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“Knowing” How Solar Flares Don’t Work

23 Aug 2009, 11:27 UTC
“Knowing” How Solar Flares Don’t Work
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My wife turned to me as the credits rolled and asked, “Can you sue a production company for inaccurate science in a movie?”
“Hmmm… good point!” I said. “Unfortunately, though, I think it’s just called ‘being creative.’”
But that got me thinking.
Knowing not very much
We’d just sat through the Nicholas Cage disaster movie Knowing after heavily criticising the last hour of magical solar flares, prophecies, silly religious undertones and complete disregard for a little thing called “science.” Oh, and there were aliens. Who would have guessed?!
I would say that apart from these things, it was actually a pretty good film… but I’d be lying. Well, a little. I was actually quite impressed by the assorted disaster CGI and the acting (I’m glad Rose Byrne is getting some big roles, as I think she rocked in Damages), but generally, I was disappointed. I think I would have enjoyed it more if the director Alex Proyas didn’t have such a contempt for asking a science advisor for… I dunno… “advice.”
In fact, I’m not even going to bother researching whether there was a science advisor in the production crew or not, because either a) the rest of ...

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