Have you ever been watching an action movie and wondered just how realistic those big explosions are? Well, Vanity Fair and two experts tell us which movies got it right, and which got it wrong.

They go through a number of films and start off with the classic 90s flick Desperado. It’s famous for it’s over-the-top action scenes and intense fights. In one epic shot, Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek chuck a load of grenades at some baddies and walk away cooly from a huge fireball. The experts tell us that one of the biggest myths about grenade explosions is that they cause fireballs like this. Grenades only create a very tiny spark. It’s the flying bits of metal that can really cause the most damage when one is set off.

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Other big budget pictures they look at include Batman Returns and Rush Hour. Although these films get a lot of things right, again the focus on huge fireballs is a little misguided. The last thing they look at is The Dark Knight. This one is the most accurate of the bunch, as they actually used a demolition team to really destroy an abandoned hospital. They said that this one was the most accurate, because it didn’t fake it.

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