Could the Moment Happen?

Could the Moment Happen?

Nothing ruins a movie more then a completely unbelievable scene, especially at a moment that matters. So we ask, how believable are this summer’s blockbuster’s top moments, could they happen?

Watch Chris Pratt get pranked by Raptors
Jurassic World: 
The Jurassic series popularity lies in the science it is based on. It feels like the movies are actually founded in real genetics, and that’s good enough for most of us.  All that’s needed is Dino D.N.A from a mosquito, fill in the missing links with frog D.N.A (what could go wrong), spare no expense, then boom, cue the music, T-Rexes everywhere.   As much as we all want to believe that one day Dinosaurs could come back, the YOLO moment a Raptor hunts you is probably a fantasy, right?
Could the moment happen?
Yes, yes it could, high five!  But it is a long way off, and not true to the movie’s science.  D.N.A has a half-life of 521 years, meaning every 521 years, half of the genetic code of a D.N.A strand decomposes forever.  After millions of years, even if you found remnants of D.N.A, it would be useless, but there is an alternative. Paleontologist James Horner, the original inspiration for the Allan Grant character in Jurassic park, believes he has found a solution.   If the movies taught us anything, it’s that Dinosaurs evolved into birds, but don’t call them turkeys kid.  Horner is researching ways to reverse engineer bird’s D.N.A to undo millions of years of evolution, and hatch out a Dinosaur.  Skeptical? Researchers at Harvard have already reversed a bird’s beak into a Dinosaur looking mouth complete with teeth.  Prof. Horner forecasts a legit Dino clone could only be 10 years away.
The Terminator Franchise explained in 5 minutes.

Terminator Genisys:

What’s not to love about the Terminator series? Arnold’s one-liner LOL moments, insane robot fights, and an apocalyptic dystopian future; it has something for the whole family.  In the movies, machines essentially develop self-awareness, and violently overtake humanity.  Is such a cheery and optimistic future even possible, and where will you fit in once our Robot Overlords are in charge?

Could the moment happen?

PW Singer is a world-renowned futurist, and expert on artificial intelligence.  In his book Wired for War, he discusses the Robo- apocalypse in detail.  According to him, there are 4 elements required for machines to turn on us:

  1. The AI or robot has to have some sense of self-preservation and ambition, to want power or fear the loss of power.

In the middle of watching a trending video, when your laptop is low on power, it warns you, it fears the loss of power above all else.

  1. The robots have to have eliminated any dependence on humans.

Self-docking Roombas can charge themselves, you’ve been warned.

  1. Humans have to have omitted failsafe controls, so there’s no ability to turn robots or AI off.

Have you noticed there is no actual on/off button on IPhones.

  1. The robots need to gain these advantages in a way that takes humans by surprise.

I don’t see this happening.  There really is nothing to worry about, at this moment.



Trailer for San Andreas, the movie not the fault.


San Andreas:

In San Andreas, a giant Earthquake destroys the whole west coast from LA to San Francisco, despite the Rocks best efforts to keep the Earth from shaking with his bare hands. There is no question a huge earthquake from the San Andreas fault is imminent, it’s a question of how much damage it will cause. In the movie, the tremors level most of LA and San Francisco, crumbling buildings, and flooding the streets, most likely killing millions in a mere moments time.


Could the moment happen?

According to Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, although the San Andreas fault is due for a quake, it is no where near possible for it to be as devastating as the one in the movie. L.A. and San Francisco would not be demolished, and a giant tsunami would not be created by the shake.  That does not mean it would not be tragic.  Simulations of quakes from the fault predict the next big one could cause 200 billion in damage, 50,000 injuries and 2,000 deaths.  Even the Rock couldn’t stop that.

Young Blart dancing, funnier than the movie

Paul Blart 2:

In the original Paul Blart, an overweight incompetent mall security guard foils an attempted robbery. The movie received a 33% on Rotten tomatoes, and was the laughing stock of Hollywood.  The movie was terrible, and left many asking in terror, could a Paul Blart movie happen again?

Could the moment happen?

Yes. Six years latter, Blart is at it again, this time as a security guard patrolling a Las Vegas Casino.  Paul Blart 2 not only happened, but it was worse than the original.  It received a 6% on Rotten tomatoes.  Here are some highlights of what the critics had to say:

Greg Wakeman of reviewed,

“If you find yourself in front of a screen where Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is playing you only have yourself to blame.”
Blake Goble writing for the Consequence of Sound raved,
“I am not being melodramatic. And I’m struggling to say something about it. I just want Paul Blart over with and out of my life, so I can get back to other movies. Literally any other movie.”
Perhaps the most positive review was by Gary Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times who quipped:
“Although there have been worse sequels — and worse overall movies — make no mistake, that’s hardly a recommendation.”
May we take solace that a PB3 is not in currently in the works.

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