The fact that cinema is different from the reality around us has always been known. However, exactly how deceiving is the Big Screen? We have compiled the ten most popular myths from films of various genres - comedies, action films and thrillers - which show how much life on the screen is more interesting than reality.
The obligatory scene of any romantic comedy is the chase: a guilty young man who has realized his own mistakes (or something else) runs after a girl who is about to leave somewhere. One of the variants of this theme is the scene at the airport where a young man, running away from the guards, catches up with his beloved just before boarding the plane. Before the offender can be detained, he reveals his feelings, and everything ends well.
Perhaps, in the past, such a scenario was possible, but now airport security is quite serious about unauthorized entry. For example, a young man tried to do a similar thing at the New Jersey airport last Christmas. The result of this widespread romantic gesture was the delay of more than 200 flights as well as the closure of the airport grounds. After this incident, a law was passed in New Jersey according to which such a trick could result in a violator with 14 months in prison.
By the way, all American filmmakers were surpassed by the domestic creators of the film "Love in the Big City", the action of which, we recall, for some reason takes place in New York. The persistent desire by all means to catch up with the beloved in this picture is accompanied by a real police pursuit with a helicopter and other attributes, which usually (probably, our scriptwriters do not know this) ends for the heroes of the story with death or a serious prison term.
Chemistry in the service of love
In the movie "Crashers", Owen Wilson's hero, John Beckwith, mixes something into his rival's drink and, while he is sick in the toilet, confesses his love to the girl of his dreams.
It turns out that in the USA, where the action of the picture takes place, the young man would have had a hard time - Beckwith would face up to 10 years in prison if the court saw an attempt at poisoning in the actions of the protagonist. It was with such "injustice" that a resident of Florida had to face, who wanted to annoy her work colleague and added eye drops to her drink.
On this, perhaps, we can end with romantic comedies - after all, this is too vulnerable a genre to be laughed at seriously.
Blow to the head
The following situation can be found in every second thriller or action movie: the main character receives a blow to the skull (in the case of Lost, for example, this is a mandatory blow to the back of the head with a butt before the commercial break), after which he wakes up in an unknown place. Hours passed, he is tied up, does not remember how he got here, and so on and so forth.
It turns out that reality is much more evil. Firstly, if a person does not come to his senses five minutes after the blow, then most likely he has a serious injury, so doctors in such cases advise calling an ambulance. Moreover, the consequences of several similar injuries, received one after another, are even more serious - this leads to an accumulation of consequences, which, for example, boxers are well aware of. In fact, this means that in reality the main characters of "Lost" should have completely lost the ability to speak and think logically by the third season.
In the film "Three X's" the main character played by Vin Diesel is paralyzed with special darts, which turn him off for several hours. After that he wakes up - maybe with a headache, but moderately capable and ready for battle (the writers do the same with the characters of the series "Heroes").
If the absence of the consequences of drug intoxication can be attributed to Diesel's excellent physical shape, then the very fact of such a "blackout" cannot be explained by anything other than the raging fantasy of the filmmakers. If the process of bringing a person into unconsciousness (and even for a few hours) were so simple, all anesthesiologists in the world would have long been out of work. At the same time, the state of a person immersed in an artificial coma must be constantly monitored so that the level of inhibitory substances remains within certain limits.
Riding a blast wave
The classic scene of any action movie is the scene in which the protagonist jumps to escape the explosion. Usually, such a jump is accompanied by a blast wave, which slightly pushes the next savior of humanity forward, without causing significant harm to him. Thus, literally a few seconds after the fall, the main character is ready to jump from the ground or emerge from the water in order to rush into battle again. Such tricks are very fond of, for example, the creators of "Impossible Mission" - in one of the episodes, a rocket exploded next to Tom Cruise, and he had nothing.
If explosions were so ineffective in removing living beings from the face of the earth, then the use of bombs and shells during hostilities would not make sense. The fact is that these types of ammunition hit the enemy's manpower not only with shrapnel, but also with pressure drops, which leads to severe internal damage, such as rupture of organs. In addition, pulling out checks with his teeth deserves special mention - in real life, a soldier who tried to do this would be left without these very teeth.
Yes, and the last thing - most explosions in real life look pretty boring and are usually not accompanied by bright beautiful flames. To obtain colorful flashes with clouds of flame and smoke, pyrotechnics use substances similar in composition to gasoline.
Through the glass
The next nagging of action movies is also a classic in its own way. The main character, for example, runs away from the villains. And then, as luck would have it, a glass barrier stands in his way. The hero, without hesitation, jumps through it and, having received a couple of cute and shallow cuts on his hands and face, continues on his way as if nothing had happened.
Of course, if the glass was ordinary, then there is a possibility of breaking it with the body. But the window panes tend to break into very sharp and numerous fragments, which, instead of being scattered in all directions by rain, fall down. It is not recommended for anyone to find themselves under this hail of debris.
Falling from great heights
And again we will talk about action movies: the main character falls on something soft (for example, on the sand, as in the case of "Transformers") from a height of a good twenty meters, and the fall does not harm him.
Of course, everyone is familiar with the stories of how people, having fallen out of the plane, remained alive, but such stories are known precisely because they happen extremely rarely and can be considered a real miracle. At the same time, for a fatal blow, it is enough to fall on any sufficiently dense surface from a height of about 10 meters.
The consequences of injuries
Imagine that our main character, who jumped through glass without harm to his health, ran away from explosions and fell from a great height, was still shot, for example, in the hand. In any self-respecting action movie or serious fantasy drama (again, we will refer to Lost), you will be shown that the bullet must be removed. The reasons are usually not specified, except that the possibility of infection is sometimes mentioned.
In fact, the bullet is sterile. Moreover, in many cases, doctors leave debris and lead trapped in the body for safety reasons - the removal of such a "gift" can lead to more than serious consequences. For example, according to some experts, the American presidents Garfield and McKinley, who died at the hands of hired killers, could well have survived the assassination attempts if the doctors had not decided to remove the bullets.
By the way, here we can mention another myth concerning the fact that a minor wound, for example in the arm, is quite harmless. In fact, there are many large vessels in the arms (as well as in the legs), damage to which leads to fatal blood loss. Moreover, muscle damage from a bullet can be so severe that full functionality of the limb does not return even after years.
After watching films such as the fourth "Die Hard", it seems that hackers are omnipotent - the main villain, manipulating the networks of urban infrastructure, unleashes adversity on Bruce Willis worse than the Egyptian executions. One can object to this - if it were possible to blow up something with the help of computers, the inhuman anonymous authors from 4chan would have done it long ago.
Deadly Assault Rifle
Everyone knows that if the main character of the action movie, who started the fight with his bare hands, recaptured the machine gun from the enemies, then all his opponents, no matter how many, will have a hard time - they will be swept away by a wave of red-hot lead. "Commando" with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the title role is still a rather plausible version of this development of events.
The reality turns out to be much more boring: the rate of fire of the AK-74 according to the passport is about 600 rounds per minute with a magazine capacity of 30 or 45 rounds. Thus, it will be possible to shoot from this machine in plenty for no longer than a few seconds. And some American infantryman usually carries no more than 210 rounds of ammunition, which will provide him with a couple of minutes of intense shooting (taking into account the time required to reload).