Top Ten Noteworthy Sci-Fi Movie Mistakes: Number 1 – Guardians of the Galaxy

Before you read this and think that this is the worst movie mistake on the list since we’ve listed it as number 1, remember that these are simply noteworthy movie mistakes and not the worst in sci-fi history. Also after reading this you’ll soon realize there has been much worst that we’ve reported on (cough cough) *Prometheus* (cough) *In Time. We also know that this is a really loved film so try and put that bias aside and seek the reasoning within our argument. Don’t get us wrong we liked the film but it’s definitely not great and far from amazing (cue haters now).

The film introduces us to the character of Groot who can only say three words due to this DNA creature make up or something similar. The three words as you might know are “I am groot” and in the prison scene, a large action scene occurs and groot animates himself to yell out those three particular words in a fit of rage but as he does so the animators seemed to have forgotten to show his mouth pronouncing the words in such a way that would make the “ooo” sound but have instead opted for a large opened mouth that makes it seem he is saying something for an “aaaa” sound. Though a minor mistake, it just seems to simple and too easy to ignore and something we have to bring up.

We also want to quickly mention how Chris Pratt’s character Starlord was able to talk to Zoe Saldana’s character outside the station on the planet which could clearly show the nebula and galaxy behind them. It seemed to be they had left the breathable atmosphere of the planet to talk outside in what was meant to be a romantic scene but left us pondering how he was able to do so. We’ll let Zoe slide since she is a different species to him and we’re also willing to discuss this further if anyone else could bring up a reason as to how they were able to. Maybe we’re missing something atmospheric stabilizer engine that was near them or maybe they didn’t leave the breathable atmosphere even though it seemed to us they did. Let us know in the comments below.

Marine reserves may hold key to shark sustainability – A Media Release

RESEARCH into marine reserves for shark populations are set to become the newest idea in the effort to tackle the decline in shark numbers and it seems to have come by a fortunate accident.
Jordan Goetze from the University of Western Australia, is undertaking research into periodically harvested marine enclosures held at Fiji as part of his PhD research project, which is suggesting this new method to help preserve shark populations.

“We were looking into specifically the fish populations within the largest marine reserves…and a few people contacted me asking ‘what about the sharks’ so I pulled out this data and found this interesting result” Mr Goetze explains.

“So did the sharks benefit from being within these marine reserves?”

“Yeah, I found twice the amount of sharks and twice the weight which we call biomass”

“What sort of system do you guys use?”

“We use baited video systems, which use some bait out in front of these cameras which attract the shark and allows us to sample more shark species than normal divers”

Jordan explains how this video method of sampling in comparison to past ones with divers, also draw in more accuracy within shark measurements that are recorded.

“We actually use these stereo systems, which means there’s two cameras and they are slightly angled towards each other which gives an overlap of the two images. And this overlap allows us to make length measurements of these sharks without actually having to touch the sharks”

These images are then uploaded to a program that helps record accurate measurements of the sharks in contrast to previous methods where a diver would give an estimate.

“The real advantage is that we don’t have to harm the sharks” Mr Goetze further adds.

Mr Goetze plans to head back to Fiji in the nearby future and intends to do so more often as part of his research which is also led by other researches from UWA’s Oceans Institute, the UWA School of Plant Biology and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

“That’s the aim of this project, if we can collect everyone’s data from across the globe, a lot of these studies are designed to assess marine reserves. So that would be an added benefit, when we are looking at the health of the reef shark populations and hopefully we’d be able to answer the question if marine reserves can benefit sharks on a global scale.”

This research comes in a time where the controversy of the shark culling laws have been introduced to Perth and Mr Goetze hopes the community becomes more attentive to the serious issue at hand.
reef shark
“I think they could have listened to the scientists a lot more, there were quite a few good plans that they came up with which would have given the same results without killing the sharks”

Top Ten Noteworthy Sci-Fi Movie Mistakes – Number 2: X-Men Days of Future Past

Oh no, shock. How could such a loved film be with its flaws?!
Sorry to inform you sci-fi lovers but not even x-men is flawless, but w’ere sure you already know about that with X-Men – The Last Stand (which we actually think isn’t that bad).

In the film Magneto is gunning to kill Raven to stop her getting into the wrong hands which will ultimately cause the destruction of the mutant race. So as he goes to capture her, he shoots her in the leg well knowing that her blood will be spilled onto the floor which could be collected and which is later on. So doesn’t the point of killing her very useless? Not convinced it’s a flaw? We’ll give you another one.
Several times in the movie the remote that detects nearby mutants in the vicinity for whatever reason decided not to be working even when there’s a mutant clearly nearby. What was happening in the ending at the presidential presentation where wolverine and several other mutants were in attendance? Did it run out of battery?

We could also go into the whole time travelling aspect of the film especially with the way it chronologically doesn’t sync up with the previous films that take place but we’ll leave it at that for now.

Top Ten Noteworthy Sci-Fi Movie Mistakes – Number 3: Godzilla

Whilst some of you may think this isn’t really a sci-fi flick, we’re willing to disagree as it tells a story about the world’s most famous monster battling evil creatures made by mankind in yet another science related mishap. That’s sort of the definition of sci-fi even if it is more action focused and most people on imdb seem to agree as well so we’ll go with it.

One of the biggest problems with the film comes towards the ending of the film. Now we don’t know about you, but when they’re investing time and money towards an extremely large mega ton nuclear warhead that claims to have a power that has not been seen before and nothing in its way will withstand its force, you better live up to those claims. So when it detonates in the ending, not only doesn’t it kill Godzilla but also doesn’t do that much damage to the city that is right next to it?! We’re not saying it’s unreasonable for it to not kill Godzilla since the movie’s about Godzilla and there’s little understood about him. But when you make such claims and it doesn’t do that much damage to a city that’s right inside its blast radius….you’ve made a huge mistake. Sorry but there’s no way Ford’s wife and son would have survived that blast let alone all the other people. Maybe if you had shown Godzilla absorbing the blast we would have believed you.

Top Ten Noteworthy Sci-Fi Movie Mistakes – Number 4: The Host

Again with the previous movie mistake post, this film has a lot of flaws and again like the last one we’ll start at the beginning of the film as it introduces some pretty contradicting statements that rise up later in the film.

The narration starts by saying that Earth in the future has been taken over by small parasitic aliens called “Souls” which replace the consciousness of its host. The “souls” have made the earth’s environment healed, courtesy and kindness reign and poverty and violence cease to exist. Pretty big promises to keep.

Throughout to film we begin to see this is not the case as we see the “Souls” using violence to hunt down any remaining humans that are resisting them. We also begin to see that the “Souls” drive luxurious chrome cars and motorbikes, which begs the question how are they still healing the environment when they are using fossil fuels? Simple mistakes like these are just the beginning in the reasons for why this film isn’t good.

Note – Credit again goes to yourmoviesucksDOTorg who put out in our opinion the best video about it. Check it out below to see the complete anthology of mistakes.

An Inconvenient Truth – Science Communication Review

Before reading this, please note this isn’t a movie review although it dwells into that a little bit and we give it a final rating. This is a review from a science communication point of view and not so much whether the science was accurate or inaccurate but what kind of attitudes towards science does the movie promote. With that out of the way, enjoy.

To imagine our world without icebergs and glacier may seem like a trivial thing but the reality behind it in truth presents a more serious issue than at first glance. In fact it’s one that’s more than likely the most important in the history of mankind.

This is the point director Davis Guggenheim presents to audience with his film titled “An Inconvenient Truth” as he tracks the endless speeches and runs of ex-vice president Al Gore in his climate change talks around the world. More importantly the film presents an understanding towards the importance of science communication when it comes to this issue and it uses this an example of its often understated role in society. The problem Al Gore constantly refers to as a major point in his talks, is that the science is behind them but it is not being communicated well enough to begin creating change. In fact, most people who watching the film the first time would have never heard of the issue of climate change and this is where Guggenheim begins to take a play.

By using Gore as his vessel, Guggenheim is also trying to highlight importance to this issue of climate change and in turn is attempting to communicate the science behind it. The effect is resounding and the film went on to win the academy award for best documentary in its year and it’s an easy reason to see why.
Guggenheim effectively shows the importance of science communication through several ways. Not only has he done so by in turn creating a film that’s an example of great science communication but he does so by focusing on this idea that “science can be our salvation”. Coupled by the use of a charismatic and charming presenter in Gore, the audience begins seeing science with a sort of “coolness factor”. This misconception that science is for the smartest is broken and instead Guggenheim wants the audience to realize its effect on everyone and that we should not turn our attention away from it, especially with such an important issue like climate change. Science can help us, it’s our salvation and that’s what makes it “cool”.

Eight years later and the film can be seen to have had an effect on the world. It was at the beginnings of the start for conversations about climate change to begin happening more and more and now you more than likely will run into a person who will know exactly what you mean when you say climate change. For these reasons it has to be said the film effectively does want it wanted to achieve and promotes science in a beneficial way to all.
9.5/10

Top Ten Noteworthy Sci-Fi Movie Mistakes – Number 5: After Earth

Number 5 – After Earth
There’s a lot of problems with this movie aside but we could be here all day and there’s plenty of videos on youtube about it to see anyway so we’ll mention only a few. We start off in the film being introduced to the art of ghosting to battle the Ursa aliens, a power Will Smith’s Cypher Raige was the first to inhibit and later teaches his command. But we’re previously told that the history of mankind which has settled onto a new planet called Nova Prime a thousand years ago were battling this war with the creatures so it raises several questions such as,
1) How has mankind been able to survive for so long when we were told they were battling extinction when they arrived and found the Ursa creatures?
2) If Will Smith’s character was their salvation, does this imply that he is a 1000 years old?
3) Has the war been going on for a 1000 years?
4) When were the aliens found on the planet, were they there to begin with?
5) Did it take 1000 years for this power to be found?
Is this a vague introduction to the film? Yep. Will I be going to see it again? Nope.
Note – Credit again goes to yourmoviesucksDOTorg who put out in our opinion the best video about it. Check it out below to see the complete anthology of mistakes.

Top Ten Noteworthy Sci-Fi Movie Mistakes – Number 6:

Okay so this is probably one of the more stupid ones on this list.

In Prometheus, Noomi Rapace’s character Elizabeth Shaw has to have a very quick and immediate abortion similar to a c-section birth to get rid of a impregnated alien inside of her. Soon afterwards she is seen running from a falling ship and climbing several ledges and cliffs almost easily. This can’t happen as such a surgery would leave you feeling sore and recovery can take several weeks for a normal c-section birth let alone the hastily made cut and sown up together again abortion that Prometheus showed. Sorry but no dice.

Top Ten Noteworthy Sci-Fi Movie Mistakes – Number 7: Lucy

A common misconception is that we only use 10 percent of our brain’s capability and Lucy runs this idea into the ground. Hell, the whole movie is based on this idea and what happens if we use 100 percent. Now this is completely untrue and if it was we would be in trouble. We use almost all parts of brain and our brains are almost all the time active. Studies have shown that if had we not been using any percentages of our brains, it would of profound effects on our performance. Our brains are amazingly good at keeping active and require so much oxygen and nutrient consumption that it’s impossible for it not be running at 100 percent. Sorry Lucy, seems like whatever you’re on is just a crazy drug.

New Stephen Hawking Movie!

Orbital Elements

I don’t care if it’s overly dramatized.  I can’t wait to see this movie.  I adore Stephen Hawking.  I love his books, and I love that he hasn’t just beaten the odds in his life, he has smashed them to itty bitty smithereens.

He is one of those rare people who is not only brilliant, but also able to bring his ideas to the masses.  He has been quite the controversial figure in the last few decades, though, so I’m also interested in how they treat all that in the movie as well.

Watch the trailer.  Try not to cry.

As to other Stephen Hawking-related things, I highly recommend:

For teens and adults: A Brief History of Time (The classic!  There’s also a movie, but the book is better)

For kids: George’s Secret Key to the Universe

And for adults and kids around 10 and older, the Masters of Science Fiction TV series…

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Top Ten Noteworthy Sci-Fi Movie Mistakes – Number 8: Gravity

This might be an easy one to have picked up on, but in the scene where Sandra Bullock weeps and cries a tear droplet is seen floating off her eye and into the cabin around her. The droplet also remains spherical as it floats together. Now whilst the last part might be true if the liquid did somehow leave her eye and drifted across but in fact when you cry, the tears are actually held onto the eyelid below it. This was demonstrated in the popular video of the Canadian astronaut of Chris Hadfield who shows how the water droplet actually sticks on his face. Check out the link to the videos below to see for yourself.

Note – We know we said we’re looking into the movie universe when it comes to dealing with facts and fiction but it just so happens that this universe is trying to show the real one.

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Whacky Wednesday

Welcome to our new weekly segment where each week we’ll be posting a whacky picture up from the vast and infamous science fiction movie history and we’ll let you try and guess what film its from!

Here’s our first edition. Hint, Looks like someone didn’t get to the chopper in time.

 

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Top Ten Noteworthy Sci-Fi Movie Mistakes – Number 9: In Time

Probably one of the more silly mistakes made in sci-fi history as all it takes is some basic math to see where this went wrong and it could have been easily fixed.

There is a scene in the movie where the mother of Justin Timberlake’s character is hoping on a bus to see her son but doesn’t realize the time and hence price of the fare has doubled to two hours and she only has an hour and a half left in her life. She explains it’s a two hour walk but the bus driver refuses to let her on and she instead has to run. She begins running and soon her son realizes she didn’t catch the bus and also begins running towards her but by the end of the trip fails to reach her and she dies in his arms.

Although it’s a bit confusing exactly when he started running to reach her the film implies he made this realization when she had 20 minutes to spare. This together meant that her actual running speed would have been nearly 1.45 times her walking speed which is ridiculous especially since it showed her running at a much quicker pace. Even if we say he began running a bit earlier her speed would still not match the average jogging speed for humans of 3m/s. Sorry In Time.

P.S Check out the math to this in our reference page. Credit for pointing this out again goes to YMS, link to the video below. And for those who are worried if we’re just leeching off other content, be certain that the next post won’t be.

Top Ten Noteworthy Sci-Fi Movie Mistakes – Number 10: Looper

Now to begin this article, we’re going to recognize the fact that since most of these science fiction movies are based on the fact that they are in fiction as the genre implies, we are ignoring the obvious implausibility’s to the laws of science they present. This is not facts and fiction. We are looking at the science fiction universe created and looking at the mistakes they may have missed out or forgot about during filming. Spoilers ahead so be warned.

Being a movie about time travel there is always the chance for continuity issues to arrive and Looper is one of the better films that has this. Although not the biggest mistake the movie introduces you to the idea that what happens in the past can immediately affect you in the future. Whilst this might not seem like the newest of ideas the important part is within the term immediately. This raises the issue of how can this be possible, specifically given the example of having your older self alive in the same timeline with your younger self. In the film, a young looper fails to kill his older self and is in turned tortured in order to track down the older self who has escaped. The older self begins viewing a message of directions to an address written on his arms and soon body parts begin to go missing as he tracks back to the address listed on his arm.

The problem begins here as having this notion of the past affecting your future immediately is a mistake. If in the previous scene the older self has no message written on his arm and no body parts missing but in the next he has, how has this shown the growing up stage of him receiving this message and losing his body parts as a younger self? Skipping to time travel in the future doesn’t make sense. Let’s not even get into why not killing the younger self is better than torturing him by cutting off all his limbs makes more sense.

What do you guys think? Let us know in the comment section below.

Note – Credit must be due to yourmoviesucksdotorg for bringing this point up in his fantastic YMS video about Looper. All of this belongs to him and if you haven’t checked out his channel yet, we employ you to do so as he is one of the best reviewers in town at the moment and definitely one of our inspirations since we love movies so much. Link to the video below so check it out!

Update – 13/08/2014

Hey Science Fiction Lovers,

You might be wondering what’s been happening with the blog recently as nothings been posted but that’s not to say we haven’t been hard at work. We’ve been building up our twitter community as well as working on bringing out some new stuff each week. Which speaking of, the next thing we’re doing is looking at the top ten noteworthy sci fi movie mistakes!

Now since this is taking much longer than expected, we won’t be posting this list as a whole and as such will leave the order you’d rate the mistake up to you. If you’d like to know where we’d put them in order, we’ll also do that later when we’ve finished it.

We’re also going to work to bring you a new facts and fiction post every friday as well as the possibility of doing a movie mistake monday if you’re not satisfied with the top ten list. We’re also thinking of doing a whacky wednesday where will submit some of the whackiest things seen in all of sci fi movie history and see if you can guess what it is and where its from (don’t worry, we’ll put the answers in the links below).

That’s it from us guys, hope you’re having a scifi-ristic day and we’ll see you in next time.

P.S Robin, we’ll miss you.

-JK

Ethan Hawke Talks About Gattaca

This is something interesting, Ethan says “we couldn’t find a good review to put on the ad”.

After just seeing this film I think it shows great themes and ideas and it shocked me that such a budget of 36 million dollars only received just over 12 million at the box office. If you haven’t seen it yet, which isn’t unsurprising as it’s one of those unheard of films even if it has come out 17 years ago here’s the trailer below and I’ll definitely be looking into the science behind it.

Facts and Fiction – Inception

Have you ever wondered in movies “is this actually possible?” or thought to yourself “is this what the future could hold for us?”

Welcome to Facts and Fiction, where we decipher the truth and possibility from the movie magic we see in front of us. Today, we’re looking into the infamous Nolan film, Inception.

In the world of Inception we are introduced to possibility of dreams within dreams and the idea of controlling everything about them to begin planting ideas. There are several things brought up in this universe and we’ll start by looking at some of the key rules or laws we are brought up to.

1) “In a dream, you’re mind functions more quickly therefore time seems to feel more slow. Five minutes in the real world gives you an hour in the dream.”

A – Yes (to the first part). The general consensus in the scientific community is that our brains are extraordinarily active whilst were sleeping and especially when we are dreaming. No to the second part. Though in still debate, it is often accepted that dream time is very similar to real time and that it isn’t in fact compressed.

2) Sharing dreams

A – No. For now dreams will always be a private experience. Don’t be confused with experiencing a dream that someone else has also for sharing. By sharing in inception, you bring another person into your dream. Not dream the same thing.

3) Lucid dreaming (controlling your dream)

A – Yes. Though a very rare skill, studies have shown people to exhibit this ability.

4) Inception (planting an idea in a dream)

A – No. Since dreams are a private experience there’s no way to invade one let alone plant an idea.

5) Dreams within dreams

A – Kind of. The reason why is because it gets a bit tricky. It is not uncommon to be in one dream and then almost fluently move into the next without realising the transition. Those lucky enough to have control of their dreams can also see themselves falling asleep “again” within the dream state and waking up to a new dream world and this is usually done by the mind tricking us into a false awakening to believe the dream is a reality. Complicated stuff.

Hopefully that’s answered some ideas raised by Inception. For more updates on movie science stay tuned into this space.

Got a question? Leave it below the comments and we’ll try to answer it.

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