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The shot at the beginning of Wanted was it possible?

  1. Dec 12, 2009 #1
    i'd like to know if the shot at the beginning of Wanted when the man shoots the other man from inside his house and kills the assisin on the roof is possible.. it seems that it was in the air way too long, was resisting gravity, and could no longer be considered a projectile because it looks as if it goes straight, rather than creating the parabola's arch that is necessary for projectiles.

    also, if you can think of any examples in the media where the physics of something that happens aren't correct, let me know! it's fun to check things out like this when you know they've made mistakes.
     
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  3. Dec 12, 2009 #2

    Borek

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    I think it would be more surprising to find something that is correct.
     
  4. Dec 12, 2009 #3

    Danger

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    I've never seen the movie, but the trailer shown on TV shows stuff that is blatantly impossible, such as making a bullet curve by moving your arm while firing. All that would accomplish in reality is make you miss.
     
  5. Dec 12, 2009 #4
    The shot the OP is referring to is a very long range rifle shot to the head from a heavily modified sniper rifle. I think the distance seemed to be several kilometers, but I don't remember what the path of the bullet showed by the movie was, except that it was not a "curve" shot.

    I think the longest confirmed kill by a sniper rifle (at least in recent memory) is about 1.1 kilometers, by an Australian sniper in Afghanistan.
     
  6. Dec 12, 2009 #5

    Borek

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    According to wiki longest kill is 2430 meters now - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Furlong.
     
  7. Dec 12, 2009 #6

    FredGarvin

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    Like has already been mentioned...it would be quicker to list the things that could actually happen. Hollywood is hardly the bastion of scientific integrity.

    BTW....helicopter
     
  8. Dec 12, 2009 #7

    Pengwuino

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    What a typo

    As for that movie, everything in it was utter BS. I'm surprised everyone didnt float around the entire movie or walk on walls like in the Matrix. Hell even the Matrix had better physics in it.
     
  9. Dec 12, 2009 #8
    no that second one you posted was a typo, all the other references say 2430 metres
     
  10. Dec 12, 2009 #9

    Pengwuino

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    Yes, that was what I meant...
     
  11. Dec 12, 2009 #10

    Borek

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    Well, according to the wiki history page that was changed AFTER I have seen the page few hours ago. Whoever is using IP 71.49.153.26 and modified the page adding zeros is a stupid idiot, not worth of being called a human. Obviously some people find such vandalism interesting, probably it helps them keep their egos up.

    Could be interesting to check if anyone of the PF users uses that IP, I suppose Mentors can do it. That would make this person looking rather sad in my eyes.
     
  12. Dec 12, 2009 #11
    lol i thought so i guess i just associated it being directly under the first quote as meaning you thought the first was the typo.
     
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