27th Jul 2012
9th Mar 2011
Continuity mistake: When we see the train from the front just before the collision at the end of the film, the staircase on its front/right corner is already heavily damaged/crushed. Then, as the car is about to collide with the train, we see the train in a side view and these stairs are perfectly fine. The approaching front view was obviously filmed after the crash. Note the same damage is on the train in the film's opening shot (just before the credits and theme song start).
17th Jan 2011
6th Jan 2011
Continuity mistake: As Cobb is finishing describing how powerful a dream is, his right arm hangs down out of sight as his left thumb touches his forehead, then drops to rest on the table. A wine glass stands to his left. When the viewing angle reverses, his left arm is instantly hanging so that the hand is in his lap, and his right hand is bringing the wine glass to his mouth, yet the conversation is real-time continuous.
19th Sep 2010
Revealing mistake: When Batman flees from Gordon after their first meeting, he leaps across an alley and catches himself on the railing on a fire escape. This fire escape fails, dropping him (as well as the clothing left to dry on the railing). Batman grabs the next railing and again, this second fire escape collapses. Exactly the same as the first, with the same clothing falling off. When he climbs onto the 'third' fire escape, we see he's only come down one level, not two. The scene was artificially lengthened by using two perspectives of the same stunt. This isn't the same as showing one explosion from multiple angles because it is timed/edited precisely to appear as a longer fall in continuous time, not as repetition of the same moment.
Continuity mistake: After colliding with the tail end of the freight train, Manny looks forward along the right side of the runaway train and announces that all the hand rails are gone (torn off in the collision), yet for the rest of the film, all the hand rails on the right side of the locomotives are present and undamaged. The left side of the train (the side that has much more contact with the freight train in the collision) is never seen again in the film, presumably to suggest that is the side that lost its railings, which explains the twisted railing debris between the locomotives seen when the characters are moving between them (along the right sides).
Factual error: During the collision with the freight train, a long shot shows the right side of the runaway passing as debris rains down on and around it. As the third locomotive passes, a 'truck' (the 4-wheel carriage that the freight cars ride on) bounces off the top, then bounces off the cab of the fourth locomotive. And never causes any damage to either locomotive! The first hit should have mangled, even torn off some of the bodywork covering the engine of the 3rd loco, and the second hit should have torn open the cab of the 4th. It hits that cab exactly where Manny is sitting, so he would have been killed. Of course, this footage is of scale models, so they didn't sustain damage the way the real locos would have.
7th Apr 2010
Revealing mistake: After the XO orders all stop, we see a close-up of the ship's yoke being pulled back. The next wide shot shows the interior as the bow of the sub is rising, and just before this shot ends, note the console that the man with headphones is working at. A pair of crewmembers cross paths in the foreground, then the entire console wobbles, proving it isn't attached to the floor at all.
18th Mar 2010
Continuity mistake: After flight testing the suit the first time, Tony crashes through his house, landing on and partly crushing his blue Cobra roadster, as building debris litters the ground around and on the car. Later, when Pepper finds Tony being fitted by robotic arms, we see the same garage area in the background and the Cobra and debris have been cleared away, replaced by the 1932 Ford hot rod. Still later, when Tony suits up for the final battle, the damaged Cobra and all the debris is back in place in time for him to shove the car out of the way. Note the same location in all three shots is below the second set of windows on the wall.
18th Mar 2010
Audio problem: As Shelton is about to drive away from City Hall, we see him operate a lever on the steering column of the van and we hear the familiar sounds of a transmission shifter clunking through a few settings into "Drive". The problem is that he used the lever on the left side of the column, which is the turn signal lever. The transmission shift lever is on the right side of the column. In reality, Butler used his left turn signal before steering left into the travel lane, and the sound editors added the shifter sound to try and cover the fact he's never actually seen putting the van into gear in the scene.
16th Feb 2010
6th Feb 2010
Continuity mistake: When we first see Agent Holloway viewing the crime scene photos taped to the wall, he is facing camera looking at transparent pictures on a transparent wall (as if we are behind that wall, seeing through it). When the angle changes to see the Agent from behind, the photos are now paper photos on a normal, opaque wall and the pictures are arranged somewhat differently - most notably to Holloway's right near the top where two wider photos are vertically aligned atop and below each other in the second shot when they were misaligned in the first shot by nearly half their width. The transparency versus opaque materials issue is a stylistic choice of the director and not a mistake, but the mismatched alignments is a mistake.
Continuity mistake: When the truck rams a silver wagon that is blocking its path, a dark-color 1970s Firebird is parked nose-to-nose with the wagon, at the roadside, and just beyond the Firebird, a silver 1990s minivan is parked on the same side of the road. When the shot changes to show the moto-terminator analyzing the airborne wagon, the Firebird and minivan are gone, replaced by a silver modern sedan. Then, as the wagon crashes to ground after the bike passes under it, nothing is parked on that side of the road except a 1970s Cadillac sedan which is further back along their path of travel.
Continuity mistake: As the tow truck flees the fuel station after believing the Harvester has been destroyed, a car explodes just ahead of the truck in the right lane. The shot immediately following this has Reese facing the camera looking back at the Harvester, but ahead of the truck we can see the road and the exploding car and all the smoke, fire, and debris have all vanished and the lane is clear, even though they can't have passed this car yet.
Continuity mistake: When the Harvester destroys the Saab sedan that is fleeing the fuel station, the car's chassis is shown sailing through the air, stripped of its interior and drivetrain, throwing random sparks, but not on fire in any way because there's really nothing left that would burn. But moments later, it is completely engulfed in flames as it crashes through the awning over the gas pumps.
Continuity mistake: When Marcus stops the Jeep at a ruined fuel station, he parks it between the two gas-pump islands. The Harvester blows the Jeep up and its remnants rain down back on the spot where the Jeep stood: between the islands. We can clearly see the Jeep's grille fall to this exact spot. Marcus and the others are thrown against the wall of the building when this occurs. As Reese crawls to Marcus, he does so across the Jeep's grille, which is now 30 feet or more from where it actually landed.
Continuity mistake: When Marcus hits the side of the compartment that contains Kyle and Star with an axe for the second time, we see the panel's left edge separate from the vertical column, bent in a large "V" inward into the compartment. The next exterior shot as Marcus is grabbed by the harvester shows the panel has only the one small hole in it that Marcus created with his first axe strike. The damage from the second hit is gone.
Continuity mistake: Once the tow truck is attached by cable to the HK, it is spun around. As the truck's rear end is approaching the Honda Element, we can see Kyle making his way into the cab for protection. But a quick external shot of the rear of the tow truck shows Kyle is behind the cab, holding onto the exhaust stack. Then a high shot showing the Honda get hit shows Kyle is gone, apparently safe inside the cab.