Posted by Peter Hyland on January 31, 2017 at 12:15:38 user Peter_H.
I have given my opinion on the new film and don’t want to add to it, but I would be interested to know what others thought of the climactic event of the film – the attempt by the crews of ‘Amazon’ and ‘Swallow’ to prevent the aircraft which carries the captured Capn Flint from taking off from the lake. They do this by stretching a rope between the two boats so that it catches on the undercarriage (floats) of the aircraft.
I am not a sailor, so I may be completely wrong here, but it seems to me that to navigate two small sailing boats, using wind alone (no engines or oars), into the correct position on the lake, and then maintain station, keeping the rope taut, would take some time, depending on the wind conditions (in the film, there didn't seem to be any wind at all). I’m guessing but I would have thought at least 5-10 minutes. In the film, the time from the moment ‘Nancy’ throws the rope to ‘John’ to the moment the rope is caught on the undercarriage is 30 seconds (I have timed it). Surely this would not be possible?
By the way, I realise that film action is often time-condensed, but the problem here is that the simultaneous events aboard the plane are in real time. And by the way again, it looks to me as though ‘Nancy’ used a slip-knot to attach the rope to Amazon’s stem, so she was able to cast it off, but ‘John’ used a fixed knot, so he had to cut the rope with his pen-knife.
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