Best fantasy movie mistakes of 2008
Factual error: Trevor - a Professor of Geology - boasts about having an article published in Scientific American, and that is not something any scientist would do. Scientific American is looked upon with slight disdain by the scientific community, considered to be a populist crowd pleaser. It is not even peer reviewed. Considering that he has just turned the geological and archaeological worlds on their heads he would have been better off publishing in Journal of Geological Research or Geology, both prestigious professional journals.
Factual error: Basic physics - Hancock throws Michel from a dead stop to above cloud level in about eleven seconds. The clouds are bog standard cumulus which form at around 7,000 metres in temperate zones. This means that Michel accelerates to about 700 metres per second instantly, from a dead stop. Obviously he cannot accelerate during his ascent, so his starting speed has to be at least that. (In fact he would have to start his ascent much, much faster than 700 metres per second as he would be constantly decelerating due to gravity and air resistance, but it will do as a start point.) Michel accelerates from 0 to 2,520 kilometres per hour - twice the speed of sound - in zero seconds. He would be accelerating at around 5000 Gs, turning him into a very long streak of fine, pink mist.
Other mistake: When Dr. Pincus looks at the three laxative bottles, there's a close-up of one of the bottles. The label on the bottle reads "Take 1 tablet daily with a glass of water" and "Qty: 50". Doesn't sound like a label for a liquid solution. (I noticed this in normal playback then paused to confirm it.)
Plot hole: At the start of the movie, a great deal is made of the boom mic that enters the shot. This is ridiculous, because Bolt's view would not be restricted to what was onscreen, he'd have a perfect view of the person holding the boom mic (as evidenced by it not being stable). There's no possibility of him not seeing the person holding the mic either. As Bolt completely and utterly believes the world he lives in, and thinks the situations he finds himself in (saving Penny) are real, someone holding a boom mic would break the illusion for him. In ALL instances in the movie where an outside force (i.e. Dog handler) interacts with him, Bolt never gets to see the person handling him (handler approaches from behind), the boom mic operator however is literally right in front of him.
Factual error: The Moon is pushed into a "more elliptical" orbit. When the orbit it shown, it is more eccentric than the Moon's real orbit. However, it is centered directly on the Earth. This violates Kepler's first law of motion, which states that a natural satellite has the primary body at one focus of an elliptical orbit. In other words, the Moon should come much closer to the Earth at one end of the ellipse, and recede very far from it at the other end, rather than receding to the same distance in both directions.
Plot hole: In the scene where Ba'al goes through the stargate and arrives in 1939, the event horizon from the stargate puts a hole in the haul of the ship. Later when SG1 goes through the stargate the hole is covered with ice. The event horizon created from SG1 would have been the same as the previous one and removed the ice from the hole.
Continuity mistake: When Skeeter arrives at his sister Wendy's house, he walks into the kitchen and meets Patrick and Bobbi. He says he has some presents for Bobbi, and Patrick turns around and leans his arm on the back of the chair. In the next few shots his arms keeps moving from resting on the back of the chair to down in his lap.
Continuity mistake: When Kate is speaking with the angel of the Sculptor in the grocery store about what her mission is, during most of the conversation there is a woman behind the Sculptor cleaning and organizing the orange juice. After the conversation when the shot shows the Sculptor descending into heaven, all the juice jugs that were on the floor are on the shelf and the woman cleaning is no longer there.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Lloyd is briefing his team about the events of the next few hours, there is a shot in which he says the words 'weather systems' as someone walks across the screen from the right. Immediately the camera cuts to a close-in shot of Lloyd. But right at the end of the scene, the exact same shot is shown again, minus the sound of Lloyd saying 'weather systems'.
Visible crew/equipment: When Brother Silence/Cass leaves the house after finishing the campaign at the end of the movie, he opens the front door to leave and there is a glass door/screen there outside the house. For a second you can see a crew member holding the boom mike in the reflection of the glass door.
Factual error: The Volkswagen Campervan that is used at the beginning of the film has a Zürich number plate, yet the cantonal coat of arms to the right of the number plate is that of the canton of Ticino (red and blue stripe). This is incorrect: The coat of arms should have been a white-blue stripe, which is the coat of arms of Zürich Canton and would correspond correctly to the number plate.
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Continuity mistake: At breakfast, the morning after Maria has just arrived at her Uncle's house, the uncle calls Maria's father a coward. He has a glass of brown drink in his hand. He's just taken a drink and the glass is 3/4 full. Maria angrily refutes that her father was a hero and the glass, still in his hand, is now full to the brim.
Continuity mistake: While Michael Malone and Gen. Patton are discussing what just happened in the subway, in the background, two ACLU zombie-lawyers begin chasing an ambulance as it drives away. After a brief cut away, we return to the same view - and the same zombie-lawyers chasing the same ambulance.
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