Superman leaps tall buildings in a single bound.
The USS Enterprise travels faster than light.
Indiana Jones survives nuclear detonations by getting inside refrigerators.
Some things just are, despite reality. If every movie paid close attention to physics, most films would probably not be very entertaining. Would you pay $8 (or more) to see Indy get rapidly evaporated? How about to watch Captain Kirk take several thousand years to reach Vulcan? Or to see Clark Kent jump 2 feet off the ground?
Neither would I.
Yes, I know…Superman is from Krypton, the Enterprise has over 200 more years of technology behind it than we do, and Dr. Jones drank from the Holy Grail.
So how do we know what’s accurate and what’s bunk in the movies we watch?
We turn to http://www.intuitor.com/moviephysics/
Intuitor is a family-run website led by Tom Rogers that, amongst other things, watches and evaluates Hollywood productions for accuracy in their presentation of physics.
While it doesn’t do this for every single film out there (there are simply too many of them), it does present good physics reviews for many of the more popular titles, and provides a kind of rating system for the films for which reviews are posted.
Now, this doesn’t mean that we can’t or shouldn’t suspend disbelief, but sometimes it’s good to find out what would really happen in a given situation, even if it’s in a fictional setting.
So go ahead and check it out!
And as always…