In Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, at 116:42, Ethan Hunt (played by Tom Cruise) drives a BMW 1181 hatch off of an auto car transporter:

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He was wearing his seatbelt:

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And the air bag deploys:

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Later on, at 120:15, one of the other agents says that is was a 100m vertical drop, and that the insurance doesn't cover that.

I have 3 parts to this question:

  1. Was it really 100m? This photo shows how far it is from where Ethan is to the floor:

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I only count 7 or 8 levels for cars, and assunming that each bay is 2m tall (i.e. tall enough for a Land Rover discovery) that would make the drop around 20m. Maybe I've made a mistake in my estimations etc.

  1. Would the seatbelt help at all? Was it right for him to wear it?

  2. Could he have survived the drop, concious enough to open a briefcase and hit a stop button repeatedly for 33 seconds?

    1. Could he have survived the real drop (I'm assuming it wasn't 100m)

    2. Could he have survived a 100m drop?

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    To the answerers this is not a physics site. Please avoid physics calculations. Link to expert opinion instead. meta.skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/2929 – Sklivvz Mar 23 '15 at 18:59
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    Was it "really" 100m? It's a movie, it's not "really" anything... This is not a notable claim, but just an action movie. – Sklivvz Mar 23 '15 at 19:01
  • @DikranMarsupial If you want to discuss policy or moderation do so on meta, or Skeptics Chat, or contact our community team at the bottom. – Sklivvz Mar 24 '15 at 21:27

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