Originally Posted by leebo
That might work with Internet access (using a proxy), but not with cell phones. The phone has to access the closest tower, which gets logged, so they would have your location within a half mile diameter or so. terrorists and criminals might use a "burner" phone, but that's just so their identity isn't tied to the phone. It doesn't hide their location.
Exactly. Cell phones only use the tower to get to the land lines. From there it goes to the same switching stations as regular phones go through. Even if you were talkingon a cell phone to a person with a cell phone standing next to you, it would hit the tower, go through the switching plant, then be sent back to the same tower to the other phone.
Further, more sophisticated towers are actually directional, meaning they can tell what general direction from the tower the call is originating from.
Anyway, the cell thing was the least of this shows problems.
+ 1 gazillion.
- Why didn't Parker try calling them instead of waiting for them to call her? I suppose it's possible she didn't know they left her phone with her, but why wouldn't she check since it would be obvious to her they didn't take it while she was awake.
- Not five minutes after they have their last words with her, she's dug up dead. She wouldn't go from talking to dead that fast. She'd black out from lack of oxygen well before she'd actually die.
- After the guys push about 6 inches of earth off the coffin, they manage to pop the lid off with no tools. Parker would have plainly seen she wasn't buried very deep. If it were me in there, I'd be doing everything I could to try to push the lid up. While it would be pretty heavy, starting at one corner and bracing with your elbows would make the task a lot easier by concentrating your force and lightening the total load.
So, for lack of trying anything to escape on her own, I'm actually glad Parker bit it.
Of course, there were other things...
- Does the hero decide he has to "do this thing alone"? You betcha - even if he has to threaten to shoot his partner in the process. Don't bother putting a GPS tracking in your vehicle and having your loyal partnet follow at a discrete distance. Don't bother taking a second phone (maybe Parker's since she doesn't need it) and hiding it in your underwear or something so you can be found if you get ambushed....
- Related to the above, let's not take the opportunity presented by Joe's plot being wrong and really try to mix it up. I don't know, maybe just not show up for the rendezvous Joe set up, then feed a leaked fake story to the TV media that "the FBI is still searching for a missing agent" to make it seem like they didn't locate her - and didn't get the book in the box. Buy some time and work on a plan to track Joe down using his clues and tendency to be uncreative. Here's a clue right out of Lethal Weapon: when the bad guy thinks your partner is dead, use that to your advantage. Even if he gets caught trying to snipe Joes head off, it's at least an attempt to outwit him.
Instead outwit, they went with nitwit.