I have faith that Hollywood can produce an even more ridiculous film in our new decade. (And remember kids, movies are a great way to learn about science : ) Reports Metro UK:
Roland Emmerich’s disaster movie proved to be a smash hit, taking more than £490 million [~$760 million] at the box office — but it was less popular at the US space agency. A panel of NASA experts concluded 2012 was the most scientifically flawed blockbuster ever made.
The film, which stars John Cusack, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor, includes scenes in which a physicist claims to have discovered that neutrino particles carried to earth on solar flares had caused a series of catastrophic natural disasters.
Many film fans were so worried about what they saw that NASA was inundated with questions about whether the world could end in the way suggested in the movie, prompting the organisation to put up a special website explaining that the scientific theories in 2012 were myths. Donald Yeomans, head of NASA’s Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission, said 2012 was an ‘exceptional and extraordinary case’ of bad science on the big screen.
‘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 21st, 2012,’ he added. A committee of NASA experts also criticised Armageddon, The 6th Day, Volcano and Chain Reaction for their inaccurate scientific content.
However, they concluded it was possible for science fiction blockbusters to be both entertaining and rooted in fact, citing Blade Runner and Gattaca as good examples.
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