Best action movie stupidity of all time

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Stupidity: The Death Star comes equipped with a powerful tractor beam capable of capturing a ship the size and agility of the Millennium Falcon. Why don't they use it against the rebel fighters attacking them at the end of the film? Okay, Obi-Wan Kenobi turned it off earlier but I find it hard to believe that someone who has never before visited the largest, most complex space station in the Universe and who was previously unaware of its very existence can disable a fundamental security system but the people who designed, built and run the damn thing can't work out how to switch it back on.

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Suggested correction: A tractor beam has range, size of craft, and speed acquisition limitations. The reason the Millennium Falcon was caught so easily is that they expected a planet, Alderaan, coming out of hyper-space and were unaware of the Death Star's existence. The Beam's operators were able to lock on to the Falcon before they were aware something was wrong and start to dodge said lock on. The Falcon would not have been able to escape the docking bay without the tractor beam being able to lock back on to them. Hence the reason needed to power it down. Both the escape and powering down the tractor beam had to occur relatively at the same time so no one would realise the beam was down and able to power it back up before the Falcon was outside of the Beam's range. A tractor beam is capable of capturing a fighter but is a very difficult task to accomplish given the range and speed of the craft which makes trying to lock onto such fast moving targets extremely difficult. Also, it would be difficult due to the fact that craft like these tend to fly in packs, or close together, making locking on to a target complicating with craft bouncing and bobbing so close together. Another reason the empire would not likely bother to attempt tractor beaming fighters is that during dogfights, the craft are not just speeding and bobbing making a lock on difficult but they are just as likely to grab one of their own fighters in the process. Tractor beams are best used as they are during the opening of episode IV where Leia's flagship Tantive IV, a Correllian Corvette, is run down and captured by a star destroyer Devastator which used its tractor beams to capture and bring the Tantive IV into its docking bay. Tractor beams are not best used as weapons. As for how our esteemed elderly Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi, could find his way around... Well Jedi are know for their "mind tricks" and could have easily gotten someone he came across to tell him where he needed to go. Its also possible that while R2-D2 was finding the schematics and location of princess Leia he could have found, and should be looking for as well, the location of the power station needed and that given to Obi-Wan.

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Stupidity: Lao Che's intention was to kill Indy. He had no intention of giving him the antidote. So then why would he bring a real antidote? Why not just fill it with something else instead? From his perspective, bringing a real antidote was a waste of time, and also very stupid in case Indy managed to get it, which he did. In fact, Lao Che could've brought a fake antidote and given it to Indy. He probably wouldn't have noticed the difference, and then there wouldn't have been a fight in which one of his men was killed.

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Suggested correction: If you're using a poison it is always worth having an antidote nearby just in case something goes wrong.

Lao Che could still have the real antidote in his pocket and give a vial a fake antidote to Indy. Plus, if you're implying Lao Che would need the antidote should he accidentally be poisoned, it would also be a stupidity for him to give the antidote to Indy.

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Stupidity: When Flint Marko is escaping from the police, he climbs a chain link fence into a test facility. Besides having a chain link fence, there should have also been security cameras around the area as well as guards to prevent anyone from trying to get in. Plus, when the scientist notice on their computers that there's an increase in mass, one of them simply assumes it's a bird and then they continue their experiment. Instead of making assumptions, they should have halted their experiment and have someone take a look to see what caused the increase of mass.

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Stupidity: Reliant's prefix code is 16309. This code prevents an enemy ship from ordering a friendly ship to lower its shields or something similar. Five digits with no symbols. We know that symbols and letters aren't used since Spock uses a 10 digit set of switches to input the code. This is ludicrous. In 2016, a high powered server could crack a 6 digit password in approximately 0.0224 seconds (at 100 billion guesses/second). Any starship computer would have to far more processing power then a 2016 server. The prefix code protecting a starship from cyber attack would have to be insanely complex in order to be useful.

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Suggested correction: Keep in mind the era that this movie was made in. This movie was made before PCs really existed. Computers at this time were typically huge devices or box like containers. Their data storage capacity was minuscule and there certainly wasn't any form of AI logic programs built to "hack" passwords. I know this movie is about space and set in the future but there's a lot of stuff in Star Trek movies that based on our technology or development currently, we would expect something bigger, smarter, etc. We still have problems today with people using archaic password structures like 1.2.3.4. or actually using the word password for/in their password. Back in '81-'82, I'm sure that most people would not have thought about codes being hacked. This is not to mention that in many movies, which I don't know if there is a specific reason for using 16309, codes, passwords, numbers for addresses/apt#/room#/etc and other info frequently come about as tribute, honoring, or coming from something in the lives of a film's director/producer/actor/etc! So sure with today's technology, which could have been accomplished more than 10 years ago as well, using a single string of numbers as security measures for anything is foolish and can be hack by a self running password-like cracker program... But they made this "code" back in the very early 80s when computer hacking was barely unconscionable (MAYBE) so unless these #s were a tribute or to honor something, I'm pretty sure no one was even thinking of hacking back then... We all aware of today... all about the hacking threats and YET we still have people using 1.2.3.4., the word password, or other horrible predictable password choices that can easily be broken by a password cracking program... And we know that there's a huge hacking threat requiring strong security measures but don't do so while back then, there was little awareness of the threats of hacking much less the concept of hacking altogether.

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Stupidity: If Jordan was inside the cake and the cake was right there in the room when the takeover began how did the bad guys forget she was still inside?

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Stupidity: During the execution scene when Carina is on the gallows with a noose around her neck, the plot depends on Henry being able to get to her before she is dropped through the trap door. However, there is so much slack in the hanging rope that during the chaotic fighting, when Carina is left unattended, she could easily have stepped off the small trap door and onto the solid flooring that is inches away. Instead, she continues standing there, waiting to be rescued.

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raywest
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Stupidity: It's stated that Imhotep will fear cats until he has fully regenerated and two different scenes show him fleeing in terror at the sight of a cat. Despite this, none of the characters that Imhotep is trying to kill that are fully aware of his weakness even think to have a cat with them at all times.

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Stupidity: When Colonel Hardy is about to crash the ship he's flying into a building, Faora sees it and she has more then enough time to leave the ship and get to safety, but she does nothing and just stands there.

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Stupidity: Why go through the trouble of even bothering to shut down the deadline with the code when they could have just destroyed the sensors making up the perimeter?

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Stupidity: After Julie tells Louis that Peyton is still alive, she notices the Bellisarius memorandum on his desk and realises he was involved with the destruction of the lab. If Louis had kept the memorandum in his desk instead of in plain sight, he would never have been found out.

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Stupidity: Red and his gang have a barn full of stuff and talk about other couples and people they have kidnapped, robbed and probably killed. This indicates they have been in the "game" for a long time and been successful to avoid capture this long yet when Kurt Russell didn't want to get in the car, instead of cutting their losses, they went along with kidnapping his wife and initiating the whole ruse of her never getting in Reds truck which is what led to their downfall. Someone with the experience of this that Red has should know not to take such a big risk with a complicated story.

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The_Iceman
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Stupidity: In the scene where Sam Neill and the little boy are climbing down the tree, the car keeps crashing down a few branches at a time behind them. Why are they in such a hurry? If the car is falling in such a straight line, wouldn't it be easier to climb around to the other side of the tree, where they would be safely out of danger?

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Stupidity: Dane is a brilliant man who has invested countless millions (hence his billion asking price) and much planning into the operation. Yet he only makes one copy of the disk? Suppose that disk had been lost or broken? His whole operation would have been a total waste.

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Gavin Jackson
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Stupidity: Early in the film, Peter Parker desperately wants to see Mary Jane's performance, but he is turned away at the theatre doors because he is a few minutes late. Defeated, Peter shuffles away and sulks. Seriously? Why couldn't Peter simply enter the theatre through a side door or the roof? He's Spider Man.

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Charles Austin Miller
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Suggested correction: Spider-Man doesn't want to break the law.

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Stupidity: At the start of the tanker chase Sanchez shoots at Bond. He manages to get in the cab and throw the driver out, who lands on Sanchez's car. Sanchez then gets in front of Bond and has the ideal opportunity to just shoot the cab up with his machine gun knowing Bond is driving, but he doesn't.

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Stupidity: In the scene when the cook is torched, why didn't he just jump out of the longboat into the water? Why get burned?

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Suggested correction: It would be pointless. If he ran away, Blackbeard would just come after him and make him suffer greatly. At least the fire is quicker than torture or being zombified.

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Stupidity: In Superman 2 he was able to use frozen breath to stop a trucks fuel tank from exploding. Why didn't he simply blow the factory fire out? He didn't even bother trying. Heck of a lot easier than taking water from a nearby lake.

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Gavin Jackson
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Suggested correction: The fire was a chemical fire and was occurring in different areas of the plant. If he had used his freeze breath, it might have caused the chemicals to spread increasing the fire plus it would have taken too long to put out each individual fire. Freezing and using water from the lake would be more helpful as he's able to put out the multiple fires simultaneously.

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Stupidity: Once the casket was left in the mercury in the tomb, the ropes and pulleys should have been taken away instead of left in place for it to be retrieved. For something so evil why would any sane person want to bring it back out?

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Stupidity: It's perfectly legal for cops to hold suspects at gunpoint when making an arrest. So when Newman caught Royce holding Sheridan at gunpoint, he could've just taken him into custody and killed him later. Instead he does the stupidest thing possible, he shoots Newman, which also lets Sheridan escape.

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raph
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Stupidity: When Johnny is captured by Roarke and his followers, Danny gives him the power of the Ghost Rider back. Roarke knows what Danny is doing, but doesn't order his men to stop him, or even attempt to stop Danny himself.

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Stupidity: In the scene with the water-jug puzzle, both Zeus Carver and John McClane initially suspect that the small carrying case contains a bomb. McClane goes ahead and opens the case, which confirms that it is a bomb (the electronic readout in the case even says: "I AM A BOMB. YOU HAVE JUST ARMED ME"). If they suspected it was a bomb in the first place, why didn't Carver and McClane immediately try to warn the dozens of pedestrians all around them to evacuate the area before McClane opened it? That would be a seasoned police officer's first instinct. Instead, McClane and Carver banter and bicker and never attempt to warn the public, even as the timer is ticking down.

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Charles Austin Miller
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Stupidity: When Pollux admits to Castor (really Archer) the bomb is in the L.A. Convention Center, Castor gives Pollux a strange look and tells him he's so pathetic (as if he's turning on him). It seems those actions and that comment made Pollux immediately suspicious something was wrong. Castor should have just heard the location and said "Cool" or something like that, then changed the subject so nothing would seem wrong.

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Stupidity: A trained CIA hitman wants to kill the owner of a bar. Why would he go into the bar during opening hours, ensuring that there are witnesses to be eliminated, when he could break in after hours, use a few less bullets, and have fewer loose ends to tie up? The break-in would also provide a cover story for the kill. All rather unprofessional.

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Stupidity: Why didn't Kyle ask the Captain to ask the person in charge of the airport Kyle was in to have airport security check the cameras? Security cameras would have been all over the airport and seen Julia.

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Stupidity: Mitch didn't have to die. Since the door is tension loaded, just open it, prop something under it while everyone goes through, then remove whatever you used to prop it open (there's no shortage of loose objects around!) If the current flow is a concern, just have the two strongest go through first (Ben and Mitch), they brace up against the object holding the door open, everyone goes through, then they just remove the object so the water is trapped inside as depicted.

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Suggested correction: Ben DID try to prop it open near the end of the scene so both he and Mitch could get through, but the door was way too heavy and broke the object. And on the other side of the door, there's nothing holding the door open that could be reached by any of the characters. And, lets be honest, if you were trapped in a situation like this, there really isn't that much time to think reasonably.

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Stupidity: If Leo wants to kill his son's killer at any cost and no matter what happens, he should've gone directly to his House when the purge starts.

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Stupidity: Why would 006 put Bond in a self destructing helicopter instead of just shooting him? Being Bond's old partner, he of all people should know how good of an escape artist Bond is.

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Stupidity: When Snake is surfing up to Eddie's car, all Eddie had to do was hit the brakes and Snake would have helplessly surfed right past him. But instead he accelerated, idiotically.

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Gavin Jackson
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Stupidity: Staff Sergeant Duquesne is tossing and flipping rifle grenades before affixing them to his rifle to launch against the German tanks. A battle-hardened no-nonsense sergeant like Duquesne would never waste valuable time showing off, and would definitely not flip or toss around explosive ordnance like rifle grenades.

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Scott215
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Stupidity: When Tony watches the recording of his parents killing by the Winter Soldier, you see the latter shooting the surveillance camera (why there was a camera there in the first place is unknown) in order to avoid being recorded. That is obviously idiotic, since shooting a surveillance camera most likely doesn't result in the destruction of the recording, which is typically kept off-site as well. He should have destroyed the camera before being recorded himself.

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Epigenis
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Suggested correction: He didn't notice the camera until then. He shot it in frustration or simply because he is ordered to do that whenever he sees one.

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You cannot justify a blatantly nonsense act by using made-up justifications. A movie is not real life, if it has not been explained, then it's nonsense. There was no sign of frustration whatsoever (the Winter Soldier is a cold, emotionless killing machine), nor is there any reason to think he would have been given such a stupid order to shoot cameras no matter at which stage. Given its secrecy, they should have ordered him to plan his killings aways from any recording device.

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