Science fiction films continue entertaining audience members of all ages. Otherworldly locations, amazing technology and impossible ideas come together in an effort to bring fantastic stories to the big screen. But, as the name of the genre implies, science fiction is merely fiction. Beyond indulging fantasies, the movies are often wholly inaccurate for many reasons.

 

“2012”

In dramatizing the perceived end of the planet according to the Mayan calendar, the film uses bad science. Problems supposedly arise with minute neutrally charged neutrinos becoming charged and disrupting the Earth’s core. The heat created by the interaction generates intense force, which causes massive shifting of the tectonic plates and worldwide earthquakes. But, scientists assure us of the impossibility of the event. If a sizable earthquake should occur, fracturing takes place quickly, which would prevent anyone from escaping. The rising ocean levels seen late in the movie would unlikely rise to mountainous heights.

 

“Armageddon”

History indicates that asteroids have impacted Earth with devastating effects. Even today, the possibility of a collision remains. The level of damage caused by such events depends on the size of the airborne celestial object. The film was correct in that impact on the Earth would create a worldwide cataclysmic event. However, according to NASA, “Armageddon” gets hundreds of facts wrong throughout the film. Seems silly that NASA would send drillers with little astronaut training instead of sending experienced astronauts with some drilling training. The Russian space station did not have the correct fuel for the shuttles. Despite the fact that A.J. tears his glove, he suffers no ill effects. Thus, the list goes on.

 

“Jurassic Park”

The “Jurassic Park” franchise made velociraptors some of the most memorable characters. However, the real raptors were much less threatening in size, appearance and capability. Similarly, scientists reveal that the true anatomical features of the real terrifying T-Rex would never allow the creatures to swiftly chase prey. Replicating dinosaurs remains an impossible likelihood for the fact that fossils and remnants do not provide sufficient amounts of DNA material.

 

“The 6th Day”

The process in which the film portrays the cloning of Arnold Schwarzenegger remains wholly inaccurate. Cloning occurs at the embryonic level. Clones are not carbon copies of the original in terms of being the same mentally and physically.