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.


  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.

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

  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".

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