Hollow Man

Hollow Man (2000)

52 mistakes

Factual error: The serum is transported by blood. Hair has no blood traveling to it, only the root. So, unless Bacon shaved his body clean, his hair wouldn't have become invisible, as wouldn't all of the fur on the gorilla.

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Continuity mistake: Why does the Twinkie Kevin Bacon eats disappear immediately? If things that go into him disappear, when they give the needle to the gorilla, you shouldn't see the needle point when it is stuck in her arm.

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Continuity mistake: At the end of film when Elizabeth and her lover are escaping from Sebastian in the hall, Liz turned on the fire alarm and everything became wet. But after that, they, and their clothes, are dry.

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Factual error: When they put the gorilla back into the cage in the movie, who is said to be female several times, you can spot that it has a silver back. Female gorillas do not ever have silver backs - it's strictly a male thing.

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Continuity mistake: When Elizabeth Shue and her boyfriend are locked in the freezer, the camera keeps cutting back to the thermometer which is visibly and rapidly moving downward. However, it doesn't seem to have moved at all while the camera is not on it.

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Continuity mistake: When they try to make Kevin visible, they use a blue spray to see his vein (like they did to the gorilla). but you never see the blue mark again...

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Continuity mistake: When they're pouring the "goo" on Kevin Bacon to make the mask, some of it gets on the end of his breathing tube. When they change shots, it is clean again.

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Continuity mistake: When the veterinary is throwing blood to stain Sebastian, she stains her left breast. A few seconds after, there's no stain.

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Other mistake: Elisabeth Shue uses the blowtorch to set off the fire sprinkler in the hallway, but later there is a raging inferno in the lab with all the important data and equipment and there's not one sprinkler, nor any alternative "electronic equipment friendly" automated fire suppression mechanism such as Halon gas.

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Plot hole: Where does Sebastian come from in the end when he grabs Elizabeth Shue? We would have seen him if he was on top of the elevator and he surely could not have been hiding in the fire.

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Continuity mistake: Sometimes you can see the outline of Kevin Bacon's head, when he is running to the toilet to puke, for example.

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Continuity mistake: When the gorilla is lying on the bed, you can't see any marks on the mattress, but when they make Kevin Bacon invisible you can see his shape marked on it.

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Factual error: Rats have very poor eyesight but an extremely keen sense of smell. (see www.pestproducts.com/norway) The rat introduced into the gorilla's cage would know right away that there was another animal in the cage and would never scamper happily into danger, as this one does.

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Factual error: When they inject the serum that counters the invisibility into the gorilla, you see the serum flow backwards toward the gorilla's hand. Veins have special valves that prevent blood flow from going backwards and to force blood to go to the heart, so how the serum manages this is beyond me.

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Factual error: When they make the gorilla visible again, her heart becomes audible at the same time it becomes visible. This happens with Kevin Bacon as well. But that shouldn't happen, because it was just invisible, not inaudible. And it wouldn't make a noise like that unless you were listening through a stethoscope.

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Factual error: During the scene in which Sebastian is chasing Elizabeth Shue and her boyfriend up the ladder in the elevator shaft, not only would the heat from the fire burn them, they would have all suffocated as the long-burning explosion quickly consumed their oxygen.

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the film, a phone conversation tells us that it will be morning soon and Kevin Bacon will meet them at the lab first thing in the morning. Yet when they show the car driving on the highway to the lab, all of the shadows are straight down.

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Plot hole: The elevator to enter the lab requires a visible-light thumb scan, but Caine enters the lab (and apparently not by following someone) after he has become invisible. A fingerprint is not sufficient for the type of scanner shown. The gloves he wears would also not follow the contours of his fingertips closely enough to copy his fingerprints.

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Other mistake: After the veterinarian throws blood all over the floor, we see clean spots appear on the floor in the shape of Sebastian's feet as he walks through the blood. Somehow he never has any of it stick to the bottom of his feet (even when he's in the puddle).

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Factual error: Gorillas are strict vegetarians. So why does Isabelle eat a rat at the beginning of the film? The serum may have turned her into a crazed killer, as it does with Sebastian, but it hasn't changed the structure of her teeth and palate, biochemistry of her digestive system and so on, all of which would be required. She might kill or torture the rat, but she'd never eat it.

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