This weeks Ask a ScienceBlogger question is:
What movie do you think does something admirable (though not necessarily accurate) regarding science? Bonus points for answering whether the chosen movie is any good generally….
Like PZ I was tempted to say Underworld: Evolution since I actually liked it and since it starred the great actress Kate Beckinsale:
But instead I choose Medicine Man starring Sean Connery and Lorraine Bracco. Connery plays a botanist (or maybe an ethnobotanist) who has discovered the cure for cancer in the Amazon jungle. He is haunted by an episode earlier in his career where contact with natives caused an epidemic that wiped out the entire tribe. Bracco plays a research assistant sent to help him. Together they must try and stop a construction company from putting a road through the only place where the plant containing the cure for cancer has been found. I absolutely loved the portrayal of the natives (far better the the natives in POTC II). Favorite quote from the movie:
Connery: Ever mouth off to the Dean, then need a grant?
Pop Quiz: How many of you stopped reading after the picture of Kate Bekinsale and have no clue what I said after that?