Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Movies Lied


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The most fascinating thing to me about this video is not that the CEO of a bullet-proof glass company sat behind his bullet-proof glass while an employee shot at him, it's the fact that EVERY Hollywood scene that included bullet-proof glass that I've ever seen depicts it happening with exactly zero damage to the glass.

I've never felt so betrayed.

4 comments:

  1. They occasionally do it right, but you have to remember that the main focus of movies is that it's got to be on camera, and having a transparent item, like a windshield, suddenly become unusable for the scene (because you can't see the actors through it) costs quite a bit of money, especially if you have to do more than one take.

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  2. You must have missed the episode of 24 when Bauer just kept shooting into the same hole until it penetrated.

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  3. Andrew - I've got no complaint with the idea of "poetic license", it's just that I'm a little surprised that in 40 years, I've never seen anyone use damaged bulletproof glass as a plot device.

    Prof Hale - missed that one.

    Oh, the Mrs. just reminded me that they DID use this particular plot device on recent episode of "Burn Notice".

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  4. Harv, those movies ARE honest. Bullet resisant glass is never damaged when you shoot at it with blanks.

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