Once of the greatest things that great movies have always been capable of is drawing audiences into a world that doesn’t exist. We go into a theater, knowing that everything we’re seeing is completely fictional, yet still manage to immerse ourselves in the universe unfolding in front of us as if it were as real as the people sitting next to us. Whether that world is a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away or some hidden part of the world we live in, there’s no other form of escapism quite like the silver screen.
In honor of this weekend’s top earner at the box office, The Purge, today’s Two Cents Worth is about the worlds that movies make us believe in, or, more specifically, don’t. I would love to know what are some movies you’ve seen that have absolutely been ruined by an unrealistic premise. For the sake of the argument, we’ll stick to movies that exist within the same physical world that we do, aka no magic or mystical creatures. In other words, anything premise that offers up an original premise while still trying to offer up some semi-feasible explanation for how it all works.
For my answer, I’m tempted to chose The Purge as it is so fresh in my memory but if I were to be totally honest, it’d be a close tie between The Core (2003) and 2012 (20109. It’s hard to choose between “The world randomly stops spinning” and “The Mayans were right!”, but if I had to choose I’d side with the one that has no other reason for existence other than giving Roland Emmerich more famous buildings to destroy. If you’re looking for any inspiration for your own answer, here’s a list of the most unrealistic movies of all time as provided by none other than NASA.
Now it’s your turn. What are some of the most ridiculous movie premises you’ve ever seen? Let’s continue the conversation in the comments below!
P.S. If you want to answer the opposite of this question, hop on over to Fogs’ Movie Reviews for his discussion forum of all of your favorite Dystopian Futures.