Now, we know that Hollywood doesn’t follow the basic laws of physics and in the portrayal of building inspector Will Ford – neither does The Rock.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s latest upcoming action thriller set’s his character against the, fictional, tallest building in the world. After sharing the promotional poster for “Skyscraper,” the internet was quick to point out that La La Land was stretching it a bit further than usual with this flick…
— Skyscraper (@skyscrapermovie) February 2, 2018
With plenty of skepticism, movie-geeks took the time to ponder if The Rock could actually make the action-packed leap featured as the lead marketing stunt for the film…. do you even physics bro?
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. pic.twitter.com/cAytzrWMRW
— James Smythe (@jpsmythe) February 2, 2018
It didn’t take long for MATH to magically wonder the same thing! Cue the Physics majors…
So I did some science.
Assuming that there is no "jump-off" (which seems to be optimal here)
We can determine that the Rock would need to leave the platform at 12.7 meters per second (appr. 28.4 mph)
For comparison, Usain Bolt's fastest recorded speed is 27.4 mph. pic.twitter.com/GruWcbtEAN
— ✨New Year New Christian✨ (@ChristianBedwel) February 3, 2018
Falling at 1.21 feet per second, The Rock would need to be running at 26.8 mph to have enough speed to make the jump… world record holder Usain Bolt’s top speed 27.8 mph. So it’s possible, but carrying 60 additional pound in body weight – we have our doubts that Hollywood’s hero is going to make the photogenic jump! Unlessssssss….
Non-engineers tend to neglect wind effects, I put a blue line that clearly shows the updraft from the fire below which carries the Rock to safety. pic.twitter.com/3hiemMqDRq
— Galen Kehler (@GalenKehler) February 3, 2018
There, he’s made it. Cake and grief counseling will be available at the conclusion of the movie. pic.twitter.com/JlYfu0od1Q
— Sach Warah (@sachwarah) February 3, 2018
Ah HA! You’ve fallen for classic misdirection! The gantry is a red herring. There was a MAN CANNON just out of frame! pic.twitter.com/ZjTTkj8Vkt
— Joseph Lallo (@jrlallo) February 3, 2018
Well you’re missing the part where just as he’s about to miss, a last minute blast helps push him up and makes him barely reach the ledge hanging on for dear life. pic.twitter.com/037q2wa1z9
— David Jimenez 🌐 (@jimenez_315) February 3, 2018