Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

21 mistakes

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Plot hole: The fact that a five minute timer starts after the three Cerberus codes are entered defeats the purpose of the program. If they program was made to destroy their own nuke warheads in case of a misfire you would expect them to be destroyed as soon as all three codes are in. (01:38:20)

Factual error: Near the finale, Kang sends a command to all US based missiles to self-destruct in their silos, thereby detonating their warheads. Ignoring for the moment why "self-destruct in silo" would ever be a desirable scenario programmed into ICBM protocols, detonation of a nuclear warhead requires an extremely precise sequence of events, none of which would include a nearby, conventional explosion. (01:38:20)

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Factual error: When one of the terrorists fires an RPG into the security hut, all the windows in the cars standing nearby shatter. Ordinary windshields are made of laminated glass that doesn't shatter, not to mention that at least the SUVs used to transport the prime minister and his escort would surely be armored and therefore possess security glass. (00:28:20)

Continuity mistake: As Mike drives to work in the morning, he removes his sunglasses from his clean-shaven face. A moment later, after he vainly attempts to call his wife, his face now has what appears to be a two-day growth of whiskers. (00:15:00)


Other mistake: At the end of the movie, when the president gives a speech, Mike Banning's face still shows the unhealed cuts from his fights at the White House, suggesting that this is only a couple of days or so after the event. However, the President, who was shot in the gut and on the verge of dying, is completely recovered.


Character mistake: When the main characters are watching the news on TV, the headline reads "Terrorist seize Whitehouse". It should be "Terrorists".

Factual error: When the AC-130 gunship flies over the White House, some of the Secret Service agents on the roof are firing bolt-action sniper rifles without pulling the bolt back, like a semi-automatic gun. (00:25:20)

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Suggested correction: You only ever hear him referred to as Mr. Speaker or Mr. Turnball after his name appears on screen at the very start.

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Continuity mistake: Towards the end of the movie as the Marines are once again raising the flag on the White House after the terror attack you can see that the roof is still brutally damaged and there has been no repair work done. When the camera pans over toward the Washington monument, you can see that the monument is already being reconstructed with scaffolding all around it. (01:45:30)


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Suggested correction: Yes and No. Yes the roof is badly damaged and yes, the Washington monument has scaffolding up around it. But, no time scale is given as to how long it has been since the attack. The White house has much more damage to it and work would have started to secure the actual house rather than starting with the roof so it's entirely plausible that no work would have been done by this point.

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Continuity mistake: Towards the beginning of the film, Mike is in a diner with a woman. A group of people walk up and they have a conversation. Mike sets down his white cup on the table. This cup continually vanishes and reappears throughout the scene. (00:12:05)

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Continuity mistake: The wound on Mike's left forehead changes position between getting it from his fall from the roof to the end of the film.


Factual error: The Secret Service has more than 3,000 Special Agents across multiple government organizations. Other than those who work the White House and Presidential Detail, it is highly unlikely that others would have any White House access, much less current security codes, as Mike does. Agents would not have passwords to the President's laptop - but Mike is able to log in and delete all the classified data on it.


Factual error: Toward the end of the movie, when the US 7th fleet is ordered to withdraw from the Sea of Japan, two US aircraft carriers are shown maneuvering. One has '67' painted on its island, the other displays '73'. This represents the hull number of the ship. CV-67, the USS John F Kennedy, was decommissioned in 2007, and the F-14 Tomcats on the carriers' decks were retired in 2006.

Continuity mistake: When a woman is shot in the head, the bullet hole is in the left side of her hat. But then when her hat falls off, the bullet hole is in the right side of her head. No, the bullet didn't pass through both sides. She was shot from the front, so there should only be one bullet hole in the same place. (00:30:00)


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Suggested correction: It is easy to see that the woman gets shot in HER right side and the bullet exits on her left. When the hat falls off it goes to her left with momentum (as it should) and a wound is visible on the right side of her head.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Banning is collecting guns just after the power goes out, he kills one terrorist in an orange top. When crouches down to pick the gun up, the whole place is in darkness. As he stands up a round white light is reflected in a picture on the wall behind him. (00:41:05)

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Continuity mistake: When the Speaker is asking if anyone has contact with anyone in the white house (besides Banning) his hands are crossed left over right then right over left depending on the shot. (00:47:05)

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Continuity mistake: When the president is talking to his son about eating ice cream, the tie around the son's neck keeps changing positions. (00:16:30)

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Continuity mistake: When the secretary of state is punched to the floor before giving up her Cerberus code, she falls and lands a good distance from 2 blood pools on the floor. When the camera changes to a close up, she is right over said pools of blood. (01:10:50)

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Character mistake: When we see the first news footage of the White House, the headline is captioned "Terrorist Attack The White House." It should read "Terrorist Attack On The White House" or "Terrorists Attack The White House". (00:36:40)

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Factual error: In the operations room from which the acting president (Morgan Freeman) is directing the crisis there are multiple uniformed military members at the table and seated on chairs behind the acting president. Over Morgan Freeman's left shoulder is seated a man wearing the uniform of an Air Force Senior Enlisted member (can't quite make out of the entire rank, probably a Chief Master Sergeant). The person portraying the Chief is way too old for the rank. On the other hand, a three-star Air Force General is depicted at the conference table and the actor is way too young to have three stars.

Speaker Trumbull: I want to speak to the Russians, the Chinese, the British and the French. In that order.

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Question: As the Cerberus codes have been entered, with the time limit set prior to the missile's destruction, how did Jang expect to leave the country within what I assume was the 5 minute time limit and not feel the fallout from the nuclear missiles, or be killed or at least full of radiation, and also, why take the president then?

Answer: Kang wanted the USA to suffer famine and be a 3rd world country. His plan was to get in, set off all the warheads and plunge the USA into the dark ages. During one of the exchanges between Kang and Mike, Kang says "I just want the USA to experience poverty and famine." So he had no plans to survive his mission. He needed the president to gain the 3rd code incase it couldn't be broken by the hacker. He faked the presidents death to give himself more time with the president.

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Answer: The Washington monument is destroyed in one scene and in a later scene, it is fully erect.

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Answer: My best guess is they went in knowing it was a suicide mission.

That suggested answer doesn't make any sense. Jang idea was to capture the code to start a war presumably between N &S Korea. There is no indication that Jang's computer whiz had the ability crack the code, or was even trying, and that sounds unlikely. I think the whole story line went off the tracks at that point and they were trying to wrap up the shooting. Pretty shaky in my opinion. Just a movie with some good stars and and a lot of stuff got blown-up and the good guys won.

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