Waterworld

Waterworld (1995)

31 corrected entries

Corrected entry: When Costner blows up the Exxon Valdez with his flare, we get a shot of the deck from up high. Halfway through this shot, Hopper and his crew suddenly appear from nowhere, along with the railing he is leaning on.

Friso94

Correction: While it is a weird looking shot, it's not a mistake, the camera has just pulled back far enough to reveal them. You can tell this is what happens because there are two objects on the deck and their position changes also, consistent with the camera angle changing.

Bishop73

Corrected entry: When preparing to address the people, Deacon puts on a hat. A few seconds later, the hat is suddenly missing.

Movie Nut

Correction: He has simply taken his hat off before speaking to the people (which is a common thing, some people will remove their hat prior to speaking, even though they wore it to wave to a crowd). And he has plenty of time to do so while the camera is not on him.

Bishop73

Corrected entry: In the opening scene where Mariner is sailing his boat into the distance, land can quite clearly be seen on the horizon up ahead.

Correction: That's not land, it's the empty space of sky between the horizon and the clouds. You can see the same effect later in the movie more when the 3 are eating the sea monster on the boat.

Bishop73

Corrected entry: The Mariner takes Helen down to the sea bed in a makeshift 'diving bell'. He tells Helen there is only enough air for one person. The depth they dive to is shown as quite comfortably exceeding 200m. (To save this turning into a science essay I'll include this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boyle's_law). Regardless of suspension of disbelief, there is no way that a bell of that size would carry enough air for even one person at that depth for that long. There's also the matter of decompression stops when they return to the surface. The Mariner wouldn't need them but Helen certainly would. It could be argued that the deco stops occurred off-screen and the audience doesn't see every second of their trip. Fair enough however The Mariner has no time piece to measure how long they've been on the stops and no depth gauge. That would also assume he is not only aware of decompression as a concept, but is familiar with a specific set of decompression tables and schedules, to the point of having them memorised on the off chance he ever takes a human diving. Highly implausible.

Correction: Who says the mariner doesn't need decompression stops? He has gills and webbed toes, but even a fish can't move from the ocean floor to the surface without literally exploding. The "knowledge" of decompression must be instinctual for him, as is whether to breath through lungs or gills. He knows to stop for Helen because he must stop for himself as well. The first half of this mistake is valid but the second half is not. Perhaps a resubmission might be in order. This is why it's wiser not to list several issues in a single entry.

Phixius

Corrected entry: The Exxon Valdez is designed to carry crude oil. Crude has to be refined into higher octane products to be used in jet skis, automobiles, etc. The refining process is difficult and requires large amounts of power. It would be impossible to do on the tanker itself. And it is extremely unlikely that the smokers would have come across high octane products on another ship. They tend to be refined near to their consumers and not shipped around.

Correction: Stating that it would be impossible is supposition, it would be possible to have a small refinery on the tanker - producing just enough fuel to keep the smokers running. The main components in a refinery are a furnace to heat the crude and a distilling tank to separate the petroleum products.

BocaDavie

Corrected entry: How far ahead in the future are we anyway? Hundreds or maybe thousands of years? Do you know how long tankers like that can stay at sea? Twenty or thirty years at the most. That's a rather short time for everyone to forget about dry land.

Correction: It is never revealed how far into the future the movie takes place. The statement about how long the tanker can stay at sea is complete speculation; since there is no (known) land it has no place to be but at sea. The bottom of the Valdez is encrusted with barnacles, the outer hull is covered in rust and engines have been replaced with people rowing. It looks like it may have been at sea for centuries.

BocaDavie

Corrected entry: Where do the smokers get their cigarettes from? Cigarettes do not have an indefinite shelf life. The tobacco will dry out after just a few months and after a few years they would crumble away. Given that the smokers certainly don't have the capacity to grow tobacco or manufacture cigarettes, and the cigarettes they are smoking could not have survived since the global disaster that caused the sea to rise, there shouldn't be any around.

Correction: Cigarettes are usually packed in packages wrapped in sealed plastic, and if stored carefully, they will last quite a long time. They certainly would dry out and not be exactly pleasant to smoke, but beggars can't be choosers in thier case. They'd likely smoke anything.

Corrected entry: When the smokers attack the metal city, Enola and Helen go up to Gregor's windmill to try and escape with him. Though the battle is raging outside, you can see a calm, Smoker-free lagoon with no signs of an attack happening through any of the windows in the windmill.

rabid anarchist

Correction: The portion of the lagoon seen through the window is relatively calm, however right after Gregor throws the rope and it gets stuck, you can see a smoker on a jet ski enter the view right before the shot changes.

Jason Sieberg

Corrected entry: If it has been so long since the water levels rose that no one remembers a time when dry land was above water, how did the little girl come to have such an accurate map to it tattooed on her back?

Correction: Probably because she came from dry land. Her family tattooed her back and sent her out to sea in a basket because they knew they were dying and that there were people out on the sea who would want to find the land. This is mentioned at several points later in the film; Helen mentioning "the basket we found Enola in," and Enola saying "I'm home" at the end.

Jason Sieberg

Corrected entry: If there were enough ice on the planet that, when melted, would raise the ocean levels to the extent shown in the movie, then the saltwater would be diluted enough to be drinkable, negating the plot point about "hydro" being such a valuable commodity.

wizard_of_gore

Correction: The salt must have come from somewhere else. It is a naturally occurring mineral, after all.

Phixius

Corrected entry: If Kevin Costner's character has gills, and can breathe under water, why would he have a device for someone else to breathe underwater? He very states that he is a loner, and does not travel any way but alone. I can see building one after he picks up his extra passengers, but beforehand doesn't make since.

Jazetopher

Correction: Not understanding a character's motivations or reasons is not a mistake. While he might have not needed there are numerous reasons why he might have kept it and there is no mistake in keeping it just because he might not need it.

Lummie

Corrected entry: Featuring the Exxon Valdez in the movie is a nice piece of social commentary. However, when the real Exxon Valdez was repaired and placed back into service after the Prince William Sound disaster in 1989, it was rechristened the Sea River Mediterranean.

Correction: The ship was renamed EXXON Mediterranean (type Exxon Mediterranean into a search engine). This alleged mistake is already covered under trivia.

Corrected entry: It is a known scientific fact that a planet without land will create waves rising from 500 to a thousand feet. This is because there is no land that can break the waves' rise. This would make the surface uninhabitable by any man-made structure or vessel especially with Waterworld's current human technology. Waterworld barely has any waves.

Correction: It is not a known scientific fact. It is one scientific theory that is impossible to prove. Computer models can only begin to guess at the effects of no land above water. And in Waterworld there is at least one landmass which they find, and there are probably more as the melting ice-caps are not sufficient to cover the entire surface.

Soylent Purple

Corrected entry: It doesn't make sense that the Smokers have so many shells. In the Atoll Assault scene the four-barreled machine gun chassis is dumping out about 50 shells every 4 seconds.

Correction: We don't see the world being flooded and the smokers becoming what they are. Who's to say they didn't find an ammunition stash or battleships (which I'm sure would still be floating around) and raided them.

Cybermoose

Corrected entry: Since all the Jet Skis in the movie seem to be from the late twentieth/early twenty-first century, and the Exxon Valdez can only hold so much oil, and it has probably been centuries (at least) since the water level rose, there would probably be a very strict oil rationing law in place for there to be any oil left at all. Certainly not enough for the villains to be as profligate with the use of the Jet Skis as they are.

Correction: You are assuming lots of things. There are no laws in this movie, it has become everyone for themselves. So who is to say that there is an oil rationing law. Second, maybe there was more than one oil tanker and the Exxon Valdez was the last one and so therefore everyone was DESPERATE to find dry land.

shortdanzr

Corrected entry: The villains have many cans of Smeat laying about. Why won't they eat it?

Correction: The Deacon and his crew want the people he rules over to believe that he has finally found dryland. Throwing it to them before he makes his speech makes them believe this.

Corrected entry: If dirt is rare and expensive, look of the amount of dirt on the floor throughout the wooden islands, etc.

gandolfs dad

Correction: Its not a wooden island, it's metal, and the "dirt" isn't dirt, it's rust.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Mariner dives Helen to show her the sunken cities in this rare bubble, you take a good look at the underwater panorama. However, you will not find a single fish, despite it's suppose to be full of monsters and creatures.

Correction: If the polar icecaps melted and flooded the oceans with freshwater to the extent that the whole planet was underwater (that can't happen, but that's by the by) then every saltwater fish in the sea would die; their body chemistry would be totally disrupted as the salt in the sea was drastically diluted.

Corrected entry: If Kevin Costner can go down to the bottom of the ocean and get dirt he should be able to get things from the sunk cities a lot more valuble than dirt.

gandolfs dad

Correction: The Mariner (Costner) does in fact go to the bottom of the ocean to get more valuble things than just dirt. Crayons, shells, National Geographic, and in the extended version a workable CD player is one of the many items that the Mariner gathers from the ocean floor.

Corrected entry: The woman and the little girl escape with Kevin Costner off the metal island in a big hurry and can be seen taking no bags or clothes with them. Why then, in a later scene aboard Kevin Costner's boat, does the woman have a completely different dress on from the one she escaped in?

Correction: It is quite possible that there was a woman's dress aboard Kevin Costner's boat already and the woman just changed into it. Since the clothes they are wearing are a lot like rags, the individual bits and pieces can be rearranged easily so as to look like a different dress. It is also possible that the woman was wearing 2 (or more) sets of clothes simultaneously while escaping from the metal island and simply took one off.

Corrected entry: Can anyone explain to me why the Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker that ran aground at one point, is still afloat, yet there is no sign of any military ships (except the sunken submarine). Military ships tend to be more "sink-proof" than civilian ones.

Correction: The fact that there are no military ships shown in the film does NOT imply that there are none in Waterworld. Maybe there are, but they simply are not there in the storyline of the film.

Corrected entry: At the end when the three jet-skis are about to crash, the explosion goes off a bit too early.

Correction: The explosion goes off right when it's supposed to. The two smokers that aren't the Deacon hit each other first then explode, then the fire ball covers the screen's view of the Deacon's jet-ski.

Corrected entry: When the mariner questions the woman about the little girl's drawings, she says "she's like a mirror, she draws what she sees." Later she claims the mariner "has things no one else has seen" like "that reflective glass". What do you think a mirror is, woman? And why do they have "normal glass" and not "reflective glass"?

Correction: The term "mirror" and an actual mirror don't have to be called the same thing especilly when Helen has never seen an actual mirror. To Helen, it's quite possible that a mirror is a reflection from the water.

Corrected entry: Why did Costner's character have to use that timer thing to gauge how long he is underwater? He has gills so he should be able to breathe underwater therefore he wouldn't have to limit his exploring time so much.

EMTurbo

Correction: Considering how scarce fresh water is and how easy it is to desalinate seawater, there could be chemicals in the sea after the war. Maybe the he sets the timer because he knows that staying down much longer will make him sick.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: Wouldn't the Jet-Ski's be useless as there wouldn't be any fuel available for them if all the land is flooded in water?

Correction: The Smoker's HQ is the Exxon Valdez, which is partially full of crude oil. They are cracking it into gasoline.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: At one point, the mariner trades a handful of dirt for water and a potted plant that has more dirt in it than he originally traded.

Correction: Most likely considering the circumstances, the plant was not planted in dirt. More likely some other less expensive medium.

Sol Parker

Corrected entry: Right at the beginning Costner uses a machine to convert his urine into drinkable water. Any machine which can make urine drinkable would work perfectly well on seawater. Urine has far more contaminants than seawater.

Correction: In the directors cut of Waterworld, the Mariner says that they can't use sea water because the salt clogs and ruins the filter.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: At the end of the movie, when Costner and friends do find land, it turns out to be Mt. Everest. This establishes the sea level at that time. Using that and going back to the middle of the movie, we see Costner diving into the ruins of a city where skyscrapers are evident. The tallest skyscraper is approximately 1800 feet high, which would leave a difference of, say, 4 miles underwater. It would be pitch black at that depth and the water pressure would kill a human that far down, gills or no gills.

Correction: We have no idea how long in the future this movie takes place, assuming earth should reach its maximum human holding capacity in about 2025, it is not out of the question that skyscrapers could exist at a higher altitude. Also, there would not be nearly enough water to cover the earth to that depth. This leaves the requirement that the mountains have to sink, entirely possible due to the pressures of the changing water levels, or tectonic disturbance.

Sol Parker

Corrected entry: Paper is seemingly a rare commodity in Waterworld, but all the bad guys run around smoking cigarettes all the time.

Correction: True, but the Mariner and the old Scientist are the only ones who show any interest in it. The average population probably doesn't care, making it not too valuble even though its rare. Also, the smoker leader is seen throwing cigarettes out of cartons. These are pre-deluge cigs, not hand rolled.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: If dirt is so hard to find, why are all of the characters so filthy?

Correction: It's rust, not dirt all over them. The big metal island and the Valdez are very rusty. Run your hand over extremely rusty metal and you will get an orange\brown stain. It looks like dirt from a little ways away.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: Can planes, boats and jet-skis run on plain crude oil? There's no real petrol ever mentioned.

Correction: Crude oil isn't particularly difficult to turn into gasoline. Especially if the Valdez originally had a chemical engineer on board and passed on his knowledge to the descendants.

Grumpy Scot

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Helen: It's not what you think. They weren't after her.
Mariner: I saw what I saw.
Helen: What?
Mariner: No more lies. What are the marks on her back?
Helen: People-people say it's the way to Dryland.
Mariner: DRYLAND'S A MYTH!
Helen: No. You said that you know where it is. You did.
Mariner: Then you're a fool to believe in something you've never even seen before.
Helen: I've seen it. I've touched it. Dirt that was richer and darker than yours. It was in the basket we found Enola in.
Mariner: It doesn't exist!
Helen: Well, how can you be so sure?
Mariner: Because, I've sailed further than most have dreamed and I've never seen it.
Helen: But the things on your boat.
Mariner: Things on my boat what?
Helen: There are things on your boat that nobody has ever seen. What are these shells? And the music box? And the reflecting glass? Well, if not from Dryland then where? Where?
Mariner: You want to see Dryland? You really want to see it? I'll take you to Dryland.

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Mistakes

In most of the underwater shots you can see bubbles coming up from the cameraman.

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Trivia

Prior to "Titantic" (1997), "Waterworld" was the most expensive movie (at $175 million) ever produced.

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