If you aren’t aware of the upcoming Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson masterpiece Skyscraper, you’ve been missing out on some clearly superior cinema. You can check out the trailer below if you haven’t seen it yet:
Though we’re certainly all excited to see The Rock clear his name while simultaneously defeating terrorists within the worlds tallest building, people seem to be having some issues with how he goes about doing it. The poster for the film has recently come under fire for being, well…not scientifically accurate. Or as some might say, “there’s no way in hell he’d make that jump.” Browse through the gallery below to see just what people have figured out.
As you’ve probably gathered from the gallery above, the general consensus is that he would miss the hole in the building and smash into the fiery glass below. This would most likely result in him bouncing off, and falling hundreds of stories to his death. Good news though… everyone might be wrong.
First, let’s focus on the assumption found above. Based on the calculation @ChristianBedwel provided, it’s been determined that The Rock needs to leave the platform traveling at 12.7 meters per second. To put that in Americanski, he’d need to propel himself at 28.4mph. That’s a full mile per hour faster than Usain Bolt, whose world record stands at 27.4 mph. The problem is, none of these calculations take into account the fact that The Rock is running some 3000 feet in the air.
According to the Skyscraper Center (for all your skyscraper needs), the worlds tallest building is Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Standing at 183 stories, the building is a massive 828 meters tall. The building often faces gusts up to 150 km/hr (95 mph), which are equivalent to what is often found in category one hurricanes. In comparison, the building The Rock is in has 240 floors and is somehow 1067 meters tall. To play it safe, let’s assume The Rock is somewhere midway up the tower, and that the wind speeds are around those faced by the Burj Khalifa.
So we’ve determined The rock is 800ish meters in the air, and the wind whipping around him is gusting at 150 km/h. According to the Charlotte Observer, at that speed cars are usually pushed off of dry roads. Now, I propose that The Rock would actually be pushed towards the building and through the hole.
But what do you think? Do you have the scientific skill to calculate just how much speed The Rock would gain with a 150 km/hr wind blowing behind him? Would that make him go faster than Usain Bolt? Does any of this really matter? Leave a comment and let us know.
Images: Skyscraper (Legendary Entertainment), WWE, The Internet
Source: The Internet