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Question: Why do they call the aliens Mimics when we never see them actually mimic anything?

dizzyd

Chosen answer: First it should be noted that this film is based on the Japanese novel "All You Need is Kill" by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, which is where the term "mimics" comes from and could be something lost in translation (they adapted to alien planet environments by mimicking the biology of the planet's life, not necessarily making themselves look like a certain species). However, in the film itself it, was said the aliens "mimic our every action", militarily speaking. This is of course because the aliens were resetting the timeline when an alpha died and knew what the military would do, but to the military (and news reporters) it looked like they were just copying our fighting style.

Bishop73

Question: Why was Jack not on the Black Pearl with Barbossa when it sunk? At the end of "At Worlds End", they have to go back and get Jack because he took a piece out of the map, so where was Jack?

Chosen answer: There is nothing suggesting that they ever went back to find Jack. As soon as they realise that the map was stolen, the movie ends with Jack sailing alone with the map. Even if they did go try to search for him, they probably would never have been able to find him. At the start of On Stranger Tides, Jack is still searching for the Fountain of Youth and still has the map with him, so it is clear that he has not gone back to or found the Black Pearl yet, so he would not have been on it when it sunk.

Casual Person

Question: What happened to Old Nick after Ma and Jack were rescued?

Chosen answer: It is shown on a news report that he was caught and arrested soon after.

Casual Person

Question: If Anakin knew he was going to die then why speed up the process by having Luke take the mask off?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: He said he wanted to see Luke with his own eyes rather than through his mask. He was aware that he was doomed and did not care about what would happen if he took the mask off.

Casual Person

Question: In Origins, Wolverine gets shot twice by Stryker with the adamantium bullet - his brain heals, just without his memories. In Logan, Laura shoots X-24 from the back of the head and he dies. Why the difference?

Chosen answer: X-24's healing factor is much weaker and slower than Logan's, and Dr Rice has to give him the serum to heal his injuries at the farm, so presumably he couldn't heal fast enough to survive the shot. It may also have been a different bullet type - the one in Wolverine didn't do nearly as much damage on impact. Makes sense that Wolverine would have possibly designed one to overcome any healing factor.

Question: How much money did Prince Akeem give to the homeless Randolph and Mortimer Duke from "Trading Places" (1983)?

Chosen answer: Unknown since we can't see the denomination. But at least a couple thousand dollars.

MasterOfAll

Question: Nancy finds a broken helmet floating in the water. There's a white thing inside the helmet. Later, she uses that to open a box on the buoy. What exactly is it?

Bunch Son

Chosen answer: A shark tooth.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: In the prison scene where they laid out the weapons, why was Deadshot shooting the rifle at an angle when he was "showing off" to Flag and Waller?

Chosen answer: Exactly as you said, to show off. He wants them to see he can fire just as accurately at an angle.

lionhead

I am not a gun expert and attempts to search this to verify my point have failed. However, it seems to me that he rotates the rifle to use the secondary sight. While this may be showing off, I assumed this secondary sight was intended to be used for a different range of target, or made a specific type of target easier. When he rotates the gun, it seems he is switching targets. Research has shown that the gun does have 2 sights (DDM4 MK18).

The DDM4 MK18 Deadshot is using has a single red dot sight, nothing "secondary." A gun has only 1 sight, perhaps also a scope, but nothing on the side that requires the gun to be used at an angle. Firing a gun at an angle seriously reduces the accuracy. If there is something attached on the side it's either a flashlight or a laser.

lionhead

Question: When Barry first travels into the past to prevent his mom's murder, why does it show him waking up at his desk in an alternate timeline instead of him running back to the timeline he created?

Chosen answer: When he changed the past, he no longer had his speed and therefore could not have travelled back. He wakes up on the day he travelled back without his powers, with the version of him that time-travelled having been erased.

Question: In the trailer it shows a pig singing "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga but this song is not on the soundtrack. Why is that? Also "Anaconda" on the soundtrack is "Oh.My.Gosh" instead of its proper title. Again, why is that? It doesn't make sense for one song to be in the movie but not on the soundtrack and for another song to not have its proper title.

Chosen answer: It would have to do with paying royalties to the artists if the songs were included on the soundtrack album. The artists would be paid a one-time flat fee for their songs to be used in the movies or the trailers, but for albums being sold would mean some of the profits would have go to the artists. The movie studio can make just as much on the soundtrack album without certain songs being included. Regarding the title, it may be the artist wanted it changed for some reason, or the filmmakers felt it didn't fit in.

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Question: How was the mayor able to drown Mr. Merrimack in the desert?

Chosen answer: It's not specifically explained how but it's a clue about the water pipeline that runs to Las Vegas. It has a secret shut-off valve that the mayor has been manipulating to create a drought so he could buy the land cheap.

raywest Premium member

Question: Wouldn't Aurora and Jim eat up all the food before the spaceship got to its destination? It's 2 people and 90 years, that's a lot of food and liquids.

Mark Elrod

Chosen answer: The ship is equipped to feed five thousand people for three months. That's 450,000 days' worth of food, which would last 2 people over 600 years. So they have plenty but even if you consider the idea that they lost a lot of food because the ship malfunctioned it's quite possible more food is stored than originally needed, they grow their own food or have found others ways to synthesize food with the future technology they have available.

lionhead

Question: Why did Winston give John a marker? Does Winston consider delaying his contract a favor?

Chosen answer: A marker can be given to any assassin. It's purpose is to allow no questions asked favors between assassins and their employers. Winston does consider delaying the contract a favor, he is quite fond of John.

Question: I have so many questions. Sorry 1. At the end of the film, Winston only meets with John to tell him he is excommunicated from all underground services and that it takes place in one hour. If he is just excommunicated but the contract is still open, why didn't the assassins who were already in the park just kill him right then and there? 2. How did John get to Rome and get out? Sounds stupid, I know, but we never see a plane or anything. Plus the head of the Roman Continental just shows him to an elevator. 3. I know that the men were transporting cell phone chips through birds, but why? 4. When John is given the Kimber 1911 from the Bowery King, he cocks it 3 times. The first when there's no mag, the second when the mag is inserted, and then again. Why did he cock it 3 times? Wouldn't that have wasted a bullet? 5. At the end of the film... All the people who were looking at John as he ran by them. Where they assassins or just standbyers in the park just watching by? 6. After Santino was killed in the lounge of the New York Continental, why didn't the guards deal with him (kick him out or kill him) as the guards of the Roman Continental were prepared to do when Cassian and John crashed through the window? 7. Can someone understand the high table, Santino taking the seat at the high table, what he plans to do with his new seat at the high table (I remember the King and John talking about it before giving him a gun), and why they doubled the Santino's bounty?

Chosen answer: 1) As a favor to John, and to show his power, Winston orders everyone to stand down. 2) He gets in and out of places the same as everyone: flying, driving, and walking. We just aren't shown every step of his journey because it would be boring and pointless. 3) The phone SIM cards are for the King's network of informants, the supposedly homeless men all around the city. 4) He is checking that the gun will actually chamber a round. The last time he checks he only pulls back the slide part way to see if the round chambered properly, not far enough to actually eject an unspent cartridge. 5) The point is that John, and by extension the audience, doesn't know. They could all be assassins, only some of them may be assassins, none of them may be assassins. John must now distrust every single person he ever sees. 6) The guards were content waiting for Winston's orders. John isn't posing a threat and fighting him, as these movies routinely point out, is a bad idea. 7) The High Table is a vague cabal of the most powerful heads of organized crime in the world. Santino is an incredibly dishonorable man, giving him a seat of power would potentially be bad for everyone. What exactly he plans to do is not specified, it is only vaguely implied he will shake up the very structured world or organized crime somehow. Santino's bounty on John is doubled to entice more assassins to try and stop Wick.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: I don't get it, how is it that Stitch's glitch was happening in this movie and didn't happen in the first movie?

Chosen answer: It has to do with his molecules breaking down. In this film, he needs to have his molecules "charged". They had not broken down enough in the first film to cause the glitch.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: Near the ending, when the kids fly very close to the sun, how were they able to survive its super-intense heat?

Chosen answer: This is not meant to be a realistic film.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: A "war" started when McCluskey and Sollozzo were killed at the diner. Wouldn't the murder of the heads of the other families cause another war that would leave the Corleones outnumbered 4 to 1?

Chosen answer: Perhaps, but it would be a war the Corleones could win fairly easily. The murder of the heads of the other families would also render them leaderless and with multiple potential heirs, and while they fought amongst themselves for control, the Corleones would be able to fill the power vacuum the infighting created. But more likely, outside of a few hotheaded revenge killings, the other families would see this swift and brutal demonstration as a sign that the Corleones are too powerful to take on (Michael's powerful position in the next film would seem to attest to this).

Question: Sounds like a stupid question. Why were the cops at the wedding writing down license plate numbers? Wasn't it a private party at the Corleone's residence?

Chosen answer: Yes, and although Vito keeps his hands relatively clean, he is still well-known to the FBI as the chief of one of New York's larger organized crime families. So they are interested in knowing who is associating with him, so they can investigate and maybe find some evidence of his criminality to use against him. Since they never enter the property, they are within their rights to record the plate numbers.

Question: Why would the killing of a police captain cause an "All out war?"

Chosen answer: In short, because of the unwanted attention it would bring. The syndicate (Mafia) operates outside the law, which they are able to do in part through bribes to the police and the lawmakers to turn a blind eye to their activities. Murder a police chief, or some other high profile public servant, and the authorities would have no choice but to come after the mob, bribes or no bribes, because of the public outcry and demand for justice. Hence, the other families would turn on the Corleones for causing such problems. This is why, as Tom Hagen later states, the family uses their contacts in the newspapers to spread stories of McCloskey's corruption, which causes the pressure to solve his murder to wane and the other families to ease up.

Question: Is Don Tommasino a paraplegic?

Chosen answer: Yes. As revealed in Godfather Part II, he was shot in the legs with a shotgun in Sicily while helping Vito Corleone exact revenge on Don Ciccio for the murder of his (Vito's) family. This rendered his legs disabled for the rest of his life.

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