The Core

Plot hole: When the crew's vessel gets stuck in the giant geode and the crystal jams the 'impeller', the magma begins to fill the chamber. They see it melting the crystals, yet they frantically continue working to free the crystal from the impeller and lose a crewman...and yet when they get back in the vessel, the magma indeed melts out the crystal that jammed the impeller. With 2 geologists onboard you would think they'd know that.

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Suggested correction: At no point do you see any of the crystals melting.

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.

Revealing mistake: When the boats are searching for the 'virgil' in Hawaii, we see a shot with all of them going full speed through the water - and their anchor lines are down.

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Suggested correction: I was on the ship behind the carrier during this filming, I know we were underway for filming this scene.

Was the carrier the Lincoln or Constellation?

Factual error: When they realize they need to make the last nuclear explosion 30% bigger, they simply pull the fuel rods from the reactor and set them next to the bomb. This is ludicrous, a nuclear bomb is a carefully engineered piece of equipment, with carefully shaped charges imploding the radioactive material. Setting some fuel rods next to the bomb will accomplish nothing.

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Suggested correction: By adding the fuel rods, what they did was not alter the initial reaction to the charges. What it does is amplify the reaction after the charges have gone off. Adding more reactive material increases the size of the blast.

Factual error: When Becca is waiting to be called before the flight review board and while standing in front of the board she is wearing earrings that hang below the bottom of her ear lobes. Military regulations only allow small spherical conservative earrings centered in the middle of the ear lobe.

Brian Cote

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Suggested correction: NASA Air Force actually are given special exemptions that are required by traditional military personnel.

Factual error: In the very first shot of the movie David's watch shows an invalid time. If it were 10:30, the hour hand would be between 10 and 11. The hour hand is exactly at the 10:00 mark even though the minute hand is at 30 minutes.

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Suggested correction: There are actually watches where they design it so that the hour hand jumps from hour to hour as the minute hand travels. This is to aid some people in reading watch dials that have trouble otherwise.

Factual error: In a few shots through the movie the gauges or screens displaying information, they use "PPI" for pounds per sq. inch instead of PSI. PPI is wrong it's always PSI. The first time you see it is in the scene when they just launch the ship right before they pierce the crust with Braz and Serge for sure.

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Suggested correction: They are measuring pounds per linear inch which is PPI.

Pounds per Linear Inch is PLI, not PPI.

Bishop73

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 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)

MCKD

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

Deliberate mistake: During the crash landing of the space shuttle, its landing path is depicted as coming in from west to east, from over the ocean and coast before landing in the Los Angeles river. This course makes no sense. The way the landing is depicted in the movie, the shuttle is flying with downtown to its right, which would basically mean it's gliding from inland toward the ocean, or roughly the opposite direction of its initial approach. Yet the movie makes it seem as if was mostly coming down in a straight line with a slight turn to align with the river. In between the time the ship flies from over the ocean and finally touches down, it manages to fly over Dodger Stadium and disrupts a baseball game. Dodger Stadium is to the northeast of downtown Los Angeles and the flood channels where the shuttle lands. Further, the shuttle is shown flying from the outfield toward home plate, which, considering how Dodger Stadium is oriented, would have the shuttle flying north to south, perpendicular to a heading from the ocean toward inland. This is the real Dodger Stadium, and not a generic "movie stadium," as the Dodgers are one of the teams playing and the batter is Shawn Green, one of the real Dodgers players at the time. The only way the shuttle's movements make sense would be if it overshot the city completely, then made a sharp right turn to fly over the stadium before landing in the river, which is more or less south of the stadium. However, it flies over the stadium before mission control suggests a turn toward the river, and before there's any indication that the shuttle has deviated from a straight approach from the ocean toward the city (the mission commander is very worried about hitting the buildings). If the shuttle had enough time and altitude to basically turn around in its approach, it could have tried to aim for an airport or other landing strip within the city. The shuttle could have flown over Dodger Stadium from the ocean, but then would have had to land around Pasadena and not closer to downtown LA. However, in order to achieve a gag of the shuttle distracting the batter so he'd strike out, the shuttle had to come from the outfield; otherwise, the shuttle would have flown over the front of the stadium, so the batter would have had his back to it and wouldn't have been able to see it coming the way he saw it coming from the outfield, where there aren't as many structures to obscure it.

Vader47000

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Suggested correction: It wouldn't land on the airport, as it would probably be LA INTL, which has too short runways for a space shuttle even if it wasn't going in too fast.

Revealing mistake: The underground crystal chamber is completely encased in a cobalt shell, yet a light source has to come from somewhere to allow all the crystals to reflect in the dark. The light from the ship wouldn't have been enough to make them all reflect and the magma had not yet breached the ceiling.

jbrbbt

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Suggested correction: The lights are bright enough. Standard headlights and flashlights easily light a couple hundred meters. The ship had numerous lights so this is easily feasible. Once the magma breached, then you could see even more.

Factual error: When they land the space shuttle in the river canal, they are approaching too low, so the commander commands to retract the gear. That would be impossible, as the landing gear of a space shuttle is controlled only by gravity. The gear can't be raised again after being deployed.

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Suggested correction: The landing gears can be hydraulically retracted, per NASA.

Citation needed. NASA's website says "The nose and main landing gear can be retracted only during ground operations".

Other mistake: At the end of the film when the carrier battle group is searching for the deep earth team the carrier captain is wearing a baseball cap which reads "CVN-72 USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN". In the credits he is described as "USS CONSTELLATION CAPTAIN" but in the acknowledgments it thanks the captain and crew of USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN. (01:55:45 - 02:03:45)

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Suggested correction: It seems this mistake has more to it. Because there are no external shots showing exactly what carrier it is by the hull number, there is no way to tell on screen what ship it is, besides the radar dishes on top suggest it is a Kitty Hawk class carrier (so it's the Constellation). The end credits list both ships, but on screen they say it was the Lincoln, so the credits should say the USS Abraham Lincoln Captain. I don't know why they would credit the Lincoln crew if they only used the name on their ball caps.

Revealing mistake: When the ship breaks the wall outside the geode chamber we see the rock reform and harden as soon as the ship is through, so how could the magma leak into the geode if that rock had already hardened?

jbrbbt

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Suggested correction: Because the ship had weakened that spot of the outer shell enough that the magma pressure eventually punched through.

Plot hole: Beck is an Air Force pilot and an astronaut, Purcell is Army Ranger General. Neither military branch has no say in the actions of the other and Purcell has nothing to do with the space program. So why would he have any say or knowledge about Beck's review board about the shuttle accident?

jbrbbt

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Suggested correction: Because they are acquainted in life beyond the military. He came to see what happened and to support her.

LorgSkyegon

Factual error: The ship, VIRGIL, is diving straight down from the crust to the core. Although the interior of the ship pivots to make the cockpit perpendicular to the descent, the ship itself is "digging" straight down so when people move from compartment to compartment they should be climbing up and down rather than simply walking back and forth.

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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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