What is in this article?:
- HVAC in Popular Movies: Did Hollywood Get It Right?
- Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
- Community, Season 2, Episode 21, "Paradigms of Human Memory," and Season 3, Episode 1, "Biology 101," Episode 6, "Advanced Gay," Episode 21, "The First Chang Dynasty," and Episode 22, "Introduction to Finality" (2011-2012)
- 24, Season 5, episodes 12 ("6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.") and 13 ("7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.") (2006)
- The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
- Mission: Impossible (1996)
- Die Hard (1988)
- Adventures of Superman, Season 3, Episode 7: "Olsen's Millions" (1955)
- The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
- Aliens (1986)
- Ocean's Eleven (2001)
- Dr. No (1962)
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
- Die Hard 2 (1990)
- No Country for Old Men (2007)
- Entrapment (1999)
- About the author
An engineer and film critic takes a look at 13 movies and three TV series whose makers were not about to let HVAC fundamentals get in the way of a good story.
Die Hard 2 (1990)
Two years after the events of the original “Die Hard,” New York City police detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) once again finds himself in the wrong place (for the bad guys) at the right time (for us), as a group of mercenaries takes over Washington Dulles International Airport. As planes, including one carrying McClane’s wife, circle overhead, running low on fuel, McClane springs into action. At one point, he jumps into a handy 30-in. round duct exiting from a machine room. As it turns out, the duct is ventilating into a hallway, which is not so great for the hallway, but good for the plucky McClane, who is only a few steps away from the bad guys. Interestingly, the duct entry happens at the film’s 43-min mark, at about the same time as the duct entrance in the original movie. Again, the duct easily supports McClane’s weight. Of course, the grill into the hallway pops right out, seemingly held in place by no screws at all.