Titanic's biggest 'plot hole' definitively solved by TikTok video

Susannah Alexander
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

From Digital Spy

Titanic is filled with iconic scenes but the one that has caused the most debate over the years is Jack's tragic death.

Towards the end of James Cameron's 1997 epic, after the ship has sunk, Jack helps Rose onto a floating door which allows her to survive, while poor Jack freezes to death in the ocean while holding Rose's hands.

It may have been over 20 years since the movie was released but to this day people still question why Jack couldn't have got onto the door with Rose – after all, it definitely looks big enough to take two people.

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

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The issue has been addressed by everyone from Leonardo DiCaprio, who played Jack, to Cal actor Billy Zane, to director James Cameron himself but none of them really answered that fundamental question of just why Jack couldn't get onto that door.

But an answer has finally arrived in the unlikely form of a TikTok video, as a user called mrsmedeiros posted a video in which she explains once and for all why Jack couldn't have survived that way.

Acting out the famous scene she claims as 'Jack' that he will be fine because he plans to climb onto the door, but 'Rose' shuts him down with a bit of good old science, saying that "It's not about the size, it's about the buoyancy".

She then gets out a lasagne dish filled with water and shows that plenty of rocks could fit onto a sponge but if you try to place the rock-topped sponge onto the water it sinks. She demonstrates the concept again with a ruler, showing that she can fit 4 glasses onto it but that the entire thing will sink if placed on water.

So yes, Jack had the space to get onto the door alongside Rose but it probably would have sunk under their combined weight, most likely resulting in both of their deaths. There's no denying that science – even if 'Jack' does declare that he's getting on anyway in the TikTok version.

The clip has now attracted over 55,000 views, with mrsmedeiros calling herself the "CEO of buoyancy".

James Cameron revealed last year exactly why he cast Leo in his famous Titanic role, saying that sex appeal had a very big role to play.

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