Best sci-fi movie mistakes of 2012
Continuity mistake: As the hand creature busts the shackles off Boris' legs in Lunar Max, you can see the bottoms of his pants over his metal prison boots. There are only a few folds and wrinkles over his left foot, and the pants over right foot are hardly wrinkled at all, or affected as the creature climbs up his right leg. But only a couple of seconds later, we see another shot of Boris' feet as the creature breaks off the metal sleeve of his arm, and suddenly his pants legs are very wrinkled. Boris was standing perfectly still the entire time. Boris' legs are also suddenly closer together.
Other mistake: The video stream displayed in the night sky showing which tributes have died after the first day does not add up correctly. They display in district order. We see the start, the girl from three (so the boy is still alive), and the boy from four with no breaks. Then they break away to show Katniss and the control room, after which they continuously show the boy and girl from seven, the boy from eight (so the girl is still alive), the girl from nine (so the boy is still alive), and then fade to the end. We know that Foxface, the girl from five, dies later in the movie. Even if we assume that during the portion not shown, the girl from four, the boy from five, and both tributes from six are dead, that's only a total of ten. Thirteen are supposed to be dead at that point in the movie.
Factual error: Hopper has the rank of Lieutenant when he is promoted to Lieutenant Commander at the end of the movie. Promotion to Lieutenant Commander can only be achieved after minimum 9 years of service as a officer and 3 years as a Lieutenant described in US Department of Defense DOPMA act from 1980. However Hopper was a civilian 6 years before the action took place and he has the "Enlisted Surface Warfare" badge that shows that he has been an enlisted and probably gone to OCS (Officer Candiate School) at some time to become a officer and given navy regulations he has likely just been promoted to Lieutenant and likely has been a officer for about 4-5 years. There is now way he can be promotet to Lieutenant Commander under military and DOD regulations since he barely can be a Lieutenant.
Revealing mistake: Each crew member has a monitor on their spacesuits that they use whenever they are exploring the caves. Whenever the monitor is shown, each crew member's individual heartbeat is shown in the lower left corner of the monitor. But no matter which heartbeat is shown, every time a heartbeat on the monitors is shown, it is always the exact same heartbeat, despite the various changes in panic and stress throughout the movie.
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Deliberate mistake: The bomb is placed on M.S. One and Snow and Emilie get in the space suits. A cut to the bomb shows 14 seconds. Then back to Snow and Emilie as they talk for a bit. About 14 to 15 seconds go by, and then it cuts back to the bomb, which now shows 10 seconds... It counts down to 8, and then cuts back to Snow and Emilie as they run and jump out of M.S. One. The shot lasts about 7 or 8 seconds, then cuts back to the bomb, which now shows 2 seconds. The timing between shots and syncing with the bomb is way off here.
Other mistake: When they find captain Nemo's journal the journal is completely intact and the pages are made of paper. But the journal is very old and the island sinks every 70 years so the journal should not have looked that good and the pages must be gone by now or at least not that readable.
Factual error: The Asian girl in the future was wearing her collar with termination charge for a very long time around her neck. When it was removed there was no mark, tan line, or indention or anything left behind, as if it had never been there. Yet all evidence points to years of endless wearing.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Dodge and Penny enters Olivia's last known residence, Penny one of the door windows. She then gets access to the door lock on the inside and she opens the door. As Penny and Dodge enters, it is visible that the window is broken. This is shown both in the first and second shot. At the third shot it is easily noticeable that the same window behind them has been magically repaired, and is in a normal, unbroken condition. The fourth shot shows that the window is again broken.
Factual error: The Iowa is sailing with a depleted crew, one that most likely has no experienced gunner's mates. The 16-inch turret requires a 79-man crew to operate it, and can fire a salvo every 30 seconds. Despite these handicaps, the minimal crew in the movie was firing salvos every few seconds.