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Old 07-09-2011, 07:29 PM
 
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I just saw the movie Sunshine, which I thought was great except the writer couldn't have cared less about the laws of physics. It wouldn't be so bad, but it was a science fiction movie where the plot largely revolved around astrophysics. If the plot is so affected by science, wouldn't you go to the trouble of making it more accurate. The worst thing is they did have a scientific advisor, Brian Cox. If I ignore the breaking of scientific laws and theories I did like the movie quite a bit. Are there any other science fiction movies out there that ignore the current theories and laws of science as much as this one?
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Old 07-09-2011, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I haven't seen Sunshine, but I don't know that I've ever seen a science fiction movie that was 100% scientifically accurate. But that's were the "fiction" part of science fiction comes in.
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Old 07-09-2011, 08:19 PM
 
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I remember a geology professor in a class I attended mentioning Sunshine and everyone laughed at how stupid the premise was. Still, I think The Amazing Colossal Man takes the case.
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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How about all of them? Lets face it, science makes poor entertainment material.
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:33 PM
 
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I have no comment about movies breaking laws of science but Sunshine is awesome.
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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That was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. It was bad. Really bad.
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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"Black Hole" was one of the worst, if not a prize winner.

The real issue is that the films are NOT science fiction, but science fantasy, and worse yet, the general category in a lot of the video stores was "horror".

Classic science fiction, written and on screen, was much more likely to use the medium as a method of social commentary and/or warning. Metropolis, 1984, Shape of Things to Come, Andromeda Strain, all fit the definition.
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Ontario, Canada
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In the Mel Brooks film Spaceballs, they had LIGHT SPEED, RIDICULOUS SPEED, and finally something called LUDICROUS SPEED. It seems the whole world loves to openly mock science. The insolence!
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:09 PM
 
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I can't watch movies about American space travel, astronauts, rockets. I know too much about the real thing and I end up complaining too much about how much they got wrong. It doesn't make the people I'm with very happy, lol.

I hadn't seen Apollo 13 for that reason. Watched it for the first time just a couple of weeks ago and, to my shock, they got it right. One small but glaring error that drove me nuts but other than that it was a surprisingly enjoyable movie.
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:38 PM
 
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I can't watch movies about American space travel, astronauts, rockets. I know too much about the real thing and I end up complaining too much about how much they got wrong. It doesn't make the people I'm with very happy, lol.

I hadn't seen Apollo 13 for that reason. Watched it for the first time just a couple of weeks ago and, to my shock, they got it right. One small but glaring error that drove me nuts but other than that it was a surprisingly enjoyable movie.

What was the error?
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