Corrected entry: When Matrix cuts a soldier's throat, he slides the blunt side of the knife against the man's skin. Furthermore, the soldier doesn't bleed.
Correction: The sharp edge is opposite the serrated saw part, which is on the back of the blade and away from the man's neck.
Corrected entry: After Arnold drops Sully of the cliff, he goes back to the the woman's car where she asks what he did with Sully, but she was never told his name.
Correction: Matrix addresses Sully by name before he holds him over the cliff, so Cindy would've easily heard it then.
Corrected entry: When General Kirby goes to John Matrix's house to tell him his men have been killed, he names, "Lawson, Forrestal, Bennett, they've all been hit". Later, Arius reveals to Matrix, "we had to fake Bennett's death so General Kirby would become agitated and lead us to you". Why would Bennett be the only one out of the three who's death would cause Kirby to go to Matrix's home?
Correction: Bennett made the third of Matrix's former unit to be killed, by which time a pattern would've been established and Kirby would want to go to Matrix to warn him. As well, the history between Matrix and Bennett in particular likely would've made Kirby suspicious.
Corrected entry: In the beginning of the movie, the other members of the Matrix special forces team are killed in various ways. None of them saw the threat coming, none of them decided to try and fight, the man with the trash even seemed scared when he saw the guns instead of reacting in some way. We are led to believe that Matrix is the only operative in his unit to have never lost his edge.
Correction: Neither of the other two had the advance warning that Matrix got when Kirby warned him that he would be a target. Also Matrix deliberately isolated himself in the woods whereas the other two had both likely lived normal suburban lives for many years and wouldn't have suspected anything until it was too late. Even if Lawson had some time to react to the "garbagemen", he was in a bathrobe and not in the same physical condition still as Matrix, so it would've made little difference against two men with machine guns, same with Forrestal against a man running him down with a car.
Corrected entry: When Cooke is impaled by the broken table in the motel room, there is a close up shot of Cindy looking like she is ready to vomit. But when Matrix walks over to Cooke for answers, Cindy is sitting there with a blank expression on her face.
Correction: After the shot of Cindy looking like she may throw up, the camera focuses on John for a few seconds before he crouches down beside Cooke. These few seconds would've given Cindy enough time to recover from being sick and to be sitting there silently in shock having just watched someone die.
Corrected entry: Right after John Matrix kills Henriques and tells the flight attendant, "don't disturb my friend, he's dead tired" he gets up to go to the restroom. The Flight attendant tells him, "sir you must remain seated during takeoff", Matrix replies, "I'm airsick". This would not work because the flight attendant would point out that there are barf bags at each seat.
Correction: The stewardess may have not wanted to challenge a man of John's size. That and airline rules were much more relaxed in the 1980s as compared to today.
Corrected entry: Arnie is supposed to be an army trained soldier but at the end of movie when he's shooting up the army base he hangs the grenades by their pins. Surely he couldn't be that stupid?
Correction: Yes, attaching grenades to his vest by the pins would be very dangerous, but at worst all you could do is chalk it up to character carelessness. It takes a surprising amount of force to pull the pin out of a grenade. The whole cliche about pulling pins out with your teeth is pretty unrealistic. Attaching the pins directly to his vest would allow him to yank the grenades off his vest and then throw them with one hand, which makes sense when you see later that he's using one hand to lug around a big M60.
Corrected entry: When Matrix leaves the plane to paddle ashore, he's heading directly to the shore. But when we see him actually padding to the shore itself from a side view of the raft, you can see the seaplane directly behind the raft. Considering the direction Matrix left from the plane, the plane should have been off to the left of the shot, off camera, Not in the background of the shot.
Correction: Currents can easily account for the difference in the shots. Either the plane is not as well anchored as it could be, or the raft is drifting with the current.
Corrected entry: When Arnie's daughter is kidnapped, Arnold has got a shotgun and sees the guy in his daughter's room. Arnold shoots the guy in the head and there is a medium sized bullet wound on the guy's head. A blast from a shotgun at that range would have blown his head off his shoulders.
Correction: It's definitely not a shotgun. It's an HK91, the civilian version of the HK G3 because it's selector switch says only "Safe" and "Fire". Either rifle shoots a 7.62x51 NATO round. It should enter in a medium sized bullet wound, but the back of his head is a different story. It pretty much would blow the back of his head off.
Corrected entry: This may be a bit obvious, but there is no army surplus store in America that can sell what Matrix finds there. It's basically impossible to buy automatic weapons without government permission, not to mention the grenades, bombs, and rocket launchers.
Correction: By the way the weapons were hidden behind a huge sliding wall, the implication is the owner of the store was a black market arms dealer.
Corrected entry: How exactly did Cindy manage to get a hold of the rocket launcher after the police arrested Matrix? Why didn't the police put every weapon back in it's place and prevent such things from happening again?
Correction: Cindy had taken it out to the car. As John was leaving he got busted. Cindy wasn't in the shop.
Corrected entry: A general point which might apply to many films like this; why does Arnie round up so many different guns with incompatible ammo, why not just get one decent weapon and carry lots of ammo for it. Mind you the guys on the island have to face the same logistical nightmare with AK47s plus 9mm, 7.62mm and 5.56mm weapons all in evidence.
Correction: In situations like that, getting the magazine out of a pocket, ejecting the old magazine and putting a new one in gives the enemy time to shoot you, as you can't shoot back. By ditching a gun, it's a lot quicker.
Corrected entry: When Matrix escapes from the landing gear of the plane, he opens a hatch to access it, but doesn't close it behind him. This would have later led to the cabin depressurizing and the plane plummeting to the ground.
Correction: No, it wouldn't. The entire wheel well of an airliner is pressurised - otherwise the tyres would explode! Once the undercarriage is retracted (typically at less than 1000 feet) the pressurisation problem no longer applies. Plus, the access door opens inward (like most aircraft doors), so the pressurization would force the door shut against the frame anyway.
Corrected entry: When Matrix is ambushed in the shed and the soldiers open fire, there is a random shot-gun blast that can be heard seconds after they ceasefire.
Correction: This happens every day, even on firing ranges with instructors present, shouting commands to cease fire. Someone gets a little over excited and squeezes off another round. Character mistake at best.
Corrected entry: After Matrix gets busted at the gun shop, you see Cindy just drive out of the parking lot without any police asking who she is or what she was doing there. What's funny about it is that you can even tell the police are still there by the flashing lights which are hitting the front of the store. Why would the police let a car pull out of the back of a parking lot of a store that was just broken into without wanting to know who that was? If they were good cops they would have seen her car anyway once they got to the store.
Correction: Yes, but they aren't good cops. You can see how excited they are over the prospect of an interested hooker. They probably just wanted to arrest Matrix and then get out of there. Seeing a car driving out the car park really wouldn't have interested them.
Corrected entry: When he invades the compound one would think that he would keep in mind that he's there to save his daughter but he goes around blowing stuff up..His daughter could be in one of those buildings, plus if he was running around shooting people obviously Bennett & El Presidente would have immediately killed his daughter before he would be able to save her, he had no knowledge where she was and he didn't know she conveniently escaped.
Correction: He was only blowing up the weak buildings where Jenny would not have been hidden. His instincts told him that she would have been kept more inland, in a more secure building. Plus, he would have known that Bennet and everyone else would not have been in the water tower for eg, and so Jenny would not have been there.