Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Every time I see an ad for the movie Wanted, I get more and more angry. One of its (horrible) premises is that the kid can somehow instinctually “curve” the bullet. As in he can fire a gun and have the bullet travel in an arc. Now, I’m willing to give up some physics in exchange for artistic license, but this is going too far. In the preview, they show the bullet spinning as it curves. Bullets spin in order to straighten out their path, in case you were born yesterday.
So why am I so against this movie? Movies break laws of physics all the time, so why should I be concerned? The issue is simple: stupid people. When The Matrix came out, nobody was trying to stop bullets in the middle of the air because they knew they couldn’t. I don’t have enough faith in humanity to believe that people won’t try “curving” their bullets. Do I think this represents a serious threat? No. But I do think that the movie is dumb enough that the kind of people who go to see it are the kind of people who just might try.