Corrected entry: Ray's family is headed north, along the west bank of the Hudson River, attempting to cross and get to Boston, but, in every scene by the river, they are travelling in the same direction as the current, which would put them on the east bank, headed south.
Correction: The Hudson is a tidal river. As the tide rises the current reverses, something which the old ship captains used to take advantage of.
Corrected entry: The fact that alien weapons and vehicles were planted thousands or millions of years ago and no one detected any of them, even in the middle of cities, is quite a stretch but I'll accept it. What I can't accept is that these vehicles and weapons are literally eons of years old that they are using. That doesn't make any sense. We wouldn't go to war with equipment that is only 70-100 years old. why would they use equipment against us that is thousands or millions of years old? You mean they haven't improved on anything?
Correction: (1) The eons-old equipment is what's buried there for them to use. With no apparent method of bringing updated equipment along, they're stuck with what they've already put in place. (2) We wouldn't go into battle with 100 year old equipment because we know that said equipment couldn't possibly compete with the more modern stuff that our opponents would have available. The alien invaders, however, have no such concern - despite their equipment being millions of years old, it still outperforms human technology by a considerable margin, so it's simply not necessary to use anything newer.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Ray is taken by the alien Tripod, at the part where he is taken into the Tripod interior, it is shown that he pulled the pins of a few hand grenades while he was inside. The hand grenades shown in the movie are M67 grenades, the standard US hand grenade, which has a 4 second delayed fuse. In the scene, it takes about 20 seconds from him originally getting taken in to the part where the grenades actually detonate. If it was realistic, it would have detonated earlier, before he was pulled out.
Correction: Incorrect. Pulling the pin on a grenade does not arm them, releasing your grip on the safety lever arms the grenade. At no point does Ray let go of the grenade until he's ready to, and at the point he releases it, is when it arms.
Corrected entry: As they main characters walk to the ferry, there is a blood donation lady explaining that they are full for certain types of blood. Why are they taking blood donations? The aliens vaporise every part of the human body. The only reason they would need blood is if limbs were torn off (And people shooting people would not be the cause to ask the Red Cross to call for a national blood drive during an alien attack).
Correction: There are plenty of injuries outside limb loss and gunshot wounds that might require a blood transfusion to treat.
Corrected entry: As Tom Cruise yells , "Get off the car" to the mob in Athens NY and the guy in the red flannel jacket is on the roof. In the next shot he's standing next to the driver's side door.
Correction: After Ray shouts "Get off the car!" you can see the guy in the red jacket getting off the roof, when the shot cuts, there is enough time for the guy to completely get off and stand with his arms up.
Corrected entry: In the final scene where the military begins to fire Javelin anti-tank missiles at the tripods, the missile flies a straight path. But; a Javelin is a "top attack" missile, meaning it goes vertical and comes down at a steep angle to hit a tank in the weakest part of the armor, so they would do the same thing to the tripods instead of a straight flightpath.
Correction: The Javelin missile has both a top attack mode and a direct attack mode. With no evidence that the top armour on the tripods is particularly weak, the military have apparently decided to try the direct attack mode, possibly in hope of immobilising the tripods by damaging the leg structure.
Corrected entry: The same silver Mazda station wagon appears in numerous locations in the background during the attack on Ray's neighborhood. Though it is possible that that car in that color is very popular there, it is obvious the film-makers used the same car.
Correction: You said yourself it's possible the car was very popular, so no mistake unless you're able to find something (i.e. license plate) proving it's the same car.
Corrected entry: When the first tripod emerges there is a man filming it on his camera. As has been stated before, the camera could have still been working because it wasn't connected to a power source and was switched off. However, this cannot be, because in Ray's house, the lights which were off didn't work, and what's more his mobile phone (which was off and not connected to a charger or anything like that) also did not work when he tried it.
Correction: Ray's phone was never off, so it does not work. As for the lights in the house not working, they require "electricity" to be COMING TO THE HOUSE to operate, so whether or not they were on or off makes no difference, as a power station affected by EMP would result in no production of ANY electricity to all of the houses/buildings in the entire town.
Corrected entry: After Ray says to Robbie that the next time he takes the car without permission he will call the cops, he says "Robbie" and slaps his hands together. As he is doing the clapping a car is driving by, but the cars are all supposed to be down so no one should be driving.
Correction: There are people pushing all of the cars that are seen moving.
Corrected entry: When Tom Cruise exits his ex-wife's house where the plane has crashed, you see one of the rotors turning slowly. The plane crashed late the night before, that rotor would surely have stopped turning by now. It didn't look like it was that windy outside and even if it was; it would take a big gust of wind to keep it turning.
Correction: Turbines have a lot of kinetic energy. Inertia alone could easily have kept it spinning for hours. A lot of wind would be required to start it turning, but if it was already in motion the wind speed could be substantially less and still have a noticeable effect.
Corrected entry: In the scene when the aliens first emerge from the ground, there is a man trying to video the event on his camcorder. If the lightning wiped out all electricity, why is his camcorder still working?
Correction: Listed and corrected several times already. Please check before submitting.
Corrected entry: As to the initial EM pulse, it is unlikely that changing the solenoid on the van would have helped, as the one he has to change it with was in proximity to the van when the EM pulse disabled them. Unless he keeps spare solenoids in a shielded box then it is likely that all solenoids would have been equally affected, regardless of whether or not it was installed or not.
Correction: If an electrical object is completely turned off and not attached to a power source then it isn't necessarily destroyed by an EM Pulse. Therefore, if he had a spare solenoid on a shelf, it could have been fine.
Corrected entry: As the three drive away from the bathroom stop, after encountering the Army for the first time, we can hear the sound of the EAS (emergency alert system) on the radio, then the announcer stating "This was only a test if this had been an actual emergency." If ever there was a time for the EAS to be activated for real, this would be it.
Correction: Not a mistake, however. Tests are simply automatic. That's the irony.
Corrected entry: When Ray comes upon the news cameraman scouring the wreckage of the crashed airliner, the cameraman does not hear Ray's questions. The female reporter explains that he's deaf from a shell that exploded near him, and demonstrates this by yelling at him only inches from his head. A couple of shots later, a tripod is heard trumpeting off in the distance (and is certainly less loud than the shouting demonstration) "Hear that? We gotta go," exclaims the deaf cameraman.
Correction: The deaf guy never says anything. It's a different camerman who says that.
Corrected entry: At the very end, when Tom's son appears and they hug, there is no explanation whatsoever as to how he survived the explosion that engulfed him earlier. When he runs over the hill all we see is fire rising into the sky, incinerating anything that was near. It is impossible for any normal person to have survived a blast of that magnitude.
Correction: Just because there is no explanation offered in the film, does not mean it doesn't fall within the realm of possibility. Yes, there is a huge fireball at the top of the hill, but obviously Robbie had just barely made it past that specific area, before it was consumed by fire.
Corrected entry: When Ray arrives at his home to meet his ex and kids after he gets off work, his ex-wife is wearing a short green blouse with a long black skirt. When she's in the bedroom speaking to Ray and Robbie regarding his paper, she's wearing a long dress, then in the next shot walking down the stairs, it is a short blouse again.
Correction: Mary Ann is wearing the same outfit throughout these shots, including Ray's driveway, in Ray's kitchen, walking up the stairs, in the kids' bedroom, then walking down the stairs, to the last shots of her at Ray's front door. She wears a brown skirt, a green floral pregnancy blouse, a long blue knit sweater with a brown furled edged collar (sleeves are also furled and are visible under coat sleeves in some shots), and a long grey tweed coat.
Corrected entry: In the scene when the aliens first arrive, all the electrical services, phones, mobile phones, cars, etc. cease to function, but when the aliens start moving and attacking, we see a woman taking photographs with a digital camera and a man using a video camera.
Correction: EMPs only work on running electronics. For instance, cars, cell phones and wrist-watches but if a device is not on when the EMP blast occurred it can still function properly. So after an EMP is triggered, you can still use digital cameras and video cameras. Assuming they weren't on.
Corrected entry: In one scene after their car has been taken, the three bunch together and Robbie has a bloody nose. You see him in the next shot and his nose is clear, in fact his whole face is clean.
Correction: They don't bunch together, and it's not in "the next shot" that the blood is gone. At the diner, Robbie has the bloody nose when the gunshot is heard, and Rachel runs to his arms, while Ray sits across from them at the table. Now there are three shots where Robbie's face is not visible, the first of which he buries his face into his wet jacket sleeve while he hugs Rachel. It's very reasonable to think that the small amount of blood was wiped away during the time his face was not seen onscreen.
Corrected entry: When Ray Ferrier walks to the area where the lightning struck 26 times in one place, he walks past a number of cars which are between him and the camera. In the window of the last one he walks past, you can see a cameraman looking into the lens of the camera filming the shot.
Correction: The reflection in the window of this car is a gentleman with a baseball cap simply walking past the car, along with the rest of the crowd on the busy street; he does not look into a lens, nor is there any lens or any other camera part visible in the reflection.
Corrected entry: When Tom Cruise goes out after the lightning storm to find his son, he puts on a blue zip-up sweatshirt. For the rest of the movie, he's wearing a leather jacket over the sweatshirt.
Correction: When Ray is watching the overhead clouds (in front of his house and in the backyard), and the subsequent lightning strikes, he wears only the blue sweatshirt. Then when he heads out from his house, meets Robbie in the street, heads to the area of the 26 strikes, comes home with human "dust" all over him, and finally when he, Robbie and Rachel leave in the van, Ray is wearing the leather jacket, with white stripes on the sleeves, over the blue sweatshirt.
Corrected entry: When Tom Cruise and his kids are in the basement of the ex-wife's house, there is this drawn out dramatic scene where Tom Cruise races to slam the door of a little closet they hide in as flames fill the room when a plane crashes on the house. When they enter, the door opens inward, toward the closet. The next morning when they emerge, the door opens in the opposite direction. Since doors that 'slam' close are not swinging doors, it is impossible to open the door in the other direction.
Correction: There are actually two doors that lead to the furnace room ("little closet"). The outer door that opens out into the main area of the basement, which Robbie opens, has six carved panels and a door knob. There are 2-3 steps to the second inner door, which Ray forcibly closes, that opens into the furnace room, and it is a solid door with a door knob and a dead-bolt.
Corrected entry: Most of the way through the movie Robbie is wearing sneakers. After the ferry disaster scene when they are all walking through a field towards the battle he still has sneakers on, but when he runs off up the hill and Ray goes after him and struggles with him on the ground you see Robbie stand up and he is wearing what seems to be heavy duty military boots.
Correction: When Ray, Robbie and Rachel swim to shore they are soaked as they watch the tripods' massive destruction. In the next shot, as they walk amongst the large crowd of refugees, a considerable amount of time has passed; they are all completely dry, Rachel is now wearing a long wool hooded cloak and Robbie is wearing the combat boots. Robbie does wear the boots when "they are all walking through a field towards the battle" and when he runs up the hill. So Rachel and Robbie found the cloak and boots during the time offscreen.
Corrected entry: Tom Cruise is able to drive the mini-van because he told the mechanic to try changing the solenoids. The military vehicles all work, indicating that they knew how to get vehicles moving again, yet the military does not tell the mobs of people how to repair the cars and Tom Cruise does not take the time to replace a solenoid in one of the thousands of disabled cars, instead choosing to walk from the Hudson River to Boston, about 200 miles.
Correction: Cruise's character had already seen first-hand the stampede and violence that erupted when the mobs saw a working car. He knew he would not have been allowed to keep the car for long, and it could be very dangerous to him and his daughter. As for the military; how many of the regular soldiers would know how to fix the cars? Most likely this was done by the mechanics in the military compounds, and they would have their hands full with repairing vehicles (or being called out to fight), so it is not certain thy would have had the opportunity to inform the public.
Corrected entry: When Ray and the kids hide in the smaller room in the basement, he shuts the door and everything goes black. But in the larger part, he had the lights on, so the lights from the bigger section of the basement should have shone through in that slit under the door. However, there was no light.
Correction: There was a huge explosion. So big in fact that there was a huge fireball in the "main section". This explosion destroyed almost the entire basement. Surely all the lights would have been destroyed.
Corrected entry: Once the big aeroplane has come down the following morning one of the engine's rotorblades can be seen moving. The amount of burning debris on it varies from shot to shot.
Correction: Not exactly true. Fire is unpredictable. It could start at one part, go out, and end in another part. It could of easily went out and then spread back over where it was.
Corrected entry: The mechanic asks Ray how he should repair the van disabled by the EMP since the starter he already replaced didn't work. Ray responds by suggesting he replace the solenoid (which we later find solves the problem). Unfortunately, Mopar vans (Dodge, Chrysler) use starters with solenoids already attached. He would have already replaced the solenoid when he replaced the starter.
Correction: Still, the solenoid may have been faulty, requiring it to be changed again. Thermostats, for example, for vehicles are notorious for being faulty right out of the box, requiring two or three attempts to get a good working part. Regardless, a solenoid/starter should not be affected by an EMP as an EMP would likely only affect computer modules.
Corrected entry: In the scene when they are hiding out at Ray's ex-wife's house, Ray throws a piece of bread with peanut butter on one side at the window, and it sticks peanut butter side against the glass. In the next shot, it is a sandwich with the peanut butter between slices of bread.
Correction: No, actually it is always just peanut butter on a piece of bread. Granted the position does change slightly, but it is still the same.
Corrected entry: In the scene where the soldiers gather around the downed tripod walker, one of the soldiers with a M242 (machine gun) has a green box of ammunition attached to it. Green boxes are for blank ammunition, black for live.
Correction: With the world being attacked by alien invaders, they may have been running tight on supplies and must have used whatever they could find to carry ammunition in.
Corrected entry: If the aliens planned on taking over the Earth and planting vines to colonize the planet then they would have done some testing to ensure the planet was hospitable. It makes no sense that they would expend such effort to take over a planet without testing for or protecting themselves against deadly bacteria or viruses. Can you imagine a movie where humans simply land on an alien planet without testing the air and environment then proceed to run around naked?
Correction: Character mistake, not a movie mistake, the ending was taken from the book. The aliens may be a arrogant race and thought they could survive anything.
Corrected entry: In the scene, where the tripod rises from the ground after the EMP pulse has been triggered, the camera follows a young man filming the tripod with a digital video camera although the camera should be out of commission after the EMP.
Correction: He could have had the capacity to fix it, or we don't know if the EMP is a weapon or if it is just a side effect of their transport, which might mean it has uneven coverage and the camera was 'missed'.