The latest in the Fast and Furious franchise is out and features insane, unrealistic, death-defying stunts by the bucket loads. The film has claimed the biggest opening this year and holds the best April debut of all time. There are a lot of scenes in the movie which will make you go “Awww….Hell no”, but there is one scene in particular that munches the cake and jumps over the realm of the ridiculous by a long haul.
This scene takes place in Abu Dhabi where Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) find themselves crashing the party, at what is probably the Etihad Towers complex. They are cornered by Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and the only way out is through the window. Now, in typical Fast and Furious fashion a car is at hand, even in the middle of a high-rise. For that matter not just any car, but the extremely-limited and preposterously expensive Lykan Hypersport from W Motors. There are only seven of these and each cost a cool 3.4 million dollars (21,17,24,630 Rupees). It has rubies and diamonds in its headlights as well as a gold plated roof. Moving on, the two protagonists get in the car with Dom at the wheel, smash through a door and eventually through the window (with Dom ignoring Brian’s levelheaded advice of “Cars Don’t Fly!”). The car flies (literally) about a 150 feet and lands spot-on in the next building; where he discovers that the brakes have failed only to repeat the feat again. The second landing totals the car as it spins uncontrollably smashing through terracotta warriors and priceless artwork. This is the point where both the heroes decide they had enough of the car and bail out, leaving the supercar plummeting several dozen storeys to the end of its role.
To most, this may seem completely improbable and absurd. But to the eyes of a physics professor at Pierce College this is the most doable stunt in the whole movie. He says, “Falling four stories takes about 1.6 seconds, while falling two takes only about 1.1 seconds. To cover the necessary 150 feet in this time, the car would have to be traveling about 70 miles per hour if it falls four stories, or about 100 miles per hour to only fall two stories. Both of these speeds are clearly achievable by this car.”
So there you have it folks. You can’t always trust your eyes, sometimes you have to see through your mind. Get it.