Oh, science. We love you, but why you gotta be so rude?
Recently, we've seen something of a rash of films flaunting their scientific credentials, bragging about the meticulous research that went into them, and trying to outdo one another on the number and calibre of the scientific advisors involved in the project. This is a dangerous tactic; it acts like catnip to scientists, just waiting to get their claws into the latest Hollywood offering and pick their teeth with its bones.
We know that it's not supposed to be completely realistic; we're aware in our heart of hearts that if it were, it would be duller than dishwater at a poetry reading. Yet although science snobbery has ruined the enjoyment of many a great movie, we're masochists, all. As a result, ruining movies with science nuggets becomes an enjoyable pastime.
All this said, the odd bit of science magic here and there can elevate a good film to greatness if done properly.
Despite science's reputation for p*ssing in everyone's popcorn, it does occasionally come through with a snippet of information that makes our favourite flicks that much better, because it means they're true.