Katie and I watched Jewel of the Nile the other day. I'll review it tomorrow, but today, I'm going to talk about the crazy death trap in the movie. It's probably the one thing in the movie that will stick with me after a few months.
The evil villain captures our heroes. He wants to kill one of them, but he doesn't know which one. Flipping a coin would be too easy, so the culprit makes an elaborate death trap.
He ties the heroes up onto a giant pendulum device, overhanging a well. The ropes are connected to the sides of the room. On side one, acid is slowly dripping on the ropes. On side two, rats are slowly eating through the ropes. There's no way to predict which rope breaks first.
As soon as a rope breaks, the one hero falls to their death. Since they're connected to each other, that means the other hero will be pulled up and away to safety. That way, one hero lives, the other dies, and it's random as to which one is which.
Both the heroes escape, when Danny DeVito places a ladder over the well. They fall and land on the ladder, instead of falling to their deaths.