Most of us watch movies to escape from reality, so it’s no surprise that realism isn’t their strong suit.
In general movies are chock-full of tropes that don’t actually hold up to scrutiny, like when a sharp-eyed investigator instructs his tech nerd underling to “ENHANCE!” and a low-resolution image magically becomes crystal clear, or when the hero knows exactly how to punch someone so they immediately fall unconscious but are otherwise unharmed.
A thread on Reddit recently chronicled the things that are perfectly normal in movies but non-existent in real life.
Here are some of the unrealistic movie moments that never happen in real life:
People recovering very quickly from injuries, especially head injuries
Hacking is typing really fast.
Bombs with a special display that counts down to zero.
Unlimited bullets and 100% accuracy for shooting normal bad guys
Being able to outrun an explosion.
Women can be in the jungle for days but no body hair anywhere.
Men instantly grow a beard.
In horror movies I always enjoy how fast and deep a perfectly symmetrical grave gets dug
People not screaming in absolute agony when shot or stabbed in the gut.
Reservoir dogs is one movie that did it realistically.
Police take a DNA sample and have the results in an hour.
Actually being able to have a conversation at a bar while music is playing.