15 People Sound off on the “Cinema Sins” Filmmakers Should Ask Forgiveness For

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Movie clichés never seem to go away no matter how smart directors and audiences seem.

It’s 2019 for God’s sake, why can’t anyone shoot straight during a gun battle?!

It’s no surprise that avid movie watchers have taken issue with many of these ‘cinema sins.  AskReddit users compiled some of the most annoying ones, and they’re totally on the money.

1. Too dark

“When the movie is literally too dark to see anything. I get they want to create a certain ambience, but when I’m finding it hard to find the character in the scene it’s a bit much.

“I prefer marvel films, because DC films are too dark.”

“Oh, too edgy for you?”

“No. I literally can’t see what the fuck is going on”

2. Eye contact

“Every driving scene that involves talking always has the driver maintaining eye contact with the passenger for more than 10 seconds at a time.

Like who does this in real life? It’s incredibly dangerous.

When I’m talking while driving I ALWAYS keep my eyes on the road.

Looking away for a mere 3 seconds at high speed is enough to crash into something.”

3. Hacker real talk

“Computers aren’t magical devices. Hacking into them isn’t mashing on the keyboard for a few seconds.

And even if you do if you do manage to hack in, you don’t magically become god.

That being said, I love it when movies use nmap (it’s a real tool and is incredibly useful even to non-hackers).”

4. Look at that hair!

“Besides high school students always looking like they are in their 20s, they always have amazing hair.

Even the background extras have beautiful well done hair.

I have been to high schools, it’s all buns, frizz, shag and absence of any product use except for a few and goes for some teachers, too.

Also, where are the kids with mild acne and wrinkled clothes?”

5. Gun smarts

“Movies have a lot of sins regarding guns:

  • infinite ammo: an assault rifle (M4/M16) on full auto with a standard mag will empty in about 3 sec, yet movies shows them firing continuously for minutes
  • tables are not bullet proof
  • car doors are not bullet proof – at all. No special bullets needed, anything will go right through.
  • it is a lot harder to hit your target with a handgun than movies portray
  • silencers are not magic: in reality, a silencer lowers the sound of a gun shot from about 165db to around 130db – the level of a jackhammer.
  • shooting the vast majority of things will not cause them to explode. Pretty much the only thing that will explode when shot is tannerite.

So yeah… do guns better please.”

6. Doesn’t happen that way


“Judy, I love the way you eat your painkillers and Pringles together. I love how you wipe your nose on the sleeve of your shirt and offer it to the dog to lick. And I know we’ve only known each other for a month where I stalked you, stabbed you, and almost killed your ‘supposedly’ evil boyfriend, but I’m in love with you. Irrevocably! I know, you are, too!

Don’t deny yourself of this wonderful, wonderful feeling called ‘love,’ because honey, I love you even when you wear your panties inside out and go to work like its no big deal. Err… What I’m trying to say is that I’m the ONE. I’m the one who’ll enjoy watching you turn scarlet in front of this crowd as I make a big, romantic gesture.”

7. Volume control

“I may be the only one, but I am not a fan of audio in movies and their dynamic range; talking scenes are quiet while scenes with more action are way too loud.

I find myself turning up my TV to hear dialogue then turning it back down so my neighbors don’t complain… it’s like an audio roller coaster. Ie Mad Max Fury Road.”

8. We’re not idiots, okay?

“Treating the audience like we’re idiots.

We don’t need every little details explained to us through asinine dialogue that people would never say in real life or, worse, excessive narration.

Let the story speak for itself through good pacing, world-building and implied details.”

9. Bad camera work

“It’s not a narrative trope but dogs**t camera work with a thousand cuts to make it feel more “epic.”

In ye olden times, martial arts movies had a lot of quick cuts to convey speed- but these were films that lived and died on the beauty of their choreography. More and more Hollywood actions movies emulate that trope, turning action scenes into unwatchable garbage where the camera cuts to a different angle so many times in rapid succession that your brain can’t process what you’re even seeing!

Arguably the nadir of the trend (so far) has been this infamous clip from Taken 3: featuring 15 cuts in six seconds- for a guy jumping a fence!

Yes, the quick cuts communicate speed, but you know what also communicates speed? People moving quickly.”

10. Unrealistic

“Hi, I’m a woman in the 1500s with perfectly curled hair, eyeliner and no body hair.

Hi, I’m a woman fighting in the zombie apocalypse but my pony tail stays perfect and I have no armpit hair despite not showering for months.

I could go on and on.”

11. Crime business

“Scenes where characters go to a crowded dance club to have a conversation about their crime business, but are somehow able to hear each other without shouting and asking to repeat each other.

“WHAT?!” (ooonz oonz ooonz)

“I SAID the DRUGS are coming (oonz oonz) in TOMORROW AT THE (oonz oonz) DOCKS”

“Of course I’m bringing my Glock! But (oonz oonz) where do I meet you to pick up the drugs?!?!?!!”


“Ok, I’ll see you at 3 o’clock!!!!”


“Final fight, bad guy vs good guy.

The first 70% of the fight the good guy is going to get his a** handed to him.

He’s gonna be slow, stand around waiting for the punch to hit him and generally just be a way worse fighter than he was throughout the whole movie so far.

Then suddenly he gets magical strength from somewhere and f**ks up the bad guy.

I so loved Taken when the final mastermind guy just got point blank taken out before he could even finish his first sentence.”

13. Love and war

“Epic battle ensues. Male and female leads re-unite briefly in the middle of the melee.

“We have to put a stop to this! And fast!”

“I know! Too many people are dying! Time is of the essence!”

Turn to leave. One of them reaches to stop the protagonist momentarily to plant a big long kiss on them while people CONTINUE TO DIE ALL AROUND THEM AND ONLY THEY CAN STOP IT!”

14. Look at this spread!

“Whenever a family eats breakfast, there is a MASSIVE, unrealistic spread.

I’m talking like fruit salad for days, stacks upon stacks of delicious pancakes. sausage and bacon, etc…then some emo-nerd will pop down the stairs for 2 seconds, drop some dumbass line like, ‘I’m late, gotta run!’ and grab a lame ass piece of unbuttered toast.”

15. Empty cities

“When movies depict huge cities, even the downtown areas, as being practically deserted after dark. Like, no one at all other than the protagonists. Ever been in Manhattan at 3 a.m.? That place ain’t dark or quiet.

It annoyed me in Fight Club, with the demolition of the skyscrapers at the end. It made it look like the entire city was asleep when the bombs went off, when, realistically, there just had to have been collateral damage, even if they had evacuated the buildings.

Unless they somehow managed to shut down several entire blocks of the city, there would’ve been taxis driving or parked nearby, newspapers getting delivered, drunks and homeless people wandering around, stores and restaurants being stocked for the next day…”

Okay, those are some genuine cinema sins that are actually pretty darn annoying. Good job Reddit!

Do you have anything that you hate?

Let us know in the comments!