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10 Movies Based on Scientific Falsehoods


Of COURSE “Sharknado” makes an appearance on this list.  © Syfy/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Of COURSE “Sharknado” makes an appearance on this list. © Syfy/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Hollywood is full of lies. Believe it or not, the movie-making industry isn't terribly concerned with truth telling. Instead, directors and producers pump their films full of over-the-top special effects, unrealistic dialogue and scientific flaws.

When it comes to science, Hollywood is notoriously fuzzy with details. Monsters and superheroes sprout from seeds of the thinnest of genetic reasoning. Widespread natural disasters appear out of nowhere. Action heroes, even those lacking super powers, somehow defy even the most basic laws of physics.

So perhaps it's no surprise that filmmakers sometimes base entire movies on a series of scientific falsehoods. After all, if you're going to break a few laws of the universe, you may as well go all the way. Action and disaster genres are generally the most notable offenders. They take a grain of scientific truth, snowball it into ridiculous proportions and then try to sell their ludicrous premises to the public as entertainment.

Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. As with all movies, the casting and acting matters, too, and when they're done well they provide cover for scientific illusions that would otherwise be too glaring to overlook. Other times, the science is so bad it makes you want to exit the theater in great haste.

Without further ado, let's review 10 movies that rely on scientific falsehoods as the underpinnings for their plots. You'll see that in Hollywood, science frequently takes a backseat to fun.

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