Questions tagged [realism]

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

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How far from reality is 'Black Hawk Down' when a Delta sergeant carries an unsecured weapon during a barbecue?

In a scene from the film Black Hawk Down the soldiers are having a barbecue at the base, and while grabbing some salad a Delta operator is confronted by a Ranger about his "hot" weapon (safety off and ...
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Why did Miami Vice department take 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 ...
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What happens when two bullets strike each other?

In Preacher S04E01 during the fight between Lara and Tulip, they shot each other and their bullet strike each other and fall down. Is this depiction realistic? Can this happen in the same way in ...
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Sentenced to the Army- does this ever happen in real life? [closed]

In some movies and TV programs when a character is convicted of a crime (though not necessarily guilty), instead of sending them to prison the judge sentences the character to serve in the military. ...
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Is it really as easy to knock someone out in real life as in the movies?

As a child I watched (with my father) a boxing match which lasted 12 rounds. At the end neither fighter resembled his previous pretty self, but nobody got knocked out either. I just watched Terra ...
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Is the tank scene in the A-Team physically possible?

The scene where the A-Team is in the tank and its falling from the air, they fire the canon and it stops from falling for a moment before falling again. Is this possible from a Physics point of view?
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Couldn't Duncan be sued for doing this?

In the Seinfeld episode "The Race", Duncan Meyer threatens to fire Jerry's girlfriend unless Jerry agrees to repeat a race Duncan lost to Jerry in high school. It seems to me that firing her over ...
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Magic behind 3.6 roentgen/hour in Chernobyl TV series

I'm wondering about origins of this value that comrade Dyatlov said, "Not great, not terrible". The movie and some documentaries mention that they did not know or that they undervalued the danger of ...
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How can everyone in a large crowd hear the speaker from a long distance away?

I always wonder about this particular scenario, where in a large area, the lead speaks and all of the audience listen although they are quite far away. In some motivational speeches, the army ...
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Can a private company make decisions over prisoners' freedom?

In Orange Is the new Black, the prison is bought by a private company - MCC (later known as PolyCon). There are numerous instances depicted whereby this privately-owned company makes decisions over ...
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Why does public show no reaction to killings in John Wick 3?

The entire movie felt like there's been a bit of a disconnect from the surrounding world every time John Wick was fighting. So what really bothered me were a few scenes where he is slashing foes in ...
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Why does this character look like this after the treatment?

VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED This is about Martyrs from 2008 (France / Canada), not the remake. There are two female leads, Lucie and Anna. Lucie commits suicide and Anna is captured. Finally, Anna ...
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Is the Unix command used by the system analyst in Jurassic World 2 valid?

The Jurassic Park franchise has always been pretty good at being scientifically accurate even with computers, as can be seen here. Jurassic World 2 seems to be no exception. At some point the system ...
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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 ...
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Would this be allowed to happen in real life?

In Spider-Man: Far From Home, the first post-credits scene, a news broadcast in a screen outside the Madison Square Garden announces and shows a video of Mysterio, before dying which was edited to ...
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In the Yesterday Movie, what explains the changes to history other than the oblivion of the Beatles?

In the Yesterday Movie, a miracle somehow consigns the Beatles to oblivion. But it also produces several other changes that are mentioned in the movie without much explanation. Cigarette smoking seems ...
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How real is Vanishing Twin Syndrome in Savyasachi?

There is a Telugu movie titled Savyasachi, which shows something called Vanishing Twin Syndrome. How real is the depiction of the disease? Is it possible to have the consciousness of a twin in ...
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Why does Sherlock (BBC) use miles?

I've just started watching the BBC series Sherlock on Netflix. In the first 5 episodes, we've noticed that Sherlock and Watson always refer to long distances in miles rather than kilometers. It was my ...
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Roark Junior suffers damage to groin [closed]

In the movie, Sin City(I believe in the comic book as well), there is a scene in the beginning of the episode of “That Yellow Bastard”, where the character, Hartigan, after disarming Roark Junior, ...
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How accurate is the Fear the Walking Dead's depiction of a nuclear meltdown?

In this latest season of Fear the Walking Dead there's a nuclear power plant with two reactors, one of which has melted down and the other of which is about to. My question is... how accurate is ...
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What programming language is Mr. Glass using? [closed]

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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ("...
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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 ...
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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,...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How did the kidney transplant work?

Close to the beginning of Going in Style we see Willie talking to the doctor about his kidney failure, and how he will need a transplant. The dialogue goes something like this: Doctor: Have you ...
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Why wasn't Cole Williams ever convicted of assault?

In 21 (2008), Cole Williams beats up counters in a basement and apparently has been doing that for years. How is it possible that he was never charged for assault?
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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 ...
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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. ...
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Is it really possible to create a mind palace?

In Sherlock the BBC TV series the protagonist Sherlock and the villain Magnussen are able to recall information from their mind similar to searching for a file in Windows. Is this really possible? If ...
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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?
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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 ...
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Where exactly in Italy to where in Russia is the train going?

In the film Stalingrad (1993), where exactly are they passing while on the the train in one scene here? It is supposed to be in Italy, going to Russia. Where exactly in Italy to where exactly in ...
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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 (...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Would a DeLorean actually break apart into a million pieces if hit by a freight train?

The scene in Back to the Future III where the freight train destroys the DeLorean seems a bit unrealistic to me. It makes the car look like it was made of wood or cinder blocks. Maybe if the train was ...