lane to go with them. Why? There's literally no reason for Zod to want Lois "Save Me" Lane on his ship. They had never met, he didn't know Superman was in love with her, so the only logical explanation for that is Zod wanting to do the screenwriters and director a solid and keep Lois around to fill the 2-hour runtime with more Lois rescue scenes.

There are countless other points in the story that make absolutely no sense that I will not continue to explore due to redundancy, but I trust you understand why this film is on the list.


Films can help in different ways: A comedy may help someone get over depression, seeing someone beat three super-powered bad guys may give you an answer to a problem, or a drama could make you realize your life is not as bad as you think.

In whichever way you look at them, films offer us a fantastic opportunity: They allow us to escape the usual plots of our daily lives and be part of something bigger. Unfortunately, sometimes, their plots are so disjointed and incoherent that they take you right out of the story and make you wish the people in charge took a better look at what they're releasing.

Please remember this: If you like any of these films, there's no reason to get angry, after all, I am not saying they are bad, they just don't make sense. What about you?

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