Continuity mistake: When Prot takes his sunglasses off for his "return" (because he would supposedly no longer need them due to the lower light levels on K-Pax), he places them on the nightstand upside-down, with the earpiece flush to the table. Two subsequent shots (including an elaborate effects shot) show the sunglasses right-side-up. (01:48:45 - 01:53:30)
Other mistake: When we first see Jeff Bridge's character on the elevated subway, the car is jostling around in obvious motion. However, the scenary visible through the rear door window of the train is clarly not moving in response to the train. The city background is not moving farther away. The scene quickly changes angle and the background now begins to "move" in relation to the progression of the train car. (00:14:45)
Factual error: At the end of the movie, the son arrives from Dartmouth. But he does so in Grand Central Station. To come from New Hampshire he would have to arrive at Penn Station. (01:53:40)
Plot hole: When the "Blue Bird" patient finally sees the Blue Jay, he starts excitedly shouting "Blue Bird! Blue Bird!" This uprising causes a riot in the institution, and in the immediate exterior shot of the building, everyone from all four floors already know and are staring out the window at the bird. Within the time-frame of the scene only the people on the floor which saw the bird would actually know about this. Psych ward floors are kept separated as it is even noted by an attendant when he said, "Do you want to go to the fourth floor?" which indicates that the floors are kept separate. This was deliberately done for dramatic purposes. (00:44:00 - 00:45:00)
Continuity mistake: When the woman who never leaves her room is seated at the table with some other patients, she's talking to the doctor and closes her hand fan. The very next scene shows the fan open again.
Factual error: The lab technician tells Dr. Powell that Prot is sensitive to ultraviolet light, and says "he can detect light up to 300 to 400 angstroms." Normal human vision is considered to be about 390 to 700 nanometers, which is 3900 to 7000 angstroms. The highest light frequency that an animal is known to be able to see is about 280 nanometers, or 2800 angstroms, so he is saying Prot can see a frequency about 10 times higher than any known animal. 300 angstroms isn't just ultraviolet, it is bordering on X-ray. Prot wouldn't just be unusual, he would be a medical marvel demanding worldwide research for his visual range alone. (00:23:00)jimba
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