Explosives Expert Rates Unrealistic Movie Explosions

  • Published on Feb 3, 2019
  • We’ve all seen action stars walk away from ridiculous explosions in movies. Here, Columbia University explosives engineer Rodger Cornell rates 10 movie explosion scenes based on how realistic they are. We look at scenes from action and adventure movies like “Indiana Jones,” “Transformers,” “Django Unchained,” “X-Men,” “The Dark Knight,” “Desperado,” and more. How plausible are these scenes in real life? Are they scientifically accurate? Let's find out.
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    Explosives Expert Rates Unrealistic Movie Explosions
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  • Vishnu Mistry
    Vishnu Mistry Day ago

    Why does he look like a mature version of Tom Holland? 😂

  • Juan Carlo Rodrigues dos Reis

    Just came back here to say how dumb this stupid dude is. Contradicting himself the whole video, is so pathetic.

  • Rob Jones
    Rob Jones 2 days ago

    I thought he was actually going to rate the EXPLOSIVES not critique the realism of the movies lol, waste of 13 minutes, I was expecting him rate the live effects vs the CGI tells us what types of explosives would produce what effect vs what explosives are shown to produce, pointless

  • Javier Marmol
    Javier Marmol 2 days ago

    Okey but . . . damn Rodger 👀

  • DR Evil
    DR Evil 2 days ago

    if you fly fast in an explosion your flying in peices

  • Abbott-jesse Love Wafula Masika


  •  2 days ago +1

    When they exploded atomic bomb's in the Nevada desert the military had soldiers march into the drop zone. So the part where Indiana Jones looks over the ridge is accurate and this guy is wrong. Look up the video on TVclip and you will see soldiers marching into the Nevada drop zone of an atomic bomb with the mushroom cloud in the air.

  • Sethington
    Sethington 3 days ago

    All of these producers should've budgeted for consulting an explosive expert. Their mistake. the end.

  • alaub 13
    alaub 13 3 days ago

    Love this!! Make it into a series!!

  • Robert Aindow
    Robert Aindow 3 days ago

    try the film Blown Away

  • NKProductions2014
    NKProductions2014 3 days ago

    Michael Bay actaully worked with the military in ALL the Transformers movies he directed. They are real soldiers doing they thang.

  • TheBencore
    TheBencore 4 days ago

    Next video: regular guy with common sense will tell stupid realists that movies are meant to be unrealistic and fictional.

  • Distortion
    Distortion 4 days ago +1

    He looks like an adult version of Tom Holland

  • swanseauk
    swanseauk 4 days ago

    with regards the wolverine helicopter scene, the heli in the scene is a turbine powered aircraft. that means Jet A1 fuel, i saw a tv documentery once about fuels, doesn't jet a1 react like deisel. i mean you can throw a lit match into a cup of the stuff and it'll just put the flame out. it needs to be in a pressurised vapour form to burn. I could be wrong.

  • Goblintom
    Goblintom 4 days ago +1

    I'm just wondering, would realistic action movie be a fun one? Or something bit more grounded a least.

  • David Parks
    David Parks 4 days ago

    C'mon Avatar Hometree. Also just because a fuel tanker has a few bullet holes doesn't mean it can't build up pressure. If the fuel was ignited, the acceleration and build up of pressure would be much faster than could be released by those tiny holes. If the manhole was fully open I still wouldn't want to be too close.

  • Victor Tesla
    Victor Tesla 4 days ago

    I'm really surprised that he doesn't mention gasoline. He's an "expert" but he can't identify obvious gasoline explosions??? Near all of these are gas fire/explosions.

  • Dark Friday
    Dark Friday 4 days ago

    Its-Just-A-Movie! OMG.

  • MrMasterMizer
    MrMasterMizer 4 days ago

    Kinda upset this guy doesn't have a tattered cowboy hat, white beard, a lazy eye, a missing front tooth, bushy eyebrows, and overalls on....

  • The BAAN Experiment
    The BAAN Experiment 4 days ago

    Lies. This is the guy from the doctor reacts but on the left side of the screen and with glasses.

  • bloodrunsclear
    bloodrunsclear 4 days ago

    I don't care how badass Denzel is, he's not literally a superhero O_o

  • David Mayberry
    David Mayberry 4 days ago

    I don't understand his analysis of The Dark Knight at all, he just questions whether the Joker would have the available funds and if he'd be able to place the charges without being noticed.... for one there's all kinds of ways to explain away both of those issues, and for two he said absolutely nothing about the realism of the explosion itself... which is what I thought the whole point of the was.

  • David Mayberry
    David Mayberry 4 days ago

    It may not look "real" but it does look totally bad ass!!!

  • old Radio
    old Radio 5 days ago

    my whole life is a lie

  • Karl Kleve
    Karl Kleve 5 days ago +4

    For dark knight, he literally just criticized the set-up without any comment on the explosion itself.

  • Morphic c
    Morphic c 5 days ago

    Shark rates shark movies.

  • RustyX2010
    RustyX2010 5 days ago

    Gabe from the Office talking about explosives!

  • Pac0 Master
    Pac0 Master 5 days ago +1

    Well, the US Army did some test where personal would walk toward a nuke after it has detonated
    They didn't die within the next few hours
    Though they may have an increased risk of Cancer today if they're not dead yet

  • Marcus Bushay
    Marcus Bushay 5 days ago

    How much would you rate power ranger

  • nico
    nico 5 days ago

    you forgot one thing :
    indiana jones drink from the grall , so you need more that just a nuclear explosion and radiations to kill him

  • Alain Hamuli
    Alain Hamuli 5 days ago

    Your job ? Explosion engineer

  • Tony Blanco
    Tony Blanco 6 days ago

    I disagree with the joker scene .. he would hire people with the money he stole to place those bombs money isn’t a problem for him he’s the joker ...and time he got nothing better to do literally..9/10 for me tbh.

  • BossyBobby7
    BossyBobby7 6 days ago

    Next video ghost rates movie deaths

  • Peter Georgiev
    Peter Georgiev 6 days ago

    this guy is golden

  • Marquan James
    Marquan James 6 days ago

    I think the joker one is a bit realistic, given who the Joker is in the comics book. He has easily eluded Batman countless times, so I'm pretty sure he can trick a few hospital staff to do this . He is practically rich amongst the rest of of the other batman villians

  • Rogers Photography
    Rogers Photography 7 days ago

    He must be very popular at parties.

  • Dyl
    Dyl 7 days ago

    He looks like Tom Holland

  • Leech Miller
    Leech Miller 7 days ago

    This makes me think of the start of Designated Survivor. Kiefer Sutherland is in a room when the capitol building explodes but all he sees is the feed on his TV go blank. I grew up and live in Belfast and I know explosions/bombs are very loud. He was able to see the burning capitol building when he opened the curtains. If he had been that close he would of heard the explosion very clearly, even if he was in a bullet proof room.

  • Reece Sweet
    Reece Sweet 8 days ago

    Pretty sure the hospital scene was an actual controlled demolition of a building though. That's why the button fiddling was improved because the explosives didnt go off on cue so Ledger just stayed in character.

  • kizfy
    kizfy 8 days ago

    this guy could be tom hollands dad

  • Heaven Green
    Heaven Green 8 days ago

    Ugh yes I needed this

  • kruelzombieful
    kruelzombieful 8 days ago

    The explosives expert guy looks just like the guy from Above and Beyond all over the world music video. Lol

  • Cameron Rogers
    Cameron Rogers 8 days ago

    Of course 21 Jump Street is the most realistic lmao

  • Alex Reid
    Alex Reid 8 days ago

    How does The Dark Knight not get a 10/10, they actually blew up that building, that is actual footage of what it looked like. I thought this was supposed to be a review of the explosions not complaining about semantics of how the Joker actually accomplished it.

  • Master Dub
    Master Dub 8 days ago

    I feel like Indy deserved a higher score than 1 star, given the only inaccuracy was his survival.

  • steve denis
    steve denis 8 days ago

    A professional cartoon rates unrealistic cartoons. "Or" A female with an unrealistic body type rates females with unrealistic bodies.

  • MrReckless327
    MrReckless327 8 days ago

    what would u do in Indies situation

  • Daddy Ghost
    Daddy Ghost 9 days ago

    He ranked the whole Handcock movie.

  • HD Keemii
    HD Keemii 9 days ago

    you do realize the Joker hires henchmen right , and what do you mean he doesn't have the resources didn't you see the money he burnt

  • mack cummy
    mack cummy 9 days ago

    Only a large explosion will propel you through the air.

  • Nothing\
    Nothing\ 9 days ago

    I remember a lecture from a physics class at U of C Berkeley I watched on TVclip years back, the professor, his name was Richard Mueller, claimed that you could stand next to an explosion and be fine. As long as there's no fragmentation. I believe he referred specifically to TNT or dynamite. I always thought it was an odd statement.
    The class was Physics for Future Presidents. It was meant to be a non-technical physics class for future politicians so they can make more informed decisions on matters of science. It was pretty good, as I recall.

    • Harry Peterson
      Harry Peterson 8 days ago

      That really depends on the power of the explosion and how close you are to it...
      Many people have been killed by the overpressure fom explosions.
      A 5psi overpressure from a shockwave will kill a person almost every time, being 1 meter from a kilo of TNT detonating would net close to 50psi overpressure.
      TNT isn't even particularly powerful and a kilo of cast TNT only has a volume of 660cc (about the size of a soup can).
      In other words, that professor is full of it.

  • Yuru Wu
    Yuru Wu 10 days ago

    The meme in the first few seconds was 1000000/100 👌👌👌👌

  • Nightstalker314
    Nightstalker314 10 days ago

    Too bad he didn't talk about the final chase in "License to Kill".

  • Derek Prospero
    Derek Prospero 10 days ago

    The most realistic explosion I've ever seen was the nursing home bomb in Breaking Bad. No fire, all fury.

  • Captain Communism
    Captain Communism 10 days ago +1

    The Dark Knight scene is real, they actually blew up a old factory. Also the Joker has a lot of followers/henchmen that will plant the explosives for him.

  • Num47
    Num47 11 days ago

    Next video: Real Kaiju reacts to Godzilla movies.

  • Audrey H
    Audrey H 11 days ago

    so we can presume this guy is at least somewhat evil...

  • JBTechCon
    JBTechCon 11 days ago

    6:22 If this dude knew what he was talking about, he'd have pointed out that sparks are tiny pieces of metal turned red hot by the physical process of breaking them loose from the larger piece of metal -- which is impossible with an ultra-hard material like adamantium.

  • Byeonara
    Byeonara 11 days ago

    This guy looks kinda like Tom Holland if he was older and also let the frog out of his mouth.

  • Royyan Da Master
    Royyan Da Master 11 days ago

    Isis car bombs are the most realistic ones

  • past present and future

    The stunt woman one was a great video not this sorry

  • past present and future

    Awh come on dude ur a great guy but come on

  • Gerry C
    Gerry C 12 days ago

    I am not an explosive engineer and I can call BS to every one of those scenes.

  • Foldy 435
    Foldy 435 12 days ago

    Erm...told me nothing.

  • Elena
    Elena 13 days ago

    he looks like edward snowden

  • Moraco Mole
    Moraco Mole 13 days ago

    The Hurt Locker

  • Moraco Mole
    Moraco Mole 13 days ago

    Motherfucking Bootleg Fireworks!!!

  • Phoen1x
    Phoen1x 13 days ago

    Joker had whole gang to place explosives.

  • Wolverine Smith
    Wolverine Smith 13 days ago +1

    I’m not an explosives expert, or even a novice and certainly not a master of physics, but I always figured that the purpose of any explosion is to blast something apart by the rapid release of energy. In any pyrotechnic, the energy can be released in a number of ways. The sound wave and the amount of flame and light are all potential forms of energy, but the release of light, heat and sound are not really the most destructive forces, but they look really cool on film.
    As a special effects artist, I have worked on many films where pyrotechnics have been implemented. There is rarely any kind of bomb or explosives used for a scene. They often use a combination of flash canons and air canons. On several films I have worked on I saw the pyrotechnic people setting up a car for a scene to explode. They set up a series of flash canons in the center of the automobile all aimed outward, like a wheel. Most of the time they had air canons in between each flash canon and sometimes on top. The air canons were also aimed outward in a cluster.
    The air canons were loaded with pieces of cardboard, styrofoam and other lightweight materials to simulate the shards and shrapnel that represent the pieces of car being blown outward. The flash canons just blast out bright orange and yellow flame and there is little sound, so it is not so spectacular to watch it happen until after the sound editors have added in the sounds of the blast and the ringing of metal and tinkling of glass hitting the ground. It is a lot of different effects happening at one time to give the illusion of what we think an explosions would look like.
    Any real demolition team does not want to make and explosive with all of that flash and heat because that is a waste potential energy, right? When you see buildings being demolished with explosives, there is little fire and flash, releasing as much of the energy as possible in the shock wave or rapid movement of air away from the center of the explosion (shock wave) I would think.
    Hollywood is the exact opposite, wanting as much fire and debris as they can make to create a visually exciting event. Sound can always be added in post production. A demolition explosion is going to have more of a report, because sound energy is also a huge wave of air or gasses escaping outward at high velocity, doing much damage.
    I would think that the best explosion for causing damage would be one with very little flash or fire, unless your purpose is to burn down the structure rather than blow it up.
    To destroy the target as much as possible, I would think you would have a very loud report, but little flame, but I don’t know any of this for a fact, I am a special effects make-up artist, usually making up the victims of the explosion.
    I have also fabricated many puppet and robot parts for scenes where my creation was to be blown to bits. Sometimes they really did burn or blown them to smithereens. I could work weeks on a radio controlled animatronic character only to watch them burn it up. A Hollywood explosion rarely has the power to actually destroy the prop, but could burn them pretty good. In fact, I usually had to design the puppet to come apart, so it could look as if it was blown in two or something like that. We would yank the thing to pieces with cables when the explosives went off. Had to be timed perfectly.
    Everything is fake in the movies and making the best visual spectacle was always the priority. I worked on the set of Lethal Weapon 3 when they actually demolished the Old courthouse in Orlando Florida for an opening sequence. After the real demolition experts had placed all of their charges, the ones that would actually drop the building into its footprint, the Hollywood pyrotechnical team spent a week adding in all of the flash and air canons. It was the same as the cars except far more fire canons.
    It was pretty cool because the Hollywood guys had to sync their flashes and cannons of debris to go off simultaneously with the real demolition charges. That was really great to watch. Quite a spectacle. It look much different in the movie with all of the added sound and other effects. Richard Donner was the director on the set and he is very detail oriented guy. He really pulled it all together to look as if the big bright flashed as sound dropped the building . Great stuff.
    That was probably a very rare thing and there would be little chance of being on such a set again, because such an explosion would be created in a computer. I get to do that now. Got too old to do practice stuff and changed my role in the effects business to contract CGI. It’s a lot cleaner, but I have to admit that I enjoyed the years working on the practical stuff.

  • Heather Hoey
    Heather Hoey 14 days ago

    What about the explosion from Mad Max?!?