Predator (1987 film) Plot Holes/Plot Contrivances

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Predator (1987 film) Plot Holes/Plot Contrivances

JMix
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Major Plot Hole

When Anna and Dutch are the only two humans left, Duke tells her to "Get to the chopper" which means that she should head to the planned extraction site. Since she is a prisoner and he doesn't give her a map or any coordinates or directions, how does she know where this is?

Major Plot Hole

Dutch is less than 1/4 of a mile from the Predator when it detonates its failsafe bomb. Even if this was a conventional and not a nuclear explosion, the blastwave alone should have seriously injured or killed him (it sent out shockwaves strong enough to rattle a helicopter flying several miles away)

Minor Plot Hole

It appears that Dutch and his men have killed all of guerrillas in the area. They then leave the the guerrilla camp site stating that they are still worried additional guerrillas being in the jungle. This worry apparently gets thrown out of the window when the Predator attacks the group and the thought of additional guerrillas is apparently, completely forgotten.

Minor Plot Hole

The guerrillas have a truck which they are using for electrical power, several jeeps and a helicopter. The jeeps and the truck indicate that there is a road into the guerrilla camp. Why wasn't the extraction point at the guerrilla base itself? Or why didn't Dutch and his team simply drive out of the camp in the jeeps that the guerrillas no longer needed?

Minor Plot Hole

Tobacco use is forbidden on special operations missions as it can be detected from hundreds of yards away or give away a team's trail. Jesse Ventura's Blain however, consistently spits and chews tobacco the length of his run in the film.

Plot Contrivance

Dutch and his men are shown to be members of the US military. As such, they have to follow orders or they risk being prosecuted. There simply was no reason for Dillion not to tell Dutch the truth about the mission as there's no way that Dutch could have turned it down if he was ordered to undertake it.

Plot Contrivance

The idea of "uniforms" is that everybody wears the same things (hence the name). None of Duke's team are wearing matching uniforms and Dillion is dressed as a civilian.

Plot Contrivance

Attacking at night is almost an SOP (standard operating procedure) with special forces as it ensures that at least a portion of your opposition will be asleep and you have the advantage of darkness. Yet Duke's "highly trained team" attacks a camp of heavily armed men in broad daylight.

Plot Contrivance

A helicopter mini-gun weighs at minimum,several hundred pounds. It would be awkward to carry and it could not be fired with any measure of accuracy by a standing human being without the recoil knocking that person over. It also requires an electrical system to fire and no such system is shown,either on the gun or with the men who are firing it.

Revealing Mistake

The "jungle" appears remarkably clear when Dutch's team is walking through it. And multiple plants appear to be still pots …apparently waiting to be planted…in the jungle.
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