It’s the most frequent automotive gaffe in film: the hero needs to clear her vision for the inevitable chase sequence, so she reaches out and smashes the windshield with one hand, busting the glass out of the way. But there’s just no way that’s how it goes down in real life.
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I just saw it in the latest James Bond film, Skyfall, in the first three minutes of the movie. If you’ve ever smashed a windshield – or if you happen to read BoldRide – you know it to be completely implausible. Windshields aren’t made of plate glass. They’re designed to maintain their integrity even if you hit a deer at 40 miles an hour. I don’t care how trained an MI6 agent you are. You’re not busting a windshield out of a car one-handed.
Hollywood gets it wrong ALL THE TIME, and for car people, it’s enough of a bump to ruin the whole movie. It’s more than poetic license. It’s just plain lazy writing. Is it because the writers don’t own automobiles? Certainly they’ve never worked on one.
So, BoldRiders, here’s the challenge for you: What are the automotive inconsistencies you’ve seen in movies that ruin it for you? Give us an example, and cite the movie you’re talking about and we’ll collect them in an article later this week.