NASA Names ’2012′ As The Most Absurd Science Fiction Film of All Time

2012 MovieI 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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  • Honu

    Far be it for me to argue this but I would like to point out a couple of things. First, Emmerich didn’t get into any real details about the Mayan calendar and the general Mayan culture that produced the calendar so at least he didn’t make a ridiculous premise worse. For anyone wanting to get a much more grounded and objective perspective about the Mayan calendar I’d recommend reading J. Major Jenkens “Maya Cosmogenesis”. With a sincere investigation into the Mayan calendar, it soon becomes clear that the doomsday scenario is absurd and simply lazy. That’s the worst crime of a movie like 2012. It continues the media scare meme. Still, I expected to hate the movie and maybe its coming from that place but I actually found it entertaining since I was able to dismiss the whole premise to begin with and just enjoy the effects and the script and story arc were just barely good enough to maintain my interest.

    I think there’s alot more absurd films that this one. I mean Star Wars is absurd. I love the hell out of it but c’mon. It ain’t exactly based on anything that exists on this planet.

    • Ironaddict06

      Yea, what about Star Wars or Stargate? Yes the movie never mentioned the Mayan calendar. The disasters that were in 2012 are all science based theroies though. Yes 2012 the movie goes to the extreme with the theories, but they are valid theories.
      1. A huge solar flair
      2. The earths magnetic poles flip.

      • Anarchy Pony

        No, the theory in 2012, was about the sun suddenly and magically starting to emit microwaves or some shit, where the earth’s inner core is supposedly heating up and causing the tectonic plates to start going bugnuts. Without the surface getting microwaved for some reason.

  • Honu

    Far be it for me to argue this but I would like to point out a couple of things. First, Emmerich didn’t get into any real details about the Mayan calendar and the general Mayan culture that produced the calendar so at least he didn’t make a ridiculous premise worse. For anyone wanting to get a much more grounded and objective perspective about the Mayan calendar I’d recommend reading J. Major Jenkens “Maya Cosmogenesis”. With a sincere investigation into the Mayan calendar, it soon becomes clear that the doomsday scenario is absurd and simply lazy. That’s the worst crime of a movie like 2012. It continues the media scare meme. Still, I expected to hate the movie and maybe its coming from that place but I actually found it entertaining since I was able to dismiss the whole premise to begin with and just enjoy the effects and the script and story arc were just barely good enough to maintain my interest.

    I think there’s alot more absurd films that this one. I mean Star Wars is absurd. I love the hell out of it but c’mon. It ain’t exactly based on anything that exists on this planet.

  • Ironaddict06

    Yea, what about Star Wars or Stargate? Yes the movie never mentioned the Mayan calendar. The disasters that were in 2012 are all science based theroies though. Yes 2012 the movie goes to the extreme with the theories, but they are valid theories.
    1. A huge solar flair
    2. The earths magnetic poles flip.

  • Celerygeneral

    Amazing how you idiots can still find a way to argue.

  • Celerygeneral

    Amazing how you idiots can still find a way to argue.

  • Jamaicabound

    Yeah, the Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012 and starts over again on December 22, 2012, what a monumental mystery.

  • Jamaicabound

    Yeah, the Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012 and starts over again on December 22, 2012, what a monumental mystery.

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  • Wanooski

    No, the theory in 2012, was about the sun suddenly and magically starting to emit microwaves or some shit, where the earth’s inner core is supposedly heating up and causing the tectonic plates to start going bugnuts. Without the surface getting microwaved for some reason.

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