Questions tagged [realism]

The general attempt to depict things accurately in film/tv shows.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2
votes
2answers
251 views

What programming language is Mr. Glass using? [on hold]

I assume that because (2019) Glass is a movie, and in my experience film makers don't feel they need too much reality to tell a story, that this code is gibberish. But I also wonder if maybe it might ...
2
votes
1answer
52 views

How realistic is Detective Vic Manning's eye surgery recovery?

In Stuber, Detective Vic Manning has Lasik surgery. Immediately after the surgery, everything is blurry. Over the next 12 or so hours, his vision slowly comes back into focus. The one person I knew ...
-1
votes
1answer
413 views

Would this be allowed to happen in real life? [on hold]

In Spider-Man: Far From Home, the first post-credits scene, a news broadcast in a screen outside the Maddison Square Garden announces and shows a video of Mysterio, before death which he edited to ...
1
vote
1answer
138 views

In Lucy, is CPH4 based on something in real-life?

Lucy features CPH4, a drug that enhances physical and mental capabilities. Is this drug/molecule based on a real-life substance? Multiple real-life substances? Looking for in-universe or official ...
0
votes
1answer
106 views

How realistic is Lone Survivor when a soldier pulls a gun on a friendly pilot?

In a scene from Lone Survivor shortly after a soldier on the second helicopter pulls a gun on his own pilot, telling him to land despite the area clearly being a hot landing zone with a lot of gun ...
1
vote
1answer
62 views

Meaning of wall colors in Flashpoint?

The show Flashpoint is about a fictional SRU team (essentially SWAT). When they are on location at an incident, they refer to the various walls of a building using colors instead of directions. ("...
1
vote
1answer
63 views

Why did Grace take Morgan's staff after he killed the radioactive walker?

In Season 5 Episode 2 of Fear the Walking Dead, Morgan and Alicia meet up with Grace who tells them there was a meltdown at a nuclear plant nearby and so some of the walkers are radioactive. Morgan ...
4
votes
1answer
403 views

Ring the bells. But how?

Just before Deanarys goes completely Apocalypse Now on King's Landing in Game of Thrones S08E06, there is a moment of eerie quiet. After this brief moment of realizing the abysmal situation they're in,...
5
votes
1answer
110 views

Why did Admiral Nimitz say they had 3 to1 carrier advantage?

In the movie Midway after the Battle of Coral Sea Henry Fonda as Nimitz made the comment they had started out with a 3 to 1 carrier advantage was he implying the Pacific fleet had more carriers? Did ...
0
votes
1answer
91 views

Would Buck Strickland's scheme work?

In the episode Hanky Panky, Buck Strickand, anticipating his upcoming divorce, devises a way to avoid turning over half of ownership of a restaurant he owns by selling it to Hank Hill for petty cash ...
12
votes
1answer
260 views

Does animal tranquilizer really work as fast as we see on Dexter?

In the television show Dexter (2006-2013) whenever Dexter captures one of his victims, he does so by injecting them with a syringe of animal tranquilizer. Usually we see him inject them in the neck ...
5
votes
1answer
333 views

Why did energy level drop after switching to global automatic control?

In the 5th episode of HBO's Chernobyl at (30:25), Akimov should lower the energy level to 700 MW. However, when reaching 700MW, the energy level of the reactor drops quickly to 512MW. Legasov ...
21
votes
2answers
1k views

Is HBO's Chernobyl accurate about the sequence of instructions causing reactor stall?

In the series finale of Chernobyl on HBO, Dyatlov orders Akimov and Toptenov to bring the reactor power down to 700 MW, as per the written test instructions, and then leaves the room without giving a ...
17
votes
1answer
3k views

Ticket sales for Queen at the Live Aid

In the movie, Bohemian Rhapsody, the band's manager and lawyer Jim tells Queen that the entire line up for the show was ready and that all the tickets had already been sold out. Yet he managed to ...
20
votes
5answers
2k views

Do Game of Thrones' crossbows and scorpions work in a realistic way?

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 spoilers ahead. Those of you who have seen Episode 4 already must be very impressed by the capabilities of medieval projectile weapons like crossbow and scorpion. ...
0
votes
1answer
131 views

Does the Science of Deduction exist in real life?

Sherlock Holmes always talks about the "Science of Deduction", which is the ability to deduce anything about people just from observation. Does the "Science of Deduction" really exist, and does it ...
6
votes
1answer
153 views

Reason for the uncommon German license plates in “Hanna”

Being German myself, I've noticed that the German license plates in Hanna have quite a strange format, it's something like B-123-ABC whereas the common format is B-AB 1234 Where the first part (...
18
votes
2answers
11k views

Can a Knight grant Knighthood to another?

In Game of Thrones S08E02, Jaime Lannister said, “You don’t need a king. Any knight can make another knight". But is it right in the context of Game of Thrones? Is it legal to make anyone else ...
3
votes
0answers
103 views

Is the way Benji detects the plutonium realistic?

In Mission Impossible: Fallout, there is a scene where Benjamin Dunn is examining a plutonium core brought by Eastern European gangsters. He touched the core with some sort of a rod and when asked ...
2
votes
1answer
127 views

How did Seth Powers keep the ball spinning?

In Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Seth Powers is always (or almost always, not sure) seen with a basketball spinning on his fingers. Did the actor actually do this, or was it done by means ...
0
votes
1answer
202 views

Do Tinkers like the one from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” still exist?

I just wonder if "Tinkers" like the one in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" who has a cart of meat cleavers still exist to this day?
4
votes
1answer
159 views

Was interest rate in Brewster's Millions that high?

I was rewatching the movie Brewster's Millions (1985) the other day and there's this one scene that caught my attention: when the title character goes to check out his 30 millions at the bank the ...
2
votes
0answers
119 views

How come the ground shook for days after the bombing raids?

In The Nun father Anthony Burke encounters a damaged castle and asks Frenchie: Father Anthony Burke: A result of the war? Frenchie: Bombing raids, yes. I've heard stories of how the ground ...
3
votes
2answers
514 views

Can military police arrest civilians on US soil?

In the movie Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Jack Reacher has a sheriff arrested by military police because this sheriff is possibly involved human trafficking. Can military police arrest a civilian on ...
3
votes
1answer
80 views

Were the charges listed by Walsh legitimate?

On the flight to Las Vegas in Midnight Run, Walsh describes a list of charges the feds can apply to Serrano: Perry: There are no real computer disks. Is that right? Walsh: Right. Perry: If ...
0
votes
0answers
115 views

How realistic is using same ammo crate for different guns in this scene?

On a recent episode on Gotham, Oswald(Penguin) is making 9mm ammunition. Gordon and Bullock are in a gun fight and eventually run out of ammo. We can see in the next scene there is a cartridge can ...
6
votes
2answers
365 views

Normal in US to end phone calls abruptly?

In US movies it often happens that a person talks to someone on the phone and then hangs up after the relevant things are said without any further greeting like "goodbye" or "see you", "talk to you ...
2
votes
1answer
82 views

Was the American interview at the end of “La Vie En Rose” real?

In one of the final scenes of the Oscar-winning Edith Piaf biopic La Vie En Rose (2007), a now elderly Edith is sitting on a beach and approached by an American reporter conducting an interview for an ...
-1
votes
1answer
108 views

Can veterans bring home any weapons as will?

In the TV show, True Detective season 3, episode 4~5, Brett Woodard, while being chased by his fellow town folks, runs home and sets up several traps with grenades and a claymore anti-infantry mine. ...
-5
votes
1answer
109 views

How realistic is fund transfer in seconds or minute? [closed]

Fund transfer be it from villain's side or hero's side, it is often depicted as a less-than-a-minute operation. But in reality, fund transfer takes multiple steps. And when it's a 6 digit amount, it ...
7
votes
1answer
7k views

Uri Based on Real story?

As per the movie prologue, Uri: The surgical strike is based on a real story, but how many incidents of the movie are real and do they have the real connection? Let's say certain events of the movie ...
5
votes
1answer
477 views

How did Brian blow out the floor plate in his car?

In The Fast & The Furious (2001), during Brian's first race with Dominic Toretto, he engages the NOS and the car has a burst of speed. During that burst, the front floor plate of his car comes ...
3
votes
3answers
308 views

Would the Post Office really deliver a letter decades after postage like in Back To The Future?

Not that it ruins my enjoyment of the movie, but I'm curious about the scene in BTTF2, where a postman shows up in 1955 where the Doc had been blasted back to 1885 and gives Marty a letter that the ...
1
vote
1answer
122 views

How realistic is parachute jumping from Caesars Palace in Hangover?

In Hangover III Leslie Chow jumps off Caesars Palace to escape capture by Phil. Parachute jumps are to be made from plane at sufficient altitude. A quick Google ...
18
votes
3answers
4k views

Can time really slow down due to earth revolution?

From The Elseworlds episode 3 (Supergirl season 4 episode 9), When Evil Superman (Dr. Deegan) regained The Book of Destiny and started to rewrite reality (@26:13 min), Flash (Barry Allen) suggested ...
10
votes
2answers
5k views

Is it possible for this character to have died so quickly from that wound?

In Tangled, when Mother Gothel stabbing Eugene, is it possible for him to die that fast from that wound?
16
votes
1answer
4k views

How realistic is qualifying for so many badges worn by Vicky Kaushal?

Recently saw the Uri: The Surgical Strike trailer starring Vicky Kaushal. I recognize some badges worn by him. Namely the paratrooper badge and special forces badge. ...
3
votes
1answer
208 views

Why take that “glass floor” risk in the museum?

In The Walking Dead's 'A New Beginning' (season 9 episode 1 / S09E01), a team led by Rick Grimes enters the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, in order to find useful materials and tools for their ...
4
votes
2answers
313 views

How did the car fly in Furious 7?

Regarding the scene in "Furious 7", where a car jumped between the multiple skyscrapers, as seen below... Is this realistic at all? It does not seem possible.
16
votes
1answer
31k views

Did Queen's performance really cause Live Aid to clear $1,000,000 in donations?

In Bohemian Rhapsody, Bob Geldof is shown pleading with viewers to donate money. The phone bank operators are waiting for their phones to ring. Then, Queen gets on stage, the phone banks are busy, and ...
-4
votes
1answer
589 views

Is it possible to debug 2 million lines of code? (The scene with Nedry at Jurassic Park) [closed]

In a famous scene with John Hammond and Nedry, Nedry says that he is the only one who can debug 2 million lines of code. So after that scene and with my frustration I googled and some websites say ...
2
votes
1answer
121 views

How realistic was the movie “Electric Dreams” for its time?

The film Electric Dreams (1984) is about a man who buys a computer for the first time and connects all his house-hold appliances to it, creating essentially a fully automated home which then becomes ...
3
votes
1answer
404 views

How can Skyler buy a $800k car wash

I don't get how an unemployed teacher can buy a car wash? I know it's just a plot, but do the writers ever refer to loaning the amount or justify buying Bogdan's car wash? Any money laundering ...
7
votes
2answers
777 views

Is the “people expecting to die don't lie” catch really admissible in court?

Two last episodes of Marvel Daredevil Season 3 bring two plot twists regarding gathering evidence against Fisk: Firstly So the last legal way of taking down Kingpin seems to be closed. But then ...
2
votes
1answer
145 views

Why did Miami Vice department took all sorts of cases?

In the 80's TV show Miami Vice, the main protagonists took all types of cases - drug dealing, murders and even protecting celebrities. But isn't there a separate police department that deals with ...
3
votes
0answers
86 views

How realistic are legal analysis panels like these?

In The Good Wife episode 7.15 titled, Targets, Alicia Florrick is selected for a small panel of legal advisers to partake an a legal analysis of some executive order that pertains to killing enemy ...
10
votes
1answer
391 views

Is Arrival's plot of rewiring one's brain by learning a new language based on reality?

In Arrival we see that learning a new language has done significant changes inside the brain. Can learning a new language really “rewire your brain”? Was this plot point in the movie based on a ...
2
votes
0answers
36 views

In Sleight, how did Bo change the card in the young woman's hand?

Sleight (2017) included a lot of magic tricks. Some of the tricks involving magnetism had a "scientific" (but impossible/ridiculous) explanation. The movie also included card tricks. In one of Bo's ...
2
votes
0answers
178 views

What Was With that Med School? [closed]

I just got done watching Flatliners. What was with that medical school? It looked like it was falling apart. Then the main building they were performing the experiment in was under major ...
-1
votes
2answers
259 views

Weed Smoking in This is the End

This is the End (2013) features scenes where Seth Rogen smokes weed. It's no secret that Seth Rogen likes to smoke weed, and from this link, it would seem they often did it off camera. On camera; is ...