January 04, 2011 03:19:31 GMT
Calling it 'absurd', a NASA scientist says, 'The film-makers took advantage of public worries about the so-called end of the world as apparently predicted by the Mayans of Central America.'
NASA scientists have named John Cusack's blockbuster "2012 (2009)" as the most "absurd" sci-fi film of all time. Experts at America's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Science and Entertainment Exchange have put together a list of the least plausible science fiction movies ever made, and the big budget 2009 picture came top.
The film, which depicted Earth besieged by natural disasters, featured ahead of two more 'end-of-the-world' movies - 2003's "The Core" and 1998's "Armageddon". Donald Yeomans, head of NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission, says of "2012", "It's absurd. The film-makers took advantage of public worries about the so-called end of the world as apparently predicted by the Mayans of Central America, whose calendar ends on December 21, 2012."
"The agency is getting so many questions from people terrified that the world is going to end in 2012 that we have had to put up a special website to challenge the myths. We have never had to do this before."
Staff at the organization also compiled a list of the top 10 most realistic sci-fi films, with 1997's "Gattaca", starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman as space agency workers, winning the highest praise from the scientists. NASA experts also named dinosaur movie "Jurassic Park" and Jodie Foster's "Contact among the most realistic sci-fi films.
Update: WENN wishes to make it clear the Science and Entertainment Exchange was not connected to the movie poll.