[thechat] Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics

Martin Burns martin at easyweb.co.uk
Sun Jun 23 13:39:01 CDT 2002

On Friday, June 21, 2002, at 08:40  pm, Janet Green wrote:

> * We constantly see images of people being "blown away" when shot -
> being propelled backwards with great force, maybe even tumbling out a
> 20-story window just for effect. But - if the bullet/s really carried
> that much force, wouldn't the *shooter* also be propelled backwards to
> a similar degree?? (equal and opposite reaction and all that...)
> * We watch bad guys get shot, sometimes repeatedly, and still keep
> moving forward menacingly toward the hero... when in reality - the
> energy released inside the body by a single bullet would likely drop
> them to the ground.

And more importantly, that the two are mutually incompatible. "Dear
Hollywood, if you're going to be improbable, at least be so consistently"

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