No movie is perfect, which inherently means that the plot isn’t perfect. This also means that not every choice made by a character is perfect. Many movie critics and analysts have a problem with that, and they shouldn’t.
For a brief moment in my life I wanted to be a movie critic or analyst. By brief I mean 1 week and there’s a story behind it. Don’t worry, it’s a quick story.
I’ve always thought I was good at picking out errors in movies, whether it be plot holes, logical choices that just didn’t add up, or on-screen errors that were missed in editing. So I decided to analyze some movies and dig deeper into the movies I was watching.
It was at this point that I wanted to know just what was so bad about Spiderman 3. I hadn’t seen it since I was much younger and much stupider so I hadn’t gotten a chance to understand what was so bad about it. I Googled it and found a YouTube series called “Everything Wrong With Insert Movie Title Here” and it was about Spidey. So I watched this 7 minute video and found some logical errors and some plot issues where they just crammed the plot full of crap.
Skip forward about a week to when I hopped onto the subreddit for Plotholes to find someone trying to point out a logical error in Lone Survivor. Without spoiling anything, the person was trying to say that the decision the characters made (that ultimately ended up in Mark Walhberg’s character being a Lone Survivor) didn’t make sense and they should have done something different. The first comment said “Dude, it was a real story so it doesn’t matter. They made what they thought was the best decision given their predicament.”
I don’t want to say I had a huge revelation, but to make it easy let’s just go with that. It hit me really quickly that movies don’t necessarily need that perfect logic or plot. Sure, a well put together plot makes for a great movie but every “great” movie has its issues. The Dark Knight is amazing and one scene Batman just leaves the Joker with his party patrons and an unconscious Harvey Dent. No movie is perfect.
So why is this okay? Because it is more on the side of realistic. In Lone Survivor, the characters made a decision. Whether or not it was the correct one is irrelevant. They made the decision. Who wants to see a movie where the characters will always make the right decision no matter what the situation? I’d go out on a limb and say no one because it just wouldn’t be good to watch. Writers are human so they’ll make mistakes. If the character is presented with option A and option B and chooses the “worst” of the two, you can’t call it a plot hole or logical error if they were thinking on their feet. They don’t know the outcomes of their actions nor should they be able to accurately predict them.
So before you hate on a movie due to its supposed “lack of making sense,” think about putting yourself in that position. I’m not saying the flaws of a movie make them perfect, but before you dismiss a movie for some choices that don’t make sense, try and understand that no character is perfect, therefore neither should their choices be.