Final Destination

Character mistake: At the memorial service the principal says that it's been 39 days since 39 loved ones had died. But there were 40 students on the plane and 4 chaperones, making the total 44. Now 7 people got off the plane which means 37 people related to that memorial service actually died, not 39. Two pilots would make up the numbers, but there would be flight crew too, which still leaves the numbers off.

Plot hole: When Alex and Clear are sitting and having coffee they are on a corner. He looks in the window to see the bus pass, and as he looks to see if it is there, it's not. As the camera pans across the street, there is some construction going on which is blocking that whole road from being used, but then Terry, Carter's girlfriend gets "waxed" by the bus - no way it could have got through all that construction.

Factual error: The teens are traveling presumably along the Meadowbrook or Wantaugh parkways, when the enter Jones Beach. They see a sign just before the beach entrance that says "New York: 93 miles", when Jones Beach is less than 15 miles from NYC limits and approximately 25-30 miles from Manhattan.

Continuity mistake: Right before Terry is hit by the bus, there are puddles and wet patches all over the road and path. But when the bus actually makes contact with Terry, they all instantly disappear. On top of that, during the kid's conversation before Terry gets hit by the bus, you can see that when the bus comes from the left, it is forced to turn right. This means there isn't enough space and time to gain the speed at which it hits Terry. (00:47:10)

Continuity mistake: At the end when Clear is in the car, trying to get away, she knocks over a can of turpentine. When you look at the can again it has changed the way in which it fell.

Continuity mistake: After Mrs. Lewton closes the kettle lid, it is open in the next shot.

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Continuity mistake: The scene where Clear is in the garage, she puts the car in drive, but somehow reverses the car through the garage door. (01:24:49)

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Carter drives madly down the road to get to Alex, and Billy is riding his bike along the street, just before Billy gets knocked off you can clearly see it is a stunt double.

Audio problem: The wheels of the police car screech when there's gravel on the street.

Continuity mistake: The pump removed from Tod's neck, in the morgue, reappears.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Alex is watching the TV on how the plane exploded, look at the illustration shown. Then compare it with the illustration that appears on Alex's computer screen. The positions of the explosions shown are different. (00:50:42)

Continuity mistake: People sitting beside Alex disappear at the funeral.

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Continuity mistake: The plane that takes off and explodes isn't a Boeing 747. It should be because that's what they boarded.

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Continuity mistake: The match Mrs. Lewton lights is obviously way too long for the matchbox.

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Continuity mistake: After Carter wets himself, the urine stain changes shape.

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Revealing mistake: You can see the plane intact even though it has exploded. It stays complete, there's just fire around it. (00:18:55)

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Deliberate mistake: When Alex is in the cabin opening the can the pull tab is already lifted up making it easier to open because he is wearing gloves. It was already up when he took the wrapper off.

Continuity mistake: When Ms. Lewton dies, she is grabbing her bleeding neck with her left hand. While walking into the kitchen, she leans onto the kitchen table with her right hand. Later in the scene, when Alex comes and tries to help her, we see the bloody left hand impression on the table, even though we should see the right one.

Plot hole: Why are the FBI investigating Alex? After it was determined the plane explosion was a malfunction, they should have left. FBI don't investigate teen suicide, bus accidents or a teacher's death.

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Suggested correction: The original script for Final Destination (called "Flight 180") was written in 1994 as an episode of the X-Files TV show, but it was never used for the series. The X-Files was entirely focused on the FBI investigating paranormal events.

Charles Austin Miller

Maybe, but as this is not the X-files the FBI would leave after the investigation showed it was an accident. Them sticking around makes 0 sense.

brianjr0412

For that matter, expecting the FBI to investigate paranormal phenomena in The X-Files made zero factual sense, also. The fact remains that Final Destination adhered to the original X-Files "Flight 180" script, in which the FBI did, in fact, conduct investigations into apparently paranormal events. Both The X-Files and Final Destination concocted highly unlikely circumstances and relied heavily on the audience's suspension of disbelief.

Charles Austin Miller

But again. This wasn't an episode of x files. It's still a mistake.

brianjr0412

Suggested correction: Because he had a vision of the plane "exploding" and find that very weird. Everyone believes that Alex is some freak so why shouldn't the FBI be checking up on him? Added to that, Tod was one of the "survivors" from Flight 180, same with Mrs. Lewton and Terry, so obviously it's all connected and Alex is at the center of it all. Also, Clear said so herself that the "FBI don't investigate teen suicides", so this can't really count as a mistake; again, it's all connected.

Factual error: Later in the movie when Mrs. Lewton is playing John Denver's Greatest Hits, there's two things wrong with the scene: Rocky Mountain High plays as track 1, but is not the first track on that album; second, the song is out of order. The line "but the string's already broken, but he doesn't really care" is repeated twice before her death.

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