The movies make everything seem bigger and better, but how many of the flashes and bangs we see on screen are factually accurate when it comes to real life? Some are, of course, but in some genres (like action movies, for example), it turns out filmmakers are taking more than a few liberties with physics and, you know, reality.
Below are 10 common occurrences in the movies that just wouldn’t happen that way if the scene went down on an everyday street.
#10. There’s no reason to let the fear of death by piranha keep you up at night.
They’re rarely aggressive toward large prey and there’s never been a recorded human death by piranha.
#9. You can’t really suffocate in quicksand.
It can still kill you if you get well and truly stuck because you wouldn’t be able to eat or drink – but you would have to try hard to get sucked all the way under.
#8. Adrenaline isn’t meant to be injected straight into the heart.
You’re supposed to inject it directly into a vein. Take that, John Travolta!
#7. It’s unlikely someone would drop from a bullet wound.
It depends on where a person is hit, of course, but aside from a direct hit to the brain or other vital organ, a person could potentially keep running for several feet or even until they get to a hospital.
#6. You also can’t drown in lava.
Like quicksand, lava is extremely dense (lava is much denser than quicksand – it is literally rock.). You would still die, but you’d burn up way faster than you’d ‘drown’.
#5. There’s not a giant fireball when most things explode.
The air usually just fills with dust and debris.
#4. A surprise asteroid isn’t going to take out earth.
NASA scientists are aware of every large asteroid on a near-Earth course for the next 100 years.
#3. You can’t crawl through a regulation ventilation shaft.
They’re too narrow for even most children, so Bruce Willis definitely ain’t fitting.
#2. If you make a large jump in your car, it probably won’t be drivable once it lands.
Your suspension mounting would be badly damaged or destroyed. I’m guessing that goes double for a bus, Sandra Bullock.
#1. Enlarging a CCTV image would result in an even fuzzier picture.
They’re low resolution to start with, so picking out someone’s face on a blown-up image would be next to impossible.
Surprised? I know I was!