Zathura (2005)

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Corrected entry: After the meteor shower, the two boys walk outside. Through the left window we can see the whole living room with the walls and furniture intact, even though the whole room was previously destroyed.

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Correction: The living room was in the BACK of the house, directly behind the entry way. What you're seeing through that window is their father's office, which was not affected by the meteor shower.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the game ejects Walter for cheating, the astronaut shoots into space and grabs onto Walter and brings him back into the house. Later when its revealed that the astronaut is really the older version of Walter they touch and the astronaut is "absorbed" back into Walter. Shouldn't that have happened when they first touched?

Correction: There is no "rule" in the movie that says when they touch the older one will disappear. He disappears later because he's done what he came to do.

Corrected entry: After the meteor shower, the brothers make a big deal of discovering that the shower only affected the living room. However, considering that everything else from the game affected the whole house, there's no particular reason from the logic of the movie alone that the shower only hit that one room. Keep in mind that after the shower when the boys look outside, the whole house is shown flying through the meteor-filled ring of a planet, making the 'living room only' shower even more surprising. Wherever the writers were going with this idea, it's left unexplained.

Correction: Unexplained yes, a plot hole, no. As soon as the first player goes we are in the world of the game, not the real world. Just because an event in the game is not fully explained that doesn't make it a mistake.

Corrected entry: Many non-scientific effects happen outside the house, most of them acceptable due to nature of film. However 'passing too close to the star' would not cause parts of the house to fall inwards as the house is in free-fall (in reality at that distance the characters would be roasted). Other examples: sofa burning in space, Zorgon ships turning without use of steering rockets although they use rockets to power the ships. Oh and where did the astronaut get his space suit from? Finally with regards to meteor shower. Big hole appears in roof from last one but there should be many small holes in the roof and upstairs floor from the little ones - but there aren't.

Correction: It's not the real world, it's the game world, so the game is in control of physics and reality and could easily have given the astronaut his suit because he couldn't play anymore, made the sofa burn, let the characters breathe, etc.

Corrected entry: A short while after Walter is chased around the house by the robot, Danny spins and gets a card. They begin to enter the sun's gravity field. The sun would have destroyed the house the minute they entered the gravity field.


Correction: The planet Earth is within the Sun's gravity field, yet somehow we all escape destruction every day.

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Yeah, but the Earth is 91 million miles away from the Sun. In the movie it looks like the house is MUCH closer to it.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Danny goes into his dad's office, he says that he's ready to play "Smash Bros". The only problem is Smash Bros. is a Gamecube game and Danny is holding Playstation controllers. Later, when Walter and Danny are watching TV, a Playstation 2 is there, but a Gamecube is nowhere to be seen.

Correction: Super Smash Bros is also a game for the N64 console. I believe that Danny was holding a paddle for the N64. It's possible that they had one, but it wasn't visible.

You could make the same argument for the Gamecube. Looks like the directors screwed up on this one.

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Continuity mistake: After Danny gets mad at Walter for catching the ball that his Dad threw for him, he throws his glove down on the floor and runs inside. In the next shot the glove is in a different location.

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Trivia: To make the robot in the movie, first they used a small puppet and had the puppeteers under the floor controlling it through sticks. To make the huge robot, they had a "bam bot" for ramming through walls and windows, a technical robot that had all the circuitry to make the antennae move and the nose to steam, and a version where there were only the feet and the body (they would later animate the arms and legs.) The robot was more mechanics than electronics.


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Question: When Danny presses the button, the red spaceship moves onto a white space. Later in the movie, after accepting the astronauts' help, all three discover that the red spaceship is now on a blue space. How could it have gotten there? Neither Danny or Walter kicked the board and Danny never actually moved it from its original position since they had to deal with getting rid of the Zorgons.

Answer: If you are talking about the part where Walter says that Danny cheated and Danny says "someone must have kicked the board", you're right, no one did kick the board. After again being asked if he moved the piece, Danny says "maybe I moved the piece by accident." I think this implies that Danny cheated and moved the piece himself, which is why it was on a different coloured space.

Except, it never showed Danny moving the piece at all. When Walter moved Danny's piece back to the space it was originally on, the game shot out a card accusing Walter of cheating and tried ejecting him out of the house. If Danny had moved the piece by accident and therefore technically cheated, it kind of raises the question as to why he never received a card accusing him of cheating and ejecting him from the house as well.

I think the answer to this is in the card's text - "Caught cheating" I believe this implies that since Walter was observed physically moving a piece by the other player, that is what triggered the cheating detection. Nobody saw Danny move his piece, so he was technically not caught cheating in the moment. So, ostensibly, one may be able to cheat as long as they are not caught by the other player.


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