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Question: Why is Barbossa reluctant to hand over Elizabeth while making a deal with Sao Feng while Jack is talking with Beckett on his ship? And why is Beckett interested in Elizabeth (asking Jack about her when he fails to mention her)?

Chosen answer: Barbossa does feel some loyalty to Elizabeth and considers her a comrade, and he would not hand her over to an enemy. Beckett would be interested in Elizabeth for a variety of reasons. She would possess valuable information. Having her as a captive would make it easier to ensure Norrington's obedience. She would also make for a good bargaining chip in his dealings with Jack. He may also fancy her.

raywest

Question: Is License To Kill the first Bond movie that isn't based on a novel or short story?

raph

Chosen answer: "License to Kill" is partly based on the novel "Live and Let Die" and the short story "Hilderbrand Rarity". However, it is the first Bond film not titled after a book. While "The Spy Who Loved Me" shares its name with a book, it was the first Bond film not based on a book (though subsequently, there was a novelization of the film.) "Goldeneye" is the first film not based on a book AND not titled after a book.

Question: Why does Luke agree to go confront his father right in front of his master? Even if he does win, he should know that either way, he ain't getting off that Death Star alive, still a Jedi.

Chosen answer: He believes he can turn his father back to the light side, and together they can defeat the emperor.

Jason Hoffman

Question: When Silva blew up M's office, was he trying to kill her, or just send a message?

raph

Chosen answer: Send a message. He knew she was out of her office and wanted her to see it.

Captain Defenestrator

Question: Why didn't Victor scream for help? He was held captive in a populated apartment. If he had screamed for help while John Doe was away, eventually someone would have called the police. None of the photos show him with a gag in his mouth, either - not even the first one, which was shown in the film.

Chosen answer: It's reasonable to assume John kept him gagged until he was too weak to call out. He would've removed the gag for the pictures.

Jason Hoffman

Answer: Victor chewed off his own tongue, and the doctor states that they found a wide variety of drugs in his system. Perhaps before his tongue was gone, he was not coherent enough to cry out because of all the drugs in his system.

Question: Why didn't Zed (the rapist and apparent security guard) grab the handgun and shoot Marsellus Wallace after the latter shot Zed? The gun was still lying on the crate. Had he picked up the gun, he would have been able to either shoot Marsellus or get shot and killed by Marsellus. Either way he'd escape being tortured by Marsellus' crew.

Chosen answer: After he was shot, he was kinda in a lot of pain and on the floor bleeding, not so surprising he didn't go for the gun anymore. He couldn't have reached it anymore anyway, certainly not with 2 people closer to it ready to kill him.

lionhead

Question: Ginny says that the last thing she remembered is Tom coming out of the diary, but we don't know where that actually occurred. Where is he coming out of his diary?

Jenny Smith

Chosen answer: In the Chamber of Secrets. That was when he revealed himself for the first time. Before that, he was merely a "presence" controlling Ginny through the diary.

raywest

Question: After Kingsley gives Harry the Daily Prophet, is it Sirius or Arthur who says Fudge is attacking Dumbledore as well?

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Chosen answer: Its Sirius. You can see Lupin nodding at Sirius as he says it.

lionhead

Question: At Whitecap bay, Barbossa says: "I cannot! Ever walk on the beach, look back, and see your footsteps in the sand? It's like that except the footsteps lie before me." Then a sailor says: "Footstep, actually." What does the sailor mean? How is that grammatically incorrect?

Chosen answer: It isn't a grammatical correction. He's pointing out that Barbossa only has one foot.

Phixius

Question: Why did Voldemort go to all the trouble of having Barty Jr. transform into Mad Eye etc. when he could have simply made anything into a port-key and arranged for Harry to touch it?

kyliestrum

Chosen answer: Voldemort's intention was to return via the same portkey in front of the assembled crowd and make his return immediately known in a very public fashion. In order to do so, he needed to wait for the crowd to be assembled. Crouch's job was to ensure Harry got to the portkey first.

Phixius

Question: In 'Razzle Dazzle', Billy holds up a hand signal to the judge and he allows his objection. What is the hand signal?

Chosen answer: The shots are actually unrelated. Billy objects, it is sustained, and the prosecuting attorney expresses outrage that he hasn't even asked a question to object to yet. This is meant to humorously demonstrate how effective Billy is as a defense attorney. Then we see Billy cross-examining a witness who claimed to have seen something. Billy holds up three fingers, Razzle Dazzle Billy switches the gesture to a thumb then back to the three fingers, and the witness is unable to state how many fingers Billy is holding up. This indicates her eyesight is poor and therefore her testimony untrustworthy. But the two displays are only related insofar as they occur during the same trial, otherwise they have nothing to do with one another.

Phixius

Question: Why did Bruce Wayne die when Barry Allen saved his mother? How come the killer didn't kill Bruce's parents?

Chosen answer: When you break the sound barrier, there's a sonic boom. When you break the time barrier, there's a temporal boom. Barry changed 3 things, Bruce's death, Superman's crash, and the Green Ring election.

Question: What made Vincennes and Exley think Smith was Rollo Tomasi? Surely it wasn't just because he was a criminal.

raph

Chosen answer: As he died, Vincennes mentioned the name "Rollo Tomasi" to Smith because he knew he would follow it up, which would reveal to Exley that he was with with Vincennes when he was killed. Exley did not really think Smith was Tomasi (the purse snatcher who shot his father), but when Smith asked him about the name, he knew he had killed Vincennes. The nickname also fit because Smith had been getting away with his crimes, as "Tomasi" had.

Sierra1

Question: While in interrogations Kujan is asking Verbal why Keaton told him to stay back while they were robbing the boat. After a back and forth conversation between them about it they come to the conclusion that it is because Keaton is Kaiser Sose and he wanted Verbal to be his will. However we come to find out this is not true, and Verbal is actually Kaiser Sose, so why did Keaton have Verbal stay back?

Chosen answer: You're missing the point: Verbal is making much of the story up. He's changing facts and events to lead Kujan to think Keaton is Sose.

Jason Hoffman

Answer: He never did. How they got on the boat and took out the Argentinians could have actually happened in a million different ways. For all we know, verbal went on the boat with them, and then killed them, which is more likely as it is an extra gun. The point of the film is to show how much of a mystery Keyser Soze is, that even after all of that, no one knows who he is. For example, he tells the story as if Soze is Hungarian and killed his wife and kids, but we know this isn't true, because Kint is Soze and he's American. The point is, he's telling so many lies and making up all these stories, so it's got to a point that they don't even know his real nationality. The only reason we though he was Hungarian throughout the film is because Kint told us, but we know his story was a hoax.

Answer: Kaiser had manipulated Keaton so much to the point where he thinks Verbal is innocent and wants to let him live.

Question: Why didn't Goldfinger kill Bond in the hotel room?

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Chosen answer: He wanted to send a message. Bond seeing Masterson's dead body was a way to tell Bond, and MI6 to stay away. Killing Bond would have had an immediate effect, sure, but MI6 would more than likely send out another 00 agent after him anyway. Goldfinger wanted to be assured that no one would come after him. (As a little side note, Goldfinger didn't actually attack Bond. As we never see who did, It may have been Oddjob or one of his goons).

Dra9onBorn117

Answer: Not knowing who Bond was or what organization he was involved in, Goldfinger figured a warning was in order, to keep Bond and his business away, so he had Jill painted gold to scare them off. Jill was murdered for her betrayal to Goldfinger, who "hated to lose".

demodon

Question: If Ultron was so advanced to lift a piece of land / island with thrusters, why didn't he build a remote detonator to drop it?

Chosen answer: He wants the Avengers to try and fail to stop him, and he wants to make a big show of his plan to draw their attention because of that.

Captain Defenestrator

Question: How could Anthony Hopkins be arrested for turning off his wife's life support? He was acquitted of shooting her, so he's legally considered innocent of that, and he was completely legally entitled to turn off her life support.

raph

Chosen answer: Once Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) took his wife off life support, it resulted in her dying. Crawford was arrested for murder, not because of taking her off life support but because his shooting of her resulted in her death ultimately. Crawford was only tried (and acquitted) for attempted murder. Since this is a new charge, double jeopardy did not apply.

Question: When Evey is captured after they take Gordon, you can briefly see the eyes of who is assumed to be one of Creedy's men. Since V is the one who took her, is it possible that for that brief moment we saw what V looks like under the mask?

Iris Cervantes

Chosen answer: Since V said he got to her before the others did after freeing Evey from his fake prison, yes, we have to assume we were looking at V.

Question: Who is actually writing the 'I know who you are' messages to Hoffman? Is it Strahm trying to scare him or is it Jigsaw letting Hoffman know that he knows he killed Seth?

Chosen answer: In the last Saw movie we find out that it was actually doctor Lawrence Gordon who has been helping Jigsaw (John) the whole time.

Question: How is it that the disease could infect dogs too, and turn them into the same thing as infected humans? At the beginning of the movie, it is stated that the virus that killed everyone arose from a specially bioengineered treatment for cancer, which mutated into the deadly virus. But dogs can't get a lot of the diseases that infect humans. Did the disease really mutate far enough so that it affected dogs that way too, or did people want their pets cured of cancer, or what? Even if the disease was able to infect the dogs, it seems strange that it would affect them the same way as it does humans.

Chosen answer: When the woman who created the cancer treatment is being interviewed at the beginning of the movie, she states that the original virus used to create the cure was the measles. Human Measles are in a family of virus called paramyxovirus. This same family contains the canine virus distemper. So they are very closely related to one another. The virus was then modified in a way that was not stated so that it could deliver cancer therapy. After that, since the patients in the clinical trial were initially cured of cancer (stated in the same interview), the virus must have mutated in order to turn humans into night seekers. Then, in order for the virus to become airborne it must have mutated yet again. So, it is not hard to believe that it would be able to infect both species after a virus coming from a family that is already known to infect both species has been changed 3 or more times. This might also explain why the virus is slightly different in dogs, e.g. Dogs can't catch the airborne strain, and dogs can come out at dusk while night seekers must wait for full dark.

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