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At the Movies: Good Science and Bad Science

January 6th, 2011 (02:19 pm)

current mood: amused

NASA scientists have compiled a list of the least plausible and the most plausible science fiction movies ever made; in other words, those that are based on bad science and those based on good science. And yes, the bad ones are all pretty darn bad, at least the ones I've seen. And the premises of the other "bad" ones sounded so idiotic that I never bothered to see them. I haven't seen all of the good ones yet, but it seems like a reasonable list. I'll have to make a point of renting the ones I haven't seen yet on Netflix. Here are the rankings:

Worst Sci-Fi Movies
1. 2012 (2009)
2. The Core (2003)
3. Armageddon (1998)
4. Volcano (1997)
5. Chain Reaction (1996)
6. The 6th Day (2000)
7. What the #$*! Do We Know? (2004)

Most Realistic SF Movies Films
1. Gattaca (1997)
2. Contact (1997)
3. Metropolis (1927)
4. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
5. Woman in the Moon (1929)
6. The Thing from Another World (1951)
7. Jurassic Park (1993)

I should add that I've seen this reported in several places, but I have not been able to find a NASA source for the information (after an admittedly brief search) so I can't be absolutely sure that the list was really voted on by NASA scientists. I think it's an interesting list, nonetheless.