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The entire premise makes absolutely no sense (of the movie).

As to your question, theres really no way to oscillate all of someone's molecules without exploding/imploding/evaporating/eviscerating them. In addition, oscillatory motion is characterized by frequent acceleration which takes alot of force and energy (difficult to provide). In addition, special relativity becomes alot more complex in accelerating reference frames... so the frequent accelerations would have a pronounced effect on any time-dilation (what that effect would be, i have no idea).

Cryogenics would be a much more feasible option.

BTW 080319B was def the coolest GRB ever, awesome namesake.

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You don't need an acceleted frame to deal with accelerated motion, you can calculate the effects from the perspective of an inertial frame. If an object's speed is varying in a given inertial frame, but you know the speed as a function of time v(t), then if you want to know how much it'll age between two moments in the inertial frame [tex]t_0[/tex] and [tex]t_1[/tex], you can integrate [tex]\int_{t_0}^{t_1} \sqrt{1 - v(t)^2/c^2} \, dt[/tex] and get the answer. So, in theory a clock moving in a tiny circle with a constant speed v (though it's direction would be changing as it moved, so this would still qualify as acceleration) would run slower by a factor of [tex]\sqrt{1 - v^2/c^2}[/tex]. However, I think you're correct in the rest of your comments about the extreme impracticality of oscillating all someone's molecules at relativistic speeds in a coordinated way.The question violates alot of things... but i still appreciate it.

The entire premise makes absolutely no sense (of the movie).

As to your question, theres really no way to oscillate all of someone's molecules without exploding/imploding/evaporating/eviscerating them. In addition, oscillatory motion is characterized by frequent acceleration which takes alot of force and energy (difficult to provide). In addition, special relativity becomes alot more complex in accelerating reference frames... so the frequent accelerations would have a pronounced effect on any time-dilation (what that effect would be, i have no idea).