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2013's Biggest WTF Moments In Movies
The cinematic moments this year for which there's no reasonable explanation

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THE URSA

The Ursa, After Earth

Film: After Earth

What happens? It’s an alien beast that hunts humans by literally sensing their fear. But how? When Kitai (Jaden Smith) overcomes his fear, he instantly becomes invisible to the beast, despite the fact that he’s been terrified for several days and presumably stinks of terror. While we’re at it, how come everything on Earth has evolved so fast when it’s only been a thousand years? And why are they so vicious to humans when there haven’t been any for a millennium (possibly a Willenium)?

WTF? The ursa really only work as a metaphor and not even remotely as an actual way of hunting people. If the alien civilisation that created them could add the ability to psychically sense fear or whatever, couldn’t they make that an extra sense and not a substitution? How can they know humanity well enough to spot how we get scared and not also spot eyes and ears and useful things like that to work with instead? It doesn’t make any sense on a story level, but as a physical representation of our own weaknesses, it’s a good bit stronger.

The lesson: Emphasise the “sub” in “sub-text” and make sure it all works on the upper level too.

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21 Not very WTF at all...
I seriously think whoever rights these articles for you isn't a comic book fan, or indeed, doesn't watch the movies very closely. The credit sting in Thor TDW.... Firstly, the canister does not contain the Aether. If you know what Gardians of the Galaxy is about and who they are facing, the whole Collector thing makes perfect sense. I don't want to give away any spoilers to people who don't know the comics, but all this is tied together very easily by a single plot point. I'd think that the bigger WTF moment from the movie would be from the previous 'Odin' scene towards the end. That's made far more people wonder WTF and where are they going with it then the credit sting. Okay... The whole W.H.O Doctor thing with Capadli isn't wtf in the slightest. Its just a massive coincidence. You have to remember he would have been cast in the role at least a year before the film was finished, so it was a long time before we even knew Matt Smith would be leaving at they'd have to find a More

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