MISCONCEPTIONS HOLLYWOOD HAS TAUGHT US
Added on: 14th Dec 2016
THE BAD RUSSIAN
We have seen again and again crooked Russian officials
(A Good Day to Die Hard), merciless Russian gangsters
(Eastern Promises), inhumane ex-KGB agents (The Avengers)
and of course, cold-hearted robotic boxers (Ivan Drago in
Rocky IV), but in reality all this nonsense was nothing
more than the result of the blatant political
propaganda of Hollywood during the Cold War.
COMPUTER HACKERS ARE AS SMART OR
SMARTER THAN GOD
The abilities of hackers are greatly exaggerated or just
plain wrong in most films. Hackers, starring Jonny Lee Miller
and Angelina Jolie, is an odd relic from the ‘90’s that imagines
computer hackers as a cross between Zeus and Odin.
Take it easy, guys; they are just geeks with some
talent in programming and computers.
ORGANIZED CRIMINALS LOVE TO ADVERTISE
In real life, most people who are members of the Mafia and
other organized crime organizations are reticent about what
they actually do, while in films most of them show off to
everybody, even in front of the cops without suffering
THE BAD GUY IS USUALLY BAD AT SHOOTING
(ESPECIALLY AT THE END OF THE FILM)
The crazy thing in most films is that the bad guy is as
deadly as it gets at the beginning; even his mean look can
kill you. However, at the end of the movie when he confronts
the good guy, he can’t find the target even if he shoots
from a short distance away. What happened to him?
Only the filmmakers know!
YOU CAN BEAT SOMEONE FOR “HOURS,”
AND THEY WON’T EVEN GET DIZZY
If you are into martial arts and action movies, it’s certain you’ve
seen fight scenes that last for an eternity and both guys take
more punishment than Jake LaMotta did during his whole
career. The craziest part is that they won’t go down even
once. Anyone who has been punched in the face clean
knows that all it takes is one good shot to knock
your lights out.
THE PROTAGONIST NEVER HAS ANY BACKUP
OR HELP DURING THE FINAL CONFRONTATION
Even though in most real life cases the authorities prevent the
victim from taking revenge on the perp, things are a little
different in film. The victim, who also happens to be the
protagonist, not only seeks revenge but also usually takes
it since the police reach the crime scene ten minutes after
everything happens just to collect the “bad” guy’s body.
EVERYBODY THINKS FRANKENSTEIN IS THE MONSTER
For some reason the vast majority of people think that
Frankenstein is the monster, when in reality the nameless
monster is Dr. Frankenstein’s creature.
THE PROTAGONIST GETS AWAY WITH ANY KIND
OF CRIME BECAUSE HE’S DEFENDING HIMSELF
We have all seen tons of films where in order to protect himself
or his family, the protagonist usually kills an army of men,
destroys public and private property and so on and
doesn’t get arrested in the end as would happen in real life.
SOUND AND LIGHT OCCUR SIMULTANEOUSLY
In film, sound and light always occur simultaneously and there
is no delay like in real life. However, sound travels slower
than light, so you are more likely to see an explosion first
before hearing it. The same goes for thunder and lightning,
which is the most characteristic example of this principle.