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Cool Videos: New web series Reel Physics puts action movies to the test!

Feb. 14, 2013by:
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Much like the Discovery Channel's Mythbusters, the new web series Reel Physics attempts to examine the realities of some of Hollywood's most complex and often unbelievable action scenes. The two hosts will watch a particular sequence and then get down to the brain-numbing exercise of doing, you guessed it; math. My most hated enemy is brought in to look at the real-world physics to see if the action scene in question adds up, making it either real physics or "reel" physics. We've all seen some absolutely ridiculous sequences that, in our minds, could never happen and are pure Hollywood "magic," but the results from Reel Physics may surprise you.

So far the gang has covered movies like THE A-TEAM, THE AVENGERS, FAST FIVE, THE DARK KNIGHT, LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, THE ROCK, and AMC's The Walking Dead. However, I'm sharing one that I think will be of particular interest as it's been often labeled as the most unbelievable sequences in modern memory; the nuke/fridge escape from INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL.

Enjoy:

You can check out the other Reel Physics episodes here.

Extra Tidbit: What sequence would you like to see these guys cover?
Source: The Escapist

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11:43PM on 02/14/2013

They nailed it

The biggest problem with the scene was not whether or not Indy survives (because it is perfectly plausible that the refrigerator would provide him protection) but that the refrigerator would fly so far from the blast. As they pointed out, the refrigerator is very heavy and would not get blown away like that but, as they point outed, that is a GOOD thing because the impact of Indy hitting the ground after being thrown away from a nuclear blast would have killed him even if he had survived the
The biggest problem with the scene was not whether or not Indy survives (because it is perfectly plausible that the refrigerator would provide him protection) but that the refrigerator would fly so far from the blast. As they pointed out, the refrigerator is very heavy and would not get blown away like that but, as they point outed, that is a GOOD thing because the impact of Indy hitting the ground after being thrown away from a nuclear blast would have killed him even if he had survived the blast.
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8:26PM on 02/14/2013

It's NUCLEAR! nuCLEar! NOT "new-cew-ler".

Great that they want to take that shit seriously, but that asshole has to say "nuclear" correctly. Shit.
Great that they want to take that shit seriously, but that asshole has to say "nuclear" correctly. Shit.
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5:26PM on 02/14/2013
OK, I've never seen part 4, and I refuse to, but I just noticed that the bad guys driving away looked up at the refrigerator when it was flying past them....Why the hell would they do that????...That was so stupid. They had many things fly by them, but for some reason the fridge was important to look at. "Oh my gosh, there's a fridge flying past us!!!"
OK, I've never seen part 4, and I refuse to, but I just noticed that the bad guys driving away looked up at the refrigerator when it was flying past them....Why the hell would they do that????...That was so stupid. They had many things fly by them, but for some reason the fridge was important to look at. "Oh my gosh, there's a fridge flying past us!!!"
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3:29PM on 02/14/2013
To Quote Ogre "NEEERRRDDDDDSSS!!!!!!"
To Quote Ogre "NEEERRRDDDDDSSS!!!!!!"
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12:40PM on 02/14/2013
The actual science of the Indy scene is DEAD. I don't need science to know that a human being cannot survive that
The actual science of the Indy scene is DEAD. I don't need science to know that a human being cannot survive that
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1:23PM on 02/14/2013
" I don't need science[...]". Huh, funny.
" I don't need science[...]". Huh, funny.
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11:53AM on 02/14/2013
I can't stand the way they mispronounce everything.
I can't stand the way they mispronounce everything.
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11:44AM on 02/14/2013
Once the equations started rolling I had an unfightable urge to make a paper airplane and toss it at the screen. I then proceeded to blow spitballs.

Actually, in all seriousness, that was quite fascinating even if most of the actual science was over my head.
Once the equations started rolling I had an unfightable urge to make a paper airplane and toss it at the screen. I then proceeded to blow spitballs.

Actually, in all seriousness, that was quite fascinating even if most of the actual science was over my head.
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