10 Lies Movies Taught You

10 Lies Movies Taught You Everyone knows that not everything they see in a movie is realistic, but there are some occasions when certain scenes are overused so much that they become accepted as fact From magic defibrillators to tracing phones, AllTime10s brings you 10 Dumb Lies Movies Taught You

10 EXPLOSIONS ARE NO BIG DEAL It wouldn’t be a great action movie without the cliché explosion and walk away You know the one; the shockwave was enough to shatter buildings, cars and everything else except the guy who is walking away in slow motion not looking back Well, apart from Ben Foster in The Mechanic and Django, who both failed to get the memo In reality, that same shock wave could tear our hero to pieces from flying shrapnel, and even if his body did remain intact, the shock wave wouldn’t push him forward, it would go straight through

This alone would be enough to stop a heart While we’re on explosions, there’s no way they can be started by a cigarette butt Sorry John Cusack 9 DRUGS TO THE HEART If we learned anything from Pulp Fiction, it’s that someone can survive a deadly heroin overdose if adrenaline is injected straight into their heart

But was slamming a needle through Mia’s sternum purely for dramatic effect? Well, intracardiac injections are a real thing, but they’re almost never used because there are many ways to administer medicine without the potentially lethal risk of puncturing a hole in the heart Just as effective is injecting medicine into a person’s bloodstream through a vein, as blood circulates through the entire body in less than a minute Intracardiac injections are extremely risky, as they could also cause a fatal lung puncture 8 TRACING A PHONE CALL TAKES TIME Here’s how the situation goes down: the good guys are on the phone to the bad guy and they have to keep him talking for about a minute before they can trace the call to find his location

In actuality, phone tapping like this hasn't been accurate since the seventies, when phone carriers stopped using operators and switchboards and started using electronic switching mechanisms With a cell phone it’s even easier as the police can instantly track a phone if it has its GPS activated The only time when the movie scenario could work is when the bad guy is using a stolen phone or prepaid phone, and even then the police can use cell towers to find a location of a phone and triangulate its position But this would take up to half an hour 7

CHLOROFORM NAP What’s the best way to completely knock someone out? Chloroform of course! Well, that’s what movies have led you to believe But the truth is, it’s not as effective as you think It takes at least five minutes of inhaling chloroform fumes to render someone unconscious, and even then this doesn’t mean they are going to be knocked out for a significant amount of time They would need a continuous supply to keep them passed out Oh and failure to keep the chin supported will result in the victim's tongue blocking their airway and suffocating them

So, the whole sticking a rag over someone’s mouth, lobbing them in a car and waiting for them to wake up again in a couple of hours is completely unrealistic 6 DROWNING DRAMATICALLY On the big screen, drowning victims have plenty of time to splash around, flail their arms in the air and scream for help right up to the moment they go under, but in real life this wouldn't be the case This is because when a person is on the cusp of drowning, the final 20–60 seconds before sinking underwater they enter a state of preservation called the “Instinctive Drowning Response” This state causes voluntarily movement to become impossible

The person tends to bob, their legs do not kick, and their arms are held laterally against the body It also typically means a drowning person will die quietly, since they are unable to keep their mouth above the water for long enough to cry for assistance 5 PIXELS ARE PIXELS Let’s set the record straight If you zoom in really close on a grainy CCTV image until it almost fills the screen, there is no magic “enhance image” button to make the image perfectly clear

Pixels don’t work like that Of course, movies would have us think otherwise One especially embarrassing example is in Blade Runner, when Decker zooms in on a reflection in a cabinet door and manages to recreate a face Elsewhere, in Enemy of the State, Jack Black uses his supernatural powers to rotate a CCTV image in 3D Remarkable

and impossible 4 BULLETS MAKE ANYTHING EXPLODE Bullets in movies are awesome aren’t they? They cause pretty much anything to explode into flames

The classic movie staple is firing a bullet at a car’s gas tank or some gasoline and it immediately blowing up, allowing the protagonist or antagonist to get away But just imagine if a sudden impact or puncture on a car caused a huge fireball the size of a house; every car accident would look like a Michael Bay movie In reality, the “shoot the gas tank” scene is a myth It was debunked on The Discovery Channel’s show Mythbusters, which explained that you would need to punch a small hole in the tank, light a fire outside it, and vaporize the gas inside to the point that the tank over-pressurizes Even then, you’d need to shoot a tracer bullet from a great enough distance so that the round could ignite with air friction and the gasoline would then catch fire

3 SHATTERED GLASS IS PAINLESS No action film is complete without at least one of the characters jumping through or falling through a glass window and them managing to walk away with barely any cuts Even Bridget Jones has the scene where it’s raining men and shards of glass but both Colin and Hugh are both a-okay The thing is, broken glass has razor-sharp edges that can cut right through clothing and human flesh So even if a person survived falling out of a window, they could suffer from blunt trauma wounds, severe damage to nerves, vessels and tendons, all of which could very easily result in disability or even death

2 THE INSANITY DEFENSE WORKS A Time to Kill is a classic example of this The court finds Samuel L Jackson’s character not guilty by reason of temporary insanity for the murder of two men who raped his daughter Except, the whole thing is a bit of a farce

The defense never tries to assure the jury that Jackson was temporarily insane, in fact they make it clear that he did actually commit the crime – yet still they ask the jury not to find him guilty The insanity defense is also used in other films, such as Primal Fear and Batman Begins But in real life this defense is rarely used On average, less than one percent of all cases in the US use it and even when they do, it’s successful less than 25% of the time Furthermore, those found not guilty for reasons of insanity are sent to mental institutions

1 THE MAGIC DEFIBRILLATOR As medical movie myths go, this one tops the list You know the scene: a patient is flatlining but someone defibrillates them anyway and miraculously the heart is shocked back to life! (INSERT MOVIE SOUND BITE) In real life though, no one can bring someone back into the world if they’re flatlining That person is dead What defibrillators can do, though, is start or reset a heart that is not beating correctly

Its main purpose is to correct a heart rhythm if someone has gone into cardiac arrest – before it stops! So there are 10 Dumb Lies Movies Taught You Which movie myths annoy you most? Let us know in the comments below and if you enjoyed this video be sure to check out this one We'll see you next time!

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