Corrected entry: In the rooftop scene, the Empire State Building can be seen lit green in the background; towards the end of the movie, Rob says that it is "Saturday May 23." The day/date correlation reveals the events of the movie to have happened over the night of May 22-23, 2009. The Empire State Building, however, was lit in Signature White on May 22nd, 2009, not green, per a search on the ESB's website.
Corrected entry: A B-2 Stealth Bomber is shown carpet bombing the creature near the end of the film. B-2s do NOT carpet bomb. The B-2 Spirit is an advanced aircraft and uses precision-guided missiles. Carpet bombing would be done by an older aircraft, something like a B-52. All of those bombs wouldn't fit into a B-2 regardless.
Corrected entry: During the scene where Rob plays back the recorded message from Beth on his cell phone, the background noise in the electronics store fades away and the phone is audible. Then the background sounds return after the message is over. This would be normal in most movies, but is inconsistent with the amateur home movie theme of Cloverfield.
Corrected entry: I just watched this film on DVD. I know this is a rule of the genre (see 28 Days/Weeks and Die Hard movies) but I find Beth's remarkable recovery from being speared with an iron bar - and stuck there for hours losing blood circulation and muscle cramping - to running around in Central Park helping Rob wholly unbelievable. Maybe she could limp down her building stairs, but whatever physical efforts she does afterwards are even more impossible than those of the monster.
Corrected entry: The spider-crab parasites that come off of the monster are shown to be entirely killable even with a rudimentary club, yet they originate by falling from the monster's body from a height of many stories above the ground. They would splatter and die on impact.
Corrected entry: After Rob saves Beth from her apartment, they work their way up the leaning building. When they reach the top and they are walking up the stairs to the roof, the stairs are perfectly horizontal even though the building is crooked.
Corrected entry: At about 18 minutes into the film when Rob, Jason and Hud are on the fire escape talking about Rob and Beth's relationship, Jason says, "You got to learn to say, 'Forget the world.'" But if you look closely at his mouth, you can see he says "Fuck" instead of "Forget". This was most likely censored to keep a PG-13 rating.
Corrected entry: In the scene where you see some troops and tanks begin to attack the monster, you see one drive by Hud and it shoots its main gun. Problem is that the tank you see is actually an M109A6: it has to be stationary to fire its gun. Also, the blast would probably give Hud a concussion or make him go deaf.
Corrected entry: When Beth is at Rob's party, she has a gold top, but when they find her at her apartment, she has a plain white shirt on.
Corrected entry: In the scene when Lily tells Hud and Jason about Rob and Beth, the clock skips from 10 past to half past when the camera jumps.
Corrected entry: Just after the monster has capsized the oil tanker they go to the roof to check it out. When Hud says to Rob he should have left town earlier, Rob replies, "Shut up", however Rob's mouth doesn't move.
Corrected entry: Beth's apartment slopes downwards, towards the window. This means that the building hers is leaning against should be visible. But it never is.
Corrected entry: This is a major plot hole. Whenever the camera gets dropped, scratched, etc. it does not show any signs of damage. In many scenes, such as when (SPOILER) Hud dies, the camera stays intact, even though it was just dropped some 30 feet.
Corrected entry: When the Statue of Liberty's head lands and stops sliding accross the street, a street sign painted with 'dead end' is visible to the right. Any other shot after this, the sign is not there.
Corrected entry: When Rob is in the electronics store looking for a battery for his cellphone, he picks up a Nokia battery case so he can retrieve his messages. But as he ends the call the sound his cellphone makes is clearly one of a Motorola phone. (I sell both Nokia and Motorola cellphones which is why I know).
Corrected entry: When we see the rebar stuck in Rob's girlfriend, you can see the rebar moving up and down with her breath. The only way to get it out of her was to lift her, so it wouldn't be doing that if they could have just pulled it. (The rebar was attached to the concrete behind her, otherwise lifting her would do nothing).
Corrected entry: The size of the creature keeps changing. When we see it from the roof of the Time Warner Center, it is almost as tall as the skyscrapers around it. When it steps over Grand Central Station, it is barely taller than the station. When it attacks the helicopter, it's huge again but (SPOILER) when it kills Hud, it is much smaller. This can't be explained by saying it's not in the same position every time, because it is always on four legs. The only time it's on two legs is when it reaches up to attack the helicopter and before that it was walking on four legs and when it was, it was huge.Brad
Corrected entry: The explosion in the city is impossible. The monster came from the sea, overturning the ship. Now the monster can destroy anything, but there is nothing in the city that can generate that kind of explosion launching debris over the river. Gas stations are the only thing in that part of the city and they cannot produce such a explosion. (It wasn't the military because nothing in the entire film apart from the ending killing the main characters was used. And yes we all know that there are a bunch of unknowns, but since this film really does show us the physical limts of the monster and the military, and the fact that nothing in the city - even power plants, of which there are none - could produce that explosion, makes this event a plot hole mistake.).
Corrected entry: When we first see the military attack the monster, we see what appears to be an original M1 Abrams with the royal ordinace L68A1 105MM rifled gun. However, this tank has been out of service since 1987, replaced by the German Rhienmetall M256 L-44 120MM smoothbore cannon. Also in this scene, we see what appears to be an M109A6 paladin drive right past Hud, but this would never happen since an M109A6 is a self-propelled Howitzer and would fire from afar - it would never get that close to the target.
Corrected entry: In addition to the creature's head changing shape, it changes size as well. When we see it from the roof of the Time Warner Center, it is half the size of the skyscrapers surrounding it. But when Rob, Beth, and Hud are running away from it, it is just barely taller than the house next to them. When it attacks the helicopter, it is huge again, but when it (SPOILER) kills Hud, it is much smaller.Brad
Corrected entry: (SPOILER) The scene where Hud dies is a major plot hole. They are in the middle of the park. Hud drops the camera and come back to get it, only 10 feet away. Suddenly there is this gigantic monster, out of nowhere, right on top of him. It then kills him and drops him on the floor. Rob and Beth come to see him, and suddenly the monster is nowhere to be seen (or heard). It just vanished, giving them plenty of time to run and hide in the tunnel. How come the monster did not kill them? How come they didn't see it coming before Hud got the camera?
Corrected entry: The Statue of Liberty's decapitated head is way too small to be accurate. Wikipedia lists the ear to ear width to be ten feet but it is just a little bigger than the compact cars on the street.
Corrected entry: After Hud, Marlena and the rest get met by the US Army, they are taken into a field hospital. It's later obvious that the US Army doctors and soldiers are all too well aware of what happens if someone has been bitten, therefore it's unlikely that the civilians would be allowed to mix in the hospital until checked out to ensure they were not infected.
Corrected entry: The opening of the movie states that the video was found on an SD card, but throughout the movie they mention it's a tape in the camera. The over-written "flashbacks" would not be possible on an SD card - only tape, meaning the introduction is inaccurate.
Corrected entry: There is no way the Army could respond that fast. It would take at least 12-24 hours to have a force that size.
Corrected entry: We know that the little monsters are night vision seeing monsters. Now when they left the subway and walked to the makeshift hospital, it was extremely bright, blinding the characters, and the helicopter pad was also dangerously lit as well, so bright that it would attract attention to the big monster. But given the fact that the monsters see in night vision, it looks like a clue that the military found out a weakness with using bright lights. (Lighted areas are safe anyway, but to attract that attention at a helicopter pad would be dangerous unless it was keeping them away).
Corrected entry: In the scene where Rob, Beth Marlena and Hud are walking in the subway tunnel, the rail is set on sleepers on a bed of stones. Subway tunnel floors are concrete.
Corrected entry: When Hud runs back to get the camera off the ground where it had been sitting for a minute or so, the camera did not even shake. It should have bounced at least some since every other monster's step could be felt hundreds of feet away.
Corrected entry: When Rob stole a cell phone battery from the hardware store, he put it straight into his phone and it began working. Cell phone batteries do not come pre-charged.
Corrected entry: In the scene with the *army?* fighting the main monster, there are a few military mistakes. The M16/m4 that they are using would not be loaded with tracer rounds, which are expensive to supply and would have been reserved for an M249 SAW because of its rapid fire and inaccuracy. Also, I believe the rocket launchers used were FGM-148 Javelin rockets. These would have been propelled out of the tube, ascend several thousand feet, and then descend onto the target. In the movie, it went directly at the monster. Even if it was not the Javelin rocket, there was not enough exhaust flare coming from the tube to be a real rocket.
Corrected entry: In the subway tunnel scene, the night vision mode is switched on on the camera to see in the dark. The chase scene ensues. However, when they escape into the service(?) room in the tunnel the night vision mode is off, with no cut scene on the tape or any action indicative of it being turned off.