Structural engineer unimpressed by suspension bridge collapse scenes in movies


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But has he taken into consideration what might be lurking underneath?


The great 6 armed we are on a budget ‘Octopus’!


I’ve found that the more I’ve learned about math and physics, the more Hollywood special effects are ruined for me.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll buy that something “magic” happens in a sci-fi movie, but a lot of movies don’t respect their own damn rules enough to make sense. Like in Avatar when you had these ridiculous floating islands created by strong magnetic effects. Okay, fine… maybe. Then they fly a fucking metal helicopter through it. Even non-ferrous metals moving through magnetic fields experience at least electronic effects. Especially if the field is strong enough to lift a fucking island. Don’t even get me started on soil mechanics and how those islands retain enough soil to grow things.


Help! Help! I’m trapped in an awful movie!
- The cast of Final Destination V


It’s kind of a buzzkill watching movies with people who point out flaws. As a kid I remember watching “Backdraft” with my grandpa, who was a retired firefighter. Every few minutes, he’d pipe-up with “That would never happen!”. Another time while watching “Top Gun” with my USAF fighter pilot brother in law, it was the same naysaying nonsense all over again. It’s not like these Hollywood blockbusters are passing themselves off as documentaries so let some of us suspend our disbeliefs and enjoy the movie.


It’s hard when all the instincts garnered from what you do for a living are screaming at you from inside your brain.


The buzzkill for me on that movie was the terribly predictable and trite dialog and plot. I just boggled at why all other people said it was so good. I will grant that seeing on a big movie theater screen would make the jet scenes more entertaining but not enough to save the film for me.


What that Final Destination scene really tells us is that humans are like water balloons full of blood.


All the “occupational experience” triggers happen for me when I watch “Lust for Life”.


In this chapter, Sam Lawton is stuck in traffic on the North Bay Bridge in western New York (played by Vancouver’s Lions Gate Bridge, the only non-iconic bridge on this list)

Lions Gate Bridge is non-iconic? I don’t know if I can trust this guy.


However, as a programmer, I am consistently impressed by the accurate depictions of the computing profession as theatrically displayed in Hackers, Swordfish, et alia.


While I understand giant robots, like the Jaegers from Pacific Rim, aren’t technically feasible…they still are my guilty pleasure.


It’s OK! Aren’t they all killed anyways?


How it really looks when you, well you can see for yourself.


Not even gonna go there. Nope.


It’s kind of a buzzkill watching Backdraft.


Luckily, the driver of the Dodge, Mickey Miller of Garrison, and his 10-year-old son were able to exit their vehicle uninjured.

Somehow he was able to unbuckle the seat beat and exit the other side of his truck as it was falling.


Get this structure some triangles, stat!


This is the one that freaked me out when I was a kid. Still get a hollow feeling in my gut whenever I have to drive over a bridge.