Hollow Man

Hollow Man (2000)

32 corrected entries

Corrected entry: An electromagnet is used to pull a metal lever on the other side of a metal door. The metal door would shield the lever, making this impossible.

Correction: Not so. The door is typically made of stainless steel for this type of environment, durable and easy to clean. And also; not magnetic.


Corrected entry: It is the height of insanity that the underground laboratory does not have an emergency exit; even a top secret government facility would have one. This lab handles highly inflammable and explosive substances and would have a clear and well rehearsed evacuation procedure. Having said that, at the end of the film the survivors of Sebastian's rampage simply open the roof hatch of the lift and climb the ladder that is on one side of the lift shaft. Why didn't they all do that in the first place? Beats getting killed by an invisible, overacting psychotic.

Correction: Why didn't they do that in the first place? What, and leave an invisible overacting psychotic alone down there, all ready to escape and wreak havoc on the world? Yeah, that would be sensible. They stay down there to try to correct the huge mistake that they made, either by talking Sebastian down and curing him or, once that proves to be a non-option, by killing him. They're attempting to take responsibility for their actions - the fact that it doesn't work, leaving them at his mercy, doesn't make their initial decision a mistake.


Corrected entry: The serum is supposed to "quantum shift" the body of the subject out of range for visible light. However, Bacon is seen working in front of his computer modelling molecules. Clearly, a "quantum shift" would have nothing to do with molecular bio-chemistry, but rather, say, high energy physics. (Something closer to old films in which scientist would try to "beam" someone into invisibility).

Correction: The film makers probably wanted to give the original story a modern twist. The original story is about a scientist making himself invisible through a chemical process, then going mad and ended up killed.

Corrected entry: Throughout the film, Kevin Bacon's character is seen with sticky sensor wires stuck to the top of his head and around his face. But we never see him get his hair cut off, even though we even see he has no hair when they first attempt to make him visible. Also, just a short time later, we see Kevin swimming in a pool, with a full head of hair, and later it is gone again.

Correction: He has hair the entire time, even when they try to reverse the quantum shift. It appears last in the process, but it is briefly visible. The sensors stuck to his head are pretty small, and it would be no problem attaching them to his scalp under his hair (or cut a tiny portion of hair away to attach sensors). The only time his head is completely bald, is at the very end, after he has been set afire and his hair has burned off.


Corrected entry: After making Kevin's mask, Elizabeth Shue cuts circles around his eyes by using a scissors, but the circles weren't that perfect. In the next shots, until the end of the movie, they became flawless.

Correction: The next shots of him wearing the mask are several days later (He was shifted for three days, they failed at bringing him back, made the mask and the next time we see him he says he's been shifted for ten days). There's been plenty of time for them to be making fine adjustments to the mask, or for that matter, make more masks.


Corrected entry: Sebastian can see perfectly like anyone else but because he's invisible light would hit his retinas from all directions making him effectively blind.

Correction: According to the movie, the serum "quantum shifts" the user out of other visual light ranges. It puts him out of phase with the people around him. The light isn't passing through him, he is just out of phase with the light.


Corrected entry: There is a scene where the invisible Sebastian rolls over on his 'bed' and pulls the sheet over. The next shot is from the opposite direction where you can see the monitor showing the thermo image of Sebastian - in the monitor we see Sebastian rolling over and pulling the sheet again. Real time would not afford enough time to be doing this twice.

Correction: Not all films are shown in real time. The monitor shot was just reshowing the previous scene but through the thermal imaging monitor, both happening at the same moment, but shown independantly of each other.

Mad Ade

Corrected entry: Kevin Bacon gets blood thrown on him and it disappears within seconds. Ever try washing your hands after a nosebleed? It isn't that easy.

Correction: I have never had problems washing away blood from me (and I get frequent nosebleeds), especially when it is still relatively fresh. And in Sebastian's case, we don't know for sure what he does after he kills Sarah, as the action switches to Linda and Matt at this point. But it is not unlikely that this high-tech research facility that deals with among other things radiation would have a radiation burn shower readily available. Such a shower would have sprayed Sebastian's entire body within seconds, removing the blood in a short time, making him ready to go back and lock Linda and Matt in the freezer.


Corrected entry: The way Sue is wrapping the wires around the door handle in order to make a magnet, would cause the current to go from left to right and return from right to left. This would create two equally powerful magnetic fields in opposite directions so the final sum would be zero magnetic field. The door handle shouldn't get magnetized.

Correction: In actual fact, all electromagnets are wound from one end to the other, and back again. The only way to cancel the induced magnetism would be to wind it in the opposite direction (i.e. clockwise round the core, then anti-clockwise, the same number of turns).


Corrected entry: When locked in the freezer, why didn't Linda simply yank out a few of the obvious hanging wires behind the refrigeration unit?

Correction: Even if she did do this, given that she's in an airtight refrigeration unit, she'd still be suffering from the cold for a long time. It makes sense that she'd try to figure out a way to escape rather than wasting time tearing out wires.


Corrected entry: The pressurized tanks of flammable liquid that Linda uses to make a flamethrower are sitting unsecured in the lab. OSHA regulations require pressurized cylinders to be secured to prevent them from tipping over. The danger is that the top will get knocked off, and the tank will shoot around like a rocket. Any lab would have their tanks secured for this reason.

Correction: People do break laws and people do break OSHA regulations. It is not a mistake, but real life.


Corrected entry: Kevin Bacon shouldn't be able to see anything - the cornea refracts light rays to the back of the eyeball to the optic nerve, a central point. If the cornea was invisible, light rays would go straight out the back of his head and he would have no vision.

Correction: The serum "quantum shifts" the user out of others visual light ranges. It puts him out of phase with the people around him. The light isn't passing through him, he is just out of phase with the light.

Corrected entry: Why didn't the scientists grab all the infrared goggles up and turn off the lights? That way Kevin Bacon wouldn't see them but they could see him.

Correction: If we are allowed to second guess the plot this way and say what characters *should* have done then it's equally valid to suggest that Kevin Bacon could have anticipated this and hidden or disabled all the IR goggles.

Corrected entry: When Sebastian comes in at the beginning there is a guard outside who waves at him. When he tells the guy watching him from heaven he is leaving there is a guard out there again. Yet when Sebastian cuts the lines and changes the elevator codes and is killing everyone and all the explosions, screams, shouting, and noise going on he didn't hear anything or call anyone. He should have at least heard a faint explosion or shout.

Correction: It is shown at the end of the movie when Elizabeth Shue and Josh Brolin are climbing up the ladder in the elevator shaft, that the shaft is AT LEAST 200 feet high and the sounds of screams and explosions can very well be muffled by that height. (Screams especially becuase there were no major screams and very few minor ones when Sebastian begins his killing spree.)

Corrected entry: 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.

Correction: They have been working on making the animals visible for a while now - perhaps using electricity has been used on the animals and discarded because the amount needed to make a animal visible is too high (note that Sebastian receives a massive electric shock and is still not made fully visible).

Corrected entry: Why on earth would the military be interested in a soldier (sailor, aviator, whatever) who has to go into combat naked and unarmed, and who is detectable by an enemy equipped with a pair of cheap, mass-produced goggles? How would you treat them if they were injured? They would be utterly useless in any form of military operation, even espionage.

Correction: Presumably the military are interested because Sebastian's research could lead to advanced forms of invisibility technology, such as the ability to turn materials and weapons invisible for use in combat.

Corrected entry: When we see Sebastian's saucy neighbour for the first time, she has blinds on the window, but when Sebastian is invisible and he looks at her again, she has curtains.

Correction: Not a mistake, she could have easily changed it herself.

Corrected entry: When the guy is lying in the corridor bleeding and Sarah (the veterinarian) says he needs blood, she goes back to the lab and starts pulling out bags and bags of whole blood. Problem: They're not authorized to work on humans, so the blood she's planning on pumping into this poor soul (without checking his blood type), is from either a gorilla or a dog.

Correction: They're not authorized to work on humans, no, but, bearing in mind that they're going ahead with a human trial anyway, they would undoubtedly have surreptitiously obtained some human blood supplies in case of problems.


Corrected entry: Apparently the serum used to make Sebastian invisible also makes him incredibly strong. When he kills Carter, he is able to lift him up into the air with one arm, he has to weigh at least 200 pounds.


Correction: It has been proven time and again through medical science that an increase in adrenaline can also give people an incredible amount of strength. This usually happens in moments of extreme anger or fear.

Corrected entry: In spite of having all kinds of sophisticated scientific and video equipment in the lab, Sebastian shows the Generals the gorilla experiment using an old fashioned movie projector...

Correction: They're not in his lab - they're in an office in a Defense Department building. They aren't as well equipped as the lab - and that's not a film mistake.

Corrected entry: The doctors never cut nostril holes in the mask for Kevin Bacon to breathe. Later on when he puts the mask back on, it DOES have nostril holes.

Correction: There are several scenes between these mistakes. It's entirely possible he did it himself. Wouldn't you?

David Mercier

Corrected entry: When Elizabeth and her boyfriend notice the nitro in the mixer machine and she wanted to take the top off but her boyfriend said, "No, we gotta go", why didn't they just unplug the machine?

Correction: Abruptly stopping the machine might jar the nitroglycerin hard enough to explode it.

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



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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.



When Sebastian gets frustrated with himself in the lab, he stands up, walks, turns and beats his fist twice on the table. This is the same thing Kevin Bacon does in Footloose to his VW Beetle when he gets frustrated with the town.