Continuity mistake: At the end of the movie when they are looking for the survivors they have no signals and decide to give up. Rat is upset, we see a close up of him and his hair is long in the back. The next scene he is walking on the deck of the ship, he figures out the signal and calls to the general waving his arms and screaming. We see him in close up again and his hair is very short in back. Did he get a haircut on the way to the deck?
Continuity mistake: In the scene near the end where they are shooting across the F-115 carrier, you can clearly see about 15 to 20 jets parked on the carrier, the camera goes in the carrier for 50 seconds to a minute, then the camera shoots outside of the carrier and you can see that there are only 5 to 7 jets parked. (01:55:15 - 01:56:20)
Continuity mistake: When Beck is in the command section of the ship with Zimsky and the rest of them in the weapons center, we can see that the screen she is looking at shows a shot of the black stuff coming towards them. The shot changes but then when it comes back to the screen, you can see the exact same footage used a moment ago.
Continuity mistake: When Serj 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 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: During the "landing" of the space shuttle, Hilary Swanks character sets the air brakes to full. The first exterior shot from the back shows the brakes still engaged, the second shot shows them retracted. There was no command to retract them, besides the crew is still trying to slow the shuttle down, so they should still be deployed.Christoph Galuschka
Continuity mistake: On the ship, Dr. Zimsky reveals that project DESTINI is an acronym and that the last letter is "I" and not "Y." (INI standing for INItiative). When Rat is at his computer, he goes to the website for Project Destiny, with a "Y" and not an "I." This same thing happens when the Project Destiny subtitle flashes across the screen.
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)MCKD
Continuity mistake: When Beck is waiting to speak to the General about the hearing it's the middle of the day but when she leaves the building minutes later to see what everyone is talking about outside it's suddenly nighttime.
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)MCKD
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)MCKD