Corrected entry: When the shuttles are descending on the bug planet for the first time, the troopers are shown sitting in their restraints. Just a few seconds later, the shuttles land on the planet. The doors swing open, and the troopers storm onto the planet. There isn't near enough time for them to go from sitting to standing in line, ready to attack the bugs in the time allotted.mikelynch
Corrected entry: When Rico is whipped, the guy with the whip is shown about 15 feet in the background. The lashes leave huge 18-inch stripes on Rico's back, implying that the whip is about 17 feet long. But the maximum effective striking length of a whip is only 12 feet, at most.Charles Austin Miller
Corrected entry: In the telecast at the beginning, you see a shot of some soldiers in a promotional recruiting video. One shot, if you look closely, is of Dizzy saluting Rico after he kills the fire spewing bug and saying "I'm your girl, sir," when he decides to make her squad leader. But at the time when the telecast takes place, that hasn't happened yet.
Corrected entry: How much ammo can one gun hold? It seems that a single clip can hold enough ammo to run fully-automatic fire for a full minute or more. Example: soldiers need hundreds of rounds to kill one bug, and a soldier can kill several without reloading. Even a conservative 100-200 rounds would be about as much as could physically fit in the clips, yet they seem to provide as much as a thousand rounds each.DavidRTurner
Corrected entry: Rico is riding on the back of the acid bug, when he blows a hole in the back of it and drops a grenade he is thrown off. As soon as he hits the ground he ducks behind a dead bug that is maybe 3 feet away from him. The camera shows him getting thrown off at a wide angle and that bug wasn't there previously.
Corrected entry: The Federation is in conflict with the Bugs and mention is made early on that they throw asteroids our way. Yet, an asteroid manages to "sneak up" on Buenos Aires. One would think that they would be on the look out for such things. We have even see them destroy one. Yet, B.A. gets zero warning. An asteroid could sneak through if it were accelerated to near light speed. But in that case an asteroid equivalent to the mass of the asteroids we are shown would pretty much vaporize the Earth. (E-MC2).ruhdwulf
Corrected entry: Repeatedly in the movie we are shown media broadcasts which spare nothing in showing mangled and mutilated bodies. Media reports from the battlefield show Bugs dismembering humans and biting them in two. However, when the Bug is feed a cow, it is censored. Likewise, the experiments on the Brain Bug are censored.ruhdwulf
Corrected entry: When Private Ace Levy gets the knife thrown through his hand, look at the angle of it. The knife's at a slight angle, but when he pulls his hand away the hole left in the wall is perfectly vertical.
Corrected entry: After they attempt to rescue the reporter during the first battle, Rico shouts to the others to go. Watch behind Rico. Apparently, the stuntman in the background is supposed to react as if he got impaled by a Warrior Bug. The Special Effects Department must have decided not to add the Warrior Bug after all.
Corrected entry: When the ship Carmen is on is hit and breaks in two, how come she and everyone else didn't immediately die from massive de-pressurisation? The air locks simply could not have kicked in in time.
Corrected entry: In the scene were everyone is running to gather around the captured brain bug one of the troopers left side pack (all the troopers have this pack attached to their left side) falls off - the trooper/extra doesn't notice it but another trooper/extra sees the pack and picks it up while running. All this takes place near the bottom left of your screen.
Corrected entry: When making the drop onto Klendathu (Chapter 13), the drop ships being released from the Roger Young have their thrusters pointed DOWN, towards the bottom of the screen-When orbiting a planet in space, if you release something it simply stays with you, it will NOT fall. To separate from the Roger Young to begin the decent to Klendathu, the drop ships need to have their thrusters pointed to the upper left of the screen to SLOW the drop ships down and to push them AWAY from the Roger Young. The drop ships need to slow down, so they can decrease their orbital velocity which allow them to fall towards Klendathu.
Corrected entry: The sheet of paper that Johnny's comrades press against the water tank says that "Johnny Rico" was killed in action. An official federal document would supposedly not have a nickname like "Johnny" on it.
Corrected entry: The large spaceships in this movie have warp capability but have no shields? This is entirely half witted as they would fly hundreds maybe thousands of light years to go fight yet not have any defense against even the most basic of weapons, like the artillery of the tanker bugs. I would think shields would be a number one priority up there with warp capability, as at those speeds the tiniest object would be a) unavoidable, and b) would seriously damage the ship. Secondly, why no weapons to fire on ground targets? The ships did have guns but nothing to take out something like a tanker bug. One would think that with ships that big you would want to take every opportunity to put any and every battle in your favor.Tobin OReilly
Corrected entry: If the Federation is so high-tech that they have mastered interstellar travel, then why don't they just destroy every single planet with a really big nuclear bomb? They could make about 200 for minimal cost and destroy pretty much every planet on the other side of the solar system - problem solved. It wouldn't cost lives, and I find it hard to believe that making a few missiles is going to be more expensive than massive starships, ammunition for the troopers and paying for all the logistical support e.g. food.
Corrected entry: Just before Carmen and Xander escape from the Rodger Young, some poor officers get blown into space. While they are escaping, Carmen hits one of the officers with the escape pod. It's absolute zero out in space (-273 C/-459 F), so the victims would have been instantly frozen, shouldn't the officer have been shattered into pieces?
Corrected entry: The last thing Rico's parents say before the meteor strikes is, "Looks like rain," as the sky outside gets darker. As a large meteor (large enough to destroy a major city) makes it's appearance in the atmosphere, there would be a flash of light brighter than the sun. Several minutes later a dark dust cloud would rise, but by then everyone in the vicinity would be killed.
Corrected entry: How do the "bugs" manage to invade the Earth? Supposedly they hurl meteors through space that land on Earth and cause massive destruction. But the bugs, even though they are huge and intelligent, have no technology. How could they harness the meteor, let alone make sure that it travelled through space accurately enough to hit the Earth?
Corrected entry: Why the heck would a military force that can cross the galaxy rely on infantry soldiers with projectile weapons? Even in the 21st century, we have tanks that could have mopped up all of those bugs, not to mention a myriad of unmanned weapons that could keep grunts out of harm's way.
Corrected entry: In the scene when the asteroid hits Buenos Aires, the news shows footage of people in burning debris who are helped up. This can't be Buenos Aires, because an asteroid that's big enough to destroy a city would blow everything away in a ring of several kilometers. After the explosion all air in an ever bigger ring would be sucked to the center of the explosion, causing a vacuum and thereby killing all the people. There should be no survivors and fires.
Corrected entry: When the bugs are attacking the outpost on Planet P, Diz is occupied for the majority of the fight with the task of calling in support. When the rescue ship is on route, she is one of the last to join in the firefight, but reports being totally out of ammo after depleting her first clip. Even Johnny has a spare to give her which negates the possibility of more time passing than is seen, either she only brought a single clip or totally forgot about those around her belt.
Corrected entry: Again, when the bugs attack the planet P outpost, the troopers are unable to hold off the seemingly relentless wave of bugs. Such to the point that the bugs are able to make their way to the outpost's upper level by climbing over one another, you see troopers frantically trying to repel them with standard machine fire, yet everyone seems to have forgotten about the underbarrel shotgun or similar projectile launcher that has already proven greater stopping power and in such close quarters surely it could have bought them some more time.
Corrected entry: During the scene when Carmen and Xander are on their "third watch" the "gravity field" is strong enough to move all the coffee but not the cup?
Corrected entry: As it would take many years for an object to travel, even at the speed of light, to the other side of the galaxy and given that the Federation Fleet use warp drive to get to Klendethu, how were the Bugs able to shoot an asteroid out of their orbit to bomb Earth presumably a short time after?
Corrected entry: In the scene where the infantry are mopping up after fleet has blasted the planet the troopers form a large ring around a group of bugs and concentrate all their fire on the centre. Would of thought this would result in quite a few troopers shooting each other?
Corrected entry: When Carmen and Xander man the emergency evasive system to take the Roger Young out of the bug asteroid's path, why did they have to count down from five before punching the system button? If they had just punched it straight away, the ship would have cleared the asteroid safely without getting its communications tower blown off.
Corrected entry: Rico uses a grenade to kill the tanker bug at one stage, seemingly part of his normal equipment. But at the final battle when hundreds of bugs are massed at the walls of the compound, making a perfect target, no-one thinks to use one.
Corrected entry: Just before the bug asteroid hits the Roger Young, Carmen and the other pilot are rapidly examining their instruments to determine where the gravity field is coming from. Yet, moments later, we see that the asteroid is coming from straight ahead of the ship and is fully visible through the front windows of the bridge. Couldn't one of the pilots have seen it coming?
Corrected entry: In the scene where they find a body with its brains removed, the original lieutenant sticks the fingers of his robotic hand into the hole in the head and says: They sucked his brains out. Obviously the giant Brain Bug did this, but the only way in that room was through a door probably only 6.5 feet tall and a short hallway of the same size. The brain bug was 15 to 20 feet tall. How did it get in there? Did they take the live person outside, suck out his brain, drag him back inside and sit him in his chair? I don't think so.
Corrected entry: It is very interesting that at the beginning of the movie, in the battle of Klendathu, it takes upwards of 15 soldiers to bring down a "bug" after about ten seconds of continuous firepower. At the end of the movie, however, the three that rescue Carmen from the brain bug, and Carmen herself, are able to massacre what looks like about 60 bugs, just by themselves, in about 30 seconds. Did intelligence invent weapons that were 30 times better in a really short period of time?
Corrected entry: Someone else pointed out that it seems unlikely an interstellar military force would use infantry troops with projectile weapons to fight the bugs. Well, I have perhaps a larger problem with the "reality" of the film. When it becomes clear that the bugs are a threat to humanity, the Mobile Infantry is sent in to fight them. These forces are promptly slaughtered. In a later scene we see some kind of aircraft flying over the surface of the planet, dropping bombs, and THEN the Mobile Infantry goes into the bombed area. Um, haven't we been using airpower to bombard an area, THEN sending in infantry to claim it, since World War II? Isn't that like basic war-making?rbryant73
Corrected entry: In the shower scene, Diz comes in, takes off her T-shirt and starts showering. Do you leave your pants on to shower ?
Corrected entry: Not a mistake, but I love how the three main characters, Rico, Carmen, and Carl (Doogie Howser) all become high ranking officers after just one year in the military. Especially Carl - Colonel after just one year. I like that army. Carmen - Captain of a major starship, and Rico - Lieutenant.
Corrected entry: In the film, Buenos Aires suffers a meteor strike, and Rico's parents die. But the house were they live is near mountains. And the nearest mountains are as far as 1700 km from Buenos Aires...(the pampas are VERY plain). So, or they are alive and well, or the meteor hit The Andes. And not Buenos Aires...
Corrected entry: At the start of the film when there's an advert for the Mobile Infantry, we see that there are clips in background of parts in the film that haven't even happened yet, featuring Rico, Ace and Dizz, these things didn't happen until after the attack on Klendathu, this bit is meant to be set just before the attack, well actually when the forces are preparing to attack, this makes no sense...the advert seems to see into the future.
Corrected entry: When the troops are throwing knives at the targets, one says, "why are we doing this when we can just pull a trigger?" The drill sergeant tells him to put his hand on a target and proceeds to throw a knife into his hand, he then quotes "when your hand is disabled you can't pull a trigger" Did he overlook the fact that when your hand is disabled you can't throw a knife either?
Corrected entry: In the cavern scene at the end, Carmen is rescued by Rico and his homies. When they come in, she is holding Xander's knife, but when she runs back to join them, she is holding an assault rifle.