Questions tagged [realism]

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

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Is Chicago Justice accurate?

In the Chicago series, Chicago Justice is the fourth spinoff that shows the prosecutors from Cook County State's Attorney. In Law and Order: SVU, which happens in Manhattan and crossovers with the ...
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How did the woman fly through the wind screen?

In the beginning of Zombieland, people are running from an apocalypse of zombies. In one of the attacks, a little girl's birthday party has just gone psycho and is suddenly overrun with zombies. All ...
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NYC Police Codes in Blue Bloods 10-13?

The cast often refers to situations using Police codes, most of which I was able to dig up here. But I came across this piece of IMDb Trivia on Blue Bloods that states: In the standard 10-code, 10-...
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How can you tell distances/duration in Paths of the soul?

In Paths of the Soul, a group of Tibetan shepherd-folk make a pilgrimage to Lhasa. Occasionally we see milestones on the road they follow, with some kind of distance listed. However, it's not clear ...
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Is the brain sequence similar to reality or not?

In Saw 3, a sequence is shown where Dr. Lynn Denlon performs an operation on John (Jigsaw) using a drill and other similar tools. My first question is, how can they perform an operation where ...
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Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?

Why does the depiction of the black hole Gargantua in Interstellar look the way it does? I understand why the ring is bright (due to the friction) but why does it loop around what seems to be two ...
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What breed was Walt Flanagan's dog (circa 1995)

There was a great line in Mallrats (one of many) that always stuck with me. It was after Jay outruns the mallcop and remarks: "That dude is faster than Walt Flanagan's dog" [paraphrase] It had ...
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Are there any real-world equivalents to spitting fuel into the engine?

I saw Mad Max: Fury Road this weekend, its an incredible film that relies heavily on storytelling through visuals. A lot of the film is open to interpretation but what I want to know is: When fuel is ...
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Why would a ship that is able to recycle all water consumed have trouble running out of water?

In battlestar galactica season 1 episode 2 their watertanks were sabotaged and they lost Almost 60% of total potable water reserves. The rest of the episode were them looking for more water. Their ...
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Is Eisenheim's sword illusion realistic?

Eisenheim performs a sword illusion in The Illusionist (2006). Is this illusion realistic? Could it be practiced in real life? Here is a YouTube video showing what I mean:
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What happens if you call 0118 999 881 999 119 7253?

An IT Crowd episode included a parody of the new directory inquiries services: What would happen if someone (in the UK) actually called that number? I suspect they ...
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Source code on Nedry's workstation: real programming language/s?

There is what appears to be source code depicted on Nedry's work station before he shuts down the gates, I wanted to know if this belongs to real programming language/s? (so we can all laugh/cry at ...
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How did Fenton survive more than 7 days without food in the basement?

In Frailty, Fenton's Dad locked him in the basement for interrupting his killings. After knowing his son was not responding from the basement, he took him out and tried to revive him. Eventually, he ...
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Advanced grifting techniques

Community season 6 episode 9: Grifting 101 Jeff Winger says: How was grifting class? Did you teach some advanced techniques; only you could understand? The Brown Betty, The Texas Well Baby, The ...
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Could someone actually survive an F-5 category tornado in this manner?

In Twister, there is a scene near the end of the film featuring Bill and Jo strapping themselves onto a metal pipe that apparently goes down into the ground 30 feet. Here! These pipes go down at ...
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Is it wrong for NAVY SEAL soldiers to be seen with a member of the same sex in public?

In G I Jane, officials questioned Jordan after she was seen with a member of the same sex in public with proof (a picture). Is it wrong for a NAVY SEAL soldier to be seen with a member of the same ...
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Equivalent of 555 for IP addresses

I came across a tweet complaining about 24 using 2.718.281.828 as an IP address, which obviously wouldn't work. Others responded that using a non-functional IP address is like using 555 for phone ...
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Do janitors really earn more than the resident doctors in the US?

This is in reference to Scrubs season 2 episode 22 - My Dream Job. In this episode, Janitor tells J.D. that he earns quite more than the latter. Here is their conversation: J.D.: Mornin'. ...
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What building in the final scene of Assassins Creed? (spoiler)

The final scene crawls across the skyline of London to a building fronting the Thames. I recognized the Millennium Bridge and the London Eye, so I'm sure the scene was realistic. The remaining ...
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Is the healing technique of Karate Kid practically possible?

In The Karate Kid (2010), Jackie Chan uses some fire technique for healing Dre's wounds. I want to know if that technique is real or complete fiction.
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How did Utah and Bodhi survive 800 meter waterfall drop?

In the movie Point Break (2015), how could the two men survive near 800 meter drop from Venezuela's Angel Falls?
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Can a president really leave the White House with barely any security?

In Designated Survivor (episode2 I think), President Kirkman asks the Secret Service about wearing the bullet-proof vest. His answer was "The 2 ways a president leaves the White House is with that or ...
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What is the point of throw the rock?

In this scene they throw and measure the time to reach the ground. They measure 6 sec. But what is the point if they are going to jump with the squirrel flying suits. At the end the scene last for 2 ...
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Is this mask really possible?

Sometimes we see a mask is used by an actor of a film by which he drastically changes his face. I was under the impression that only after plastic surgery one can change his face. I stumbled upon this ...
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In Spartacus, can gladiators break a Roman formation?

In the series Spartacus, season 3 episode 6, it appears that a small group of 3-4 gladiators (with just swords) manages to break a tight wall formation of 6-8 Romans attacking them with roman shields, ...
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Has any real-life US military unit committed Die-Hard-2-level treason? [closed]

In Die Hard 2, a US military unit consisting of at least a dozen soldiers engages in several treasonous acts, from murdering one of their own to freeing an international criminal to helping crash a ...
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Are the methods and tools used by Veronica Mars plausible?

While I was watching the three seasons of Veronica Mars and Veronica Mars (movie) I was surprised by some of the ways she used to investigate people and therefore to close cases. In particular, a ...
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How realistic was the sword fight in Rob Roy?

One previous question asked about the authenticity of sword fights in Game of Thrones compared to actual "medieval" sword fighting--a rather vague standard. Naturally, such choreography is made for ...
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Is it really possible to cause military-grade explosives to explode with a gun shot?

At the end of Suicide Squad: According to IMDB Goof's, it states, Military-grade explosives do not explode when shot at; the (sic) require a blasting cap to be set off. This is a safety feature of ...
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Jumping onto a horse in movie stunts

I've seen a number of movies where the hero escapes by jumping from up high onto a horseback and riding away. My question is how practical is this in real life? To me it seems that such a stunt ...
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How technically accurate is TV series Mr. Robot?

How accurate are technical parts of the show Mr. Robot? How accurate it is in portraying the lives of hackers? I'm interested in tehnical jargon and the way Elliot get's his information. I didn't ...
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Can a headshot from a sniper really cause muscle spasm?

It seems like a common thing in television and movies to have a bad guy in a stand down with the cops but they won't shoot him even though they have a clear shot because he has a gun on a hostage or ...
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When Walter and Jesse get stranded in the desert, could they have made the walk?

In Breaking Bad S02E09, Walt and Jesse go to the desert to cook meth and they drive approximately 15 miles/24 km down a dirt road. Midways cooking, they realize the car battery is dead, and manage to ...
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Was the psychiatrist in Cat People acting on good faith about divorce?

In the movie Cat People, from 1942, a psychiatrist talks to the protagonist about what to do with his wife. The options were to nullify their marriage and be free to pursue his new love, or put his ...
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Is the electric track the tour vehicles follow on in Jurassic Park actually possible?

Based on the image above and examination while viewing Jurassic Park, it appears there is no physical connection between truck and track (though there may be). Is the proposed method of moving the ...
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Is the world of The Walking Dead realistic [closed]

First - let me clarify the question: I am not asking if Zombies are realistic, or if particular situations are realistic - I allow much room for creative licensing here. My question has more to do ...
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Are helicopters capable of carrying this type of giants?

In The BFG, UK helicopters carry giants and leave them on an island: Are helicopters capable of carrying this type of giants?
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How many bullets can Deadpool's guns carry?

In the movie Deadpool, on the bridge fight scene, Deadpool says he only has 12 bullets. But those weapons looks like Desert Eagles, and he has two. So that means they only have six round capacity?
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Why aren't the planets orbiting Gargantua sucked in?

My understanding is that the gravitational pull of a black hole is so intense nothing can escape it, not even light. So how is it in "Interstellar" that the planets orbiting Gargantua can withstand ...
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If you coat a lightbulb with (human) blood, will the light be tinted red?

Foreword: I understand Halloween's over but I'm still enjoying the second half of my long marathon. In Evil Dead II (1987), there is a gory scene where blood is splattered onto a lightbulb, and the ...
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Why would four senators share a flat?

I have just started watching the TV show Alpha House. In this show four Senators share a flat. I accepted this initially as poetic license. But then, suddenly, only three remain. And immediately they ...
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Do newspaper/magazines publish this type of ad?

In Seven Psychopaths (2012), a magazines (maybe a newspaper) publishes an audition for Seven Psychopaths in a classified section. Do newspapers/magazines publish this type of ads in it?
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Terminator Haircut Change

Is there a reason why Terminator haircut changes after he crashes into the wall? Is there a deleted scene by any chance that was cut out as one can see that haircut of terminator changes. This is in ...
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In reality does the nuke code still work even when the president is a hostage?

In the movie White House Down (2013) the US president gets into a hostage condition. The enemies use him to activate the nukes. In reality, is that possible? Would they block or change the codes? The ...
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Why are computer hackers shown to either be geniuses, or show them doing it in fantastic ways?

I was watching The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Lisbeth Salander was really good at hacking computers as well as other security breaking skills, to the point where it was way too easy to do from a ...
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Why do people in movies commit suicide by slitting their wrists in the wrong direction?

It is commonly known that the probability of surviving after slitting your wrists is much higher if you cut horizontally and that you should cut along the forearm to cut a longer portion of the artery ...
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Did Jeff Skiles really say that?

At the end of Sully, during the hearing, Sully and his copilot are proven correct in their decision to land on the Hudson by adding 35 seconds to the simulation. All the way at the end, the woman from ...
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How accurate is Scrubs' depiction of the medical profession and the community?

How accurate are they while portraying the incidents, medical methods and procedures, problems they face and the solutions they apply, the cultural stereotypes, policies and rules etc?
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Why wasn't Dr. Cox sued or fired after a patient dies because of his negligence?

This is in reference to Scrubs season 5 episode 20 - "My Lunch". At the end of the episode, all three of Dr. Cox's transplant patients die. This happens because the donor from whom those organs were ...
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Are galaxies visible with the naked eye? [closed]

I have seen this scene from "Me Before You" (2016), in which Louisa Clark sees galaxies with her naked eye. Are galaxies visible with the naked eye?