I have had many conversations with RobinEggBlue about this, but it comes up again today. It’s a mystery to me how some people just can not accept things that are outside of explanation or worse, directly opposed to The Way Things Are(tm). Several crucial scenes of The Incredible Hulk were filmed where I work, and there is a whole contingent of people who are upset that the science in the movie was flawed. SO WHAT?! It’s a movie… not only that, it’s a movie based on a comic book, not exactly known for being an accurate representation of real life.
There’s a website, Intuitor Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics, devoted to pointing out the flawed physics behind the special effects in movies.
Artistic license, fantasy, and dramatic elements seem to be foreign concepts. Seriously, if movies depicted real life, real physical laws, realistic situations, and conformed to the laws of science, would anyone want to watch them? Why would you? I can go outside and wait long enough, and I’ll see some moron fall down and hurt himself. Hang out in some sections of town and you’ll get to see exactly what a bullet will do a person, or a glass window. Movies are about escaping real life and real situations and yes, even real science.
Call me cynical, but if someone watching a movie believes that they can jump off a four story building, roll onto the ground without injury and still be able to fire unlimited bullets at the bad guy chasing them, then LET THEM! Natural Selection in action. Give them a Darwin Awardand be done with it.
Learn the phrase “Only in Movies.”