Factual error: Worms are not created in AutoCAD. Ever. Period. Does not happen, cannot happen. Building design work and the like is done in AutoCAD. Viruses and worms are coded out by hand or created with a generator by slackers that don't know the code and then compiled into executables.

Factual error: At the end of movie, the TV speaker says US Embassy in Istanbul was bombed by terrorists. US does not have an embassy in Istanbul, Turkey, but has a consulate. Embassies are located in the Capital, i.e. Ankara. (01:49:45)

Factual error: Considering the explosion's force vector, I am at a loss to explain the flying cars. The cars should have been pushed sideways. Inertia of the cars is another problem. Explosions occur in very short time intervals. So, the force needed to overcome a car's inertia and accelerate it into the air would be extremely large. Unfortunately, car bodies aren't designed for such forces. A violent explosion would hit a stationary car like a speeding bus. The car would be demolished, not thrown in the air. Bad physics! (00:07:20)

Factual error: When the copter is getting ready to lift the bus, there is a shot where you can clearly see high-tension electrical wires and a tower behind the parade of vehicles. The wires path must have crossed the roadway the bus etc. were on just moments before. How then, did the copter remain cabled to the bus?

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Suggested correction: Even though you see the tower behind the bus, the wires weren't down or attached to the bus before the tower, only afterwards.


Factual error: In the bank, when Halle Berry is about to be hanged, we see Hugh Jackman typing on a computer to get the money back. In one shot of the screen, we see a world map with some names countries and their capitals. On this map, Colombia is misspelled as Columbia; and the city of Bogota appears to be in the wrong place.

Factual error: Axel Torvalds and his lawyer are not speaking Finnish. They speak German, which makes sense, given that Rudolf Martin, the actor playing Axel Torvalds, is German. In the German version, he actually does speak Finnish.

Factual error: As the hacker is typing, a close up of his fingers is seen. As he types his fingers seem to hit random and multiple keys. Any typing like this will result only in garbage, not the correctly spelled words that appear on his screen.

Factual error: When Halle Berry tosses Hugh Jackman the pouch containing "$100,000", Jackman opens the folder to reveal four wrapped bundles marked $10,000. The folder is not large enough to hold another six bundles.

Factual error: In the beginning, when Halle Berry is going to get Hugh Jackman, there is a caption saying "Midland, Texas". Midland does not look like that! There are no hills, and hardly any green vegetation. That couldn't have been shot anywhere in West Texas, especially not Midland. (01:31:55)

Factual error: Early in the film they cut to a scene with the title Washington D. C. and you can see in a long shot the very distinctive building "The Bonaventure Hotel" which is in downtown Los Angeles. This building is one of a kind and there are no buildings like this in Washington DC. Also the buildings in the long shots of this scene are high rises. So even if you don't know the uniqueness of the hotel a lot of people do know that Washington DC does not have such tall buildings because of height restrictions.

Factual error: Jackman's character states that he will hack into the government's network using an old PDP-10. The command line interface for a PDP-10 should be shown on the monitors. None of the shots of the monitors in the movie show a PDP-10 command line.

Factual error: Some of the IP address listed during his cyber hack are not real IP address (ie. 293.*.*.*) The highest possible number is 255. This was done for the same reason that movies use 555- for phone numbers: to prevent enthusiastic moviegoers from actually reaching any real person or entity.

Factual error: In the opening sequence of the movie, Travolta's speech invokes the Sidney Lumet film "Dog Day Afternoon", but says it was released in 1976. In reality, DDA came out in 1975.

Factual error: When John Travolta flies in a helicopter to kill the congressman who is fishing, the caption states that they are in Bend, Oregon, when actually they are in Redmond, Oregon.

Continuity mistake: When Hugh Jackman, Don Cheadle and the extra jump off the cliff and slide down the muddy, dusty side of the steep hill they are covered in filth on the way down. When they hit bottom the only evidence of the trip is a little sweat. Even their shoes are clean. (00:42:20)

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Question: What actually happens at the end of this film? I know that JT escapes down a staircase and therefore is not killed, but why is there a body? You see Halle Berry get shot, but at the end of the film she is on the boat with Travolta. If he is a good guy, why did he kill all those people? Does Halle Berry actually work for DEA? If not then what is the wire for?

Answer: JT is exactly who he says he is. He leaves a body behind to fool the FBI/CIA into thinking he is dead. Jackman would have believed it too had he not seen him heading down the stairs and the surgically altered corpse. Berry was not hurt, the wire, the DEA story and her getting shot were all parts of a ploy for Jackman to trust and confide in her, making it easier for Travolta to make Jackman do what he wanted. Travolta didn't actually kill any hostages directly himself, (though he did put them in that situation, he is by no means Mr. Innocent) - had the police done what he asked, no one would have been hurt at all. So basically, he IS a good guy, but his methods are somewhat morally lacking.

Grumpy Scot

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