Battlefield Earth

Battlefield Earth (2000)

14 corrected entries

Corrected entry: The cavemen, who previously had no concept of the principles of flight, are taught how to fly a Harrier on a simulator in one afternoon.

Correction: They're not cavemen with limited intelligence, they are future humans. They also were given super speed learning via the Psychlos' forced learning machines.

rswarrior

Corrected entry: The Psychlos have been ruling Earth for centuries, yet they still don't know what humans eat?

Correction: They don't care. Being technologically advanced does not necessarily imply actual intelligence. You might say their race is on the downward curve in their intellectual evolution. Look at the human race: All of the technology we've got and many of us couldn't figure out how to keep ourselves alive without it for more than a week.

Phixius

Corrected entry: Seeing how the Psychlos have spent centuries conquering Earth in search of gold, how could they not know anything about Fort Knox sooner? Couldn't they have demanded of the humans to reveal the location of this precious mineral?

Correction: They conquered the Earth's military in 9 minutes. It's more than possible the remaining humans either wouldn't know anything at all about Ft Knox, or, even if they knew something about it, wouldn't know where it was, or where the gold is stored.

rswarrior

Corrected entry: Travolta sends Pepper and crew to mine gold. He gives them all the equipment for mining including a working spacecraft. In essence, he is setting a "Batman Trap" by providing them the means of escape. The group waits for Travolta to depart and almost immediately leaves to train and gather weapons. For some reason Travolta doesn't notice that they are flying around the country or doesn't care.

Correction: You just answered your own submission. The Psychlos don't care that humans are running around the country. Humans are nothing more than trained animals to them. In their arrogance, they don't think humans possess enough intelligence to formulate a rebellion.

rswarrior

Corrected entry: When Jonnie and the other humans raid Fort Hood, a US Army base, for weapons and supplies, they acquire several caches of weapons, among them Colt 9mm SMGs, evidenced by their undersized magazines and short barrels. The US Army does not field such a weapon, so why would it be in a US Army base?

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Dom

Correction: The movie doesn't occur in modern time, but in an unspecified future. It's more than possible the weapons could have been stored at Ft Hood sometime during the 1000 years of Psychlo occupation.

rswarrior

Corrected entry: The "cavemen" learn to fly Harrier jets simply from reading the instructions manual. And if this isn't amazing enough, they also manage to perform maneuvers that professional Harrier pilots are not able to perform.

Correction: They didn't learn everything from an instruction manual. They practiced in a simulator for 7 days before the final battle.

rswarrior

Corrected entry: At the end of the Denver air battle, one of the cavemen (presumably the leader) pursues a Psychlo gunship, and attempts to engage it, but when he runs out of missiles, he gets in position to ram the Harrier into the gunship. Before he crashes into it, he presses the Eject button, yet it doesn't work and he along with the plane slam into the gunship. Strangely, he is seen later during the end scenes, after Psychlo is destroyed. The ejection system was explicitly shown not to work, and even if it did, he wouldn't have been able to clear the plane in time before it impacted the gunship.

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Dom

Correction: There is nothing to indicate the eject button didn't work. The scene cuts immediately after hitting the button, then the shot from outside shows the jet hitting the Psychlo ship. The shot cut quickly, true, but just because we don't see the seat ejecting is no reason to think it failed. Since he does show up during the end scenes, it's safe to assume he ejected safely.

rswarrior

Corrected entry: Before the revolt, Ker has a discussion with Terl about the gold that ends in Ker's hand getting shot off. Yet Ker does not scream in pain, nor does any blood gush from the wound. Plus, the wound appears to have been cut with a knife, it is so precise and unlike a gunshot wound.

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Dom

Correction: He doesn't scream because Psychlos have a high tolerance to pain. No blood immediately appears, but we don't know the Psychlo's physiology or how long it may take to bleed. The weapon is an alien technology, we don't know how a wound is "supposed" to appear when a hand is shot off.

rswarrior

Corrected entry: The reason that humans survived the 1000-year rule of the Psychlos was by hiding in the mountains where there was radiation, lethal to Psychlos. Yet, 1000 years on, there is no evidence of genetic defects or cancer in those, something that would be evident living for a long time in an area with background radiation.

Dom

Correction: The radiation is weak. Also, no group of humans has lived among radiation for 1000 years; we don't know what the effects would be. Those left alive will be those with a genetic resistance/immunity to low level radiation.

Phixius

Corrected entry: When the revolt begins, Terl orders a Stage 3 Alert, and we are shown Psychlo gas drone ships and troops being prepared to teleport en masse to Earth. Later, when one of the humans teleports to Psychlo to destroy it, the explosion destroys most of the gas drone ships, but one manages to teleport away before the planet is destroyed. That ship is not alluded to by the humans, as it should have appeared on Earth and caused some sort of commotion.

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Dom

Correction: Earth wouldn't have been the only destination the gas drone ships could have teleported to, and seeing as the danger has come from Earth, one solitary drone ship going to the source of the danger wouldn't be wise, therefore it teleported elsewhere.

GalahadFairlight

Corrected entry: During the air battle above Denver, one of the cavemen in the Harriers pursues a Psychlo ship attacking his comrade. When he attempts to fire a missile, an alarm in the cockpit blares and a sign saying "Munition Depleted" is shown. It should actually say "Munitions Depleted". The way it is worded in the film implies the Harrier had only one missile.

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Dom

Correction: Incorrect. The warning refers to ONE type of munition, i.e. the missiles, therefore its grammatically correct for it to be worded as it is.

GalahadFairlight

Corrected entry: Terl and Ker constantly refer to humans as 'stupid man animals'. In fact all of the Psychlos have difficulty in recognizing the 'man animals' of being capable of anything much. So who exactly did they think was responsible for the many buildings and structures still standing, cats?

Correction: First, Psychlos are arrogant beings. That alone explains this. Second, the Psychlos find the humans to be inept in relation to themselves. True enough given the Psychlos level of technology. Even with that in mind, it is glaringly obvious that the humans inhabiting the present world are no where near as technologically capable as those who inhabited the world when the Psychlos first arrived. This is more of a plot *point* than a plot hole. At any rate, it's certainly not a movie mistake.

Phixius

Corrected entry: One character says, "Piece of cake" a couple of times in this movie. Why would that phrase have survived 1000 years? Surely none of the characters have ever had cake nor even seen the ingredients needed to bake one. Perhaps "Handful of dirt," or "Dead rat on a stick" would have been more appropriate.

Correction: It is a normal movie convention to use terminology which the viewing audience understands, even if it might be factually incorrect. The audience of today would have no clue what was meant by "Handful of dirt" or "Dead rat on a stick". Therefore the term "Piece of cake" is used for our benefit and is not a mistake. (See similar corrections for movies such as "Troy" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" for comparison).

Corrected entry: An essential part of a nuclear weapon's detonation mechanism is a radioactive isotope of tritium, which has a half life of just 12 1/2 years. The tritium in every nuke on earth has to be replaced every ten years or so. After 1,000 years that in the nuclear weapons the 'Man-animals' find would have completely decayed into harmless hydrogen and the bombs would be big shiny paperweights and not much else.

Correction: While most modern nuclear weapons carry deuterium-tritium (D-T) gas as a fusion booster in order to maintain yield and reduce size, D-T gas is not needed to detonate nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons are mostly detonated in one of two ways - the Gun Device (essentially rapidly slapping two subcritical masses together to make a supercritical mass - only works with U-235 though) or the Implosion Device - in which high explosives surround a subcritical mass - which when detonated form an imploding shock wave which compresses the fissile material to supercriticality. The second is used more often in modern weapons. Even if the D-T gas has degraded the weapon can still be detonated, but it would not have as much yield.

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During the revolt, Carlo (Kim Coates) is attacked by several Psychlo gunships on the dome's roof. He then uses a Carl Gustav recoilless rifle to destroy one of them. Strangely, the missile he fires is heat seeking, evidenced by it missing the target and arcing back around to strike the gunship from behind. Carl Gustavs are not designed to fire heat seeking missiles, as they lack the tracking systems necessary to do so, since the weapon is an anti-tank rifle in real life.

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John Travolta made the film with Franchise Pictures. A few years after the film, it was revealed in a court case that Franchise had fraudulently overstated the budget of Battlefield Earth by $21 million to scam investors. After losing the case, Franchise filed for bankruptcy, and Travolta fired his manager, who set up the deal with Franchise in the first place.

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