Corrected entry: When the vessel entered the geode (the great big empty hole), the crew was forced forward by the falling of the ship. They should have felt weightless - the ship was in free fall just like the "Vomit Comet" used by the Air Force to train astronauts and by Ron Howard to film Apollo 13.
Corrected entry: Considering the nukes would be crushed by the pressure and heat in the Core, how exactly did the team plan to set them off WITHOUT having to detach the compartments in the first place? They couldn't simply seed them by "dropping them out a hatch".
Corrected entry: When Josh and Zimsky are briefing the military on the ramifications of the core stopping, they state that after three months, all electronic devices will fry. It takes three months to build Virgil, as stated by Braz ("I built this ship in three damn months") and yet on the surface all electronic devices are working fine.Brad
Corrected entry: At the very end of the movie when the credits are rolling you see a panned view of the earth. The earth is rotating the wrong way.
Corrected entry: When the crew are entering the geode, we can see the blue/purple crystals on screen and the empty space is shown as black. A minute earlier we were informed that empty space showed up as static and black patches were what they could not pass through. Apparently empty space is too dense to travel through?
Corrected entry: When Drs. Keyes and Zimsky are explaining to the military guys at the Pentagon what is going to happen, Zimsky is wearing a wedding ring (or at least, a ring on his wedding finger). There is no reference to him being married anywhere in the movie, nor is he wearing a ring in any of the other scenes.(The ring is probably Stanley Tuccis since he still was married at the time of the making of "The Core")
Corrected entry: When the ship first launches, they switch on the headlights. They use a special device to see outside the ship, and the ship has no windows, so why does the ship have lights?
Corrected entry: In the scene where Serge and Dr. Keyes first walk into the room with all the dead bodies, you can see that the number on the HMMWV says 69. Not only are these placards rarely ever used in the military, you'll never see one that says 69 unless a soldier is playing a joke.
Corrected entry: When the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter is landing in front of the hangar at Brazz's hanger, you can see sand on the wheels. Its as if the part of the Blackhawk you see is a model and they've practiced the landing numerous times, because any sand on the wheels would certainly have gotten blown off in flight.
Corrected entry: While in the geode, you can see that the giant crystals are twinkling and there is a definite source of natural looking light. Being as light has trouble penetrating through a few hundred metres of sea water, it would be fairly unlikely (impossible) for light to reach inside a sealed geode a few thousand miles beneath the surface of the earth.
Corrected entry: At the very end of the movie, Rat goes to an Internet cafe to disseminate information via the web. As the upload starts from his laptop, his screen says "On it's way". It should be "its" (without apostrophe).
Corrected entry: In the scene near the end where we see the ships looking for the Virgil in the ocean, the ships are close together in a nice, tight, circular formation. If they were on a search mission, shouldn't they have been spread out more?
Corrected entry: There should have been a significantly reduced force of gravity experienced in the ship when it approached the core because there would have been a large mass of the earth above the ship as well as below the ship, and both sides would be exerting gravitational pulls.
Corrected entry: At the end when Josh and Rebbecca are at the bottom of the ocean, she says they could be 800 miles deep. Being a geologist, Joshua must have known that the deepest point in the ocean is about 6.8 miles deep and therefore had to correct her. And that would be the Marianas trench. The place where they entered the crust.
Corrected entry: In the EM tear scene, our first shot is a beam coming from the sun onto the earth's surface, and, as anyone can easily see, it is fairly wide. But, after that, when we see a tree dying, it first has an affection area of about 15 feet. 15 feet is invisible from space.
Corrected entry: When the Golden Gate Bridge is being destroyed by microwaves, we see a guy get 'sunburnt'. When he's looking at the sunburn, you can see that no one is in the car next to him. You may only be able to see it, if you're using the widescreen version.
Corrected entry: Towards the end of the movie, when Dr. Keyes and Beck were going back through the earth towards the surface, they said they were going twice as fast as they were going when they went into the core. Now, judging from the speed Virgil was going when they were headed for the core and how the pressure on your body lessens the farther you go up, the lack of pressure should have caused the veins in their bodies to burst, causing them to die almost instantly.
Corrected entry: When they are telling Rebeccah that she has exceptional navigational skills and is reassigned to the team they keep calling her "Major" but prior to that when the Army General is talking to her about how her crew crashed the space shuttle she has a silver leaf on her epaulette. Silver is Lieutenant Colonel, major would be a gold leaf. Major (Gold Leaf) is a step down from Lieutenant Colonel (Silver Leaf). Major is an 0-4, LTCol is an 0-5. Demoting an officer is a congressional act and it wouldn't have been done until the investigation was completed; she wouldn't have been demoted out of simple suspicion of the crash being her fault.EMTurbo
Corrected entry: How was the crane attached to Virgil at the bottom of the ocean? The scuba divers are only shown down about ten feet, and they wouldn't be able to walk the ocean floor in standard suits anyway.
Corrected entry: Don't you find it weird that one of the most secret projects in the United States, that no one should ever know about, is marked "Secret", and not "Top Secret"?
Corrected entry: Virgil's cockpit operates on a gyroscopic mechanism, which would level the cockpit, making it parallel with the earth's surface. This means that no matter what way Virgil tilts, the passengers inside would not feel anything, because it would feel as if they are sitting still. However, in the scene where Virgil hits "empty space", the ship falls vertically, and the passengers are pushed forward, as if they are going to fly off their seats (just like what happens when you ride a roller coaster) and the only thing holding them in their seats are the seat belts.
Corrected entry: When Brazzleton steps outside to unlock the master hydraulic gear, an ax melts in his hand. Don't you think that an expert on things like that would know that it would happen, and not even bother to bring it outside with him?
Corrected entry: In the scene where Josh & Serge are called in because of the 32 people who collapsed from pacemakers failing, they are shown one of the bodies with their pacemaker scar. The general complements him on getting it right without seeing the body or the scar. The problem is the scar shown goes down the sternum. The correct scar for a pacemaker would be a small scar under the collarbone.
Corrected entry: When Virgil is approaching the crystal thing or the "empty space" Dr. Kieves says he never told the computer how to read empty space but earlier in the film when he is trying to fine tune his navigation device there is lots of empty space between it and the lead plate and everything else around it, yet, no static.
Corrected entry: In the sequence where they launch the Virgil into the Marianas Trench, they hit bottom and fire the lasers at 30,000 feet, when in reality the trench is around 7 miles deep, or about 36,960 feet deep
Corrected entry: Dr. Zimsky is explaining to everyone else that 'Wave Interference' will allow the core to be re-started after the first plan failed. This is Constructive interference, and is basic A-Level Physics, although it took 3 highly trained people to work this out, as well as one Physicist.
Corrected entry: The Commander of the "ship", Rebecca, must have a VERY high threshhold for heat as whilst they are inside the Planet all of her fellow "Earthonauts" sweat like crazy and she keeps cool.
Corrected entry: On the way back to the surface, it is explained that they found a spot "between two tectonic plates that will bring them up somewhere near Hawaii." Hawaii, however, sits smack dab in the center of the Pacific plate, which is the world's largest tectonic plate. Therefore, if they came up between two tectonic plates, they would be no where near Hawaii. Some people have said that Hawaii is on what geologists call a hot spot, ie. a plume of magma, rising up to the surface to create a "volcanic" island. All well and good, but that's a very different thing to being in between two tectonic plates, so it's a mistake either way.
Corrected entry: When the FBI raid Rat's apartment, he tosses the CDs in the microwave, and the timer starts at around 6 minutes and right after that the FBI comes in. About 5 seconds later you hear the FBI yell "FREEZE" to Rat and the microwave stops. The microwave was set to over 6 minutes, not under 5 seconds.
Corrected entry: Delroy Lindo explains to the crew that in order to jettison the compartments of the ship, he has to go outside and do it manually, because he didn't design the ship to do that. He goes outside and dies in the process; but then, later on in the film, when they release the last compartment, the guy turns around and pushes a big red button that says "Emergency compartment Jettison". So the ship had to have been designed to do that.
Corrected entry: Braz shows his 'visitors' an example of Virgil's shell by putting a mouse in the ultratanium box and firing the laser 'through' the box, thereby creating corresponding holes in the steel plate beyond the box. Hence, you see the shape of the box in the metal plate. However, even though the laser creates a hole in the concrete block holding up the box, there is no corresponding hole in the metal plate.
Corrected entry: If Virgil didn't crash into the giant geode, which wasn't even supposed to happen, the 'headlights' on Virgil would serve no purpose. Did Miss Cleo tell them that they were going to crash into a geode or something?
Corrected entry: When the Golden Gate bridge collapses, it appears that all of the cars are facing one direction. The bridge has traffic flowing in both directions.
Corrected entry: In the scene where 'Rat' is trying to slow down 'Project DESTINI' (Deep Earth Seismic Trigger Initiative) he incorrectly spells Destini by typing "Project Destiny" into some kind of search box on some 'Alaska Hydroelectric Ltd.' site. For someone who boasts about being so smart earlier in the film that is a pretty stupid mistake. He must have run out of hot pockets.
Corrected entry: There's a shot where a sunbeam is moving from ocean to land, west to east. But the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
Corrected entry: Isn't it unusual that when Josh and Beck used the wire to generate electricity via the heat of the core, they didn't need any protection against that 9,000-degree wall? Even being close to such temperatures can severely burn a person.
Corrected entry: Their whole plan is basically to save the Earth by setting off a bomb at its core to get it spinning again. The problem is, an explosion has no torque. Think of it like strapping a firecracker to a basketball; the explosion goes out in every direction. If you want to get it spinning it would be smarter to strap a bottle rocket to it. Granted you're expected to suspend some disbelief, ok a lot for this movie, but you think with all that brain power, someone could have pointed that out.
Corrected entry: When the shuttle overflies the ball game the sonic boom arrives before the shuttle. Any object travling supersonic must pass the observer before the shock wave is heard.
Corrected entry: When the electrical storms developed over Rome, you see the Colosseum becoming electrically charged. The build-up of electricity eventually causes the Colosseum to explode. This is wrong because the Colosseum is made out of brick and rock and these materials do not retain static electricity. When was the last time you got an electrical shock from touching stone? Even though there are iron rods used in the building, brick, mortar or stone are non-conductive materials. Therefore, they are insulators against electrical discharges and static electricity. Even if the iron rods did somehow attract the static electricity, they would have acted like huge lighting rods and grounded any electrical buildup.
Corrected entry: When the virgil is ready to go into the earth's crust, they choose the Marianas Trench because they think that the crust is thinner there. That is false. The Marianas Trench is an area where one plate is subducting beneath another, and the subducting plate can reach over 500 miles into the mantle. They should have used a mid-ocean ridge, which can be only about 5-10 miles thick.
Corrected entry: The vessel is designed so that when any segment is damaged, it is jettisoned (along with any segment that is behind it) to save the rest of the ship. Knowing this, they put weapons control in the rear segment meaning that if any part was damaged, weapons control would be lost. That seems like a pretty major design flaw to be overlooked.
Corrected entry: In the scene where they are about to give up the search for Virgil but hear the whales, Rat says to follow the whales. However, they are following the wrong whales. The "singing" we hear is that of the humpback whale, but the searchers follow a pod of orcas (killer whales). Budget only had room to rent whales from marine animal facilities, the most readily available of such being the killer whale.
Corrected entry: Virgil has 6 compartments; the locomotive, navigation, living quarters, engineering, the bombs and weapons control. The last compartment is breached, ejected and crushed with Serge in it, leaving 5. There are 5 nuclear bombs dropped off in separate compartments after the destruction of weapons control, yet they still have the locomotive to get out of the core. That makes 7.
Corrected entry: When the remaining crew go back up through the centre of the earth back to the crust and home again, how come they never run into any of the obstacles that they encountered on the way down, such as the massive diamonds?
Corrected entry: When the pigeons are flying around Trafalgar Square, there is a close-up of a bus number plate. This is not a British number plate, as it should be.
Corrected entry: When the last nuke is set and ejected in its compartment, the locomotive had no power, therefore the locomotive and the navigation compartment would have been sitting almost side by side at the time of the 5th nuke's detonation. Yet they have time to rewire Virgil and start the impellers before the blast wave from the final bomb hits them.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Josh torched the peach, he held it only seconds after the demonstration. The peach maybe would have been the slightest bit too hot for him?
Corrected entry: What the hell is up with the hull creating power? The hull changes heat into "energy"? Ya right. Welding a wire to the hull (which is full of "energy") results in an electrical current in the wire? It sure is convenient that the magical heat/energy/electricity transformation results in an alternating current to power the equipment.
Corrected entry: In the earth's mantle the ship has to dodge 'diamonds the size of Cape Cod'. Not possible - diamonds are made of compressed carbon molecules. Laboratory experiments have proven that when superheated, diamonds will burn. The temperature inside the earth's mantle would be more than sufficient to reduce the diamonds to charcoal residue.
Corrected entry: Even if some metal was invented to make the ship, which could withstand 9000 degrees, how did the metal get welded together in the first place?
Corrected entry: When the French guy is being crushed in the damaged compartment of the ship he is having a conversation with the Dr. on the screen. You can see debris closing in around him, particularly from the front. Why is this happening if the compartment is being crushed from the back, as we can see from external shots?