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Question: When the genie learns that Aladdin tricked him into getting them out of the cave without making a wish, couldn't he have just teleported Aladdin, Abu, and the carpet back inside the cave to make sure Aladdin wishes himself out of the cave?

Answer: He is not an evil genie and, even though he was tricked, he would not have wanted Aladdin to be trapped in the cave again. He likes Aladdin and admires his cleverness in getting himself out of the cave without wasting a wish.

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What I was wondering is why he likes Aladdin.

Question: How did they make Kirk Douglas have a peg leg? How was he able to walk that way?

Answer: This movie predates the more advanced CGI that would be used these days. In older films, actors portraying an amputee would have their leg (or arm) bent back and strapped to their body. A prosthetic peg leg would be attacked to the lower appendage. The actors were also filmed from strategic vantage points so the bent part of the limb didn't show. When Douglas is seen driving a wagon, the seat was probably constructed so that his lower leg fit into a hidden compartment and the peg leg was attached on top to be visible. Douglas also wore rather baggy pants, and that would help conceal his bent leg.

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Question: Why did Katniss strike the force field?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: In the book, Haymitch told Katniss how he used the arena's force field to electrocute and kill his opponent. He was at the arena's edge when the other tribute threw a weapon at him. As it hit the force field, Haymitch ducked, avoiding the weapon. The electrical power bounced back, striking and killing his opponent, making Haymitch the victor. In the movie, Peeta was injured when he struck the force field. Katniss knew that shooting the arrow with a wire attached to the electrical tree into the dome would significantly damage it.

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Question: When the ark is about to be opened by Belloq and the Nazis, Belloq is wearing possibly a priest style outfit and has a gold staff. Does it explain where he got that from? Was it while digging up the city? Personal collection?

Answer: It was never explained where Belloq acquired the outfit, but as he knew the history of the arc and he was actively searching for it to use its power, he must have intended for some time to wear that clothing for the ritual. Whether or not he knew it was needed or his wearing it was just for egotistical theatrics is a matter of speculation.

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Answer: Belloq was working closely with the Nazis who were, of course, already persecuting Jews and confiscating Jewish property on a grand scale back in Germany. As chief archaeologist of the Nazi antiquities acquisition project, Belloq could make any request for necessary equipment (or attire), and the Third Reich would quickly supply it. Belloq anticipated that the ceremonial Jewish high priest costume would be necessary for handling the Ark, and he requested a replica costume in advance. As it happened, merely looking like a Jewish high priest wasn't enough to protect him (or anyone else).

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Question: Why would Kyle assume that her daughter was hidden inside the casket? Only she knew the code.

Answer: Because after searching the entire plane for her daughter without finding her, it was the last place left she hadn't looked in. It was a desperate, last-ditch attempt to try anything to find her. By now, Kyle may have been suspecting that her daughter's disappearance was something more than a missing child on a plane.

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Question: When Carmen takes off her shoe, are we able to tell the colour of her socks? Or at any point in this movie?

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Answer: Her sock colour is most likely black during that scene as it was when they were in the treehouse.

Question: Right before Manolo died, Maria's father and Joaquin blamed Manolo for Maria's supposed death. When Manolo comes back to the living, why aren't they still angry with him?

Answer: Well for one, she isn't dead. No reason to be upset with him over something that didn't actually occur. And secondly, they are on the middle of a fight, better to have all the help they can get.

MasterOfAll

Question: Why wouldn't Nichols just alert authorities right away if he was behind this whole thing the whole time? Made no sense. Good plot twist, but in real life, you would think the mastermind would get Kimball tossed in jail ASAP to avoid being revealed like he was.

Israel Joffe

Answer: One, the authorities are already on Kimball's trail, literally one step behind him the entire film, so Nichols wouldn't gain much by alerting them. Two, he knows that if Kimball finds out he (Nichols) alerted the police, it would pretty much prove to Kimball that Nichols was the one behind everything; safer for Nichols to appear innocent and, more important, cooperative, so that if and when Kimball is recaptured and tells his story, he has nothing on Nichols to tell the authorities. This backfires, of course, but it is the most logical course of action.

Question: At the beginning, Elsa freezes the ballroom's floor after striking Anna, then their parents show up and rush to them. How were they able to run on the frosty floor without slipping or falling?

Answer: People who live in snowy areas learn to run on snow and ice without slipping or falling.

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Question: Exactly how is Peeta pretending that he and Katniss are having a baby supposed to get them to cancel the games?

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Answer: Peeta knows that he and Katniss are Capitol favorites and that their fans have been enthralled by their (fake) romance. By announcing their bogus elopement and a faux pregnancy, he is attempting to win over peoples' sympathy in hope they will demand that the games be halted in order to protect the "unborn child." People generally have more empathy when infants and small children are involved, though his attempt was unsuccessful.

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Question: At the start when Katniss sang that song for Prim, how does that calm her down since the reaping is still going to happen?

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Answer: Because it's something that is familiar and soothing for Prim. It does not completely wash away all the fears and anxiety, but it helps calm her down a little. It is not only the song, but also Katniss being there and comforting her sister.

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Question: I could be wrong, but wouldn't destroying the Silver Shemrock factory disable the commercial and/or the mask chips?

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Chosen answer: They don't broadcast the commercial, the cable company does. And the mask chips all have tiny pieces of the rock inside, so they will still work regardless of whether or not the factory is destroyed. So the answer is "no" and "no."

Question: When did Patch Quartermain ruin Johnny's life or try to destroy him?

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Answer: He didn't. Simon Ambrose, who was the real mole, tricked Johnny English into thinking Patch was a traitor.

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Question: Did Katniss mean to kill Coin or was it just an accident?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: Katniss killed Coin on purpose. Katniss realised that not only was Coin responsible for the Capitol bombing and Prim's death, but that nothing was going to change with Coin in charge. Coin would use all the same power and tactics that Snow used to stay in power. Plus Coin proposed a "final" Hunger Games with the Capitol's children, even after saying there would be no more Hunger Games. Katniss knew (or at least assumed) that Coin would continue using the Hunger Games to maintain her order, which is what had been happening for the last 75 years.

Question: Was it really Coin who killed Prim or was Snow lying?

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Answer: Coin was ultimately responsible. Coin sent Prim to the Capitol and then had the Capitol bombed. The rebels, led by Coin, used hovercrafts with the Capitol insignia on it to drop the bombs so that the public thought it was the Capitol bombing their children. Coin wanted Katniss to blame Snow for Prim's death to get her full support.

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Question: During the heist at the post office, Baby shakes his head at a woman who in turn grabs a cop. When the lady was walking up, she smiled and waved like she knew him. However at the end during her testimony, it seems like she didn't know him after all. If that's the case, why did she smile and wave at him? Did I miss something?

lartaker1975

Answer: The woman works at the Post Office and was the one who served Baby and Sam the day before. He's shaking his head at her because he doesn't want her to go in the building and get hurt/ killed in the heist that's happening at that time. She doesn't know him in a personal way like Joseph or Debora.

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Question: Why would Tony be supportive of the SRA? In the first movie he revealed himself as Iron Man. In turn, he was attacked at the speedway by Vanko and almost got Happy and Pepper killed in the second movie. In the third movie, Happy is in a coma in the hospital, his Malibu home was leveled and Pepper was captured and injected with Extremis. Shouldn't this have opened Tony's eyes that by exposing his identity to the public, that he's now put himself and his friends in danger 24/7?

Answer: In the film, what is being proposed is the "Sokovia Accords", which would regulate the Avengers, but wasn't a registration act. Tony supports this because he feels responsible for creating Ultron and does think he (and the others) need to be regulated. In the comics, Tony supports the Superhuman Registration Act (SRA) because he foresees the possibility that an unregistered superhuman will cause so much destruction that the government will come down even harder on all superhumans, such as imprisonment or execution, rather than simply registering them. Tony is hoping that by showing support of the SRA, they can work with the government to moderate the act so that the community isn't harmed by it and that it will have a minimal negative effect, and to make sure everyone's secret identities are not revealed to the public.

Question: So what exactly is cabin fever? Like I get that it's a virus... But what does it do? I know it's referred to as a "skin eating virus" but what exactly is it? What exactly does it do? Does it kill you? Just what is it and where did it come from?

Answer: In real life, "cabin fever" is not a disease or infection caused by bacteria or viruses. It's a term used when someone or a group of people become irritable, restless, or even claustrophobic after being in a confined space for long periods of time (such as in a cabin during the winter when going outside is difficult or impossible). In the movie, the disease is said to be caused by a virus, which was waterborne and spread through contaminated water. The origin of the disease is not given, but many animals can be carriers of diseases without showing signs and could have infected the water (through urinating, defecating, or dying in the water). The dog somehow got infected (possible through drinking contaminated water) and passed it to the owner through blood contact. From there the virus spread through blood contact or contaminated drinking water. However, "flesh-eating" diseases are caused by bacteria. They don't actually eat flesh, the bacteria end up destroying or killing soft tissue (such as muscles and skin) and releasing toxins. This can result in rashes and vomiting blood, and if the toxin are potent enough and get in the blood stream, can cause death.

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Question: There are two scenes I don't understand 1. Burnett goes through a minefield, and then one of the enemy troops accidentally sets the mines off, Burnett starts running through the minefield, and much of the exposing debris. 2. Burnett is in a shop which is fired on. He appears to be close to a shell impact. If one of these scenarios were to happen as shown in the movie, wouldn't Burnett have been seriously injured if not dead?

Answer: 1. What Burnett encountered was actually an alley filled with trip wires, not mines. The explosives on the trip wires all happened to be along the sides of the alley rather then the center. That debris you saw was from the explosives being detonated from a chain reaction. 2. The shell was from a T-72 tank. It was fired at the mall and pierced the outer wall and continued to travel through the shop upon exploding at the far end. It appears that it at the very least heavily shook Burnett and there is evidence to suggest he received some minor wounds to his head via some facial abrasions.

What I meant was shouldn't Burnett have received major injuries?

Question: It's explained that Hoffman wanted to be the hero and that he expected that no one would make it out alive in the building after Rigg's game. How in the world could he have expected or even decided this? He had no control over others who won their game in the building, so therefore how on earth could he predict that Strahm would kill Jeff in the previous film? And was the water cube intended to kill Strahm as he was warned not to proceed?

Answer: The games of Jigsaw and his followers were always intended to be extremely difficult, but with a small chance for survival based on the actions of the player. Hoffman probably wouldn't have cared either day if anyone else survived, but likely anticipated that most of the others would die. (Strahm's line about everyone being supposed to die with Hoffman being the soul survivor was more conjecture than anything.) In terms of killing Jeff- both Jeff and Strahm were emotional hot-heads, so in all likelihood one or both was going to die if they encountered each other. Strahm's water cube was intended to be an execution tool for breaking the rules. That's why Hoffman seemed so shocked that he miraculously survived.

Answer: Best guess is the person in the mask at the end of the tunnel would've killed Jeff and kept Strahm for the water trap? We could also assume that Hoffman has the same characteristics as Amanda and made the water trap "unwinnable" and just forgot to take Strahm's pen out of his pocket. And if Strahm never proceeded in the operating room, he would've died of suffocation?

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