03 March 2015

Why can't movies get geography right?

Part of the plot of the Tom Cruise movie Edge of Tomorrow involves trying to get off a Normandy-style beach in northern France to get to a dam somewhere in Germany. On the drive from the Normandy beach to the dam in Germany, Tom Cruise's character tells Emily Blunt's character (who is being quiet) that she eventually starts talking to him near Lyon (he's done this drive before, many times; it's part of the central plot). A drive from the Normandy beach to Germany would almost certainly not go anywhere near Lyon, which is in south-central France. Even being geographically generous and assuming the dam is in the extreme south of Germany (which is a reasonable assumption given it appears to be an alpine environment), it would be over 250 mi/400 km away (by drive) from the nearest border to Germany near Basel, Switzerland.

Cruise's character eventually finds a helicopter to fly to the dam, but that's beside the point. What were they doing anywhere near Lyon in the first place? Why not pick a town in eastern France near the German border? Especially since this had no apparent relation to the plot and doesn't even matter. More importantly, why can't movies get geography right?!

By the way, it was a pretty good movie, notwithstanding its geography-challenged dialogue!

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