We all see these movies where the character jumps that impossible and basically fatal jump that he may or may not make it... but, obviously they do make it and defeat the bad guy against all odds. Well, not this time. This time we have math, science and reality!
It all started with the understanding of how gravity works...
"I've mocked up some parabolas for The Rock's SKYSCRAPER jump. Red is assuming he jumped up a bit first; green assuming he ran forward and somehow didn't lose momentum; yellow for a sort of squat-thrust thing.
Whichever you choose, rest in peace The Rock, as you are dead now."
But then... science decided to join the game.
Twitter user Christian Bedwel decided to take a swing at the "The Rock won't make that jump at all" theory. He added some science.
Since the internet gives you everything you need to know...
He started by using The Rocks listed height (thank you internet) as the starting point.
Bedwel then calculated that the minimum speed The Rock would have to leave the crane platform in order to actually make that far of a jump, would have to be 28.4 miles per hour. Now I'm not a scientist... but thats pretty fast. "For comparison, Usain Bolt's fastest recorded speed is 27.4 mph," notes Bedwel.
Another twitter user came up with another calculaton and added that it would be 26.8 miles per hour once you account for the added boost from falling...still fast.
Well there you have it...
The impossible... might actually be just that.
So the lesson learned is that...
If you believe it looks impossibly inaccurate... you can scientifically prove, you are right!
Regardless though, it is still just an action packed movie of a ex-FBI that just wants to save his family... even if that means making the impossible and unrealistic jump!
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