Clint Eastwood's daughter is going for a jog. While she is parking her car, Dennis Haysbert, one of the Secret Service goons, is trying to kill her by pushing her car off the cliff. You'd Expect: That she wouldn't be out in a public place, thinking, "If they tried to kill my father, then they would try to kill me, too!" Also, after the first time Dennis hits her car with his truck, you would think that she would get out of the car and run in the opposite direction, screaming her head off. Instead: She stays in the car and freaks out. Her car goes over the cliff and she is seriously injured.
Later, Dennis finds out that she's not dead and he goes to the hospital to finish the job. He's in her room with a syringe full of poison. You'd Expect: That Dennis is going to put the poison directly into her IV line, killing her fairly instantly and allowing him a quick getaway. Instead: He's fooling around with her arm, trying to find a vein to inject the poison into. He is quickly caught by Clint Eastwood and killed with the same poison.
In Aliens, Carter Burke wants to smuggle the Aliens back through quarantine by using Ripley and Newt as hosts for the two surviving Facehuggers in the MedLab. You'd Expect: He would realize that he couldn't possibly move Ripley and Newt's bodies into the dropship alone. The Marines know what facehuggers look like and would absolutely not help him do so. Instead: He traps Ripley and Newt with the facehuggers, blowing what shreds remained of his cover. He only escaped being executed in the very next scene because the Xenomorphs busted in.
The Amazing Spider-Man: Peter goes to the sewers as Spider Man to track down the Lizard and also to make some pictures of it for the Bugle. You'd Expect: That - not just for this particular endeavor but for his adventures as Spider-Man in general - he would remove any belongings that might identify him as Peter Parker. Instead: The back of his cameras are covered in labels that proclaims them to be "property of Peter Parker".
In Stargate: The Ark Of Truth, the IOA comes up with a plan to introduce Replicators into the Ori galaxy, hoping to distract them from their crusade against the Milky Way. You'd Expect: That they would realize how insanely stupid this plan is, especially as the only weapon capable of purging all Replicators from our galaxy was destroyed by the Ori. Or: They would order the SGC to carry out the plan, allowing for better execution and plenty of safeguards. Instead: They have their agent carry out this plan without informing the SGC, who at least know how to deal with Replicators. Also: They program the Replicators to be immune to the anti-Replicator weapons the SGC has, forcing them to fall back on guns, just to ensure that the SGC couldn't stop their plan. Worse: The IOA has the Replicators unleashed on the one ship that contains the database containing the sum total of Asgard knowledge that was gifted to humanity by them before they suicided, meaning once they assimilate the Asgard core they'll become vastly more powerful than anyone could hope to stop and simultaneously deny that information to Earth.
Asterix and Obelix versus Cesar: Having usurped power and obtained a whole cauldron of strength enhancing potion, The Starscream leads an army of Romans against the reputed rebellious Gaul village. You'd Expect: that he use the fricking potion! Maybe give some to his legioneers, maybe drink it himself, but use it. After all, obtaining it was a major plot point. Instead: He just sits there in his command post, clutching the cauldron and ignoring his soldiers' requests for a gulp. Naturally the Romans manage against the Gauls just as well as they usually do, id est miserably, and the Gauls hold them back long enough for the main heroes to find the Phlebotinum and trash the Romans. Oh, and the cauldron of potion ends up spilled on the ground. What a waste.
The RDA corporation wishes to mine valuable mineral called unobtanium on the moon Pandora. In order to get the Na'vi natives to move away and allow them to mine, they set up a program for creating Avatars, which they hope will allow them to infiltrate the Na'vi, earn their trust, and thereby make it easier to get them to move. The protagonist, Jake, ends up infiltrating the Na'vi, earns their trust and becomes one of them within three months, and even sleeps with the chief's daughter. In other words, he's making an incredible amount of progress for what little time he spent. You'd Expect: The RDA corporation, which is run by stockholders, and which has already poured millions of dollars into the Avatar program, to hold off the bulldozers for a second and allow Jake more time to work his magic. As far as they know, he's managed to earn the chief (and the chief's wife), as well as the chief's daughter's trust. After all, it would be a heck of a lot more expensive to go using big scale bombs and artillery on the forest than to wait a bit longer and possibly have a spy get the village people to move. Especially considering that they already invested money into the Avatar program. Instead: They decide (prematurely), and without even telling their spy, that they won't wait any longer, and start bulldozing the forest. Extra idiot points in that they start bulldozing the part of the forest where their spy's Avatar body (which undoubtedly cost them a lot of money) was... and would've ran over it if his alien girlfriend didn't pull him away, buying him enough time to wake up in the Avatar. His reaction is, predictably, to jump onto the bulldozer and pound on their security camera to get them to stop. Their reaction? Tell him that he "went too far" and "betrayed their trust" by doing that, and promptly lock him up. Which causes him to decide to side with the Na'Vi and lead a rebellion.
Speaking of which... You'd Expect: Jake not to be so so blatant in his logs and also to have a quiet private word with the Na'Vi chief at some point before the deadline, so he could thoroughly and without haste explain the state of things and probably work out a solution. Instead: He makes his announcement in the worst possible moment, when it's all but too late to do anything, and after he'd antagonized both the Na'vi by stealing a bride from one of the tribe's most influential members, and his own command by wrecking that logging machine.
There's also the ridiculous case where Colonel Quadritch confronts Jake in the empty room, telling him the experiment is essentially over, and he's gotten Jake the money and guarantee for the surgery to fix his legs. Jake refuses to end the experiment, and gives every single sign, clear as the sun in the desert, that he's gone native and will be a thorn in their side when it comes to trying to remove the Na'vi from their tree-place. You'd Expect: The colonel to pick up on this, and forcibly eject Jake from the project, or put him under watch, or lock him up temporarily, or even refer to the above "you'd expect" example! Instead: He completely ignores these signs, basically pulling the Yoda on Anakin from Episode III, then acts shocked when Jake goes native. Or maybe he was just pretending not to notice, honestly wanted to give the poor kid in the wheelchair another shot, or was just happy to try and kill him. There's a moment when he gives Jake a long look; he almost certainly knew something was up.
Also, when the scientists are trying to convince the corporate executives not to destroy the Tree of Voices, they talk about how the plantlife on Pandora forms a massive neural network. You'd Expect: They'd drop the technobabble and put it into terms these guys can understand and respect like: It's an organic computer the size of a f***ing planet, do you have any idea how much money that's potentially worth? Instead: They focus on how spiritually significant it is to the Na'vi, which prompts the executives to dismiss it as a bunch of hocus-pocus and hippy crap (which, considering the executives haven't seen firsthand that the mystic stuff is actually real, that's exactly what it sounds like).
There are deposits of unobtainium large enough large enough to float mountains. You'd Expect: someone would point out that these are probably both larger and easier to get to than the chunk under Home Tree. Since the natives don't notice that the research team is hanging out up there, they apparently all that important to them either. Instead: No one pays any attention to the fact that there are the equivalent to entire mountains of gold.
Part I: Doc and Marty have just reloaded the DeLorean time machine's plutonium chamber. Doc prepares to time travel 25 years into the future, but he sees the terrorists' van approaching. You'd Expect: Doc to jump into the time machine and yell for Marty and Einstein to quickly join him. The three could then hightail it outta there — especially since even with time machine mods, a DeLorean should be able to outrun a panel van — and if worse came to worst, the three could quickly set the time circuits and go an hour into the future or past. Instead: Doc goes for his piss-poor pistol, and this gives the the terrorists enough time to drive up and kill him. Marty escapes to 1955 in the time machine, and ends up nearly erasing himself from existence.
Part II: Marty tracks down Biff and the sports almanac at the dance in 1955. He remembers that George is about to knock out Biff with one punch, and sure enough, it happens. Marty waits until George, Lorraine, and his younger self are gone, and steps into the crowd surrounding Biff. You'd Expect: Marty to tell the crowd that Biff stole his sports almanac, which everyone would believe since Biff is the school bully. The crowd would subdue Biff, check his jacket pocket, give Marty the almanac, and send Biff looking for Marty in the other direction. Marty and Doc would then have enough time to burn the almanac and get back to 1985 before the thunderstorm hits Hill Valley. Instead: Marty reassures the crowd that he knows CPR (which didn't exist in 1955), then punches the semi-conscious Biff and straight-up jacks the almanac. One guy thinks that Marty took Biff's wallet and tells him where Marty ran. Biff finds Marty and takes back the almanac. Marty nearly kills himself getting it back, and the delay is long enough for the DeLorean (with Doc inside) to get struck by lightning when the storm approaches.
Part III: Doc realizes that he can't remain in 1885, so he goes to tell his Love Interest Clara that he will be leaving town, and she'll never see him again. She presses him for a reason why. You'd Expect: Doc to take her to the time machine and show her that he's from the future, or show her some future tech (like the hoverboard). She's smart and progressive for her time and would probably understand. Hell, she was originally supposed to die in the original timeline anyway, so why not take her back to 1985 with them? Instead: Doc decides that he doesn't want to futher alter the timeline, despite the fact that he had already saved Clara's life. The lovesick Doc tells Clara the truth with no evidence, and she naturally assumes he's lying and tearfully tells him to get lost. Brokenhearted, he lollygags around the saloon and passes out at an inopportune time. The delay nearly costs him and Marty their lives, and nearly costs Clara hers when she finds out that Doc wasn't lying.
In the 1989 version, when the otherwise Genre Savvy Joker takes Vicki Vale up the cathedral to escape and says 10 minutes... before the helicopter arrives. You'd expect: The Joker to call his goons again and get the chopper to the top ASAP, since it took him 5 minutes. Instead: He dances with Vale waiting for the chopper and giving Batman time to beat the heck out of him.
This leads to the helicopter arriving and Joker taking off when Batman ties a gargoyle to his leg. You'd expect: The Joker to make a signal to the pilot to move to the chapel where the fall wouldn't be dangerous, or simply let go and hang around on the wall for the police to get him. Instead: He looks stupidly up at the ladder, tries to go along with escaping which causes the gargoyle to pull him down to his death.
Batman & Robin: Robin has just survived Poison Ivy's Kiss of Death by wearing wax lips. You'd expect He'd keep them on, in case she tried it again. Instead He pulls them off, remarking that wax lips are "immune to [her] charms". You'd expect Ivy would take advantage of Robin removing his only protection against her lips and give him another snog, this one terminal. Instead She just shoves him into a pond.
Battlefield Earth, as you might expect, has tons of these, but here's the most obvious. After being captured by the Psychlos for slave labor, the hero, Jonny Goodboy, manages to kill one of the guards with his own gun. He runs away, but quickly gets caught by the alien leader, Terl, and brought back to where the guard was shot. Incapable of believing that a "man-animal" would ever be capable of handling a gun, he forces a guard to hand Jonny his sidearm to prove that he's harmless. Jonny promptly shoots the guard dead. You'd Expect: After seeing Jonny shoot a guard before his very eyes, and having indirect evidence of him doing the same to another, Terl immediately has him killed. He's obviously dangerous and will only cause trouble for the Psychlos if he's kept as a slave. Instead: He just tosses him back to the slave-line as if nothing happened, still completely convinced that the humans are utterly harmless.
Birdemic: This movie has several stupid moments, but one particular moment is when Ramsey rescues several people who are hiding in a bus for safety. He tries to evacuate them against their will out of the bus. Unfortunately, a bunch of birds are incoming. You'd Expect: Ramsey and the bus passengers to run back to the car immediately and not stop so that they could escape and not be killed by the birds. Instead: They don't rush back to the car and after briefly walking, they stop and stand there in the open, and get killed by a bunch of acid-SPITING birds who peck at them to death.
The Brady Bunch: Much of the humor of The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel comes not only from the movie's main premise – a southern California family with the fashion and family sitcom morality of the 1970s, living in the mid-1990s – but the family's own cluelessness at how others react to them or attempt to manipulate them, and inability to recognize the disparity between them and others. Examples:
In The Brady Bunch Movie, Mike has imposed a "no tattling" rule on Cindy. When she tries to explain that the family's unscrupulous real estate developer neighbor, Larry Dettmeyer, has stolen their mail, Mike warns her, in essence, "NO TATTLING!" (Even though even an idiotic version of Mike should know that mail theft is a felony in most states, including California.) Even when the family's home is close to foreclosure for failure to pay taxes, Mike ignores the crisis as he tends to the family's more mundane situations (Jan being jealous of Marcia, Peter's voice cracking, Bobby becoming hall monitor at school, etc.). Only when Dettmeyer directly confronts Mike and in essence freely admit he stole his mail (in explaining the Bradys' delinquent property taxes is resulting in their immediate foreclosure) does Mike come close to understanding what's going on. (Dettmeyer had, in his mail theft activities, taken several "past due" notices sent to the Bradys' home and kept them hidden in his home.)
In "A Very Brady Sequel," a con artist, Trevor Thomas, is able to easily maneuver his way into the Brady household, claiming he is Carol's "long-lost first husband," Roy Martin. Even though there are obvious red flags, the Bradys are such idiots that neither Mike, nor Marcia, Jan or Cindy, nor Carol ask him tough questions to expose "Roy" as a fraud. For instance, even Mike would be able to recognize the physical features of Carol's first husband, and Carol would remember what happened to her first husband and why he's had no contact with her or her daughters, or in the very least subtle personality/physical quirks that Thomas would not have picked up on. Only arguably the dumbest person in the original TV series – Alice – senses that "Roy" is not who he says he is. (Of course, much of the humor of this film comes from exactly that – a con man who otherwise would be stopped dead in his tracks taking advantage of a family so stupid to recognize their own stupidity.)
Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley goes to the only lead he has on his best friend Mikey's murder, Mikey's boss, Victor Maitland. All Axel knows for sure is that his friend was a security guard in one of Maitland's warehouses and asks Maitland if he knows anything about Mikey that might help. You'd Expect:Maitland to just lie about knowing anything about Mikey's murder, as at this point, Axel has no reason to suspect him of any wrongdoing. Instead: He immediately has his goons throw Axel through a window, leading Axel to take a closer look at him.
A director has seen his film recut by the studio behind his back. He's embarrassed about the finished product and wants to have his name taken off it. The studio heads agree to let him be credited under the standard Director's Guild pseudonym Alan Smithee. The only problem is, the director's real name is Alan Smithee. You'd expect: Smithee would change his own name. After all, what kind of reputation could you possibly enjoy when your name is already synonymous with failure? Instead: Smithee steals the only existing print of the film and holds it hostage. When the studio refuses to allow him to recut the film the way he wants it, he burns it. Smithee is committed to an insane asylum, and the studio ends up making a profit anyway when they produce a documentary about how Smithee went crazy.
After Smithee burns the master print of the film, the studio panics, and is left wondering that to do, especially in view of the fact that the film cost $200m. You'd expect: That the studio would try as best they can to reassemble the film from the various other takes and alternate camera angles that are inevitably created as part of the filming process. Instead: Apparently Smithee was ordered only to do one take of every single scene in the film, because actors are jerks and don't like performing more than one take of any given scene. As a result, they end up planning to sell the trailer as the actual film, until they come up with the "documentary" idea.
In Camp Nowhere, Mud and the other protagonists are pulling off an elaborate Con on their parents by staging a phony Parents' Day at their phony summer camp. Using Homemade Inventions, they have full video surveillance of the grounds, including the front gate. These kids know that anything could go wrong during the con. They also know that a debt collector named Polk is searching for Dennis, the man who helped them with their con. Indeed, said debt collector finds his way to the camp at the very end of the con. You'd Expect: The kids would catch Polk on camera at the front gate and manage to sidetrack him. They would keep an eye on the last group of parents to make sure that they leave the camp. Polk would be sent on another wild goose chase, the con would be preserved, and the kids would make it to the end of the summer without their parents being any the wiser. Instead: The kids don't pay any attention at the end. Polk gets into the camp and runs into Mud's dad right as he's leaving with the last group of parents. Both of them go looking for Dennis, and stumble into the kids right when they're toasting their victory. All the parents are notified, the kids are sent home, and Mud pays off Polk with the remainder of the camp money in order to save Dennis.
Child's Play 2: Chucky the killer doll got Andy, the boy he wanted to transfer his soul into, at his grasp. He almost finished the voodoo chant when his babysitter came and stopped his plan. You'd expect: Chucky to kill her and continue on with the chant. After all, he is on a time limit and if he do it too late, his soul is trapped forever in the doll. Instead: He stopped and took the rest of the movie playing mind games on Andy and killing his foster parents. In the end, when he tries the chant again, it was already too late. Cue the Big "NO!".
A Clockwork Orange: Alex is welcomed into the house of the writer whom he left as a cripple and whose wife he raped (and possibly caused her death). The writer doesn't recognize him due to he and his friends using masks by the time of the assault. Additionally, he is in a state in which he can't fight back to any kind of violence. You'd expect: Alex would try to make sure the writer absolutely wouldn't recognize him. Instead: While on a bath, Alex sings the exact same song he sang while raping the writer's wife, loudly enough for him to listen from the other side of the door.
Cloverfield: A giant monster attacks New York. The heroes make it to the military checkpoint and get on the last helicopter out of the city. You'd Expect: That the pilot would choose any of the 360 degrees of options leading in the AWAY direction. Instead: the helicopter flies parallel to the monster's path, and is knocked out of the sky when the monster lunges at it.
In The Dark Knight, the Joker is in the cargo hold of a ship, burning down money. The police know he's there and are going to deploy a squad to capture him. Then they hear that the Joker's going to blow up a hospital in an hour. You'd Expect: That they'd send some men to evacuate hospitals or disarm the bombs in them, storm the ship, incapacitate the Joker and thus end the madness. Instead: They abort the operation, send every policeman to evacuate the hospitals and let the Joker walk away, which almost causes the complete collapse of Gotham into anarchy.
In The Dark Knight Rises, Batman discovers that Bane is hiding within the Gotham sewers. You'd Expect: Batman reconfigures the sonar device from the second film and uses it to find Bane's location within the tunnels. He then gives this information to the now-detective John Blake, who passes it on to Commissioner Gordon and Deputy Commissioner Foley. Instead: Batman asks Catwoman (or as she's called in this movie, The Cat), who at this point in the film has double crossed him three times, to lead him to Bane. The Result: Catwoman naturally double crosses him a fourth time, and Bane curb stomps him, breaks his back, and throws him into a prison halfway across the world.
Foley and Blake tell Gordon, who is in the hospital from being shot by Bane's henchmen earlier, about the possibility that Bane is hiding in the tunnels. Gordon wants to smoke them out. You'd Expect: Gordon to consider the possibilities of the sewers as a trap and maybe send only a small but elite team (maybe just one SWAT team and a couple of less important officers) to investigate the tunnels, so that if the trap did go off, they still have a decent enough force to deal with any future riot or hostage situations that might occur. Some would notice, but not a huge loss. Instead: They send the entire police force into the sewers, which leads Gotham to go downhill, because Blake doesn't find out the explosive trap until it's pretty much too late, after all the cops have basically gone into the tunnels, and Bane sets off the explosives, and traps the cops underground, leaving Bane and his men free to invoke their 3-month Reign of Terror on the town.
John Blake: "I... don't think this is such a good idea sir. I mean, what if something happened? We'd have, like, zero cops left." Gordon: Holy cow, you're right! I think these drugs have me talking crazy. Maybe just block all the exits and send in a SWAT team or something.
While the police was investigating the tunnels, Bane arrives at Wayne Enterprises and makes Miranda Tate and Lucius Fox scan their hands, so that he can steal the reactor. You'd Expect: Lucius to pull of an I Surrender, Suckers, and secretly activate the emergency flood chambers, which would then throw a monkey wrench into Bane's plan to steal the reactor. Instead: He plays it all real and scans his hand, allowing Bane to take the reactor and hold Gotham City hostage with it.
After the police is trapped by Bane... You'd Expect: Bane to have the cops all killed by poisonous gas since there is no way out for them. And that would mean, NO MORE POLICE. Instead: He keeps them alive to make them learn "to serve true justice" (in other words, make them learn the true meaning of despair, and make them cross the Despair Event Horizon). This comes back to bite him when Bruce eventually returns to Gotham, as he frees the cops by blowing a hole in one of the tunnel entrances.
Also from the same movie: After Batman beats down Bane, he demands to know who "the triggerman" is. It turns out to be Miranda Tate, who is in fact, Talia Al Ghul, the daughter of Ras Al Ghul. She then stabs Batman in the chest. And she has the detonation remote. You'd Think: Miranda/Talia would simply press the remote and detonate the nuclear reactor and destroy Gotham City instantly. Or kill Batman right away first, then press the button. Instead: She wastes time delivering an expositional monologue to Batman about how she escaped from the prison that Batman was sent in earlier when she was a kid, how Bane was excommunicated from the League of Shadows, and why she is finishing her father's work, giving time for Commissioner Gordon to plant the device to block the reactor's remote signal so that she would not be able to detonate it right away. Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!
Near the end of The Dark Knight Rises, after stopping Miranda Tate (Talia Al Ghul), the heroes have to somehow stop the reactor from destroying Gotham. Unfortunatly, Talia has flooded the basement where the reactor is supposed to be kept. You'd Expect: Talia to keep her mouth shut about flooding the fusion reactor basement to the heroes, so that they would have continue to waste time dragging the reactor to the location to attempt to reconnect it, which would be in vain, and thus, the reactor would blow up! And then Talia would have succeeded. Instead: Talia, drawing her last breath, says about the reactor basement flooding, and gloating to the heroes to prepare themselves for their dooms. Batman then manages to fly the reactor miles away from Gotham as it explodes and foil Talia's scheme. Very Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!
Dawn of the Dead (2004): Their attempt to send food to Andy in the gun store has gone awry, and Nicole has gotten herself trapped in his store. All of the men except Steve are going to rescue her and load up on ammunition, leaving Steve to wait and open the one-way fire door that is their only way back into the mall. You'd Expect: Even with Steve's demonstrated Jerk Ass, that he'd recognize that the door won't open from the outside and the men would be trapped and killed - taking the bulk of their group and all of their guns to the grave. Steve would then stay by the door and do what he is asked. Instead: Steve wanders off for absolutely no reason, meaning that the group is forced to bang on the door until Anna hears them. The resultant delay allows the zombies to reach the door and prevent the group from closing it, forcing them to evacuate the mall hastily and unprepared, losing nearly every member in the process.
Deep Impact: President Tom Beck knows a killer chunk of space rock is going to hit Earth and secretly builds underground cave shelters for America's best and brightest. This leaves the matter of everyone else in the country... You Would Think: He would talk with his top men and at least give everyone else a list of suggestions on how they might improve their odds of surviving the disaster. Even if it was just a lot of "Duck And Cover" bullcrap, it would be better than nothing. Plus, he knew the rock was going to hit the East coast, so he could just tell the Americans to head westward. Instead: He pretty much tells the rest of America he's written them off as not worth saving and that he's just going to save his own ass and those of the elite. The meteor final falls, causing far less damage then anticipated. Beck, in all likelihood, will not be reelected considering how many people will be righteously pissed off at him.
Die Hard: Early on, following the advice someone he met while arriving in L.A., John McClane takes his shoes off and walks barefoot in the Nakatomi building to relieve some tension. During this, Hans Gruber and his men take over the building, and McClane is forced to sneak out but unable to get his shoes back on, forcing him to remain barefoot. When John kills the first of Gruber's men he attempts to take his shoes, but to his chagrin finds out that they are too small to fit him. You Would Think: That John would continue doing this with any future members of Gruber's team that he'd manage to kill until he found a pair of shoes that he'd be able to wear. Instead: McClane does not think to do this again at all. It's understandable if he's being fired at or being chased by Gruber's men since he'd be more focused on not dying, but he even forgets this during one good portion of the film where he isn't being hunted down and is in a room with 2-3 goons he's just killed. And later on one of Gruber's men proceeds to shoot out several pieces of glass, causing McClane's unprotected feet to get completely cut up.
District 9: Aliens come to Earth, malnourished and unguided. They're taken from their ship, set up in a temporary camp which degenerates into a slum, and are constantly exploited by the private corporation responsible. You'd Expect That the governments of the world would take an interest in preventing the abuse of these aliens, considering that they're 1) sapient and at least as intelligent as us and 2) capable of building technology that makes us look like cavemen in comparison. They're also bigger and probably a fair bit stronger. Clearly, treating them badly will not end well for us, in the long run. Instead The private corporation turns the aliens into slaves in everything but name. They're restricted in where they can eat, where they can work (and what work they can do), and forced to live in slums. Their unhatched eggs are confiscated and destroyed. They are subject to being evicted from their dwellings without notice. They are required to take on human names, speak English (or understand it, anyway), and abandon any trace of their own culture. These requirements are published on the company's website, where anyone can go look them up. The world's governments apparently don't give a crap, and are instead placated by the nifty new gadgets that the company is turning out.
Election sees a paranoid teacher put in charge of counting the votes in the class election. Much to his horror, he sees that his least favorite student Tracey Flick has won, but the election was Decided By One Vote. You'd expect: He'd simply erase one checkmark for Flick and replace it with one for her opponent. It's not unheard of for someone to change their mind in the voting booth, after all. He also could have just stuffed the papers in his pocket. It's not like they'd frisk him. Instead: He casually tosses two votes for Flick into the trash can, taking no effort to disguise or bury the papers they're written on. Naturally, the papers are discovered and his voter fraud is caught.
In Evolution, General Woodman is preparing to use napalm bombs against the invading aliens, when he receives a call from Dr. Allison Reed, who claims to have "important information" relating to his plan. Previously, Allison had walked out on him in response to his behaviour towards the main characters. You'd Expect: Woodman to at least hear her out, regardless of whatever she did in the last few hours. Instead: He doesn't take the call. The bombing goes ahead, and it causes the aliens to all fuse into a gigantic amoeba-like creature. Turns out that Allison was calling to warn him that excessive heat causes the aliens to rapidly evolve. Luckily for Woodman, the heroes manage to destroy the creature, however it's implied that he'll lose his General's rank as a result of his screwup.
Face/Off has Loomis witnessing Castor, who is disguised as Archer, mourning over his dead brother, Pollux. You'd Expect: Put two and two together to realize it's really Castor and just shoot him already. Instead: Asks why he's mourning for Pollux, angering the terrorist to shoot him in the head for that remark.
In Feast, a plan has been devised that requires a corpse to be used as a distraction, and bomb, for the monsters to facilitate an escape plan. Just before the plan starts the 'corpse' regains consciousness, Bozo hesitates while Boss Man decides to continue as planned. The monsters go for the bait before they decide, and they blow her up as planned. Big Man asks if Bozo will agree not to tell the others about Harley Mom being alive. You'd Expect: The guy to say 'sure, no need to burden the others' since it was WAY too late to change the plan either way. Instead: When a distraction presents itself he gets into a fight Big Man that ends in the death of Heroine
In The Fifth Element, bad guy Zorg, after watching numerous Mooks fail to get the four stones he's after, decides to hunt them down himself. He walks in on Leeloo holding a box that he assumes holds the four stones. He orders her to give him the box. She throws it to him and tries to escape, whereupon he fires blindly into the duct system she hid in. 'You'd Expect: Zorg to make sure Leeloo's dead, then check the box to see what's inside before leaving, especially since Leeloo gave the box up without a fight and this isn't the first time he's been handed a box that he thought had the stones in them. Instead: He plants a bomb for no discernible reason, heads back to his ship, leaves, and only then looks inside the box. Unsurprisingly, the stones aren't in there.
Final Destination: In every movie, one of the characters has a Premonition about him/her and his/her friends dying at whatever place they are currently at, the character suggests they should get out of there before they end up killed, and after they get of the place, one of them ends up dead in strange circumstances eventually, and it leads to the main characters trying to cheat death You'd expect: That our heroes would be careful when using sharp objects, avoid going to risky events, stay indoors, stay off work, ETC ETC Instead : They do everything but the above.
In Final Destination 2, Kimberly Corman and Thomas Burke arrive near a dentist where Tim Carpenter has just had a dental check-up, there are also pigeons nearby You'd expect: Kimberly would keep her mouth shut about the pigeons Instead: Kimberly screams about the aforementioned pigeons, and it causes Tim to go stomp around them, one of the pigeons accidentally causes a construction worker to drop a glass pane. So now you'd expect: That either Kimberly, Burke, Nora, or one of the construction workers would shout "Jump!", thus ensuring Tim's safety. Instead: They stand there looking shocked as the glass pane crushes Tim, way to go, Kimberly.
Frankenstein: It's a sad lookout when the monster with the supposedly abnormal brain ends up being the most intelligent character in the movie.
The Monster has risen, and Frankenstein, the doctor and Fritz are trying to control him... except Fritz has a torch in his hand and the Monster is afraid of fire and getting more riled by the moment by its presence. You'd Think They'd: GET THE BLOODY TORCH OUT OF THERE. Instead: They let Fritz get even closer with the bloody torch, agitating the Monster further.
Fritz has been abusing and antagonizing the Monster, enraging him. You'd Expect: Doctor Frankenstein to sternly admonish Fritz to stay as far away from the Monster as possible. Instead: Fritz keeps screwing with the Monster until the Monster hangs him with his own whip. And then is completely berserk.
Frankenstein and the other doctor have subdued the Monster, and believe he may be dead. The other doctor has promised to dispose of him quickly. You'd Expect: They'd get some gasoline, find a clear patch, and immedately incinerate the Monster then scatter the ashes just to be sure, if for no other reason than to prevent any diseases from the dead body parts from a myriad of corpses. Instead: The other doctor places the Monster on the gurney again and decides he's going to have him some dissectin'. The Monster snaps his neck.
The Monster has escaped and comes across a young girl playing in a field. You'd Expect: That faced with a rotting, scarred, lumbering creature, she would scream and run with all speed to find a responsible adult (which, given the caliber of the adults in this film would entail her running straight into another movie...) Instead: She asks "would you be my friend?" and gives him a bouquet of flowers. He ends up accidentally causing her death by drowning.
The Monster is on the loose, and is believed to be coming towards the Frankenstein estate, where Henry Frankenstein is about to be married to his fiancee, Elizabeth, and may even be in the house. You'd Expect: Henry would make sure that at least an area code was between Elizabeth and the Monster, would not leave her alone, and certainly make sure there was an escape route for her in case of trouble. Instead: He locks her, alone, from the outside (ensuring she can't get out) in a ground-floor room with big glass windows, perfect for the Monster to walk right through to terrorize her.
The Fugitive has Samuel Gerard seeing Dr. Richard Kimble in Cook County Jail from behind his back as he is walking down the stairway. You'd Expect: He should sneak on him quietly while he is going the stairs and catch him from behind. Pretty easy, huh? Instead: He just shouts his name out loud while he's not much far from him by the stairway. This results in Gerard nearly getting arrested by two police officers that Kimble say that he's a criminal, and losing him again.
Full Metal Jacket: Although R. Lee Ermey defined the Drill Sergeant Nasty trope with his character Gunnery Sgt. Hartman, the climax at the end of the first half of the film proves that he was a failure in the end. Take "Pvt. Pyle"'s suicide, where Joker finds him in the bathroom, holding his rifle, and has it fully loaded. His loud shrieking of the Marine Corps Prayer garners the attention of GySgt. Hartman. You'd expect that, upon discovering that the mentally shattered Pyle is holding a fully loaded rifle, he would get a hold of some military police to come and defuse the situation. Instead: Hartman taunts and speaks down to him more, even when it's clear that the guy needs serious help. But after asking him, "What is your major malfunction, numbnuts? Didn't mommy and daddy show you enough attention when you were a child?!", Pyle guns down Hartman.
Ghosts of Mars: Melanie Bernard... this becomes very obvious at the second half of the film: You'd Expect: That when what's left of the crew and prisoners finally reach the train, they escape and deliver their prisoner Kincaid, which they were originally supposed to do, and inform their precinct of the danger so they can suit up and get reinforcements. Instead: Melanie Bernard stops the train 30 seconds later so they can go back to kill off the possessed miners. Even though they all know that if they die, the ghosts will simply find another body to possess and there's no guarantee that her plan to cause a nuclear explosion will work, they decide to go anyway. Everybody except Kincaid and Bernard dies.
Zartan orders an attack on Roadblock and Duke's group in Pakistan. They succeed in wiping out the entire unit except for Roadblock, Lady Jaye, and Flint, who jump into a well as the missiles start coming down. Cobra foot soldiers then check the area to see if they missed anybody. They then come across the well. You'd Expect: One of the Cobra soldiers to throw a grenade down the well, just to be on the safe side, so that he can make sure that if there were people hiding in the well, that they wouldn't survive. Then they would have killed Roadblock, Flint, and Lady Jaye. Then the area will have been secure. And they wouldn't be able to stop Cobra's plot. Instead: He tries shooting his assault rifle down the well and it doesn't prove effective, as it misses them by inches. Roadblock, Flint and Lady Jaye eventually get out of the well and eventually make it back to the States, and eventually foil Cobra's master plan.
Snake Eyes is captured and taken to a secret underground prison which also houses Cobra Commander and Destro. Only it turns out "Snake Eyes" is Storm Shadow in disguise. You'd Expect: The prison director to inform his superiors that not only is Snake Eyes still at large, but a known Cobra agent has been captured. Then possibly, they'd proceed to interrogate Storm Shadow as to why he was running around as Snake Eyes. Or at the very least strip him. Instead: They merely shrug and throw Storm Shadow in the same torture rigs Cobra Commander and Destro are in. Only Storm Shadow was there to spring Cobra Commander. Cue Stuff Blowing Up and SS and CC strolling away.
In Highlander II: The Quickening, General Katana of Zeist sends his two goons to kill Connor MacLeod on planet earth. However, Dumbass Has a Point by saying that MacLeod was banished on earth and from what we see can die of old age anytime. You'd Expect: General Katana to agree with him and let MacLeod die of old age. Instead Katana slaps the guy and send him to earth and, of couse, they die returning MacLeod to the immortal phase, thus remaking the gathering, thus obliging Katana to go himself and, of course getting himself killed.
In Raiders of the Lost Ark, when Indy tries to get on the Nazi flying wing airplane, a big, bald, burly German mechanic comes out to attack Indy. You'd Expect: Indy to simply shoot the mechanic with his revolver and then take care of the pilot of the plane. Instead: He engages the mechanic in a fist fight, and nearly gets beaten by him. The plane's propeller is what ends up killing the mechanic.
In its next film (which is a prequel, as it was set in 1935, while Raiders of the Lost Ark was set in 1936), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Chinese gangster Lao Che has just tried to have Indy killed. Indy escapes with companions Willie Scott and Short Round, but they end up getting on a plane belonging to Lao Che's company. Lao Che orders the pilots to kill the three of them. As the plane's flying above the Himalayas, the pilots decide to do the deed. You'd Expect: They'd just off the three of them there (by maybe slitting their throats while they're asleep or shooting in the back), and then throw them out of the plane. Instead: They just parachute out of the plane, leaving it to crash with the good guys inside. Not only does this give Indy time to come up with an escape plan, but it's a waste of a perfectly good vehicle.
Later on in Temple Of Doom, Indy is cornered on a rope bridge, with Thuggees guarding both ends of it. He threatens to drop the Sankhara Stones from the bridge into the crocodile-infested waters below, but the Thuggee leader, Mola Ram just laughs and tells him that the Thuggees would eventually find them again, and would have no reason to keep Indy or his friends alive if he threw the stones away. You'd Expect: The Thuggees to wait until Indy passes out from either thirst or hunger (granted, this might not have actually worked since Blumburtt and his troops were on the way, but Mola Ram wouldn't have known that). Alternatively, since Mola Ram is holding Willie and Short Round hostage, he could threaten to kill them unless Indy hands the stones over, and actually carry out the threat on one of them if Indy accuses him of bluffing. Instead: Mola Ram and most of the Thuggees walk out onto the bridge themselves, making it easy for Indy to take them out by cutting down the bridge's supports. Granted, they had the sense to send Willie and Short Round with them, to prevent Indy doing what he does, but they failed to spot them preparing for when Indy cuts the supports.
Similarly, in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the Big Bad of the film, Walter Donovan, makes it to the Grail Chamber, where the true grail and many false grails reside. The immortal knight warns him, "You must choose, but choose wisely, for as the true grail will bring you life, the false grail will take it from you." Donovan definitely seems to take the warning seriously. You'd Think: Donovan would do one of the following: A.) Ask for more volunteers, like he did at the first booby-trap, and waiting until one of them survives, thus proving the true grail. B.) Alternatively, he's a Nazi after all, and the knight he's talking to is immortal, so why not just torture the knight indefinitely until he coughs up the secret? (Unless the grail also makes one immune to pain, of course). C.) And if it turns out you must continually use the cup over and over to remain immortal, well, just look for the one with the least amount of dust on it. Instead: Elsa offers to choose for him, subtly hinting to the audience that she's deliberately choosing the wrong one, and Donovan just decides that it must be the real grail. With graphic consequences.
Infernal Affairs and The Departed, where Yan/Costigan approaches Ming/Sullivan about reinstating his identity after Sam/Costello is dead. When Ming/Sullivan leaves the room, Yan/Costigan notices an envelope with his handwriting on it, realizing Ming/Sullivan is the mole. You'd Expect: Yan/Costigan would, after years of deep undercover work, have a really good poker face, conclude his business with Ming/Sullivan and then quietly inform the other policemen that he's the mole. Instead: Yan/Costigan immediately runs out like a madman with the envelope in plain view, revealing his hand to Ming/Sullivan who then promptly erases Yan/Costigan's identity from the police database. This leads to a series of events where Yan/Costigan is eventually shot in the face.
Inglourious Basterds: Shosanna has just shot Zoller a few times, only for him to stir shortly afterwards. You'd expect her to go ahead and finish the damn job. Instead she shows something approaching regret and tries to go to his side. End result, she gets filled with lead from the victim's sidearm.
Ip Man: Ip has just destroyed ten Japanese black belts and is rewarded with many bags of rice. You'd Expect: that he would take the rice and use it to feed his family and people, having made his point and avenged Master Liu's death. Instead: He just rejects the rice.
In The Jazz Singer, the band Russel writes for is down a member and they promised an all-black group. You'd expect: Russel to try to convince the club to let a white guy sing. Instead: he sings in blackface, predictably leading to a fight when this secret is found out.
Jumper: The main character's a freaking moron. After living it up with his teleportation ability, he encounters a guy who knows what he is and has been following him since a locked-door bank robbery he pulled years ago. You'd Expect After escaping, he'd flee far far away. Hide. Keep a low profile. Anything but... Instead Return to his hometown, immediately visit his father, then look up an old flame. And then pick a fight with a guy who has a vendetta against him, teleport him to THE VAULT FROM THE SAME BANK ROBBERY THAT TIPPED OFF THE BIG BAD IN THE FIRST PLACE and leave him there. And then is angry when he squeals.
When everybody leaves the island (except for Hammond, Muldoon, Arnold, Nedry and Grant's group) for the end of the day and because of a tropical storm, Nedry plans to hack Jurassic Park by turning off the security system (except for the raptor fences) so that he could steal the embryos and escape. You'd expect: Hammond to have at least actual security guards (if there were any) to stay on the island in case there was a system failure and they could have Nedry caught with the embryos and have him fix the system. Instead: Has everybody leave the island for the day, and have NO security guards around to stay and prevent anything bad from happening, and Nedry hacks into the system and causes phones and security power to go out. And plus he steals the embryos. And plus there is now no way to get Jurassic Park back online.
The girl is told that dinosaurs are attracted to sound and movement. The car she's in breaks down, and dinosaurs start moving around it, eventually attacking the car. You'd expect: She'd hide in the footwell and be quiet so it would go away. Instead: She screams and waves a flashlight.
The raptors are trying to get in, and Ellie and Grant are struggling to hold the door closed, the gun just out of reach. Lex is busy fixing the park's computer system, and Tim is there with nothing to do. You'd expect: He gets the gun for them, or at least helps hold the door. Instead: He stands there cheering on his sister, who obviously needs no help, while completely ignoring their cries for the gun.
They are building a cross between a nature reserve and a zoo, using cloned animals with unknown properties on a location about as far from help as you can get. So naturally, they spare no expense. You'd expect: They spend some of those expenses on not having simple electric systems operated by a complicated computer system. Door locks for instance, and lighting, and maybe those electric fences that keep all the dinosaurs in their own domains. Then they'd throw in a backup generator, like the ones you can find in hospitals and police stations all over the world, and maybe someone would notice that the same creatures can be secured just as well with thick steel bars or a large enough moat, like you see in lion and elephant enclosures in normal zoos. Instead: They don't take any of the safety measures that are standard procedure in places that keep dangerous animals, nor any of those that are standard procedure in places where people might die when the power goes out. And of course they blame their eventual failure on the unpredictability of animal life.
The velociraptors have proven themselves to be not only extremely dangerous, but very aggressive and extremely intelligent, easily making them the most dangerous dinosaurs in the park. Muldoon notes that they have been testing the electric fences for weaknesses, and in the intro we see one kill a man. These are animals vicious enough to skeletonize a live cow in less than three minutes, and they have made it clear they want to escape. You Would Expect: That they take Muldoon's advice and destroy the raptors. At the very least, the fact that the raptors have killed a man before would have lead to the animal in question being euthanized in any animal preserve or zoo on the planet. Or, at the very, very least, keep the animals quarantined in a place where they have no avenues of escape should they break out, and as far from any human beings as possible until they can figure out what to do with them. These aren't animals you want anywhere near a crowd of visiting tourists, barriers or no. Instead: Hammond insists they remain alive, since he has started viewing them as pets or even children and has them kept in what amounts to an electrified box in the middle of a clearing, with a dense jungle only yards away. What's worse, he places this enclosure very near to a critical utility junction for the Park's electrified fences. Eventually, the raptors escape. This conga-line of bad decisions leads to their most qualified programmer and animal expert getting killed, and nearly leads to Ellie's own death when they all attempt to restore power to the park's compromised electrical fences.
At the end of the movie, the survivors make their escape by helicopter. You'd Expect: The island to be firebombed, since it's been proven that the dinosaurs are too dangerous to be left alive and there are those who would steal them from the island, not to mention that the dinosaurs are in fact capable of breeding. Note: This is exactly what happened in the book. Instead: They apparently leave the island alone, seemingly in the belief that the dinosaurs will die out naturally due to not getting the lysine supplement they require to survive. Which might have been a valid plan, if not for the fact that they shouldn't have been able to breed either, yet have found a way to do so.
King Kong 2005: Carl Denham has brought Kong back to New York City to put on display and make tons of money. You'd Expect: Denham to remember what all Kong can do and restrain or enclose him properly, and/or keep him properly sedated. Instead: Denham puts Kong on a Broadway stage in Times Square, of all places, with just a few steel restraints. Kong is annoyed by the song and dance routine, and is enraged by the fake Ann Darrow used in the act. He promptly escapes and rampages. People are injured and killed, and much property is damaged. And Kong dies. And Denham's name is attached to the whole fiasco.
Sokka (who has supposedly spent his entire life on ice) sees a shape in the water underneath the ice. You'd Expect: Sokka to realize that if the ice is so thin that he can see the water it is too dangerous to even consider breaking it on his own, and to return to the village for help or at least to try to break after he's moved off that ice. At the very least you would expect him to realize that it's dangerous to have Katara on the same patch of ice and to send her a safe distance away. Instead: He decides to break the ice (which is so thin that he can see the water) near his own feet and for some reason is surprised when he and his sister (who had no reason to be there) nearly fall into the freezing water.
Later on: While with the Northern Water Tribe they learn that the Fire Nation is about to launch a massive attack. Logically, the order is given to douse every fire in the city that they can. You'd Expect: The order to be carried out quickly and with minimal fuss. Instead: When the Fire Nation attacks we can clearly see that there are at least dozens of torches clearly lit with no apparent need for them to be lit. Worse, no apparent effort is ever made to put them or any of the Fire Nation's flaming boulders out!
What really took the cake was the scene with the Fire Nation prison camp holding the earth benders. On EARTH. You'd Expect: The earth benders to escape as soon as they were "imprisoned". It would've required minimal effort. Instead: The earth benders stay imprisoned for months (maybe longer, it's never made clear) until the Mighty Whitey heroes come along and give them the worlds most generic and lazy motivational speech.
In the 2012 film adaptation of Les Miserables, Fantine has received a letter from the innkeepers taking care of her daughter born out of wedlock, requesting money to pay for her care. This is during a time when people who had illegitimate children were not looked upon well by the rest of society. You'd Expect: Fantine to keep the letter hidden and out of sight, or even just destroy it once she knows what it says. Instead: She takes it with her to work, and doesn't make any attempt to keep it hidden when her shift's over. Result: Another of the workers discovers it, her secret's exposed, and she's fired soon after. It only goes downhill from there.
In the Lost in Space movie, the hotshot pilot feels the best course of action was to activate the self-destruct mechanism in order to destroy the alien-infested ship. You'd expect: He'd get clear of the blast radius first. Instead he sets off the destruction of the ship while they're right next to it, and rather than fly up and away from the exploding ship, he travels along it. This cripples the ship and leaves them stranded on a planet. Nice job Joey. To add insult to injury, he self-righteously justifies it to the father despite the screw up being his fault.
In Mannequin, Johnathan enters the back room of the rival department store and sees his beloved Emmy in a pile of other mannequins on a conveyor belt, about to be fed into a huge shredding machine. You'd Think: Jonathan would run over to the bright yellow control console, slap that big red EMERGENCY STOP button, and then calmly walk up to retrieve Emmy without having to worry about either of them getting ground into bits. Instead: He runs up the conveyor without turning off the machine. Sure, after seeing Emmy come to life, the janitor hits the aforementioned button Jonathan should have hit in the first place and we have a happy ending, but damned if it wasn't a really close call. You'd Also Think: The janitor would hit the stop button the instant Jonathan jumped onto the conveyor, if for no other reason than to avoid the liability and/or termination of his employment that would follow if something tragic happened. Instead: He doesn't do jack until after he sees Emmy come to life. "Okay, let me get this straight Mister Janitor; you couldn't give a crap if some dude gets himself killed in a rather gruesome and messy manner right in front of you, but you will hit the emergency button if a hot chick is in danger? Nice,realnice."
"Manos" The Hands of Fate: Mike, his young wife Margaret, and his daughter are lost in the middle of nowhere. They happen upon a creepy lodge and its creepy caretaker Torgo, who tells them about a creepy "Master," and intermittently begs them to leave. Margaret doesn't like the looks of things, and asks Mike to leave. You'd Expect: Mike to be a rational human being and get out of there. This "Master" fellow obviously isn't nice, and there's clearly something wrong with Torgo. Instead: "Well, how about it, Torgo? Can we spend the night here?" Things get worse for everyone, including the audience.
The Mask has Dorian Tyrell, the antagonist, being ordered to meet his boss, Niko. By that time, he has plans on turning against him. You'd Expect: Suspecting it's a trap, he should come with two men to accompany him in case Niko is pulling some shit on him. Instead: He comes alone to the meeting. Niko's men put him down with a gun on his head and golf tee on his mouth while Niko himself strikes a golf ball that is on his mouth. Tyrell's bloody lucky that he's just ordered to leave Edge City.
The titular character interrogating Jason Colvin about his wife's death roughly. While doing so, his secretary, Jackie, is knocking on his door. You'd Expect: Max forces Colvin to tell her that everything is okay. Instead: He continues to interrogate him roughly, giving Jackie the chance to call Aesir police.
Another one when Max blocks the door leading to the storage room while in pursue. You'd Expect: The Aesir police will have to use the bottom floor to get to the other side. Instead: They just blew up the door, giving Max the chance to escape with the smoke. Good thing Bravura calls them out for that.
Also, early on, Mona's sister, Natasha is planning on having sex with Max. Not wanting this, he orders her to leave. You'd Expect: He should frisk her to make sure she hasn't taken anything from him. Instead: He just allow her to leave without having checked out anything from her. It turns out she has stolen his wallet, and it's found on the crime scene. This is how Mona briefly thinks Max killed her before they worked together in finding the real murderer.
Where a cop who is racing to prevent a murder. He is armed with foreknowledge imagery of the crime, but it stymied when confronted with a row of identical houses. You'd expect: He would turn out a siren, loudspeaker, or simply shout out that the police were outside of the building. Instead: He takes several seconds to figure the one detail that was different about the correct house, then quietly races into the building to surprise the murderer.
Far more importantly, when that same future-viewing device shows him and several coworkers that he will commit a murder himself, along with a heaping helping of details including the exact time, he runs. I'll grant him that, since the machine saying you will commit a murder is by itself enough to get you arrested and indefinitely cryogenically frozen with apparently no trial. However, what he does next is totally nonsensical. You'd expect: He would stay the hell away from wherever the murder was supposed to take place, and continue staying away until twenty minutes before it was supposed to happen, then take a taxi over to headquarters and show up three minutes before he's supposed to kill someone in a completely different location and say "Look, I'm here, not killing anyone, and you didn't have to arrest me for me not to kill someone. Therefore I'm not guilty." Or some variation of the above, the main part being that he avoids doing it and uses the fact that he didn't do it as evidence that he isn't a murderer. Instead: Convinced this was a plot to frame him, he goes all-out trying to find out who's responsible, committing many illegal acts. When at the end of the time limit he realizes he is standing outside the very building his future victim is in, charges in and confronts the guy, who turns out to just be a very bribed man who then uses Anderton to commit Suicide by Cop. That's right, in trying to prove his innocence he knowingly charges right into the scene of the crime, and nearly commits it. Clearly, he never heard about Self Fulfilling Prophecies. On the other hand, he proves there is no such thing as fate by refusing to kill the man. Not that it works out well for him. However: Iris explains why the first option wouldn't work, as it causes the thing most feared by law-enforcement evidence gatherers: a false positive. With ONE case in which the Precrime system provably falsely accused somebody of murder, how can you trust ANY of the convictions? Sure, the opening scene showed the officers busting in just in time to yank the weapon away from the murderer, but it was also clear that case was almost a screwup and that the team usually caught their perpetrator long before the blow was to be struck-what about all the others who were arrested and convicted of precrimes long before the alleged time of their commission? He'd save himself, but condemn the entire Precrime program.
Egregious security errors on the part of the headquarters. Access is controlled via retinal scan. You'd expect: Once Anderton goes on the lam, they would lock out his retinal scan. Once he's captured and put into lockdown, they'd doubly make sure to lock out his retinal scan, especially since he switched out his eyes and had demonstrably used the originals to subvert their security once already. Instead: Anderton manages to breach the security of the Temple, using his retinal scan, and steals one of the Pre-cogs. After he's arrested and detained, his wife uses his eye AGAIN to gain access to the jail. However: This is exactly the sort of snafu that really does happen in electronic security systems. The street-level retina scans are almost certainly on a different system from Pre Crime's internal security, and the Temple itself may have still yet another system. It's like someone gets fired from an IT job and they deactivate his ID badge for the doors and disable his computer profile, but there's still an antiquated VPN connection to an old server nobody's bothered to replace that uses a separate login that they forgot all about.
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol: When Ethan infiltrated the Kremlin to try to get info on someone codenamed "Cobalt", he couldn't find the info. Just then, the guy codenamed "Cobalt", Kurt Hendricks, breaks into the executive armory room, kills a guard by breaking his neck, steals the nuclear "football" briefcase, and hacks into Ethan's team's radio frequency. Ethan then aborts the mission and as he tries to leave the Kremlin he comes across Hendricks. You'd Expect: Ethan to notice the briefcase that Hendricks (Cobalt) was holding (though he didn't know that he was Cobalt, but still, he was carrying a suspicious briefcase) or even the opened door to the executive armory where he got the nuclear football case and maybe turn around after passing him and stop him, and thus averting the explosion of the Kremlin. Instead: He just passes him, and doesn't even notice the opened door to the armory, and ends up not being able to stop Hendricks because he then sets off the explosion, knocking Ethan out, and framing the United States and the IMF (Impossible Mission Force), causing the President of the U.S.A. to disavow IMF by initiating Ghost Protocol.
In Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Shao Kahn tells Raiden to surrender or he'll kill Johnny Cage, to which Raiden basically says he’d then easily kill all of Kahn's generals with his glowing lightning cage. Kahn says that Raiden would never let one of his precious humans die. Raiden offers to trade himself for Johnny. Kahn tells Raiden to bow at his feet, causing Raiden to drop the cage. Shao Kahn then shouts, "Fool!" and snaps Johnny's neck. You'd Expect: Raiden then instantly brings the energy cage back up, and uses it to kill Kahn’s generals. Instead: Raiden just stands there until Kahn blasts him through a wall.
In the very first Mothra film, an entertainment promoter, upon meeting the tiny Twin Priestesses of the eponymous Physical God, decides to make them stars in mainland Japan. You'd Expect: that he'd start with his strong suit: Cutting a (probably unfair) deal. Instead: the promoter just kidnaps them, leaving himself open to countless criminal charges, with kidnapping, false imprisonment, and enslavement being only the most obvious, then compounds his error by having them perform their sacred music (with orchestral backing!) on live TV. Oh, and he does this in a world where kaiju and other supernatural phenomena are demonstrably real, and quite well-known.
Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie has the titular character being chased by the police for pulling out a "gun", which it's his right hand. When the leading police said "everyone on the floor, now!", Bean also goes down, but the lady near him said "Not you, sweetie" because she knows he's their target. You'd Expect: To ignore what the lady says. Instead: Being Bean, he just follows her word, allowing the police to point their guns at him.
The Mummy Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor — in the film's prologue, the sorcererss Zi Yuan casts what she claims is an immortality spell on the titular Dragon Emperor, but is in fact a curse that will transform him and all his followers into terracotta statues. Before this becomes obvious, the emperor tells Zi that she will marry him, and threatens to have her lover, Ming Guo, torn apart by wild horses unless she agrees to be his bride. However, Ming shouts out that he's doomed no matter what she does, so there's no point agreeing to marry the Emperor. You'd Expect: Zi to try and keep the emperor talking until the curse kicks in and immobilizes him and his followers, then she can free Ming from the horses. Instead: She instantly refuses, promptly resulting in Ming's grisly death. Moreover, she is severely wounded and nearly killed herself by the emperor, before the curse finally takes hold and transforms him and his followers into statues, allowing her to escape.
At the end of Night of the Living Dead, Ben goes upstairs to investigate the sound of gunshots and sees a rag-tag group of vigilantes and local policemen blasting away the few remaining zombies. You'd Expect Ben to shout to the militia for help and come on out to meet them. Instead he stares out the window in a rather emotionless fashion, whereupon a pair of rednecks see him in the window, think he's a zombie, and shoot him, after taking a noticeable amount of time to line up a headshot that he could have easily gotten out of the way of before said redneck pulled the trigger.
In No Country for Old Men, Anton Chigurh is arrested by a cop and taken to the police station; the two are alone. You'd Expect: The cop to lock Chigurh in a jail cell. Instead: The cop turns his back on Chugurh to sit down at his desk and make a phone call, apparently trusting that he won't do anything untoward. Chigurh strangles him with his handcuffs, gets the key to unlock them, and steals a police cruiser. Immediately after, Chigurh, in his cruiser, pulls over a random motorist and gets out to talk to him. You'd Expect: The driver would wonder what the hell someone who looks and dresses like the Grim Reaper and carries a captive-bolt pistol would be doing driving a police cruiser and pulling him over, figure out something's not right, and then take off, or, at the absolute least, ask Chigurh about his lack of standard police attire. Instead: The driver complies with Chigurh's request to step out of the car and is shot in the head. Chigurh steals his vehicle.
In Pacific Rim, facing an upsurge in Kaiju attacks, the world's governments decide to abandon the Jaeger program in favor of building a giant wall to stop the Kaiju. Then in 2024, the Kaiju Mutavore breaks through the Sydney wall. The only reason they don't have to nuke the city is because they'd only closed the local Shatterdome the day before, so Striker Eureka is still on hand to take Mutavore down. You'd Expect: They'd realize that the wall doesn't work and instead restore funding to the Jaeger program. Instead: They continue to maintain that the wall will work, leaving the Jaeger program alone to stand against the Kaiju. The Kaiju are eventually defeated, but only at the cost of all of the remaining Jaegers and most of the remaining experienced pilots.
The normally intelligent and bookish Ofelia given the task to enter a magical room and retrieve a knife that's under the care of a monstrous, sleeping guardian. Said guardian will only remain asleep as long as Ofelia doesn't touch any part of the sumptuous feast that's sitting on the table in front of him. You'd expect: That Ofelia would remember every single Fairy Tale she's ever read that featured a situation similar to hers that had gone sour; that she'd remember the admonitions of the very scary-looking faun who'd given her the task, the disturbing, sharp-nailed cenobite-like guardian who is sitting at the end of the table and the time limit that she's working under, AND that she would complete her task and get the hell out of there as quickly as her prepubescent legs could carry her. Instead: She stops to dawdle long enough to eat two grapes, thus awakening the ravenous guardian, which proceeds to chow down on the fairies and then try to eat her as well.
Also in Pan's Labyrinth, when Mercedes gives the key of the storage house to Captain Vidal, she confirms that it's the only key. You'd expect: She would then proceed to tell the partisans she's aiding to bring some explosives or other means to break through the sturdy door. Instead: She gives them a duplicate of the key, which they use in their very next raid to steal supplies. This immediately results in Vidal getting suspicious of the person originally in charge of the keys, i.e. Mercedes, and eventually leads to her getting captured, and inches away from horrible torture.
In Passenger 57 — which, overall, makes perfect sense if it's intended to take place in a parallel universe where everyone is an utter moron — one of the best moments comes when the Hero's Girlfriend is fighting one of the henchmen near the open luggage door of a moving airplane. She's about to fall out the door, clutching at the henchman's pant leg; he reaches desperately for his rifle, lying a few inches away. Finally he gets his fingers on it, gets it in his grip... You'd Expect: he might consider, you know, shooting her. Instead: he turns the gun around, and hits her with the butt. Guess who ends up falling out of the plane?
Percy Jackson Sea Of Monsters: Luke puts the Golden Fleece onto Kronos' coffin/sarcophagus, which will eventually reawaken him. The protagonists all make a beeline to remove it. They meet opposition, but Tyson shows up and takes care of it, leaving the coffin wide open. You'd Expect: Percy runs up to the coffin and removes the Golden Fleece, which is his current main goal. It's right next to him, there's no way he'd miss it. Instead: Percy completely ignores the coffin and wastes at least a minute hugging Tyson and saying he's glad Tyson's okay, which is enough time for Kronos' revival to be complete.
In The Phantom Of The Opera 2004 film, Raoul bests the Phantom in a duel. You'd expect: He takes advantage of this moment, either by running him through with his sword or by knocking Erik cold and having someone fetch the Paris police to cart him off to jail. Instead: Immediately goes home to plan a Zany Scheme to catch the Phantom, leaving the Phantom lying there in the snow.
In the third film's climatic big battle, Will Turner has gotten behind Davy Jones. Will is armed with a cutlass. You'd Expect: Will to remember that Davy Jones's heart isn't in his body. Instead: He stabs Jones where his heart would be. Jones isn't affected, disarms Will, and fatally wounds him soon after.
Also during that battle, Captain Jack Sparrow manages to get his hands on said heart. Jack intends to stab it and achieve immortality, since whoever does so will take Davy Jones's place, and will have the job of ferrying those who die at sea to the next world for eternity. You'd Expect:Jack to immediately stab the heart. Instead: He reveals to Jones that he has the heart. Jones responds by stabbing Will, and Jack ends up making Will stab the heart, so that he can captain the Flying Dutchman, and continue to see Elizabeth.
Near the end of the fourth film, Barbossa has just stabbed Blackbeard with a sword, and left it in him. Angelica rushes over to pull the sword out. You'd Expect: Her to pull the sword out by the handle. Instead: She pulls it out by the handle AND the blade, cutting her hand as a result. To make matters worse: The blade's poisoned.
Poltergeist: The Freeling family have rescued their daughter from a malevolent demon and its almost inescapable dimension located inside their house. The tiny medium lady they brought in to help declares "This house is clean." You'd Expect: They'd move out immediately. Not take the risk despite what the medium says and live in Holiday Inn and move their stuff out of the house during the day. Instead: The Freelings decide to stay in the house one more night until all their stuff has been moved out. They get attacked again.
Two members of the expedition team (Fifield, a geologist, and Milburn, a biologist) are lost and wandering through the corridors of an alien structure when they come upon a pile of corpses who all have exit wounds in their heads. They radio in to the ship's captain, justifiably freaked out, and tell them their position. Janek tells them he's been getting a glitch from one of Fifield's mapping probes that is situated at the end of a long corridor. You'd Expect: That, since Janek can see the stranded team members' location on his comm system and can direct them, he would tell them to wait near the entrance of the structure until morning. Or, failing that, he would tell them to stay exactly where they are and not touch anything - literally, anything besides the course of action he takes. Instead: Janek laughs at their discovery, acts like the glitched probe isn't a problem, and leaves them to wander around some more in the structure. A few minutes later, he goes off to have sex with Vickers and leaves the comm station unmanned, leading to...
Milburn and Fifield are camping in the "big head" room, where they discover that all of the jars on the floor are leaking black liquid. A snake-like creature emerges from a pool of the liquid, and Milburn gets down to examine the creature. Fifield tells him this is not a good idea and that they should leave immediately. You'd Expect: Them to leave immediately. Run out of the room and don't look back. After all, both of these men were Genre Savvy when they bugged out during Shaw's discovery of the first Engineer body. Instead: Milburn continues goading the creature, and even begins stroking it. The creature subsequently latches onto Milburn's arm and breaks it, which leads to Fifield falling into a pool of the liquid and having his helmet melt into his face.
In Resident Evil: Afterlife, The T-Virus-infected Albert Wesker needs to eat human flesh. He thinks eating Alice's flesh will give him control of the virus. He has all the resources of Umbrella and two of Alice's former allies-turned-mind-controlled-puppets at his disposal. You'd Expect: He'd use those resources to find Alice, specifically Claire, who knew where Alice was headed, and set a trap for her there. Instead he gambles on Alice following the radio transmissions to Arcadia. Then when she arrives at Arcadia You'd Expect: he'd unleash a horde of mind-controlled people to hold her down, or pull out a taser or do something to incapacitate her while he has the element of surprise. Instead he has a single mook train a gun on her, explains his plan and expects to succeed by beating her in combat.
Resident Evil: Apocalypse The S.T.A.R.S. sniper is sitting on the roof of a sporting goods store, picking off zombies, with headshots, at his leisure. He's even good enough to pop the head of one sneaking up on the Ethnic Scrappy. Then, Nemesis shows up. You'd Expect that, as an experienced, competent sniper who seems to have realized that the monsters wandering around the city only die with headshots, he'd put one of those high caliber bullets through the Nemesis' skull. Instead: He shoots him dead center in the chest, and is shocked that he doesn't go down. So he shoots him again in the same exact spot. Nemesis blows him up before the sniper can get a third shot off, and then proceeds to slaughter all the rest of the S.T.A.R.S. officers.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes: (Human) Protagonist Will has been dosing his father with his experimental brain-boosting drug, ALZ-112 that his company scrapped after one of the test apes went apeshit during a company meeting to get funding/approval for more development. After seven years of not only full reversal of his father's Alzheimer's, but improved brain function, Dad starts to develop resistance to the virus that delivers the drug into his system and deteriorates rapidly as his Alzheimer's returns with a vengance. Nevertheless, Will goes back to his boss and tells him the drug works, but only temporarily. You'd Expect: Will to consider investigating the possibility of using immunosuppressant drugs or other ways to reduce human immune response to the delivery mechanism, which are widely used in organ transplants. Instead: He starts in on a more-aggressive virus designed to beat the immune system. Soon enough, his boss has his own What an Idiot moment when he sees how effective the treatment is on apes and brings in many more apes to experiment on, refusing to listen to Will's pleas to slow down on testing because they don't know the potential effect this more aggressive viral strand will have on humans. The virus turns out to be both the catalyst for the titular "uprising", and causes the implied Class 3a Human Extinction Event that allows enhanced apes to take over the planet.
Robin Hood (2010). King Philip of France has mustered an army to conquer the English. You'd Expect: They would land somewhere without a very high, very level bluff from which England's famous archers have perfect aim towards their troops, and they would get the hell out once they saw that they were pinned on three sides with archers to the front and cavalry to their left and right flanks, and the sea to their backs. Instead: They continue right on with the landing, even as their army is being felled in swoops by English longbowmen and subsequently ground into the mud by the cavalry. Whilst some of their men are being crushed to death with their own boats.
RoboCop 2. Dr. Faxx and her team of scientists have been tasked by OCP to create a successor to Robocop, dubbed Robocop 2. Ala Robocop 1, Faxx converts recently slain officers into the new model enforcer. When these attempts are Driven to Suicide, Faxx concludes that Alex Murphy's strong moral convictions were what kept him from offing himself. You'd Expect: Faxx would find a noble, upstanding officer for the project and help him transition into his new role. Instead: She selects Cain, a sociopathic crime boss and dealer of the Fantastic Drug Nuke. While he doesn't have the earlier model's tendency for suicide, he has no moral convictions whatsoever. With no Restraining Bolt other than his Nuke addiction, the new "RoboCain" eventually goes berserk during his unveiling to the press.
The Sandlot: The gang are attempting to retrieve the Babe Ruth autographed baseball from the clutches of the Beast. One of their schemes involves using ropes and pulleys to lower Yeah-Yeah into the Beast's yard. Yeah-Yeah grabs the ball and holds onto it for a few seconds, but the Beast walks up. You'd Expect: Yeah-Yeah to clutch the ball with both hands and hold onto it for dear life as he's raised outta there. Instead: He panics, and the ball slips out of his one-handed grip when he's jolted upwards.
One of the two prisoners Lawrence needs to answer the cell phone to save his wife and himself and foil the murderer's plot. Unfortunately, courtesy of the sadistic Jigsaw, Lawrence is chained to a pipe and the cell phone in question is lying about 40 cm out of his reach. He has a hacksaw and he's wearing a long sleeved shirt. You'd Expect:That he takes off his shirt and swings it over the phone. Or that he uses the hacksaw to hook on the phone. Or that the other prisoner uses some object to knock the phone closer to Lawrence. Instead: Having failed to reach the phone with some stupid box, Lawrence does takes off his shirt...and then ties it around his chained leg and proceeds to saw it off. * Face Palm* Yes, he was screwed up and in panic. It was still idiotic and furthermore, the other guy wasn't in panic but still he didn't suggest the obvious solution.
In Saw V, The players who have been selected turn out to be highly Genre Savvy when they figure out (early in the film) that closing the door in a room activates the next trap. This, in addition to brainstorming creative solutions to the traps, does a lot to get the audience on their side. Near the end of the film, Brit and Malick (the two remaining survivors) kill a woman named Luba and use her body to provide an electric current to open the door to the final trap. They enter the room and learn that they (and, presumably, all the other survivors who lived) have to stick their hands into a sawblade in order to draw enough blood to fill a beaker and open the final door to escape. You'd Expect: Given the fact that they were a fairly smart duo, either Brit or Malick (who had suggested alternate plans before) would go back to the previous film, disconnect the electric clamps, bring her body into the final room and use her hands to draw enough blood to fill the beaker. Alternatively, they could have just cut off her arms (seeing as Brit still had a very big knife) and use it to fill the beaker that way. Granted, the arms wouldn't be attached to a beating heart, meaning the amount of blood yielded almost certainly wouldn't fill the beaker all the way, but it'd still lessen the damage Brit and Malick would take to their own bodies. Instead: They stick their hands in and cut halfway up through their arms to fill the beaker. They both survive, but pass out due to massive blood loss, and when Malick later appears again in Saw 3D it's revealed that he permanently lost the use of his left arm due to nerve and muscle damage.
Scarface has Tony Camonte/Montana finally founding Guino Rinaldo's/Manny Ribera's location. When he's about to explain to him about what is it about, Cesca/Gina also entered the fray, trying to explain that they're married. You'd Expect: That Tony should ask Guino/Manny if it's true that he's trying to sleep with his sister and let him explain of what's going on. Instead: He kills Guino/Manny without even saying a word. This results in Cesca/Gina being heartbroken and she even goes so far as to take her own pistol and plans to kill her brother.
In Scream 2, Sydney and another victim are in the back of a police car when the killer steals it. In the ensuing confusion, the killer crashes the car into a light pole, pinning a dead, armed cop to the hood and knocking himself unconscious. You'd Expect: Either woman to take the loaded handgun sitting in full view on the hood and shoot the killer in the chest. Failing that, hold him at gunpoint until help arrives. Instead: They run away into the night, allowing the killer to revive and continue the chase.
The first movie's plot is a parody of the movie Scream, meaning that there is a killer, one of the main characters, Buffy Gilmore, is convinced that the serial killer is just a prankster, even with what had been going on, eventually, she finds herself in a confrontation with Ghostface. You'd expect: That Buffy would finally catch on to the fact that the killer was real, and go for help. Instead: She sarcastically mocks every Slasher movie cliche in the book, resulting in her death.
With Emily only having a month to live due to her failing heart and no waiting donors because of her rare blood type, Tim decides to kill himself to become a donor for her as he has the same blood type. Craziness aside... You'd Expect: Tim to do something simple like slit his wrists or hang himself. Instead: He pours ice cold water in his bathtub along with his pet jellyfish and lets the jellyfish sting him to death. Yeah, a jellyfish, some of which are well known for their venomous stings that could affect organs. Of course, since this is the dramatic climax, his heart is just fine for the transplant.
Jack Torrance gets an interview from Mr. Ullman about being a caretaker of the Overlook Hotel. While doing so, he is being told a story about the previous caretaker, Charles Grady, having gone insane and killed his family with an axe before killing himself due to a supernatural force living in there. You'd Expect: That Jack should take a hint that he may earn this similar problem and just drop out of job. Instead: He takes the job, anyway. Then it gets worse from here.
The cook Dick Hallorann offers to take Wendy's son who is only five years old, away from his mother for a few moments for some 'ice cream. You'd expect: His mother offers to come with him. How does she know he's not going to kidnap her son? After all, a good parent wouldn't let their child out of their sight. Instead: She does and doesn't even question it. What an Idiot, indeed.
Danny learns he can contact Hallorann via psychic communication. Hallorann tells him to do it only in an emergency. Danny contacts him when he finds that his father is going into the same room where Danny was traumatized. You'd expect: Hallorann realizing that Danny's father is losing his mind and is psycho and that he should not go up there by himself and have police handle the situation. Instead: He drives up there himself without any weapons.
Hallorann is in the Overlook hotel. Now, he knows Jack has lost his mind and has gotten into a bit of trouble. You'd expect: He's quiet and does not draw attention to himself. After all, he doesn't have a weapon to defend himself with. Instead: He dumbly calls out to Jack, revealing his presence and getting himself killed. What an Idiot.
Wendy is trapped in the bathroom and has pushed Danny out the window while her husband is busy smashing down the door. She has a knife by her side. You'd expect: She automatically gets out of there while she could or just stab him.
Instead: She wastes time SCREAMING every time he whacks the ax into the door. She stabs him, but only bruises his arm when she could have gone for a more vital spot, thus rendering him out of bounds.
There is a species of aliens for whom water is a lethal acid. You'd Expect that these aliens would stay far away from a planet that has a 70% water surface. Or, at the very least, they'd stay in their advanced interplanetary spaceships for the duration of the invasion, or they'd wear some sort of environmental suits to protect from the deadly acid that exists in gaseous form in the air and frequently falls from the sky. Instead, the aliens invade water-soaked Earth, on foot, naked.
You'd Expect that aliens advanced enough to conquer interstellar travel would be somewhat intelligent, or at least technologically superior to humans. Instead, these aliens are unarmed, are outmatched by baseball bats and glasses of water, and are outsmarted by closet doors.
Finally, you'd expect that these hydrophobic creatures would finally be repelled in a scheme that makes use of the planet's prodigious water supply. Instead, news reports say that the invasion is repelled in the deserts of the Middle East.
In Sky High near the end of the movie, Will's friends arrive at the hall, seeing him pinning Gwen/Royal Pain, ready to finish her off.
You'd expect: they wait for Will to finish her off before calling him. Instead, they call him right away, distracting him, allowing Gwen to break free.
In Sleeping Dogs at the end main character Smith is cornered by Jesperson and the Special Police Force. He fires at Jesperson, but is obviously not trying, since he rants that isn't this what they want, him to fight them? He defiantly walks away from them while Jesperson angrily tells Smith not to turn his back on him. You'd Expect: Jesperson to just shoot him in the leg, or have his men go grab Smith. Instead: He fatally shoots Smith after he turns away, then complains he needs him alive, and even kicks his corpse in frustration. Face Palm.
In Smokey and the Bandit 2, Justice has the Bandit at gunpoint and tries to take him in. The Bandit tricks him into using up his bullets. He orders Junior (the poster child for this trope) to give him his own gun as the Bandit tries to escape. You'd Expect: Junior's gun to be loaded and Justice successfully scares the Bandit into surrendering. Instead: Junior's gun is empty and the Bandit escapes. It Gets Worse
Justice: Junior! Why didn't you have your gun loaded?
Junior: When I put bullets in it, daddy, it gets too heavy.
While storming the castle in Snow White & the Huntsman, the heroes are stuck right outside the castle because the gate is still shut. You'd Expect: The guards would take this opportunity to pour boiling oil on the heroes, quickly and easily winning the war for the villains. Instead: They wait until after the gate is open and half the army is inside.
Some Like It Hot has Joe and Jerry see that Spats, the mobster who they saw kill Toothpick Charlie, is himself bumped off by overbosses. At the time, they are hiding under the tables because it's a party for the mob. Spats can't hurt them anymore, because he and his men are dead. You'd Expect: They would hide under the tables until everyone leaves. With Spats dead, the heat is off them, and they can stop being incognito. Instead: They get out from under the tables and try to sneak out. This sets the rest of the mobsters in the room after them.
When all the main engineering crew of the Southern Sun announce their intention to join in the titular mutiny in a meeting amongst themselves, one of the engineers, Parsons clearly isn't on-board with the whole plan. The other engineers mock Parsons, but don't actually act overly hostile towards him. You'd Expect: Parsons to sit out the meeting, maybe indicate that he would be amenable to joining in the mutiny, then go and alert the ship's commanders. Instead: He openly accuses the other engineers of mutiny and treason, and announces his intention to report them... and is then shocked when they turn on him and kill him horribly.
Later on, one of the bridge crew, Lamont receives evidence that the mutineers were responsible for the destruction of a shuttlecraft. The ringleader, Kalgan, decides that she must be disposed of. You'd Expect: That in order to take advantage of the fact that the identity of the mutineers is still largely unknown, Kalgan would send some of his loyalists to "escort" Lamont from the ship's disco (don't ask), then dispose of her in a part of the ship he controls. Instead: He sends some of his loyalists, and they escort her to... right outside the disco, where Kalgan shoots her dead in person. Naturally this is heard by several people in the disco, including The Hero, Dave Ryder, who promptly tries to chase Kalgan down. While Ryder fails to actually capture Kalgan, his stupidity ends up giving the good guys direct evidence that the mutiny exists, and that Kalgan is one of the ringleaders.
What's worse: Lt. Lamont had only a few scenes ago spoken with a man in engineering who warned her about the conspiracy. After she orders him to the bridge he is cornered by Kalgan's men and commits suicide. You'd Expect: That Lt. Lamont would notice that the man she ordered to the bridge to tell her about the mutiny failed to show up, and would tell someone else about it. Instead: She goes disco dancing and gets murdered (as described above). For Added Idiocy: Lamont was *on the bridge* when she got the report and while the evidence was intercepted, the engineer still gave very specific details which should've logically been passed on to the Captain. A double bout of idiocy both for Lamont for not saying anything, and for Kalgan for just assuming she didn't say anything and not just laying low for a while.
The Osborn butler finds out that Norman/Green Goblin was Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by his own glider. However, Harry believes that Peter/Spider-Man is responsible and swears on his father's grave to kill him. You'd Expect: ... the butler to tell Harry immediately upon finding out. Instead:
Butler: Harry, Spider-Man didn't kill your father, he killed himself.
Harry: You couldn't tell me that before I had my right side of my face blown up?!
Same film. The Green Goblin has just impaled himself on his own glider. As Peter delivers the body, Harry walks in and angrily accuses Spider-Man of killing his father while grabbing a gun. You'd Expect: Peter to web the gun out of Harry's hands, and explain that the Green Goblin killed his father—it would be truth From a Certain Point of View, the wounds on Norman's body match up with the glider's weapons, and the Green Goblin already has a history of targeting Os Corp executives! Apologize to Harry for failing to save Norman and leave. Instead: Peter leaves as fast as he can, leaving his psychologically unstable best friend with the mistaken belief that Spider-Man is responsible for the death of his father.
Terrell and Chekov arrive at Ceti Alpha V, on the Reliant, thinking it was Ceti Alpha VI. They go down to the surface. Chekov finds out that the wreckage on the planet was the Botany Bay. Unfortunately, Chekov and Terrell get captured by Khan and his minions. Back on the Reliant, two of the crew members are trying to contact Terrell, but are getting no response. You'd Expect: The crew two crew members to go: "Something's wrong. Send someone down, and find Terrell and Chekov.", and potentially find out that Khan was on the planet and has Chekov and Terrell hostage, and save them and potentially stop Khan. Instead: They merely shrug and say, "Let's give them a little more time.", which allows Khan to brainwash Chekov and Terrell, and take control of the Reliant without warning.
The Enterprise first encounters Reliant after sketchy reports that should suggest that something is seriously wrong with Reliant's handling of the Genesis situation. After hailing her numerous times with no response, Enterprise receives an excuse that a critical communications component is faulty, an assertion that does not survive a cursory scan of the ship by Spock. So now, whoever's on that ship is both acting suspicious and out-and-out lying. You'd Expect: Kirk, the combat veteran, who's probably trained extensively for these kinds of situations, heeds the sage advice of Saavik, the fresh-out-of-Academy cadet, and raises the shields until the situation can be clarified. Instead: He, and the allegedly intelligent Mr. Spock, shut Saavik up and blithely keep going on towards Reliant with shields down and weapons disarmed. Khan and his crew knock the stuffing out of Enterprise.
In Star Trek III Spock's father, Sarek, tells Kirk that Spock's body should have been returned to Vulcan, not left on the Genesis Planet; if they don't retrieve the body, Spock's katra will be stuck in McCoy's head, effectively killing them both. You'd Expect: That Starfleet, when informed that the Vulcan ambassador is understandably furious that his son's body wasn't returned home according to the rules of their culture, and that an officer's life or sanity is at stake, would fall over themselves to get in touch with the ship that's already in orbit around the Genesis Planet and ask them to take five seconds to beam Spock's coffin aboard. Instead the admiral flatly refuses to do anything, throwing in a patronising comment about how he doesn't understand 'Vulcan mysticism', and is later amazed when Kirk and co steal the Enterprise and make for the Genesis Planet anyway.
At the start of the film the Big Bad, Shinzon has two immediate objectives: the first is to abduct Captain Picard and drain him of all his blood to cure Shinzon's rapid ageing disease — a disease which will kill him in a week at the most — while the second is to have Data's dimwitted prototype, B-4, steal the Federation's defense data from the computer banks. B-4 is picked up on a planet near the Neutral Zone, and the Enterprise proceeds to the Romulan homeworld of Romulus. You'd Expect: Shinzon to have B-4 steal the relevant data during the flight over to Romulus, or as soon as he reasonably can once they've arrived. Then Shinzon can beam Picard and B-4 aboard his flagship, the Scimitar — which can fire while cloaked and has defensive and offensive capabilities around three to four times that of the Enterprise — and blow the hell out of the Enterprise before the rest of her crew can work out what's going on. Instead: He has the Enterprise sit around for half a day, seemingly without accomplishing anything, then waits another whole day before having Picard join him for dinner, and then finally abducting Picard another half-day or so after that. During the intervening time, the Enterprise crew are able to detect the planet-killing thaleron weapon aboard the Scimitar, and realize that something's wrong with B-4 (who they swap for Data when Shinzon actually tries to retrieve him).
During the initial meeting with the Enterprise crew, Shinzon is very obviously taken with Counsellor Troi, to Stalker with a Crush levels. You'd Expect: Shinzon to remember that there are more important things at hand than his dick, and get the hell on with his plans to save his life and destroy Earth. Alternatively, if he's really that desperate to have Troi, then just abduct her along with Picard and B-4. Instead: He uses his viceroy's psychic powers to Mind Rape Troi while she's making love to Commander Riker, thereby confirming to the Enterprise crew (as if they didn't already have enough reason to suspect it) that he's evil.
The Enterprise has been boarded by light-sensitive Remans during a Red Alert, when the ship's lights are dimmed. The Remans are not wearing goggles. You'd Expect: The bridge crew laugh and beam the boarding team into the brig, since they still control the transporters. Instead: Long, drawn-out running phaser battle through the corridors of the ship ensues. You'd Expect: Someone to turn the lights up, blinding the Remans and ending that threat. Instead: Long, drawn-out running phaser battle through the corridors of the ship ensues. You'd Expect: The bridge crew let the security teams do their job, and keep their focus on the space battle going on outside. Instead: Important crew members, including the first officer and the guy in charge of the ship's weapons, abandon their posts on the bridge in the middle of a fight to take part in a long, drawn-out running phaser battle through the corridors of the ship.
The baddies want Picard. The good guys beam him over, and the transporters promptly fail. They do, however, have an prototype emergency transporter. You'd expect: The good guys to beam over a bomb, use the independent transporters in the shuttles, have Data/a security team with a tech on it take a shuttle and hack their way in, or replicate the emergency transporter. Instead: Data jumps for the enemy ship, finds Picard, slaps the transporter on him, then dies in the most pointless Heroic Sacrifice ever.
Star Trek: Into Darkness: Admiral Marcus decides the frozen bodies of seventy-two genetically engineered superhumans is a liability and plans to get rid of them. Said Admiral has a massive secret base on one of Jupiter's moons and has moved huge amounts of resources to and from it in secret, and he's apparently in charge of weapons development. You'd Expect: He vaporizes the bodies with a phaser and quietly dumps any remaining ashes into Jupiter's atmosphere, never to be seen again. Instead: He decides to hide their bodies inside special torpedoes and has Kirk fire them at the Klingons. Since he can't have people finding the bodies inside he has his subordinates vigorously refuse all attempts at opening one up, antagonizing Scotty and virtually guaranteeing somebody will decide to open one on general principles.
Lois Lane is investigating a story about a blackout which seems to have spread from a specific location. You'd expect she'd do some research into who lives there before barging into the house, or tell somebody, anybody where she was going, or at least drop off her five year old son somewhere else before going there. Instead she goes in without telling a soul, and gets herself and her five year old son held hostage by Lex Luthor.
In the original Superman, Lex Luthor has set into motion his plan to sink California into the sea using a nuclear missile aimed at the San Andreas Fault, and has incapacitated Superman both with Kryptonite and by sending a second nuclear bomb in the opposite direction. When he reveals that the second target is Hackensack, New Jersey, his girlfriend Ms. Teschmacher protests that her mother lives there. You'd expect he would lead her out of the room, handcuff her to something and then maybe go back and watch Superman die. Instead he shrugs her off, and leaves them both alone and unmonitored. Five minutes later, she's saved Superman from the Kryptonite and he's escaped through the ceiling, on his way to foiling the plan.
Bryan Mills courteously warns his daughter's captors that he has "a particular set of skills that will make their lives very miserable" and that he will kill all of them if they do not let her go. You'd Expect: That if you want to get into human trafficking in Europe, you'd get your supply from Eastern Europe, East Asia, Africa, and all those other places full of vunerable women without money. Hell, tell them that you'll take them to a 1st world country to work as a maid or something, and they'll climb into the truck and pay you for it. Their governments have little resources to defend them, their families are poor and without any international clout, and because they're in the country illegally, a lot of law enforcement will look the other way. Instead: They kidnap young women from the airport. Yes, the ideal victim is a girl with a family rich enough to send her on vacations, from a countries with enough diplomatic clout to demand explanations. Better yet, let's do it at a post 9/11 airport where our actions will be taped by security cameras and since they just got past customs, all the women have been officially documented as having just entered the country. Yup, that'll end well.
Bryan's daughter Kim and her friend Amanda aren't much better in terms of common sense. You'd Expect: That they would get a licensed taxi to take them to wherever they're staying, and not tell anyone they don't know where that is. Instead: They accept a ride with a complete stranger, and give the exact same stranger the address for the place they're staying at, their room's location, and also tell him that they'll be alone. As a result, the kidnapping gang's job becomes a lot easier.
Later in the same film, the girls, including the protagonist's daughter, are being auctioned off as sex slaves. One of the buyers finds Liam Bryan holding him at gunpoint and demanding he buy a girl who, yes, turns out to be his daughter. Bryan is caught, and clonked on the head, hung him from a pipe, and asks what the hell he's doing and why he just cost him over half a million dollars. LiamBryan offers to pay the guy back. You'd Expect: A number of options present themselves. He could scoff at the suggestion, sure that this anonymous attacker can't refund him over half a million dollars, whereupon said anonymous attacker would produce some proof that yes, he could (and you know he would). He could say "Oh, well in that case I guess I can forget this ever happened," possibly demand a little extra for his silence (LiamBryan didn't specify what he was paying for, or how much). Or, if he insists on being a Card-Carrying Villain, he could shoot him in the head with his own gun. Instead: He goes on about how this is "a unique business, with a unique clientele", which completely fails to explain why he thinks it's a good plan to walk away, leaving him in the hands of his security guys, who LiamBRYAN!! has already proven himself quite capable of overcoming. He breaks out, of course.
At the end of Time Bandits, Kevin is teleported back to his room, which is filled with smoke and firemen are in his house because the family microwave caused the fire. His parents find a strange looking rock inside the microwave. Kevin warns them not to touch it. You'd expect that they give the firemen the microwave or just don't touch the rock. Instead they touch it and explode.
In The Toxic Avenger, a trio of thugs attempt to rob a restaurant with a shotgun and a pistol. Toxie later intervenes, and it soon becomes clear that the thugs can't beat him in melee combat. You'd Expect: That one of the thugs would pick up one of the guns and just shoot Toxie. Instead: This idea never occurs to them, and Toxie subsequently kills all three of them.
The Decepticons are primarily aircraft alt-modes. The Autobots are ALL restricted to land movement. The humans plan is to place Sam and the Allspark and a few soldiers on a helicopter transport. Which is standard procedure for EVAC of civilians, but hardly appropriate in this situation! You'd Expect: The Decepticons LET them load the Allspark onto the helicopter. Then they wait until the copter is high in the air, reasonably far from the Autobots... then they just fly up to it and take the Allspark with minimum resistance from the puny humans. Instead: The Decepticons start a big fight and lose.
Also, at the beginning of the film, the human Sam Witwicky is selling the Plot Coupon on eBay. You'd Expect: The Decepticons hack themselves a Paypal account and bid on the item. Instead: They send two Decepticons to interrogate Sam, running afoul of the Autobot sent to protect him.
Alice, a Decepticon Pretender masquerading as a girl, is caught in a... tender embrace with Sam by Mikaela. Disgusted, Mikaela storms out of the room. You'd Expect: Alice prevents Sam from getting off the bed at all. If that's not possible, quickly and efficiently pin him down in one move while raising minimal fuss. Instead: When Sam does resist, Alice spends some time throwing Sam around. The noise alerts Mikaela, who is able to get back in time to help him.
Alice might have as well held a Smart Ball during that scene when compared against what Sam and co. did in this scene. After they found the Crest of Leadership needed to revive Optimus Prime to defeat The Fallen, the military, who had Optimus Prime's corpse, gave Sam a call, who was at the Great Pyramids, about deciding a place to meet and revive Optimus Prime. You'd Expect:That they would decide on a good rendezvous point like the Great Pyramids where the heroes were, and there were no Decepticons or witnesses around. Instead: Everyone decided to go to a nearby populated village where the Decepticons were headed. The result was a huge battle between the Autobots and Decepticons in the middle of a bunch of witnesses, with Sam nearly dying in the cross-fire. An Epic Failure in what was already an Idiot Plot.
Frank Nitti accidentally exposes himself as the murderer of Jim Malone to Eliot Ness. Nitti promptly flees the scene and heads for the rooftop. After a scuffle with Ness, Nitti finds himself hanging from the rooftop. Out of principle, Ness helps him up and apprehends him. You'd Expect: Nitti to exercise his right to remain silent, for anything he says can and will be used against him. Such as what he actually does. Instead: He decides to mock Malone'sdeath in-front of Ness and brags that he'll beat the rap. Ness promptly abandons his code of ethics and tosses Nitti off the roof.
Earlier, Frank Nitti writes Malone's address on a matchbook to help him carry out his murder. You'd Expect: Since it's now potential police evidence, Nitti would dispose of it right away. Instead: He does not. The matchbook is what identifies him as Malone's killer, which leads to his downfall.
Evil Knievel's protege-turned-rival Jessie has overheard a plot to kill Evil via sabotaging his his latest stunt, then using the transport of his body to cover for the transport of millions of dollars in cocaine over the Mexico/US border. Jessie clumsily tries to tell Evil this, then knocks Evil out when he tries to blow Jessie off. You'd Expect: Jessie to call off the jump and point out the rigged bike to authorities, thwarting the Big Bad's plans without risking anyone's life. Instead: Jessie takes Evil's place on the big jump and dies instead. A Senseless Sacrifice made worse by the fact that the bad guys merely claim Jessie's body is Evil's and proceed as planned. Made even worse by, earlier on...
Evil sneaks into a Mexican sanitarium to talk to his mentor/mechanic, Will. Will tells Evil that he'd found pictures of their custom tractor-trailer in the possession of the Big Bad, leading to Will's being set up as being a junkie and institutionalized (getting him out of the way so that the bad guys' sabotage of Evil's bike would go undetected.) You'd Expect: Evil to postpone the jump - at least until he could get Will out of the sanitarium. Instead: He tells Will that he has to stay in the sanitarium until after the jump. Despite the fact that he knows he's been targeted by criminals. The same criminals he knows were Jessie's patrons.
The backstory to Wishmaster reveals that if someone makes three wishes of a Djinn, it will destroy the barriers between our world and the Djinn's world and allow their kind to overrun the Earth. One such creature grants two wishes to an ancient sultan, the second of which inflicts all kinds of horrible suffering on his subjects. Just as the sultan is about to make a third wish to undo his previous one, the court sorcerer shows up and tells the sultan what will happen if he makes his third wish. You'd Expect The Djinn to dismiss the sorcerer's accusations as nonsense, and to reassure the sultan into making his third wish. Instead: He admits everything the sorcerer is accusing him of, and even goes so far to show the other Djinn that are attempting to break through the now-weakened barriers between the worlds. Naturally the sultan is reluctant to make a wish under these circumstances, and it gives the sorcerer time to imprison the main Djinn inside a jewel.
World War Z: It is a Zombie Apocalypse, and zombies are known to be attracted to loud noise. You'd Expect That A) the outmost importance of keeping quiet would be hammmered into the survivors everywhere and all the time, and it would be strictly enforced, and B) that the military would immediately weaponize this trait, creating lures to drive the zombies away from survivors and into traps. Instead The second part is merely neglected, but the people of Jerusalem actually go out of their way to violate the first one. While in a city, protected from the undead hordes by a wall, they decide to celebrate their good fortune by singing. All together. Through a microphone. Naturally, zombies cannot pass such a heartfelt invitation and start piling a zombie-pile outside untill they scale the wall. You'd Expect That since that wall is essential to the city's survival, the military would monitor it. After all, the zombies are not exactly subtle or stealthy. Instead They somehow miss the assaulting horde untill it literally spills over the wall.
Scott starts hearing Jean's voice in his head, calling his name. You'd Expect: That, being the leader of the team, he would (at the very least) go talk to someone about it, especially Xavier (who would be able to read his mind and figure out what's going on). Instead: He secretly packs a bag, blows off Logan (who tries to help him) and goes off to Alkali Lake by himself. There, he accidentally(?) awakens Jean/Phoenix, who then proceeds to de-atomize him. As if acknowledging Scott's actions, no one mentions him for the rest of the film. Stuffed into the Fridge and Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome, indeed.
Prior to the events of the film (and the trilogy), Xavier implanted a series of mental mindblocks in Jean's mind to prevent a latent personality (Dark Phoenix) from taking over. You'd Expect: That anytime over the last twenty-plus years, Xavier would have at least mentioned this information to Jean for her own safety. Not even when she's brought back to the school from Alkali Lake does he bother to come down and see her (when she's feeling conflicted about her identity) and try to restore the mindblocks. Instead, he's teaching a class. Instead: Jean, more pissed off than ever, takes up residence at her old home, and Xavier willingly walks in (with Magneto, no less) to try and reason with her. It ends about as well as you would expect.
Magneto wants to kill the mutant whose DNA is being used to create the anti-mutant serum, who is located on Alcatraz Island. Magneto, in a stupendous display of power, lifts the freaking Golden Gate Bridge to get to Alcatrazz. You'd Think: that since Magneto wants to kill this particular mutant, and doesn't really care about civilian casualties incurred in the process, that while he was lifting an object hundreds of feet in the air that weighs over 1000 tons, he'd just drop it on their heads or turn it into a blizzard of shrapnel to tear every living being on the island into shreds. Instead: he uses it to form a bridge, marches across it and digs in for a long, difficult, and unsuccessful siege of the place.
After successfully preventing the Cuban Missile Crisis from escalating into a full-out nuclear war due to the meddling of a psychotic mutant, mutants are now known to both the Russian and U.S. governments as a powerful force capable of causing hurricanes, flying, blasting people, and lifting an entire submarine out of the ocean. You'd Think: Both sides would see the potential for using these people in combat, especially given that they prevented a full-on nuclear war since the CIA was well-aware of the role that the mutants played in the incident. Or at the very least, acknowledging that these are the last people you'd want to provoke and make angry! Instead: Both sides just see the potential threat presented by these powerful individuals and try to blow them up with missiles. After just seeing one of the mutants lift a submarine with his power!
Moira is fighting against Erik, a guy who she knows can control metal with his mind. You'd Expect: That she wouldn't fire a gun at him, given that guns shoot metal bullets. Hell, with the power Erik possesses, he could probably shoot them back at her! Instead: He deflects the bullets easily, and one of them hits a bystander. Even Worse: Even after Moira sees him deflect the first bullet, she keeps shooting, accomplishing fuck-all.
Charles Xavier knows everything about Erik Lehnsherr, having read his mind and spoken to him numerous times about the future of mutants and humankind. Erik, being a Holocaust survivor, constantly voiced the view that humans and mutants could not coexist, and that the U.S. government would eventually treat the mutants like the Nazis treated Jews. Then the U.S. and Russian battleships attempt to indiscriminately destroy the mutants with missiles, which Erik catches with his powers and sends back. You'd Think: Charles would remember Erik's views on mutant and humankind, especially his past as a persecuted minority, and try to phrase his arguments for not declaring war on humanity to the effect of a.) they were outnumbered and vulnerable and b.) Erik was becoming just like his former enemies in his extremism. Instead: he says, "They were Just Following Orders." To a Holocaust survivor. Who is now a member of yet another persecuted and threatened minority.