History makes one of the best places to find a good story as audiences love one based on true events. The more notorious the events, the better. It’s like free marketing, as in, hey, do you remember this story from last year’s news? There’s only one problem with history: the arc of the story is often singular, without subplots or twists. It can be boring. For this reason, writers and directors often skew the truth a little. Sometimes they skew it more than a little. These are a few of those times…
25. The Impossible
Starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, this account of real-life events is a gut-wrenching tale of a family separated by the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. The tsunami was real. So is the tale, with one exception. The real family was Spanish. In a single, unforgivable mistake, the producers felt the story would play better with English characters. In a world where we could use as much non-white storytelling as possible, they missed a perfect opportunity. The real story would have given the movie more credibility while remaining an engaging tale.
24. Lone Survivor
If you’ve seen this movie, you’ll remember at least one part. It’s the scene where the U.S. Navy Seals team throws themselves down the side of a rocky hill to escape the enemy quickly. The sound of bones snapping still haunts my nightmares. The story covers the Operation Red Wings story; the U.S. Navy attempted to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. There’s a scene in the beginning which shows the leader of the team, Marcus Luttrell, played by Mark Wahlberg, dying in the back of a helicopter. As it turns out, Luttrell suffered injuries but he didn’t come close to dying. The threat of dying, however, builds more tension.