We talked about bad science in movies not too long ago, but now the experts weigh in: Apparently, Roland Emmerich's Mayan-calendar end-of-the-world melodrama is the biggest science-fictional crime ever committed on a paying audience.
and the Science & Entertainment Exchange has compiled a list naming the most scientifically realistic films, as well as the worst. The best include Gattaca and Jurassic Park, both about the power of genetics, as well as Contact, 1927's Metropolis and the original The Day the Earth Stood Still.
As for the worst, Bruce Willis' Armageddon, Arnold Schwarzenegger's The 6th Day and Keanu Reeves' Chain Reaction earned slots on that list, with a special scorn reserved for 2012, which found John Cusack on the run from all manner of environmental calamities.
Director Roland Emmerich's film is an "exceptional and extraordinary case," said Donald Yeomans, head of NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission. "The film makers took advantage of public worries about the so-called end of the world as apparently predicted by the Mayans of Central America, whose calendar ends on December 21, 2012."
"The agency [got] so many questions from people terrified that the world is going to end in 2012 that we have had to put up a special website to challenge the myths," said Yeomans. "We have never had to do this before."
Still, I question any list that doesn't single out Zardoz as the silliest sci-fi movie ever made. I mean, it boasts Sean Connery in a bondage diaper. C'mon, NASA.
UPDATE: This story was updated on 1/11/11 to remove any mention of the Science & Entertainment Exchange, who had nothing to do with the aforementioned list.
(via The Australian)