Hollow Man

Hollow Man (2000)

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Corrected entry: When Kevin Bacon makes Nitro Glycerine he shakes it up yet it only explodes when he throws it. Nitro Glycerine is incredibly unstable - moving the liquid hard will make it explode.

Correction: He doesn't shake it up. He puts the two liquids in the vial, puts the stopper in it, looks at it, and then throws it.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Kevin Bacon is injecting himself with the invisibility serum, you can see that there is air in the tube, and it is injected into his vein. It is lethal to have air in your veins, so he would die within seconds.

Correction: Urban myth, not medical fact. A small amount of air will dissolve perfectly adequately in the bloodstream, and in fact you'd need about 1500cc of air to form a fatal embolism.

Corrected entry: Kevin Bacon is supposed to be completely invisible, however we see him eating food while he is invisible. The food he is eating is something that can be seen. So once the food went down into his stomach wouldn't the other characters of the movie see digested food floating in mid air every time he walked by?

Correction: Other than the problem of invisible retinas, this is certainly the most confusing issue with a chemical invisibiity. Would food become invisible inside an invisible man? Well, the movie uses a bit of science-ficton to make the invisibility work anyway, and since there is no real science to a chemical invisibility, we can just say that this particular invisibility technique works the way they say it does.

Corrected entry: Elizabeth Shue must feel no pain since she hangs from the cable by her wounded arm.

Correction: Under conditions of extreme stress, people are capable of incredible feats of strength and can overcome appalling pain. An andrenalin rush is, indeed, a powerful thing.

Corrected entry: After Sebastian turns invisible, the first thing he complains about is the lights being too bright. The team explains it away by pointing out that his eyelids are transparent, so his eyes are now extremely sensitive to light. However, over the next few scenes, the lights are as bright as before. When Sebastian is complaining to Elisabeth Shue about his condition, he reaches over and turns on a lamp. His face and eyes are pointed directly at the lamp, but it no longer affects him.

Correction: When in the dark for a long time and then subjected to light, the first thing most people do is shield their eyes. Then, over a few moments, they can begin to open their eyes, because their eyes adjust. This is what his eyes did, they adjusted.

Corrected entry: Since the freezer Elizabeth Shue and her boyfriend are locked into have temperatures both ways, why doesn't she just push it up to +50 degrees?

Correction: The Temperature control dial is on the outside of the chiller and it is unlikly it was built with a second dial on the inside as there would be no need for it.

Corrected entry: Why is it that when Elizabeth Shue activates her little homemade electromagnet in the freezer, all the little nuts and bolts instantly stick to it, yet she doesn't seem to have any trouble picking it up off of the ALL METAL cabinet when the magnet is still turned on?

Correction: Because the cabinet, like most lab furniture, is made of stainless steel, which is non-magnetic.

Rooster of Doom

Corrected entry: In the beginning of the film, when the invisible gorilla has escaped, as Dr. Caine is getting the tranquilliser guns from the cabinet, he bets Matt that he can get the gorilla first. He does shoot the gorilla first, with the aid of infrared goggles. The problem is, we blatantly see him close the goggle/tranquilliser gun cabinet before he ever gets a pair of goggles... In fact, as he runs down the hall we see both of his hands and all he is carrying is a tranquilliser gun.

Correction: Kevin Bacon definitely reaches for the goggles and then the gun whilst talking. The next shot shows that a pair has been taken from the cabinet.


Corrected entry: They don't even need to inject anything to return Kevin Bacon to normal, all they need is to shock the hell out of him. If you notice the gorilla when they use the paddles on her she becomes visible. Also at the end of the movie Kevin Bacon is made partially visible after he was electrocuted. A few more shocks and he would have been fine.

Correction: Yes, but a few more shocks would probally have killed him too.


Corrected entry: Before Sebastian tries to escape, he makes nitro-glycerine, but the way he uses isn't real. He mixes sulphuric acid with other compounds, but the REAL way is mixing sulphuric and nitric acids with glycerine on a ice bath (because Nitro-glycerine detonates at 30 ÂșC in presence of nitric acid), and the extracting the nitro-glycerine from the acid. Nitro-glycerine is clear-orange, but there has a strange brown colour.

Correction: If you were a movie maker, would you show millions of people the correct way to easily make a powerful explosive?

Grumpy Scot

Plot hole: The must be a lot of dumb scientists in Sebastian's lab. While defibrillating the invisible gorilla, (s)he becomes completely visible for a moment. However, not once do the scientists consider that applying a mild electrical shock to the system renders the invisible animal visible again - that electricity may be the key to the whole invisibility problem. They don't even comment upon the fact that the gorilla does become visible.

More mistakes in Hollow Man

Sebastian: I can't take much more testing.
Matt: I know how hard it is.
Sebastian: Bullshit. You don't know anything.
Matt: This isn't easy for any of us.
Sebastian: Fuck you, Matt! It is easy for you. I was to be in phase-shift for three days. It's been ten fucking days, all right? Ten days of tissue tests, radiation tests and your fucking needles! I can't fucking take it anymore.
Matt: What I meant was.
Sebastian: Fuck what you meant! And don't ever... Don't ever tell me how hard you have it.

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Trivia: A scene in which Sebastian brutally and graphically rapes his neighbor was filmed, but was mostly deleted as test-audiences felt it made Sebastian far too evil. And thus, the version of the scene in the theatrical cut only alludes to the idea without directly showing it. The original scene was reinstated in the director's cut released on DVD and Blu-Ray however.

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