14 June 2013

"World War Z" official trailer - and people sucked from planes

Today's Guardian Film Blog has an entertaining post about the cinematic epidemic of people being sucked out of airplanes.
Next week sees the release of the much-anticipated zombie-pocalypse thriller World War Z, in which Brad Pitt's flight is rudely interrupted by a) a horde of ravenous zombies, and b) a hole in the plane's fuselage, flushing passengers and their luggage out into icy air. What terrible luck! And just two weeks after that nice Will Smith was sucked from his son through a hole in the fuselage of his spacecraft in After Earth. And that terrifying sight followed hot on the heels of Iron Man 3, which featured one of Iron Man's fancier rescues, as he scooped up 13 passengers sucked through a hole in the fuselage of their jet as it made its way across the Pacific...

Experts will doubtless debate long and hard as to whether this year's crop of films about people getting sucked from planes beats the last such bumper year, 1993, in which no less than three movies – Cliffhanger, Alive, and Fearless – preyed on the public's fears of a ruptured fuselage...

Then there is the grand-daddy of all decompression scenes: the death of Auric Goldfinger in the 1964 Bond classic of that name, zipping around the cabin like a burst balloon before being sucked out the hole created in the window by his .45 caliber... Many a villain has followed in the slipstream of Oddjob's booming buttocks, including the baby alien at the end of Alien 4: Resurrection and the eponymous snakes in David Rellis's 2006 masterwork, Snakes on a Plane
The post notes that the physics of fuselage breaches do not support Hollywood's renditions of the events.


  1. In the documented cases where folks have exited as a result of a violent decompression, they have been "blown" out of the aircraft by the rush of pressurized air flowing through the hole.

    I just watched a documentary discussing this incident:


    "Ripped From The Cockpit: BA Flight of Terror"

  2. It could happen, but not typcally as it appears in films. Space decompression is often shown in similar fashion or much worse and it just doesn't really happen like it does in the movies.

  3. I am just sick of zombies. Maybe I'm an old curmudgeon (or is that for men only?), but I think they've been done to death...

  4. Barbwire: I see what you did there! (done to death).

  5. How does Oddjob get injected into this conversation?? It was Auric and Auric alone that was involved in decompression death, and I wouldn't characterize his buttocks as booming. Oddjob was stocky but not rotund. I'll assume this was just an editing gaffe.

    1. Read the link, not just my excerpt; in the book it was Oddjob that went out the window.

    2. ahh those tricky elipses, all makes sense now :)


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