Yesterday I was at a seminar where the topic included the way movies portray science. At one point an attendee asked whether there was any way to get Hollywood filmmakers to portray science more accurately.
One panelist, a physicist and educator who was speaking from long experience dealing with Hollywood, explained that filmmakers are focused only on creating a product, and by far the most valuable part of that product, from their perspective, is the storytelling. Everything is in service to that.
He said that the goal of Hollywood filmmakers is to make any concept, no matter how outrageous and implausible, just believable enough — in the context of the scene — that you will accept that concept while you are watching the movie.
If, later that evening, you are reaching for a snack in the refrigerator, and it suddenly occurs to you that something in the movie didn’t make any sense, then the filmmakers are happy, because that thought didn’t occur to you in the theatre.
In fact, he said, such plot points have their own technical term (a term which, until today, cannot be found by a Google search). They are referred in the biz as “refrigerator points”.