After GR2 last night my friend and I came home and rewatched XM:FC
A few points we hadn't thought before.
Charles, knowing Eric wasn't listening to him and that he'd kill him most likely, could've given Shaw a fighting chance in the sub if had just released him. Charles is as guilty of Shaw's death as Eric really.
Every time I've seen it I've been so caught up in the personal connection of the death(not to mention excellent execution of the lines) that another thought occurred to me last night. Not sure if I've ever seen this thought mentioned but here goes. Shaw absorbs kinetic energy thus not allowing for physical bodily harm. We've seen it when even fists were thrown at him. The coin HAS to move at a nearly non negligible speed. Otherwise any energy the coin creates would just be absorbed/deflected even with Charles freezing him.
I don't think this was intentional. I fully believe it's a lucky coincidence. They wrote the scene for dramatic affect as a bookend to that tragic opening moment. Anyone else ever have a thought on this? Heard of this brought up?