Best adventure 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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PEDAUNT
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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.

Creating a series of silly, Dieux ex Machina solutions to obvious plot holes does not resolve them. Obiwan did not read the plans stored in R2D2s database - he is as surprised as anyone to see the Death Star when they first stumble upon it, and saying that a wholly fictional piece of technology like a tractor beam has obvious technical limitations is absurd. So what if they grabbed one of their own fighters? The Death Star was either populated with idiots who are incapable of reading the output from their own consoles or they could simply have said "Fighters approaching! Use the tractor beam!" "Yes Sir. No, wait. Someone turned the tractor beam off." "Well, turn the bloody thing back on again!" "Yes Sir. Done. We have all these fighters locked in the tractor beam now, Sir." "Good stuff. Now blow the rebel moon up."

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Stupidity: How on earth did those helicopter gunship pilots survive a tour of duty in Vietnam? They are too stupid to tie their own shoelaces. They have encountered a thirty metre tall ape which is intent on killing the lot of them by grabbing their helicopters and smashing them to the ground, so they have two clear choices - a) use their heavy, mounted machine guns or the grenade launchers fitted to the assault rifles carried by the troops on board to shoot the thirty metre tall ape to ribbons from a couple of hundred metres away, well out of its reach or b) fly straight up to it and present an easy target, allowing it to kill the lot of them by grabbing their helicopters and smashing them to the ground. Every single one of them ticks box b). Idiots.

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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: 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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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: 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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Grumpy Scot
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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: During one of the test drives, the hook that Hiccup uses to fasten himself to Toothless gets bent, so he takes Toothless to the blacksmith to cut the line. There are two ways he could have easily avoided this: He could just unhook the saddle, take that to the blacksmith and cut himself loose, or he could just untie the leather strap. What he does here is needlessly risky and just there for his awkward conversation with Astrid.

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Friso94
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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 Han tells Drydon Vos that he and Tobias will steal unrefined coaxium from the mines on Kessel, Vos initially says no, as Crimson Dawn's relationship with the Empire would be at risk. Han then explains that the Empire wouldn't know they were working for Crimson Dawn. Vos then agrees but insists his top lieutenant Qi'ra accompany them, even though she is a known associate of Crimson Dawn and literally has their symbol branded on her wrist.

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AbbyJay
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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: Al is supposed to be a super serious toy collector and seller, but he handles valuable toys without cleaning the cheese puff dust off his hands.

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Stupidity: When Victor is rediscovered on Planet Zero, the scientists bring him straight back to Earth. They had absolutely no way of knowing what he was exposed to on that planet for the Earth-long year he was there. He could have been a major quarantine risk for all they knew.

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Stupidity: Major Franklin is struggling up the side of the cliff while the rest of the group are on top of the cliff checking their equipment, then he slips and slides down the cliff side, breaking his leg. After seeing this, the group members reach for a long length of rope that was used to bring up the other members and the supplies. The commandos could have used the rope to help Major Franklin climb up and prevent him from falling and injuring himself.

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Scott215
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Stupidity: When the policeman comes for the girls, the people run along a straight path, completely straight, without bothering to go over the fence right next to them or run in a different direction.

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Stupidity: When Superman gets to the bridge after the truck falls off, he asks the firemen if there's anything he can do. They responds that there's really nothing as he got there too late. How about asking him if he could get the truck out of the water. That would have been a help.

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Gavin Jackson
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Stupidity: Jack has been using Mosley's badge and identification to pass himself off as FBI. He never once uses this trick to commandeer a civilian car for him and John when it would have been the safest way to get to L.A. much sooner.

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Stupidity: When the duke approaches the wall at the end, Snake dives on him and briefly knocks him out. Snake could have easily grabbed his gun back and left the duke unarmed (or even just killed the duke there and then), but just gets up and runs, leaving it with him.

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Gavin Jackson
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Stupidity: In a flashback scene, a mother, father and daughter are taking pictures of Norm and two other polar bears. The daughter decides to run up to the three polar bears, but the parents appear to do nothing about it. The polar bears could have been a threat to their daughter for all they knew.

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Stupidity: As Powell was standing at the completely wrong "eye" in the temple to begin with, all Lara had to do was say nothing of his mistake, he'd never had got the first piece of the triangle to begin with, world safe for another 5000 years.

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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: 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: When the bellhop is in the elevator and it looks like this is where he loses his arm, he spends a few minutes trying to stop the elevator. All he had to do was let go of the luggage and he would have been able to easily bring his arm in.

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brianjr0412
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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: When Jonathan is chasing the truck to try and save Sarah, he could have removed his heavy backpack and run faster...but instead just leaves it on. No wonder he wasn't fast enough.

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Gavin Jackson
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Stupidity: After leaving the church in the painted Studebaker, the duo have Max and Hopper right behind them. Therefore, there's no way the (conveniently) colored car could possibly fool Max and Hopper.

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Suggested correction: That was the whole point. It was supposed to be funny.

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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: The fact that Picard did not share his precious Anti-Borg tactics with federation long before, costs Federation a lot of ships and lives. Such precious knowledge, they should've added long before to the Federation databases. Every single captain of the Federation should already be well trained with these new "Picard Maneuvers." I mean what if Picard had a heart attack a year before the Borg battle? Then earth would be lost just because Picard is too lazy to share vital information. He only shares that important information when battles begin?

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Suggested correction: Picard could hear the Borg. As Data stated, the coordinates Picard entered were not a vital system, but on this cube allowed for a chain reaction to occur. Because Picard could hear the Borg he was able to determine this weakness and take advantage of it. Picard had already given all the information he had to the Federation. This was used to begin producing warships such as the Defiant Class.

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Stupidity: At the end of the plane chase Bond fails to finish off Hinx. Regardless whether he thinks he's dead or not, with a licence to kill he should have made sure.

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Stupidity: Jake uses several Loops and travels all over the world in order to get back on the boat at the end of the film. This was completely unnecessary as only the final Loop in 1942, which was available to him in 2016, was the one he needed to enter despite the fact that its nature should have prevented him from reaching 1943 anyway.

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