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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Top 10 Scientifically Inaccurate Movies

NOTE: I found this article at Yahoo Movies. It reminded me of a debate in the public domain involving Hollywood and Bob Dole, back in the day. It was argued that Hollywood has been espousing anti-family values and condoning liberal agendas that is detrimental to humanity.

Now, it seems Hollywood is also responsible for more than espousing negative values. They also potrays misleading scientific information as well. Be glad to hear your comments on this article.

Here is the beginning of my post.


(Start)

If movies were completely scientifically accurate, they'd probably be as interesting as a Physics 101 lecture. In real life, there are no explosions in space, gas usually doesn't explode from a lit cigarette, and Bruce Willis/Jackie Chan/Will Smith would most likely be in a coma after getting kicked in the head. Some movies, though, put science front and center in the story and more often than not the science proves to be head-slappingly bad. Here are some of the worst offenders.

1.0 Armageddon
We could put together a long list of all the things wrong with Michael Bay's feel-good ode to global destruction, but NASA has already and they counted at least 168 mistakes. But perhaps the biggest problem is that the plot itself -- splitting a Texas-sized rock in two with a single nuke -- has a Texas-sized hole in it. We don't have a nuclear bomb anywhere near powerful enough to do the job. As strange as it might seem, this is a case of a Michael Bay movie not having a big enough explosion.

2.0 Independence Day
That mammoth mothership hovering over the earth in geostationary orbit would be doing more than just freaking out the world's population. Because of its close proximity and mass -- 1/4th that of the moon, according to the film -- the flying saucer's gravitational pull would cause massive tidal waves, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. The aliens wouldn't even have to roll out their anti-matter ray to blow up the White House -- it would already be underwater.

3.0 Starship Troopers
Could a band of cave-dwelling, preverbal giant insects really have the sophisticated mathematics and technology to hurl a rock millions of miles through space to crash into Earth? Plus, 70% of the planet's surface is covered in water, so they only had a 3 out of 10 chance at even hitting solid ground, let alone a major city like Buenos Aires.

4.0 The Core
In the movie, the Earth's inner core -- a nickel-iron mass about 1500 miles in diameter -- stops rotating, causing the planet's magnetic field to collapse and microwave radiation from space to blast through the atmosphere. But microwaves aren't affected by magnetism, and the radiation that comes from space is too weak to damage anything here. What's more, if the core did stop rotating for whatever reason, we'd have more to worry about than that. The energy stored in the core would have to go somewhere, and the effect on the planet would be equivalent to five trillion nuclear bombs going off at once.

5.0 The Matrix
Much in the way of physics in the Matrix -- like dodging bullets and running up walls -- gets a pass because it's all within a massive virtual world. But in reality, our supposed robot overlords are a bit dim. Humans are a remarkably inefficient energy source. Instead of turning the human race into Duracells, the machines would probably get more energy just setting those goopy people pods on fire.

6.0 Jurassic Park
Having a wildlife park full of dinosaurs would be a really cool idea if it weren't for a few problems. No, not imperfect security or the possibility of spontaneous lizard sex changes. The problem is that it would be almost impossible to clone the dinosaurs based on DNA pulled from the guts of a 25 million-year-old mosquito. The dinosaur DNA's double helix most certainly would have been broken down into individual chunks, mixing together with whatever else the mosquitoes might have eaten along with some of the insect's own genetic material. Any creature constructed from that mess might be the stuff of nightmares, but probably wouldn't look like a T. Rex\

7.0 Total Recall
The red planet's gravitational pull is roughly 1/3rd that of the Earth's. So if, for example, an Austrian bodybuilder were to visit Mars, he would be bounding across the room like Michael Jordan. Another problem: when exposed to the thin atmosphere of Mars, like bad guy Cohaagen at the end of the movie, you would likely suffer from a raging case of the bends and you would asphyxiate -- both of which are plenty lethal -- but your head wouldn't bulge out and explode like an overused stress toy.

8.0 Outbreak
A monkey threatens a small town with a virus that kills everybody in less time than your average DMV visit, and only Dustin Hoffman can stop it. The trouble with a disease that virulent is it kills the host too fast to spread. Otherwise, we would be dead from the Ebola virus. Also, it generally takes longer to make a cure from monkey serum than it does to make a latte. Dustin Hoffman does look great in a hazmat suit, though.

Photo by Warner Brothers, Everett CollectionOutbreak
A monkey threatens a small town with a virus that kills everybody in less time than your average DMV visit, and only Dustin Hoffman can stop it. The trouble with a disease that virulent is it kills the host too fast to spread. Otherwise, we would be dead from the Ebola virus. Also, it generally takes longer to make a cure from monkey serum than it does to make a latte. Dustin Hoffman does look great in a hazmat suit, though.

9.0 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Indiana Jones has survived a lot of improbable adventures, be it fleeing ancient spherical boulders or fighting off cult members while dangling off a rope bridge. But few scrapes have tested the bounds of believability more than Indy's escape from a nuclear bomb blast thanks to a lead-lined fridge. The problem is that, even if he didn't get flattened, horribly burned or suffocated (kids, don't hide in refrigerators), Indy almost certainly would have gotten a lethal dose of radiation from the fallout. And that's a lot scarier than snakes.Photo by Paramount PicturesIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Indiana Jones has survived a lot of improbable adventures, be it fleeing ancient spherical boulders or fighting off cult members while dangling off a rope bridge. But few scrapes have tested the bounds of believability more than Indy's escape from a nuclear bomb blast thanks to a lead-lined fridge. The problem is that, even if he didn't get flattened, horribly burned or suffocated (kids, don't hide in refrigerators), Indy almost certainly would have gotten a lethal dose of radiation from the fallout. And that's a lot scarier than snakes.

Photo by Touchstone Pictures, Everett CollectionArmageddon
We could put together a long list of all the things wrong with Michael Bay's feel-good ode to global destruction, but NASA has already and they counted at least 168 mistakes. But perhaps the biggest problem is that the plot itself -- splitting a Texas-sized rock in two with a single nuke -- has a Texas-sized hole in it. We don't have a nuclear bomb anywhere near powerful enough to do the job. As strange as it might seem, this is a case of a Michael Bay movie not having a big enough explosion.

Photo by 20th Century Fox/Kobal, WireImageIndependence Day
That mammoth mothership hovering over the earth in geostationary orbit would be doing more than just freaking out the world's population. Because of its close proximity and mass -- 1/4th that of the moon, according to the film -- the flying saucer's gravitational pull would cause massive tidal waves, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. The aliens wouldn't even have to roll out their anti-matter ray to blow up the White House -- it would already be underwater.

Photo by Stephen Vaughn/Kobal, WireImageStarship Troopers
Could a band of cave-dwelling, preverbal giant insects really have the sophisticated mathematics and technology to hurl a rock millions of miles through space to crash into Earth? Plus, 70% of the planet's surface is covered in water, so they only had a 3 out of 10 chance at even hitting solid ground, let alone a major city like Buenos Aires.

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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

My Friend(s),

Things are not as they seem to be. Much of our education is malarkey.

Hollywood is one major propaganda agent to control our perception of things.

The movies mentioned have their merit and demerit, but by and large,only films that conform to certain agenda will get released for mass consumption.

The Matrix 1 movie, as far as I'm concerned, may have more to offer us in terms of how we are actually participating in a holograhic universe. This world is a holographic illusion. A hologram.

Doesn't the Quran always say the life of this world is simply an illusion?

Salam.

Anonymous said...

comon man,

leave religion out of entertainment for once.

it wont be entertaining anymore if u dont allow any room for that.

give us a break will ya?

talibans, fundamentalism, suicide bombs, virgins to bed after that. chill a bit will ya?

sheesh

Anonymous said...

This is part of the dumbing down of the human race, the degenerating of the human race.

Don't want to, can't think of anything but entertainment, or what passes for it; the killing and maiming of people, demonizing and making fun of people who wear turbans or dress differently, bedding virgins and cowboys alike....

Anything from the stomach and below is cool. Can't handle anything higher, sorry. Sad, but true, the lot of the common lot.

Yep, chill out bro.

Anonymous said...

But this is truly incredible n true until today!

Watch this one-min movie clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFxO7DWqghM

jeremy said...

any one can help find this song names? i find almost ten years still failed to found. i only know the some liric and female artist and it is around 1997 or 2000++ years.
the liric sound like this..
" i feel the same.....want you my mind, i feel the same.. whats bout you.. i feel the same..." i'm sorry i only know this...
the music is like slow techno, very nice to listen... im

agnos said...

hollywood is not the main culprit in twisting facts to make entertainment lively... we have our fair share in msia...

reading the msm will give us good entertainment since most msm only talk about robberies, rape and shootout without any follow up on the police investigation report.

listening to our supposed leaders is also good entertainment. For e.g. Fact - the whole world is talking about and preparing for economic downturn. Entertainment - our Finance Minister 1 say Msia is insulated, have strong fundamentals, change lifestyle and not to worry blah blah blah.

what hollywood people know is that the people who watch their movie is mature and informed enuf to differentiate facts from fiction.

what our so call leaders dont know is msians are globalised and educated enuf to see thru their incompetence in ruling the country.

Cucu Tok Selampit said...

Are you okay my dear friend? Your topic this time seem to be odd and out of ordinary.

donplaypuks® said...

Hollywood & Bollywood movies are all about entertainment, suspension of belief, impossible romance, mind-bending science, blood-curling horror and laughs, thrills and spills.

If you want badly written scripts and 100% illogical mumbo-jumbo fairy0tales authored by self-proclaimed divine interventionists, go read a Holy Book!!

At least, I don't have to try and prove to my kids that the movies are not real. They are much smarter than that!!

http://donplaypuks.blogspot.com

Serious Shepherd said...

Salam Ya Tulang Besi,

Finally a post that puts a relief to everybody's mind when reading it rather than the need to digest heavy stuff like syariah law, PAS' internal issues, deceptive UMNO politics and so on.

We have heard about the Laws of Physics. Maybe the Laws of Hollywood Movies plus corollaries where possible, would help summarizing the scientific inaccuracies.

zen non said...

Matrix 1 is my all time favorite movie..
Please la..the hollywood makes the movie, and I just want to enjoy it. Can I?
I seek forgiveness from Allah for I have sins.

Anonymous said...

"Uniformity of Opinion - The Cinema

But perhaps the most important of all the modern agents of propaganda is the cinema. Where the cinema is concerned, the technical reasons for large-scale organizations leading to almost world-wide uniformity are over-whelming. The costs of a good production are colossal, but are no less if it is exhibited seldom than if it is exhibited often and everywhere. The Germans and the Russians have their own productions, and those of the Russians are, of course, an important part of the Soviet Government's propaganda.

In the rest of the civilized world the products of Hollywood preponderate. The great majority of young people in almost all civilized countries derive their ideas of love, of honour, of the way to make money, and of the importance of good clothes, from the evenings spent in seeing what Hollywood thinks good for them.

I doubt whether all the schools and churches combined have as much influence as the cinema upon the opinions of the young in regard to such intimate matters as love and marriage and money-making.

The producers of Hollywood are the high-priests of a new religion."


Hollywood as propaganda discussed in Bertrand Russell’s 1931 book The Scientific Outlook.


It has, indeed, come a very long way since 1931. So all is well, proceeding as planned ;-)

Anonymous said...

Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

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