Most movies are not ambiguous narratives but instead easily understood with their comprehensible chronology. However, not all movies are created equal and whether it be through alternative dimensions, time travel mishaps or just lazy storytelling, there are still plenty of films that leave audiences bewildered by the start of the closing credits. Here are 10 Famous Movie Timelines that Make No Sense.
The Fast and the Furious franchise
The Fast and Furious began as a fun action flick with likable characters and awesome car racing scenes. It has since become one of the most popular franchises around thanks to its increasingly ridiculous stunts and endearing cast of characters with driving skills and close familial bonds. The timeline seemed simple enough until Han showed up in the fourth film, Fast and Furious, even though he died in the third film, Tokyo Drift. Tokyo Drift initially feels like a standalone film as it does not feature Paul Walker’s Brian but instead a teenager named Sean. However, Vin Diesel's Dom shows up in the third film to tell Sean that Han used to hang with his crew. This is news to viewers as Han did not appear in the first film. It is not until a few films later that audiences are given enough information to figure out that Tokyo Drift takes place between Fast & Furious 6 and Fast 7. The chronology makes even less sense considering the characters in Tokyo Drift use flip phones after the characters in the sixth film carry around smartphones. It is an unnecessary skew on the Fast and Furious timeline but is easily forgiven by audiences.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
The first Hot Tub Time Machine has plenty of flaws with its time travelling logic. In the film, four guys accidentally go back in time to a weekend ski trip in 1986. While three of them look like their younger self to everyone else, Jacob played by Clark Duke walks around looking like his current self because he was not alive yet. That alone makes little sense in the time travelling rules, but let us take a look at the much more nonsensical timeline in the sequel. The film opens to show Nick, played by Craig Robinson as a famous music producer and performer who in their version of the present has released famous songs such as “Smells like Teen Spirit” and “Mmmbop”. While amusing, this would be impossible as Rob Corddry’s Lou is the only one who stayed in the past at the end of the first film thus making it impossible to steal and release other musician’s song as his own. The rest of the plot gets even sillier when Lou is shot and jumps in the hot tub to go back in time and catch the shooter. Only he ends up going into the future to find the killer. This shouldn’t make a difference since the shooting has already happened and is not being prevented. Things get worse when they return to the present and see that it was their future actions that caused the shooting in the first place. None of it makes any sense but neither did making a sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine.
Horror films are not always required to make the most logical sense, but they also rarely stray too far from a basic premise. For a frightening home invasion flick, The Purge is rather audacious in its plot. The 2013 film sets the events of movie nine years into the future. In those nine years, America has enacted a yearly purge that allows law abiding citizens to commit any crime without consequence. Murder seems to be the primary desire for the general public and since enacting the new purge law, the unemployment and crime rate have dropped significantly. The timeline does not make sense for The Purge in relation to how quickly everything changed in nine years. How did America adapt so easily and quickly to the rules and tradition of The Purge? Furthermore, how did citizens become accustomed to cold blooded murder in such a short time? Even worse is that in Purge: Election Year, the main character’s family is killed in a purge that takes place in 2010. The Purge may be an entertaining and chilling film but without setting the events of the purge into the much more distant future, the believability and justification for the timeline in unlikely.