A couple of physicists have gotten an article published, discussing the fact that movies get the science wrong.
Ars Technica gives us a list of some of the worst offenders.
So, yeah, turns out that Superman probably couldn’t have reversed time.
Ars Technica points out that grad students work for peanuts, so these movies could have easily hired one to help them learn the science. But that’s not really the point.
The makers of Speed know damn well that the bus couldn’t jump across that big gap in the bridge. The reason they know is that they MADE it jump across, using lots and lots of extra (and hidden) help. Either that, or they faked it in some other way, but again, they faked it because they knew they couldn’t do it. They know better than anyone that it couldn’t have happened the way they showed it.
So it’s not that they don’t know. It’s that they don’t care. And they don’t think the viewing public cares, and usually they’re right. It’s not Hollywood’s fault if the public is scientifically illiterate and apathetic about science.
Rather, Hollywood can get away with making movies that way because the public is ignorant and apathetic. [Not that ars or the scientists say that Hollywood makes the public that way. They’re just saying that Hollywood is aggravating an already bad situation.]
I do get annoyed when the science is all wrong, so I understand these guys getting annoyed, too. It’s just that I blame the public more than the pandering entertainers who feed them what they want.
Still, it’s funny how some things are ok. I don’t mind that Superman can fly, for example, but the reverse time thing just doesn’t make sense. I hated the reverse-time thing in Superman just as much as any other red-blooded American, but the science was only part of it. I hated it because of the lazy writing. I hate it whenever movies make the situation completely impossible, then give us an impossible fix.
In one of those Lethal Weapons, they shot Riggs about 50,000 times at the end, but then had him live. Either don’t shoot him that much, or kill him. That’s all I ask.
And lastly, ars points out that every space movie (outside of 2001) has us hearing sounds in space, which we shouldn’t be able to do. I remember thinking about that way back in Star Wars days. But I’d like to point out that Serenity doesn’t do that, so go see it.