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10 Movies That Clearly Didn’t Research Its Subject Matter, According To Reddit

Top Gun: Maverick has gone from one success to another, as it has now made over $1.4 billion and surpassed Avengers: Infinity War when it comes to domestic gross, and fans’ questions of authenticity are now being shot down. The movie’s fighter pilots count their kills, but not everyone thought that was realistic. However, real-life fighter pilot Brandon Sellers let cynics know that pilots are super competitive and do count their kills.

Unfortunately, not every movie is as well researched as Top Gun 2. Redditors have discussed which movies leased researched their subject, whether it’s science in blockbuster popcorn flicks, ballet in horror movies, or courtroom trials in comedies. And while Redditors aren’t confirmed experts, their claims have been backed up by professionals.

Physics In Fast And Furious

Fast and Furious 9 Dom Stopping Car

Mona_moans points out one of the most obvious elements of blockbuster movies that the screenwriters, studios, and filmmakers get completely wrong. Whether it’s superhero movies, action popcorn flicks, or any one of the 10 Fast and Furious releases, films get physics completely wrong.

The Redditor aims the street-racing-turned-high-octane-action series, noting, “The Fast and the Furious movies could’ve brushed up on some basic physics lessons.” The films feature the Fast family skydiving in cars, destroying entire airplanes while speeding out of them, and F9 makes absolutely no sense whatsoever in terms of physics too. A physicist has pointed out all the problems with physics in several movies for Wired, including the superhero landing and Spider-Man’s strength.

Poker In Casino Royale

Le Chiffre sits at a poker table in Casino Royale

Poker has always been used to depict the beginnings of a feud between characters in movies, either that or it’s used to make the protagonist look cool, and while most movies achieve that, they fail when it comes to the actual poker playing. Mig123 has Casino Royale in their crosshairs, arguing that the characters fumbled their way through the card game even though they’re presented as being masters at it.

The Redditor adds, “Bond is portrayed as being a very good player but not one of the hands shows any skill whatsoever. The final hand was something like flush vs. full house vs. bigger full house vs. bond with a straight flush. The movie certainly made 007 looks cool, which is why Casino Royale is one of the most rewatchable Bond movies, but a Las Vegas casino boss confirmed the Redditor’s statement for GQ. The boss said the likelihood of that happening the first hand at such a high-stakes table is “one in millions,” and that he’s never seen anything like it.

Air Vents In Die Hard

John McClane crawling in the vents in Die Hard

One of the most iconic Die Hard quotes comes from John McClane when he’s speaking to himself while crawling through an air vent. But Jackpot777 points out that McClane’s escape strategy wouldn’t work in real life. The Redditor explains, “ventilation systems are built to carry air and they can fit between walls and floors/ceilings because air molecules aren’t that big or hard to move. You certainly don’t need to make them big enough and reinforced enough to carry an NYC cop in LA.”

From a professional’s point of view a random air vent company, Canopy Fan Cleaning, hilariously weighed in, explaining that air-vent covers can’t be easily removed, they aren’t all that shiny inside, and they don’t support the weight of a grown man. They added that if anybody was in an air vent, they’d be stuck there and the fire department would have to cut them out.

Mythology In Hercules

Disney Hercules looking sheepish

There have been a lot of different movie depictions of Greek mythology and Hercules, but Keenninjago is referring to Disney’s adaptation from 1997, which is completely different from what fans of the mythology know about the character. However, it might not be that Disney and the filmmakers didn’t research the subject, but that they simply needed to keep the movie from being rated R or even PG-13 so that kids could see it.

Disney’s Hercules smooths a lot of the mythology’s rough edges, and the animated movie would be a lot different if it was more faithful to the mythology. If Disney accurately followed the mythology, there would be no Pegasus, Meg would have been killed, and the titular character wouldn’t have made it to the end of the film either.

Space In Armageddon

Oil drillers dressed as astronauts in Armageddon

Strange_Increase_373 accuses Armageddon of not getting space right. There’s a reason why the film is hated by critics but loved by audiences, as it’s a great popcorn movie, but it isn’t very deep and doesn’t make any sense. The Redditor points out, “Apparently, NASA uses it as a training thing where recruits spot all the inaccurate parts.”

The user isn’t wrong, as, according to a Tweet made by Raindance Film School, “New managers are given the task of trying to spot as many errors as possible. At least one hundred sixty-eight have been found.” Ultimately, Ben Affleck put it best in the movie’s DVD commentary, as he wondered if it’d be easier to train astronauts to be oil drillers instead of the other way around.

Ballet In Black Swan

Nina is the black swan in Black Swan

DancinCarl has a problem with ballet in a ton of movies, noting, “Most movies/shows about ballet….Black Swan, Pretty Little Things, Leap – I’m looking at you…” Professional Ballerina Isabella Boylston broke down ballet in multiple movies for Insider, including Black Swan.

Boylston gave the ballet in Black Swan a 7/10, ultimately praising it but noting that it’s obvious when it’s a ballet double and not Natalie Portman. The ballerina also criticized the depiction of a ballet dancer being tormented over the art, explaining that ballet dancers are world-class athletes and don’t act like that.

Courtroom Trials In My Cousin Vinny

Joe Pesci questioning Marisa Tomei on the stand in My Cousin Vinny

So many television networks have had so much success with courtroom dramas, and for the most part, a lot of them are well researched, and they’re executed brilliantly, as they have so many hours to tell the story. However, movies don’t have quite as much time, as they have to condense months-long trials into just two hours. Snifflebot takes issue with this most and specifically points out the comedy-drama My Cousin Vinny.

The Redditor notes, “the surprise defense expert witness, the defense counsel’s sister, is allowed to testify just like that.” A professional lawyer broke down the movie for Wired, who also criticized the movie, including that the lawyer keep approaching the witness stand without the judge’s permission.

Chess In Every Movie

James Macavoy and Michael Fassbender Playing Chess in X-Men: Days of Future Past

The Queen’s Gambit is one of the greatest television shows about chess, as it accurately explains and depicts chess games while still being engaging, but the same can’t be said for most movies that feature the game. Haaitje09 criticizes not just one film, but all “movies that involve chess.”

Chess Master Daniel Rensch broke down several movie scenes involving the game for, and he mostly agreed with the Reddit user. The international chess master criticized a lot of movies and even noted that the board wasn’t set up right before Magento and Xavier had even started playing in X-Men, calling it an “epic fail” for a series that’s full of chess metaphors.

Archery In Robin Hood

Robin Hood 2018 Eve Hewson Taron Egerton Eve Hewson and Taron Egerton in Robin Hood

TheDevilChicken argues that the level of research gone into archery in 2018’s Robin Hood is insulting. The Redditor slams the movie, arguing, “Robin Hood is a masterpiece of shock. Everyone going around like bows are assault rifles is just so stupid.” The 2018 release is considered one of the worst movies of the 2010s, as it has a minuscule 15% on Rotten Tomatoes and 5.3 on IMDb, and while general audiences wouldn’t have picked up on the unresearched archery, many professionals certainly did.

Professional Archer broke down the movie for Insider and rated the authenticity of the archery a 4/10. Ironically, director Otto Bathurst explained in a Youtube video that he wanted the archery in the film to feel as authentic as possible, but it ended up being as authentic as the very historically inaccurate movie.

Rain In Blade Runner

Harrison Ford as Deckard shooting his blaster in Blade Runner

Squirtloaf hilariously notes that the 1982 sci-fi movie has too much rain, commenting, “Blade Runner. Way too much rain for 2019 Los Angeles.” While the Redditor is half joking, it doesn’t take a professional to explain that it doesn’t rain in Los Angeles all year round. A quick look at how many droughts there are will point to the exact opposite.

However, it wasn’t like director Ridley Scott didn’t research L.A.’s weather beforehand, and it’s more tied to the movie’s aesthetic than anything. And the sequel, Blade Runner 2049, fixed the issue as much as it could. While there are plenty of scenes in the rain in the 2017 movie, there are also tons of scenes without it, but it still manages to keep that Blade Runner tone.
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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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