The science in movies, even movies with science as a main premise, is often a made-up joke. A recent article in Scienceby Dov Greenbaum brings up the idea of promoting accurate portrayal of science in film, using the movie ‘the perfect 46‘ as an example.
“Writer-director-producer Brett Ryan Bonowicz begins The Perfect 46 with a disclaimer: “This film is scientifically authentic. It is only one step ahead of present reality.” To Bonowicz’s credit, he seems to have gone to great lengths to make sure that the technology presented in this movie, unlike most thrillers with science in a supporting role, is more science than fiction.”
“Hollywood has shown an interest in making the science in movies more scientifically accurate. Given the impact movies can have on culture and society, scientists should take advantage of this attention. The American Humane Association has long monitored movies and films, noting their approval with the “no animals were harmed” disclaimer in the final credits. Perhaps scientific societies should consider implementing something similar. There are programs to help filmmakers present science (and scientists) more accurately. Should we go further and set up some program to review films and forewarn moviegoers?“