The Core

Factual error: The Army officer is American, by the US pips on collar and American airborne on shoulders...yet he has Canadian Airborne Cherry Jumper jump wings on the right front breast. (00:05:57)

Revealing mistake: In the Trafalgar Square scene when the double decker bus flips onto its side there is a shot of it from the front, and it has no engine or radiator. (00:08:10)

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Suggested correction: Some buses in the Uk have their engines and radiators in the back of the bus.

Not that one. Sorry to expose my inner geek but that is a 1961 AEC/Leyland Routemaster bus and the engine and radiator were mounted in the front.

Continuity mistake: After Josh's first meeting with Dr.Zimsky, he walks out of the room and passes another scientist. The camera angle changes and you see Josh walking by the same scientist again. (00:19:40)


Continuity mistake: When Josh and Serge are at the bar talking about how Dr. Zimsky tried to give Josh his autograph, Serge makes the comment and then puts the napkin, which is in his left hand, near his mouth. The camera angle changes and the napkin is no longer near his mouth and it's in his right hand which he's now using to wipe his left hand. (00:22:05)


Continuity mistake: When Josh is demonstrating the effect of the sun on the unprotected earth, he sticks a fork in a peach, cooks the peach with a flame and we are shown how it is charred. Then when he goes to put the peach in a pitcher of water, the peach on his fork unburnt, but then it is burnt in the bottom of the pitcher. (00:25:55)

Continuity mistake: When Dr. Brazzleton is first showing off the laser, we see both wide and close shots. In the close shots, the beams are cylindrical. In the wide shots, the beams spread out. (00:28:40)

Other mistake: When Braz is showing the thing with the mouse in the box, the laser cuts a hole in the concrete, the steel plate and the wall. When the lasers reach the wall, a small plate falls from the wall, revealing another hole with the shape of a bottle. Where does that come from. If he tried the experiment before (explaining the second hole), wouldn't the bottle be vaporized as well? (00:30:05)


Continuity mistake: When the FBI go to Rat's apartment you see Rat throw a bunch of CD's into the microwave and then turn it on. The next time you see the CD's in the microwave they are neatly stacked. (00:33:14)


Continuity mistake: After Beck gets her speech from the Commander, the team sees the high level static discharge in the sky and they run into the hanger to get more info. As they approach the main control area you see Serge being the first to get to the area using a napkin near his mouth, the Commander behind him and then Josh and then the others. The camera angle changes and the napkin Serge had is no longer there and somehow Josh is now in front of the Commander. (00:47:46)


Factual error: When the brackets holding "Virgil" in position are released, we can see all of them releasing simultaneously. "Virgil" should start to drop immediately, not after 1 or 2 seconds. (00:51:05)

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Revealing mistake: When the ship punches through the geode it is eventually stopped by a large crystal. Long shot of all the crew in the cabin - they are strapped into their seats and are bouncing around, finally being thrown forward against their seat belts as the ship comes to a sudden halt. Aaron Eckhart seated on the left remains sitting upright, no movement, no sudden pitching forward as the ship stops. He then turns his head to his left and mouths what looks like the magic 'f' word. Looks like he fluffed the scene and realized it. (01:01:15)

Factual error: While in the giant geode, the inflowing magma is referred to as lava. It is only lava when it is erupted onto the surface of the earth. In any case the mantle is nowhere near as liquid as is shown, it is almost completely solid. (01:05:30)

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Suggested correction: They were melting everything in front of them, and it would have stayed liquid for at least a bit after they passed. If they were near any magma flows near the geode, then it is possible that it would have flowed into the void.

Continuity mistake: When Serge is getting crushed in the last capsule, the same triangular piece of metal from the lower right closes across his face twice. (01:15:45)

Continuity mistake: When the EM tear hits the Golden Gate Bridge, we see a guy looking at the tear and the glass of the car's door is smashed up by the heat. The camera angle changes and we see the glass undamaged. (01:27:05)

Plot hole: In the melting bridge scene, the space microwave was powerful enough to melt the bridge's thick metal but how come it could not melt the roof of the cars on the bridge? (01:27:10)

Revealing mistake: In the burning of the Golden Gate bridge scene a man can be seen on the far top right side of the screen walking along the bridge just as it splits he walking along as if nothing is happening, even though under the extreme heat he would roast. (Widescreen only, cannot be seen on VHS). (01:27:20)

Factual error: When the Golden Gate Bridge is destroyed by the sun's unfiltered rays (ya, right) the two towers of the bridge lean in the wrong direction. When the middle of the bridge is gone, only the tension from the anchor wires (connecting to land) would remain and they would pull the towers outward. However, in the movie the towers lean inward. (01:27:40)

Continuity mistake: When the radiation hits San Francisco, the General tells Rat to bring up the power grid and you see Stickley leaning on Rat's chair. The camera angle changes and Stickley is no longer leaning on the chair. The camera angle changes again and she's leaning on the chair. She's even seen leaning on the chair with one arm on Rat's left side during a closeup and then the arm behind his head with a wide view. (01:31:47)


Factual error: Rat and Josh are extremely smart. Both of them should know that 1 is not a prime number. (01:32:20)

Continuity mistake: When Zimsky comes up with the plan, he's seen exhaling smoke from his cigarette. The camera angle changes and he exhales smoke again but he never took another drag from the cigarette. (01:35:33)


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Suggested correction: If you don't fully exhale right away, there will be subsequent smoke if you breathe out again.

Dr. Josh Keyes: So what's this about then?
FBI Agent: We don't know. You have higher security clearance than us.
Dr. Josh Keyes: I have security clearance?
FBI Agent: Yes sir, we're just here to take you to your jet.
Dr. Josh Keyes: I have a jet?!

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Trivia: If you look closely with time-frame advance during the pigeon scene you will see a fish "flying" into a window instead of a pigeon. (00:08:35)

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Question: Why in this film should NASA and the military handle the operation? It is neither related to space nor related to war. Some institute related to geo sciences should handle it.

Answer: To put it simply: NASA's got all the technology and the people trained to use it, and the military is involved in every government project, not just acts of war. Also, the military has a vast and efficient logistics system making it possible to bring the major pieces of equipment together in the short amount of time available.

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Answer: They could just hire a bunch of oil rig drillers instead if you want. All they have to do is drill after all.

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