Sci-fi movies tend to create some of the most ridiculous worlds and scenarios imaginable, but that’s what we love about them. We get to see things that perhaps have some basis in a potential future someday, and stir our imaginations greatly, but are far beyond our current grasp. Unfortunately, since it is science fiction and most writers are more concerned with telling an interesting story, scientific accuracy and other real world concerns often get thrown entirely out the window. While most of your favorite sci-fi flicks have a happy ending, in reality many of these happy endings would have been anything but.
10. After The Battle Of Endor, The Ewoks Would Likely Have Had Little Time Left
This is something that is actually quite controversial among Star Wars fans, and in order to satisfy them, has had weird explanations written about it in the Expanded Universe in order to stop people from worrying about all the cute little Ewoks dying out. This controversy started with an astrophysicist named Curtis Saxton, who wrote technical stuff for Star Wars and ruined a lot of fans’ days by pointing out where a lot of things were closer to fantasy than sci-fi. He pointed out that there is no sound in space, no fire in the vacuum of space, and also that most of the Ewoks would have perished after the events on Endor in Return of the Jedi due to a horrible death raining down on them from above.
While scientifically this is completely accurate, the Star Wars lore master Pablo Hidalgo, also known as the keeper of the holocron (he must get all the ladies), explained that while scientifically Endor should have gone through a cataclysm, sometimes you can throw out physics when you are making a movie and want a happy ending. In other words, his explanation is “*shrug* Movies!” For those fans who are particularly worried, though, he explained that when the Death Star was destroyed, it lost its hyperdrive regulator, and most of the debris was sucked into a wormhole and spread all over the galaxy — the remaining debris was carefully swept up by Rebellion tractor beams, in order to avoid any harm being caused to their new furry friends.
9. At The End Of The Day After Tomorrow, The Survivors Have Very Little Chance
The Day After Tomorrow is a Roland Emmerich apocalypse film in his usual vein, where pretty much everything is destroyed, and the destruction happens on a truly grand scale. His movies tend to stir the imagination and make us think about what we might be forced to do if a truly large scale disaster were to ever rock the entire globe. However, Emmerich’s movies also tend to be absurdly unrealistic, and that is more true than ever when it comes to The Day After Tomorrow.
In this movie, Dennis Quaid discovers that the Earth is soon going to go through a new Ice Age, and that we may only have a short year or so left — a timeframe that is already pretty unrealistic. To make matters even more insane, it quickly turns out that we actually only have days left. The world soon watches as everything falls apart and the weather systems become so vicious and nonsensical that we start seeing hurricanes form over dry land. However, the most insane part of the movie is the entire ending.
Near the end, despite a cold snap that is so deadly helicopters are freezing in midair, Quaid manages to trek to New York, one of the coldest places in this new environment — when the storm is at its worst — to go rescue his son, who somehow survived. After going through incredibly dangerous weather and somehow making it, he not only finds his son, but a helicopter magically arrives and takes them all the way to Mexico. The most logical conclusion is that the happy ending is the fevered dream of Quaid as he dies in the storm, desperately and foolishly trying to make it to New York primarily on foot.
8. Independence Day: Resurgence, The Earth’s Stability Is Permanently Damaged
Independence Day: Resurgence is a movie that didn’t quite get the kind of attention and hype that the first one managed to garner. Most likely, this was due to Will Smith not being available for (or willing to do) the project. While Smith maintains his reason for not being around was having other projects he wanted to do more, some people believe he deliberately turned it down because he was afraid he would overshadow his co-stars and force most of the budget of the movie to be spent on himself. While this decision may have actually made it easier to make another ensemble movie like the first one, it wasn’t without its major problems.
Near the beginning of the movie, a gigantic alien spaceship that is so large it seems to have its own gravity burns through the Earth’s atmosphere, destroying countless buildings and vegetation, and takes up camp in the ocean. It then starts using a laser to drill down toward the center of our planet, so it can take the core and use it as fuel. The heroes manage to stop them just in time, as they were about to strip off the last bit of Earth between them and the core. In the end, no one even talks about this at all and just acts as if it is resolved, but in the real world it wouldn’t be resolved at all. While it is hard to be sure of the science as no one has ever drilled down that far, it beggars belief that the Earth would not be catastrophically, if not irreparably, damaged if a giant laser managed to penetrate that close to our core.
7. The Humans In Wall-E Are Clearly Not Ready To Return To Earth Or Be Functioning People
In Wall-E, the humans are living on a space station because the Earth is no longer properly inhabitable. Wall-E is trying to bring them a flower to prove the Earth is growing vegetation again and it is time to bring the humans back, but the artificial intelligence of the space station, known as AUTO, is not having it. It does everything it can to hide that Earth has things growing on it again, and tries as hard as it can to stop Wall-E and the humans. However, the truth is AUTO may have been more right than the movie would lead you to believe.
The humans have become incredibly fat, and even in reduced gravity in space, they need scooters to get around. Computers do almost everything for them — they are slothful beyond all imagine. To make matters worse, the Earth is only starting to recover again; it’s not like it’s full of lush vegetation. These humans are going to have an incredible time trying to adjust back to Earth life again after being so fat and lazy for so long. The truth is that they probably would have been better served waiting for the Earth to recover more first, and slowly preparing subsequent generations for the more manual labor lifestyle they would soon need to adjust to.
6. Children Of Men: Humanity Is Probably Still Doomed
Children of Men is a grim sci-fi dystopia where the world is falling apart at the seams, largely due to the fact that children simply aren’t being born anymore. Women would have miscarriages left and right when the crisis began, and soon the sound of children playing on the playground stopped — leaving everyone very worried. The plot follows a man who is trying to bring a pregnant woman to safety; someone who the movie treats as the last, best hope for mankind.
However, the problem is that one woman managing to give birth and being fertile hardly fixes anything. If the vast majority of women are miscarrying like crazy, one woman won’t make a huge difference when it comes to keeping humanity going. Even if she were magically fertile, that means the survivors would likely force her to keep getting pregnant nonstop, in the hopes it would keep humanity going, while asking her to make love with different men to improve genetic diversity. But what if her children aren’t fertile? We are still back at square one, and we are still trying to keep the Earth’s population up with literally only one woman who can carry children. At the end of the movie, the chances for humanity’s survival are still extremely grim.
5. Minority Report: Lots Of Very Upset Would-Be Murderers, Or Unstable People, Are Loose
Minority Report is a Tom Cruise sci-fi action flick set in a future where special psychics lie in weird floating tank things, and predict crimes before they actually happen. This pre-crime unit that Tom Cruise works in allows them to keep criminals off the street before they can actually become criminals. However, Cruise soon learns that there is something wrong with the entire system when it predicts he will commit murder, and he soon goes on a quest to get to the bottom of everything.
At the end of Minority Report, it is proven that the psychics can only see possible futures, and cannot predict with certainty who is going to do what. This puts a huge kink in the whole “predicted murder” thing and suddenly a veritable army of formerly convicted people are out on the streets, free to do whatever they want. Now, all of them were technically innocent, but many of them literally were stopped just short of actually killing someone. And some of them almost certainly were going to be killers.
If that weren’t bad enough, many of them are probably now very angry and holding quite a bit of a grudge against the world in general for wrongfully imprisoning them for so long. Unfortunately, that huge prisoner release may soon be followed by a massive violent crime wave — a very real one this time. Of course, if you thought that was depressing, some fans are convinced that the happy ending was all just a dream, and that everything after Cruise goes into the weird coma prison tube thing is just him imagining things. And yes, “weird coma prison tube thing” is, in fact, the technical term.
4. After Jurassic World, Zach And Gray (Probably) Both Have PTSD, And Their Parents Will Likely Still Split
In Jurassic World, we mostly follow two story arcs: the arc following Christ Pratt’s character and the female CEO of the park, Claire (played by Bryce Dallas Howard), and the arc following Claire’s two young nephews, Zach and Gray. These two boys are here on a fun vacation and supposed to spend time with their aunt, but soon end up spending time with each other via a chaperone, quickly showing the dysfunctionality of their family unit. Later on in the plot, Gray reveals that his parents hired divorce lawyers, and his older brother tries to cheer him up. This entire part of the story is not really talked about again, and seems like it was left without any real resolution.
At the end of the movie, we don’t have any reason to believe that Gray and Zach’s parents have changed their minds in any significant way. Gray and Zach went through a bonding adventure and became closer to each other and to their aunt, but their parents are no closer than they were before. On top of that, both kids witnessed people eaten by ravenous dinosaurs, were nearly devoured themselves, and only barely made it out with their lives intact. Both boys are likely to have serious PTSD, and still will have to deal with the fact that their parents are soon going to be divorced.
3. Inception: Even If Cobb Is Not Stuck In A Dream, His Life Is Still A Total Mess
Inception is one of the most well known and memeable sci-fi movies from the last decade or so. Nearly everyone watched it, and we were all fascinated by the idea of sneaking into someone’s dreams to steal their secrets, as well as the crazy way they fought their way through dreams within dreams. The setting was entirely original and gave us a new world of sci-fi and fantasy most of us never imagined. However, while the movie was incredibly fascinating and intriguing, it also left us with a less than satisfying ending. The truth is that Cobb is hardly in much better of a position than he was before the movie started.
When Cobb finally goes home, he is told that his rich Japanese benefactor will get him through Customs; however, going through Customs doesn’t mean he has any kind of blanket pardon. He may still have some questions to answer, or have to sneak around. Not only that, but he may still have Cobol on his back, if they can ever find where he went, which means he will likely have to pull his children out of school and upend their lives in order to evade the law. Even if his wife’s death was lowkey enough that he wasn’t on the news for it, and his employer really did get him a full pardon, he is still incredibly psychologically damaged, and trying to take care of children that hardly know him. On top of that, he essentially has to retire from the only job he ever really knew, so there is also the question of what Cobb will do for work. For his part, Christopher Nolan deliberately left all of this vague because he wanted you to decide the ending yourself.
2. The Avengers: No One In The United States Would Ever Trust Their Government Again
At the end of The Avengers, Loki uses the Tesseract to open up a portal that brings in the Chitauri army, hell bent on conquering earth and taking it entirely for their own species. They are brought in right over New York, and start smashing into office buildings and wantonly killing civilians, presumably for fun. Now, because it is an action movie meant for fun, we won’t go too far into wondering why Loki didn’t attack military installations or somewhere like Washington DC if he wanted to take out civilians, but there are some important questions to answer here.
The biggest issue is that the powers that be in the government made a decision to completely give up on New York and just nuke the entire thing.This is an absurd decision, as there is still a portal open and we do not have the intelligence as to whether there could be many more still pouring out of that portal. (Did they learn nothing from Independence Day?) The government chooses to wipe out millions of civilian lives in the hope that it would contain a threat — with no guarantee. The sad aftereffect of this is that no American citizen would ever trust the government again; in real life it may have even created unrest or animosity, and possibly a huge change in our current government makeup. To play so fast and loose with the lives of millions of civilians, and make such a stupid snap judgment, is something that would reverberate throughout the globe for the rest of history, even after Iron Man’s incredible last second save.
1. 2012: The Remaining Members Of Society Are Some Of The Most Useless
In the movie 2012, we are treated to an incredibly cartoony and insane spectacle wherein the entire Earth is pretty much upended. The Mayan predictions come true and it turns out some kind of magnetic force from the sun is going to shift the Earth’s poles, realign everything, and kill billions of people. The elite of the globe figure this out ahead of time, and secretly hide it from the masses. They create huge Arks — special ships that can survive the coming apocalypse and repopulate the globe. They try to get huge swathes of art and knowledge to bring onboard, but when it comes to people, tickets are only known of and available for purchase to the most wealthy people imaginable.
This, along with a few random people who manage to be close to the Arks as they are closing, make it onboard and survive the coming apocalypse. Now, the Earth is faced with the need to repopulate all the lost people, but they are in a bit of a bind. There is going to be a lot of hard, hands-on work to do in order to rebuild humanity and the Earth, but those are not the kind of people onboard (kind of like the situation in Wall-E). Most of the people on the Arks are incredibly wealthy people who never worked a day in their lives, dealt mostly with top level administrating, and never had to do any tough manual labor. To make matters worse, the remainder of Earth’s population are some of the most arrogant people alive, who all think they should be in charge. Unfortunately, it looks like the leaders in 2012 didn’t think things through very well, and may find it difficult to properly rebuild humanity. Perhaps if they had thought things through they would have brought a few more tradesmen on board.