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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

May 29, 2013 at 9:55 AM

An important ‘Fast & Furious’ question

If you saw “Fast & Furious 6” this weekend (and, going by the box office report, a lot of you did), you probably emerged from the multiplex with a question: Just how freaking long was that runway? I’m speaking, of course, of the film’s final action sequence; an elaborate and lengthy stunt in which our heroes basically bring down an airplane. It goes on and on, faster and faster — and yes, it’s pretty great, but at a certain point everyone starts to wonder: wait, why is there still a runway, shouldn’t they be in suburbia by now? Luckily, the fine folk at Vulture.com have busted out their calculators and figured out exactly how long that runway is. You can read their elaborate and impressive calculations here, or you can cut to the chase, so to speak: just under 29 miles — or, roughly 8 times as long as the world’s longest actual paved airport runway (3.4 miles). So, in answer: yes, it’s pretty long.

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