11 Movie Moments That Do Not Stand Up to Close Scrutiny


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One interview that always made me laugh was John Bradley, who played Samwell Tarly in HBO’s Game of Thrones. He said a fan questioned why he was still heavy after all the supposed walking they did in the show. “We’ve got fire-breathing dragons, ice zombies, and a woman giving birth to a cloud,” he said. “Why is it me still being fat that you can’t buy?” There will always be something about TV shows where we expect some level of reality between fantasy and fiction. We can understand that a dragon isn’t real, but a human being doing something implausible in a realistic situation leaves us scratching our heads.

1. Melting Golden Gate Bridge

The Core (2003)
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In this 2003 save-the-Earth-from-disaster film, The Core, a scene depicting the melting of the Golden Gate Bridge includes an unrealistic portrayal of the bridge’s towers. A viewer observed that, in reality, the tension on the cables of a bridge like the Golden Gate keeps its towers upright. However, in the melted bridge scene, the tower is shown leaning toward the melted section, contrary to the expected direction it would lean without the balanced tension.

2. A Bumpy Ride

Skyfall (2012)
Image Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

In a scene from Skyfall, James Bond engages in a chase with Silva, disguised as a policeman, through the London Underground. The scene features a notable moment where both characters slide down a packed escalator’s central part. However, the critic points out that this depiction contradicts the reality of London’s escalators. In reality, the center of the escalators would make any attempt to slide down an unpleasant experience because of the presence of alarms and fixed metal signage.

3. The Too Silent Silencer

John Wick_ Chapter 2 (2017)
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In John Wick 2, John is being chased by dangerous killers in a crowded tunnel. He uses a suppressed handgun to keep things discreet, and his opponent does the same to avoid attention. However, the scene is criticized for portraying suppressors as making guns nearly silent, which isn’t accurate. In reality, even the quietest handguns produce noticeable noise.

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4. Cops Giving Civilians Odd Advice

The Taking of Pelham 123
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In a scene from The Taking of Pelham 123, a cop instructs Denzel Washington’s character, about to engage in a hostage exchange, to use a gun with the casual advice, “You see anything you don’t like, pull the trigger.” One critic strongly objects, pointing out that, in reality, police would never endorse such a casual approach to untrained civilians using deadly force in such situations. The critic finds it disturbing that the filmmakers believed their audience would find this portrayal of police behavior plausible.

5. Car Door Waterfall Ride

Die Another Day (2002)
Image Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

While watching Die Another Day, one person describes a scene where James Bond finds himself in a difficult situation, with his car hanging off a cliff and a heat beam approaching. Bond rips off the car door and skillfully surfs down the waterfall created by the melted ice, down the cliff face, and into the sea below.

6. Superman Stops an Airplane

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One critic questions the physics in scenarios involving Superman and an airplane. Okay, sure, we know Superman is not real, and it’s just fantasy. However, the critic notes that pushing against the plane’s nose would cause it to disintegrate, and holding onto the nose to lower the plane is deemed implausible due to the aircraft’s weight and structure.

7. Walking Miles Barefoot in the Snow

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In the film Transsiberian, tension rises as the antagonists abduct an American couple portrayed by Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer, confining them to an abandoned warehouse and callously depriving them of their shoes, prompting a moment of despair for viewers. However, the unexpected happens—they break free from the warehouse and walk barefoot through deep snow for miles, undeterred by the harsh conditions. Mortimer’s character expresses the discomfort of her cold feet, to which Woody’s character resolutely responds with the determination to press on. We’re thinking frostbite and possible gangrene might have been a more likely result.

8. Freeze and Enhance

Image Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

This trope has been used in countless films and TV shows. During an investigation, there will be a grainy image of a person of interest. The investigators tell the computer operator to freeze the image, zoom in, and enhance it. Miraculously, it becomes a clear image that’s easy to I.D. This type of technology has only recently made some progress. However, the persistent use of this in the film meant that it was commonly considered a reality.

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9. Flawless—Even in Death

Pearl Harbor
Image Credit: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.

In a rather unbelievable scene from the film Pearl Harbor, the sweet-faced 17-year-old Nurse Betty, with plans for marriage once she turns 18, meets a tragic end during a Japanese Zero dive-bombing attack. Despite the intensity of the explosion, Nurse Betty’s hair, makeup, and immaculate nurse uniform miraculously remain flawless in death. The only consolation is that, in this surreal moment, her eyes, at least, are peacefully closed.

10. The Laws of Gravity Don’t Apply

Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

In the 1994 action thriller Speed, Keanu Reeves plays Jack, tasked with preventing a bus from exploding if its speed drops below 50 mph. In a pivotal scene, the passengers face a freeway gap, successfully overcoming it by accelerating. The relief in the film contrasts with the reality that, according to physics, such a leap would be physically impossible due to the laws of gravity. However, we’re glad Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock survived.

11. Incorrect Medical Diagnosis

Hansel and Gretel_ Witch Hunters
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures.

In Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, the characters seem to have a sugar-related condition, possibly diabetes. In a scene, Hansel gets weak and needs an injection, likely insulin. However, the movie needs to address the situation more. The symptoms shown indicate low blood sugar, not high, and giving insulin for low blood sugar can be dangerous. Yes, it’s fiction, but scenes like this with a real element might lead to misunderstandings in real-life situations.

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