Terminator Salvation

Corrected entry: In John Connor's first confrontation with Marcus Wright, he claims that Wright killed his father, Kyle Reese. But at this point, Connor has not yet even met Reese, much less sent him back in time to impregnate Sarah Connor and ascertain his birth. If Reese was in fact dead as John Connor believed he was, then Connor wouldn't even exist.

Correction: He's referring to the fact that the future version of Reese died prior to his birth, in the fight against the Terminator back in 1984, not that he believes that Wright has personally slain Reese in their present.

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Corrected entry: When her human attacker points the HK USP pistol at Blair it makes three loud audible clicks as he cocks back the hammer. A real HK USP makes only two light clicks.

Correction: True but following Judgment Day, the survivors most likely modified that and many other weapons, quite possibly out of necessity as many weapons were either destroyed or damaged, or spare parts could not be easily obtained or manufactured.

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Corrected entry: In the first movie, Kyle Reese explains to Sarah Connor about the Terminators as infiltration units, with human tissue, metallic endoskeleton, sweet, bad breath, etc; so they are very hard to spot. Reese then says to her, "I had to wait 'till he moved on you before I could zero him". Reese didn't know the look of the T-800 in 1984. But in "Salvation" Reese saw his face. Besides, John Connor knew this Terminator since he was a child. John and Kyle where together, so Reese should know the appearance of the Terminator before the time travel to save Sarah.

Correction: Kyle's seen a face, briefly before it gets burned off, in the middle of a highly stressful situation. He didn't exactly have a chance to sit there and thoughtfully study it, committing every last detail to memory for future reference. It's another ten years until Kyle has his date with a time machine, so the vague details that he does remember will have plenty of time to fade even further. John's knowledge of what the Terminator looks like is irrelevant. Even if John does describe the Terminator to Kyle, Kyle can't exactly travel around blowing away anybody who happens to fit the description; without a photograph, which Kyle couldn't take with him anyway, John's description could not possibly be specific enough for Kyle to be absolutely certain that he wasn't about to fire a shotgun into the face of some regular human who just happens to resemble the cyborg to some degree. He has no choice but to wait until the Terminator makes its move to be 100% sure of his target.

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Corrected entry: At the end of the film when Marcus offers his heart to John Conner to save his life, what are the odds that he is an exact match for John. Many tests have to performed on a potential heart transplant patient to determine the tissue type matches and won't reject the heart. Also, it cannot be performed on the "fly" in a make shift army hospital tent. It requires many surgeons and trained transplant personal in an extreme sterile environment and takes many hours to perform.

Correction: As we don't see the actual operation take place, it's pure speculation as to just how sophisticated the medical facilities were and how many experienced medical staff were on hand to perform the operation. There is also no onscreen reference for how long the operation took. And finally, whilst it might seem a stretch that Marcus was a perfect donor for John, it's not impossible, and if it's not impossible, it's not a mistake.

GalahadFairlight
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Corrected entry: After John gets out of the crashed helicopter, a terminator with no legs surprises him by grabbing him by the shoulder and throwing him several feet. This terminator's decision to throw John away from it (giving John a head start) instead of crushing his shoulder or wind-pipe made no sense, as the terminator was obviously trying to kill John.

PAUL DAINTON

Correction: The terminator must have thought that the impact from the throw would knock Connor out, making it easier to kill him. Not a perfect decision, but it is also possible that the terminator's reasoning abilities were damaged in the crash.

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Corrected entry: In the beginning when Skynet detonates the bomb in the underground facility, it creates a mushroom shaped cloud. That seems to start down in the hole. This is unlikely. The mushroom shape comes out of the airflow that goes back to the center of a large detonation. (Hot air from the blast moves outward in all directions and cold is then sucked back in from underneath the explosion.) Setting off an explosion in a sealed (ventilation shafts and other exits wouldn't provide sufficient and symmetrical amounts of air) underground shaft shouldn't create a "nice" mushroom cloud that seems to start down in the shaft .

Correction: Your submission hangs entirely on the premise of whether there was sufficient cold air down in the facility to give the explosion its mushroom cloud characteristics. Seeing as there is nothing onscreen to support your 'ventilation shafts and other exits' hypothesis, its pure opinion as to whether the explosion would occur as it did onscreen.

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Corrected entry: When Wright, Reese and Star are being chased by a Skynet flying probe, it scans Reese visually. On the HUD you see it identify him as Reese, Kyle. How? At what point that early in the movie did Skynet know/have in a database what Reese looked like?

Correction: The fact that we learn that Kyle Reece is on top of their 'Most Wanted' list seems to indicate that Skynet has come across him before. Obviously Kyle has done a good job of hiding from Skynet. Skynet would not exactly put someone as no. 1 if it did not know that he/she exists and have an idea of what he/she looked like. Perhaps a captured Resistance fighter had evidence such as a photo or sketch.

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Corrected entry: When the guy comes out and is attacked by the ripped-in-half terminator, he gets attacked, the half terminator rips off his boot, the guy gets to the gun and kills the half terminator, then he walks off without getting his boot.

Correction: Already submitted and corrected. The scene of the 'guy' i.e. John Connor walking away from the helicopter with both boots on isn't meant to be taken as an immediate shot from the one before, time has passed between him killing the Terminator and the next scene. It is not necessary to show every single intervening action by a character.

GalahadFairlight
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Corrected entry: In every Terminator movie, the Terminator's underlying skeleton is revealed at some point, resulting in a pretty cool special effect. For reasons unknown, this scraping away of human flesh always occurs on the left side of the character's face, a trend Salvation continues when Marcus Wright's endoskeleton is revealed.

Correction: That is not true. In "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" only the right side of the head of the T-800 is damaged. The left side goes pretty much untouched.

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Corrected entry: When Marcus is fleeing from the Resistance, he is briefly on a motorcycle before he gets dumped and runs. After he is running, an aerial shot shows him on the bike, and the next shot he is running again.

Correction: This does not happen, the aerial shot you are refering to shows Marcus still running, not riding a bike.

PAUL DAINTON
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Corrected entry: The opening credits, playing out amongst shapes that wind up being the title of the movie, is pretty much a staple of the Terminator franchise. McG follows suit here, with the title of his movie moving like an assembly line - a fitting presentation considering the movie's plot.

Correction: Since it's a "staple", its inclusion isn't trivia.

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Corrected entry: Inside Skynet's headquarters, when Marcus throws the table through the glass plate, you can see the wires the table hangs from.

Correction: Utter rubbish. Absolutely no wires are present on the tiny sized table that Marcus hurls through the screen.

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Corrected entry: A little problem concerning a time paradox: We learn that Kyle Reese is on the top of the list of people marked for death. This would mean that his importance is already known by the terminators at this time. However, only Sarah and John Connor could possibly know that Kyle Reese will eventually become John's father.

Correction: Incorrect. It's never stated in the film that Skynet knows that Reese is Connor's father, just that they've established that Connor is interested in him, something that they could have easily learned by interrogating a captured resistance fighter. Given their desire to eliminate Connor, it's entirely reasonable that they would put Reese on their target list, on the assumption that, if they grab Reese, they can use him to lure Connor, their main target, in.

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Corrected entry: The small terminator nuclear reactors are detonated and blow up Skynet. Nuclear reactors have no explosive content, only radioactive, the result of John Connors blowing them up would have been a very toxic room and nothing more. In the past Terminator movies, if the T's had been walking around with a huge explosive device inside them, certainly some for them would have blown up in destruction.

Correction: They are never described as 'reactors' though that might be the implication. Blowing up the fuel cells is obviously a catalyst for anything else in the facility to blow up.

GalahadFairlight
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Corrected entry: When Markus is travelling to Skynet in San Francisco he is seen travelling south on the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. If coming from Los Angeles there would be no need to use the bridge unless he took a very long diversion around the bay.

Correction: Another submission that within it gives a very plausible explanation as to why it's not a mistake! As it's never shown onscreen which direction he took, you're making an assumption on the route taken, therefore where is the mistake?

GalahadFairlight
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Corrected entry: It is said that Kyle Reese is on top of the list of people marked for death. However, when he is captured, identified and singled out by the Terminators, they don't bother to kill him. Even when the facility is under attack by the Resistance, the Terminators prefer to perform some obscure experiment on him in the laboratory, so that there is plenty of time for Kyle Reese to be saved by John Connor.

Correction: You've just answered your own 'plot hole'. Clearly they didn't just want to capture Reese, they had other plans for him as evidenced by the T-600 guarding Reese whilst on the table. It's not a plot hole if in your explanation you've given a plausible reason to counter your own submission.

GalahadFairlight
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Corrected entry: During the first Jeep scene at the observatory, before the actual ride Kyle addresses Marcus by his name. However, he has not introduced his name yet.

keneida

Correction: At that point, it's been hours since they met up. Marcus simply mentioned his name off-screen during that time.

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Corrected entry: When John Connor flies the helicopter in the first attack sequence, he does not put a seatbelt on. But when it crashes, he releases the seatbelt to then fall onto the roof of the helicopter (it has crashed upside down).

bazzaboeing

Correction: Pure speculation. The camera shot is framed not to show what Connor is doing the moment he gets in the seat, and it's a matter of at least 8-10 seconds before the helicopter starts lifting off, plenty of time for a clearly experienced pilot to quickly put his seatbelt on.

GalahadFairlight
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Corrected entry: When Kyle Reese is captured and taken to Skynet Headquarters, once inside, the camera pans around as if we're seeing things through his eyes. While he's looking "upwards," near the top middle of the screen you can see the shadow outlines of four people behind the white glass. Almost as if "humans" where in charge and overseeing Skynet's business.

Correction: So what are you proposing as the mistake? Terminators are established as being humanoid, therefore a sighting of humanoid figures within the Skynet facility cannot be considered a mistake. Your suggestion that these are humans is purely an assumption, with nothing to back it up, and thus cannot be considered as valid grounds for an error. Without something more concrete, this cannot possibly be acceptable as an error.

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Corrected entry: In the opening moments of the initial attack on the Skynet lab facility, an A10 Warthog plane is shown taking a hit to one engine and immediately crashing. A10 Warthogs are designed to remain airborne with an entire side missing; a hit to one engine would not cause it to crash.

Correction: Yes, assuming the A10 is in good working order, which these planes surely are not, after battling Skynet for 14 years.

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Other mistake: When Marcus, Kyle and Star are at the petrol station, a flying HK and the giant Harvester robot are able to appear just outside without making any kind of sound. In every other scene of the Harvester and the HKs however, they both make an incredible amount of noise. (00:37:40)

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More mistakes in Terminator Salvation

John Connor: I knew it. I knew it was coming. But this is not the future my mother warned me about. And in this future, I don't know if we can win this war. This is John Connor.

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Trivia: When Marcus Wright, Kyle Reese, and Star leave Los Angeles, they make their way up the hill up to Griffith Park. This is an homage to Terminator 1 because this observatory location is the same location that Arnold Schwarzenegger arrives at from the future, finding Bill Paxton and some other thugs and stealing one of their clothes.

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Question: The ending of this film seems rather vague on the actual outcome of destroying Skynet's HQ. Does that mean the humans have won the war or is Skynet still a threat? The ending of Terminator 3 would suggest the latter since there it was confirmed that Skynet is capable of moving from transferring itself from one installation to another when needed, yet here everyone seems to believe they accomplished a significant victory. So which is it?

Answer: It's suggested that they've succeeding in destroying a major node in the Skynet network, possibly the key node in that region of North America, but, no, Skynet is still a functioning entity.

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