Two Cents Worth: Unrealistic Movie Premises

Once of the greatest things that great movies have always been capable of is drawing audiences into a world that doesn’t exist.  We go into a theater, knowing that everything we’re seeing is completely fictional, yet still manage to immerse ourselves in the universe unfolding in front of us as if it were as real as the people sitting next to us.  Whether that world is a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away or some hidden part of the world we live in, there’s no other form of escapism quite like the silver screen.

In honor of this weekend’s top earner at the box office, The Purge, today’s Two Cents the-purge-posterWorth is about the worlds that movies make us believe in, or, more specifically, don’t.  I would love to know what are some movies you’ve seen that have absolutely been ruined by an unrealistic premise.  For the sake of the argument, we’ll stick to movies that exist within the same physical world that we do, aka no magic or mystical creatures.  In other words, anything premise that offers up an original premise while still trying to offer up some semi-feasible explanation for how it all works.

For my answer, I’m tempted to chose The Purge as it is so fresh in my memory but if I 2012_energy_conservationwere to be totally honest, it’d be a close tie between The Core (2003) and 2012 (20109.  It’s hard to choose between “The world randomly stops spinning” and “The Mayans were right!”, but if I had to choose I’d side with the one that has no other reason for existence other than giving Roland Emmerich more famous buildings to destroy.  If you’re looking for any inspiration for your own answer, here’s a list of the most unrealistic movies of all time as provided by none other than NASA.

Now it’s your turn.  What are some of the most ridiculous movie premises you’ve ever seen?  Let’s continue the conversation in the comments below!

P.S. If you want to answer the opposite of this question, hop on over to Fogs’ Movie Reviews for his discussion forum of all of your favorite Dystopian Futures.


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I'm a student at the University of Washington Majoring Business. I've always loved movies and my goal is to work on the financial side of the film industry. Until then though, I figure I'll spare my friends from my opinions and shout them from a digital mountaintop for anyone who's interested. After all, if a tree falls in a forest and nobody blogs about it, does it really happen?
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15 Responses to Two Cents Worth: Unrealistic Movie Premises

  1. Ryan McNeely says:

    I love The Core. I feel it is important to say that as often as possible. Their should be a support group for us.
    Anyway, back to your question… Honestly I can’t think of anything. I have a very high tolerance when it comes to suspension of disbelief, but if there’s one flick that just made me call bullshit every 2 minutes it would Sex and the Shitty. I really hate that movie.

    • r361n4 says:

      Lol, I felt the same way about Chronicles of Riddick (although I haven’t seen it for about 5 years, it’s totally possible my opinion would change if I saw it now.) I haven’t seen sex in the city, what are some of the bullshit moments?

  2. Nick Powell says:

    Rubber, a movie about a killer tire with telekinetic powers is ridiculous, but it actually works (shocker!). I’d also say anything starring more than 5 celebrities (minus Love Actually) is terrible, as is any spoof movie or Tyler Perry flick. But I guess those later ones are unnecessary more than they are ridiculous.

    • r361n4 says:

      Lol, That many beautiful people together in a room is totally ridiculous.

      As for Rubber, I have a friend who keeps trying to get me to see it but it just hasn’t happened yet. It’d be cool to see a plot like that actually work though

      • Nick Powell says:

        It’s a movie that’s very aware of itself and references itself a lot. And it’s certainly not for everyone, but considering the plot, it works a lot more than you’d think.

      • r361n4 says:

        Interesting, just looking it up on IMDb right now. The director has a lot of similarly weird yet potentially awesome stuff I’d like to see

  3. Tom says:

    Salt. Angelina Jolie flick. Although I really dug what the movie was trying to do — this movie ultimately was trying to do too much and became far too unrealistic in all of the double-crosses and identity reveals. Also, she couldn’t be killed. Invincible Jolie, anyone…?

    • r361n4 says:

      Interesting, I’ve never seen it. I did hear that it was waaaay to many double crosses though, movies should be limited to two of those at the very most

  4. This is a great question but I’m honestly drawing a blank here! :/

  5. Frame Rates says:

    The Happening’s premise was utter bollocks!

  6. myreelpov says:

    Recently, ‘After Earth’ – why would animals evolve to kill humans when they don’t exist on the planet any more – good one Shyamalan!!

  7. ckckred says:

    I’ve found that Independence Day has so many glaring plot holes as well as Armageddon.

  8. The Vern says:

    Hot looking woman either hooking up or married to complete doofuses in movies. I can’t buy Salma Hayek being married to Adam Sandler in those Grown Up flicks but I can buy Jessica Rabbit being married to Roger

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