Best sci-fi movie mistakes of 2006
Visible crew/equipment: When Lois pulls up to the house where the blackout was traced to, she hears some music coming from the boat down at the dock. As the camera pans upwards over the car, as she steps out, the whole camera and a crew member are reflected in the side of the car.
Revealing mistake: When the Bronco is underwater at the end of the movie, Claire's hands are tied to the steering wheel. Doug rips the steering wheel off. Anyone who has worked on cars knows you need a puller to get a steering wheel off. Also, the steering wheel is gone when Claire swims to the surface.
Plot hole: Julia dies in the underwater escape trick tank because the axe couldn't get her out in time. However, if she was able to open the lid from inside the tank, get up, over, and down, then close the lid (all quickly, silently, and without assistance) when the trick goes properly, then there is no reason that the four men standing around could not have simply lifted the lid, either acting a key in the fake padlock to preserve the trick, or using a key if it's real. At this point she could have gotten her head above water and draped her hands over the side of the tank to stay up. That done, the crisis is over, and she must only wait to calm down enough to get herself down, or be assisted. Cutter built the tank, so he knew how strong the glass was. The only explanation for using the axe was to allow Julia's death, thus advancing the plot.
Other mistake: When Joey Lawrence gets his hand cut off by the human, he wakes up to find his arm where his hand used to be wrapped in some kind of black cloth. It's obviously his hand that is wrapped up because the wrap sticks out too far to be only wrapping his wrist. Plus it is also bulky which gives away the hand underneath.
Factual error: When Izzy urges Tom to watch through the telescope on the rooftop, he just looks and sees the nebula. From space observations done by myself, I know that the earth rotation is so fast that even for this amount of time, a manual correction must be done to center the view again.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Dean Cain's character and the girl are chained together with the shackles. Dean leaps through the window and crashes to the floor. The girl then jumps through the window and neither of them is wearing shackles. There was no cut, and no indication they had a key.
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Continuity mistake: When the guy who swears way too much is pointing a flamethrower at the two other characters in the garage, he's holding the flamethrower nozzle in his right hand. But when he goes to roll up his left sleeve to show them his arm, he uses his right hand, and it's a direct sequence cut (note the left hand is visible in the same shot and is not holding the flamethrower). After he rolls his sleeve up, he's holding the flamethrower nozzle in his right hand again.
Revealing mistake: The infant baby was computer animated in every scene in which the face appeared. Even the feet were obviously touched up by computer in the hallway scene. The lighting isn't quite right, the skin texture isn't quite right, and the child's face is just too animated.
Other mistake: William B. Davis plays a US Air Force General. Unfortunately, the Wardrobe Dept took a CANADIAN Royal Air Force jacket and put US insignia on it. The noticeable difference is the epaulets, which don't reach all the way to the jacket collar. On US military uniforms, epaulets go all the way UNDER the collar.
Factual error: Throughout the film, most Japanese words are spelled in Katakana. In real-life Japanese, however, Katakana is exclusively used for foreign words adopted into Japanese language, like 'table', 'television' (mostly it is abbreviated to 'telebi') and 'racing car'. But in the film, even indiginous Japanese words such as 'samurai' are spelled in Katakana, not - as they should be - in Hiragana (the syllable system used for native words).