Planet of the Apes
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Continuity mistake: When Thade takes the weapon from Leo the weapon is a futuristic laser type gun. When Thade is firing the weapon after being locked in the command centre, the gun is a stainless steel Beretta brigadier model. (01:50:00)

Continuity mistake: When they cross the river and arrive at the other side, they are all dry. Mark Wahlberg was in the water up to his neck and sometimes higher yet he seems to be completely dry.

Continuity mistake: After the big battle between the humans and the apes and everyone has made nice, we see Ari crying over Krull's body partially covered in sand. Then she covers his face. The camera cuts back and you can see his face clearly. (01:45:35)

Continuity mistake: When the monkey accelerates his pod, it shows his hand pulling the silver levers backwards. Shortly after, when Mark Wahlberg accelerates after the monkey he pushes the levers forwards.

Continuity mistake: When the hero and his group comes out of the ship wreck and you get a shot from some distance back at the ship, look to the far right and you will see a road (sloping down towards the ship) with clear tire tracks on it. Whose car might that be?

Continuity mistake: When the humans are about to be branded the branding iron is in the fire heating up. It stays glowing red hot the whole time Leo is threatening Ari, at least 5 minutes.

Continuity mistake: When Leo and his group of rebel apes are starting to ride their horses across the river, Helena Bonham Carter falls off her horse and he swims across the river with her on his back. The other apes can't follow because they're afraid of water. So they arrive horseless. However, when they get across the river, suddenly everybody has horses.

Continuity mistake: When all the humans are about to be branded, one of the humans is removed from the cage and the funny old ape just pushes the cage door shut, not locking it. A few moments later the camera pans round and you see that the cage is now bolted.

Continuity mistake: When the humans are being loaded up, Leo is lying on the ground starting to sit up. Then it cuts to Thade and then back to Leo who is again just starting to sit up, surprised to see talking apes.

Continuity mistake: When Leo dives in the pond where his pod crashed, to get his bag, it is dark and dingy, yet when you see an underwater shot the water is a clear blue/green colour and you can see the sun (or some form of light) shining through the water, yet when he comes out there is no light and it is dingy again.

Continuity mistake: When Leo gets into the pod to try to catch the chimp's pod, he puts on his helmet. Look away, look back, and he's all snapped and buckled in, which would have taken several minutes at least.

Continuity mistake: When the monkey is taking off from the ship you see Mark Wahlberg's character with his hands behind his back...but then in the very next shot you see them at his side...not enough time for him to put them from his back to his side.

Plot hole: The "video history" of the crashed USAF ship makes it very clear that the planet is uninhabited when they "landed". I can understand how a race of apes develops - they had a bunch of them on board. I can understand how a race of humans develops - they are descendants of the original crew. What I don't understand is...where the heck did all the horses come from?

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Suggested correction: Humans refer to parts of their own planet as uninhabited even though they are crawling with animals - vast areas of the Arctic are "uninhabited" even though polar bears and seals are found there. Were we to find a planet with nothing but primitive horses on it, we would label it as uninhabited. Apes and humans came from the crashed spaceship, horses were always there.

I agree with you Charles. Horses are native to Earth but, the Oberon lands on a planet light years from Earth so it's a big plot hole how horses from one planet could end up on another when the planet was not only uninhabited but, the Oberon was believed to be lost.

Again, the Oberon was a massive space station, genetically experimenting with many earthly lifeforms, including horses, apparently. The time/space-rift was very near Earth (Mark Wahlberg made the journey in about 25 seconds at the end of the film. Not years but seconds). The implication is that the Oberon passed through the rift, and much of the crew survived to continue their genetic research on what later became the Ape Planet. So, the Oberon initially arrived on a barren planet and introduced all of the biological and botanical species, including apes, horses, and everything else.

Charles Austin Miller

Suggested correction: According to the backstory, the space station Oberon was dedicated to genetic modification sciences. They were actually experimenting with animal genes in the safety of space (which kind of makes sense). Given that the Oberon was a truly gigantic space station, it's not too much of a speculation that they were experimenting on many different types of animals (not just apes). When the Oberon crashed on Ashlar, half its crew was killed, but half survived with a number of ship's systems still functional, and they continued their genetic research, possibly producing a number of Earthly species on the otherwise uninhabited planet.

Charles Austin Miller

That's just a wild guess. There hasn't been a single mention of horses on board the Oberon. Even if there were, why only horses?


Wild guess? The Oberon was experimenting in genetic modification, which implies a broad range of research...and not just on great apes. The Oberon was gigantic enough to be an Ark.

Charles Austin Miller

So where are all the other animals?


Exactly. Where are the birds, lions, lizards, etc?

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Question: Why did Thade kill the two apes that were with him after they showed him the trail left by Leo's pod?

Answer: To prevent anyone else from learning that Leo came from space. After Pericles' ship crashed, there was a prophecy of a second coming of Semos, the founder of Ape civilization. Thade wants to kill all humans, so if anyone found out, it would be considered a sign and the council might consider making peace with the humans.

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