ByFergus Coyle, writer at
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Recently with The Martian releasing, I've seen a lot of people talking about whether or not the science in it holds up. It's a fun thing to talk about, and realising the moments Matt Damon should have died at is harmless. However, science in films is something that some people complain about, and those opinions are never more loudly heard than with regards to Jurassic World.

But why? What does it matter if Mark Watney couldn't have survived being stranded on Mars in real life? Or if dinosaurs should have feathers, as long as the film is enjoyable and at least creates a sustainable illusion of reality to most viewers while in the cinema. Sure, there are people who might notice some inaccuracies in a film while watching it, but are movies about educating you on science? No, they're about thrilling and exciting you in different ways.

Let's, for example, talk about those dinosaurs in Jurassic World. Yes, it sucks that we'll probably never actually clone dinosaurs in the real world, but why should we let that spite carry over into a film that has a genetically spliced T-rex/velociraptor fight and Ankylosaurus with a club on its tail. Sure, it's not the best film in the world, but it uses makeshift science like the mosquitoes in amber cloning, the reptilian dinosaurs and the oversized raptors in order to deliver the most intense and fun cinema experience that it can.

Then there's The Martian. Yes, Mark Watney should be dead by roughly the fifteen minute mark, but then we don't get the awesome experience of seeing him strive to make a self sustaining farm out of a dead planet. Maybe what he does can't work at times and maybe duct tape isn't actually as useful as the film makes it out to be, but it's a joy to watch his story on screen so why would you want to be the spoilsport who focuses on the fact that it isn't 100% real science. It's a great film and that's all you should care about.

Wrapping Up...

So, in short, let's stop caring about how scientifically accurate films are, because that isn't what they're about, it's about giving us a great experience. Do you agree, or are you a stickler for science? Let us know in the comments below and until next time, enjoy your lives.


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