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While we don't expect our bad guys to be infallible geniuses, we at least expect them to not be actively tripping all over themselves like Super Dave Osborne.
Every movie villain seems like they have it pretty together. Well, almost ...
At their best, these movies are about extraordinary situations that require extraordinary men. At their worst, these plots were kicked into gear by people who sucked at their jobs.
It's pretty much a prerequisite in Hollywood that your movie has to have a happy ending. But all bets are off after the credits are done rolling.
There are some admittedly cool future advances presented to us by sci-fi movies that we hope never come to pass.
People tend to be incompetent in movies -- that's how our heroes are able to make so many daring escapes. However, some plotlines are dependent on downright boneheaded incompetence.
We've seen movies about aliens doing it with human women, 100-year-old vampires dating high school teens and Woody Allen hooking up with young starlets, among other unlikely atrocities. And yet, somehow, the writers always find new ways to top themselves.
There's no easier way to make a movie character likeable than by having him heroically sacrifice his own life. Of course, sometimes 'heroically' means 'stupidly.'
In a lot of cases, the bad guy is just an excuse for the hero to do stuff, and so the writers are forced to come up with some flimsy explanation for why this particular guy has chosen to do things that are bad ... even when there are much better and easier ways to accomplish what he wants.
Danny's motive makes more sense than the Overlook Hotel's, which boils down to 'we're bored, let's screw with this guy to pass the time.'