8 Movie Plots That Could Have Been Resolved By Science In Minutes
Whilst the vast majority of movie plots could usually be solved by people just frigging talking to each other for once, there are another subset of storylines that could have easily been resolved, had somebody just thought to “science the s*hit” out of them a la The Martian (although, the infamous opening dust storm proves that even The Martian isn’t immune to this).
It’s one thing to riddle your movie with “mutated neutrinos” and magic “tesseracts” in order to drive the plot forwards, but to contrive an hour and a half of peril from a situation that could be solved, or even completely averted, by casually running your plan past a scientist is a whole other level.
Perhaps, in all of these films, there’s a lab coated scientists just off camera repeatedly muttering, “Um, guys?” – perhaps, on all of these film sets, there’s a science advisor doing exactly the same, who knows?
Granted, the “sensible” approach would probably be slightly less exciting than sending some rough and ready oil rig drillers to blow up an asteroid, or do battle with an army of out of control robots, or whatever else ignites your testosterone taper, but it’s a fun thought experiment nonetheless.
8. The Aliens Don’t Need Earth – Battle: Los Angeles
It is implied in Battle: Los Angeles that the aliens have come to Earth to plunder it for its resources, specifically, its water.
We often hear about how Spaceship Earth is a unique little snowflake in the big bad universe, what with the presence of life and liquid water, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t any water anywhere else. In fact, it is one of the most abundant substances in the universe.
In fact again, the one thing that does give the Earth its Special Snowflake status (although the existence of the invading aliens rather diminishes that status) is the thing that prevents the aliens doing exactly what they want: Humans.
If they were looking for resources, they could have found them in abundance and undefended in the rest of our solar system. Hell, Jupiter’s moon Europa is thought to harbour more water than all of the Earth’s oceans combined beneath its icy surface. Alternatively, they could mine it in frozen form, along with huge amount of other precious elements, from the vast asteroid belt or vast Oort Cloud.
If they were looking for somewhere to live, it is difficult to believe that these system-hopping alien beings could have found a nice, habitable exoplanet anywhere else in the galaxy. Preferably one that isn’t already bristling with guns.