Now that 2012 is coming to a close, we can all appreciate the good and bad of the year’s science fiction crop. From the poor plotting of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus to Len Wiseman’s inept remake of Total Recall, audiences and genre fans were painfully annoyed with some of Hollywood’s 2012 offerings. And just as a good movie will make audiences willing to suspend some disbelief or forgive the odd plot hole, in the bad movies they stand out that much more.
The people at Popular Science have put together a list of the year’s most egregious scientific mistakes in movies. Although there are some glaring errors, please keep in mind that ultimately these are all movies. Just imagine how exciting Prometheus would be if it were a depiction of a 100% accurate scientific and archaeological exploration. It wouldn’t be as exhilarating as what we got in Ridley Scott’s movie. But Hollywood theatrics are no excuse for some of these boneheaded mistakes:
We witness some of ‘the most irresponsible, inept archaeologists ever to don spacesuits, take off their helmets just minutes after leaving the spacecraft. Advanced atmospheric sensors or not, this is a terrible idea. What if there’s an unknown, undetectable, and highly toxic compound in the air? Or a virulent strain of life? No matter: Soon enough the movie’s characters are touching creepy-looking aliens (and, of course, dying horrible deaths).