Holiday Puzzle 9 | What movie is this?

by | Dec 24, 2023 | 2023 Holiday Puzzles, News

Disaster movies frequently take liberties with scientific accuracy for the sake of entertainment. Here are three short clips from popular ones.

What’s the movie?

For bonus points, what are the glaring scientific inaccuracies?



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The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

This film portrays catastrophic climate change effects, leading to a new ice age. While it raises awareness about climate change, the speed and severity of the environmental changes depicted are highly exaggerated, and admittedly so by the film makers. Climate change is a gradual process, and the sudden, extreme weather events shown in the movie are not consistent with the current laws of thermodynamics.



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Twister (1996)

Centered on storm chasers researching tornadoes, “Twister” dramatizes many aspects of tornado behavior. For instance, the film shows characters surviving in extremely close proximity to violent tornadoes, which in reality would be far more dangerous and likely lethal.



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Dante’s Peak (1997)

A film about a volcanic eruption in a small town, “Dante’s Peak” exaggerates the speed at which volcanic events occur. Additionally, certain scenes, like the one where the protagonists drive a vehicle across a lava flow, defy the actual destructive nature of lava.


So, don’t believe everything you see in the movies — there probably won’t be a film crew standing by to help if this happens to you!

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