Science-y stuff: Wanted

So this is a movie that I’ve always been meaning to get around to, but never found the time: Wanted. 

This is another high octane action film that entertains…at the expense of science. It really is a movie for action-junkies. It’s got some of the most ridiculously awesome scenes ever in it. And it’s got Morgan Freeman. What more can a person want?

Right, onto the inaccuracies:

  • The biggest and most obvious and worst-est inaccuracy ever in my opinion: curving bullets. Early on in the movie the main character finds out he has the ability to curve bullets as the fly out the barrel of his gun. Sorry, what?! Physics’ best known macro law (and Newton’s third): for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. When a firearm is fired the “gun powder” (it’s not anymore) ignites, creating hot and expanding gas. This pushes the bullet down the barrel and out the muzzle at lethal velocities. This means the bullet travels in only two directions: forward and down (’cause of gravity). There is no way, ever, you could get a projectile to curve without applying an extra force to it while it’s flying, and since in the movie all the guy does is flick his wrist this doesn’t happen…and the best (worst) bit? Morgan Freeman’s explanation for it: “If no one told you that bullets flew straight and I gave you a gun and told you to hit the target what would you do?”
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  • The main character also has a rare genetic condition where his heart beats 400 times a minute sending adrenalin rushing through his system, allowing him to essentially use slow motion…sorry, but the human body does not produce that much adrenalin, and a human heart can most definitely not stand up to the kind of abuse of 400 bpm!
  • Spoiler alert: lastly and most insanely: the main character ramps a car over a limo to shoot its occupant through the sunroof by, wait for it,  launching off another car! Crazy entertaining, crazy unlikely (it might still be possible though, definitely a job for the Mythbusters)!
  • Spoiler alert: at the end of movie the good guy shoots the bad guy from crazy far away across half a city with a modulated bullet: bits (or modules) break off at various stages of the flight, for what purpose I do not know, but pull the other one mate.

And yes, that is Captain Jean Luc Picard in the facepalm 😛 Hope you guys enjoyed the post, as always let me know if I missed anything.

Jeremy

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2 thoughts on “Science-y stuff: Wanted

  1. Hahaaa ohh I bet it was fun picking out the science in this one! It is pretty crazy! I remember being really surprised by this film, I absolutely loved it….not that I really remember much about it now, except for the curving bullet, that stuck. 😛

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