Best sci-fi movie mistakes of 2012

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Visible crew/equipment: A reflector screen is visible on Hawkeye's sunglasses at the very end when Thor and a restrained Loki are returning, presumably, to Asgard. (02:06:10)

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Continuity mistake: As the hand creature busts the shackles off Boris' legs in Lunar Max, you can see the bottoms of his pants over his metal prison boots. There are only a few folds and wrinkles over his left foot, and the pants over right foot are hardly wrinkled at all, or affected as the creature climbs up his right leg. But only a couple of seconds later, we see another shot of Boris' feet as the creature breaks off the metal sleeve of his arm, and suddenly his pants legs are very wrinkled. Boris was standing perfectly still the entire time. Boris' legs are also suddenly closer together. (00:03:35)

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Other mistake: The video stream displayed in the night sky showing which tributes have died after the first day does not add up correctly. They display in district order. We see the start, the girl from three (so the boy is still alive), and the boy from four with no breaks. Then they break away to show Katniss and the control room, after which they continuously show the boy and girl from seven, the boy from eight (so the girl is still alive), the girl from nine (so the boy is still alive), and then fade to the end. We know that Foxface, the girl from five, dies later in the movie. Even if we assume that during the portion not shown, the girl from four, the boy from five, and both tributes from six are dead, that's only a total of ten. Thirteen are supposed to be dead at that point in the movie. (01:16:20)

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Factual error: After the Missouri knocks the shield down, the admiral orders all aircraft launched, but the flight deck is shown in sailing transport mode, not flight readiness. Would have taken an hour or more to clear the deck and launch.

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Suggested correction: It's a non issue, it was a massive international naval exercise, Good chance of more than one carrier participating. In fact, every picture of an actual rimpac exercise has multiple carriers visible. Just because 1 carrier isn't in flight readiness mode doesn't mean that others aren't. Might explain why he ordered every plane in the air but there's what? Only 3 that actually save Mighty Mo.

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Factual error: The type of surgery shown made by the machine transversely cuts the rectus abdominis muscles. Besides not being a standard surgical incision in order to "remove a foreign body" as stated, it seriously damages important muscles of the abdominal wall making any immediate active mobilization of the trunk virtually impossible, even under strong analgesia.

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Factual error: In the movie, when the elevator ("the fall") reaches the middle of the planet, everything turns weightless. In reality, everything should have turned weightless as soon as the elevator was dropped, given they're in freefall.

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Continuity mistake: When Joseph Gordon-Levitt is shot by Emily Blunt with rock salt, he is hit in the right shoulder. In the next scene he is having his left shoulder treated.

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Continuity mistake: When Alice knocks over the giant Licker in the Rolls-Royce, the driver's side of the car remains completely undamaged. Unlikely, but for the rest of the chase there are four giant scratches across the rear of the car. (00:51:10 - 00:52:05)

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Revealing mistake: When Sparky's tail pops off there is a hole where it popped off. But when the tail goes into the bucket the hole is gone.

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Continuity mistake: The homeless beggar at the entrance of Peach Trees gets splattered by the blast doors closing, creating a pool of blood on the ground. When they open again at the end of the film there is no blood or body.

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Continuity mistake: When John holds the match in the cave, the amount of match remaining varies between shots.

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Factual error: In the scene where Evan is talking to Sgt. Bressman in front of Costco, you can see that Bressman is wearing Maryland State Police lapel pins. This is incorrect because the movie is portrayed in Ohio.

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Revealing mistake: When the three characters are playing with legos and Matt is told to start playing music from his ipod, you can see that the sound is off and the ipod is paused when the music is apparently playing.

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Plot hole: When they find captain Nemo's journal the journal is completely intact and the pages are made of paper. But the journal is very old, and the island sinks every 70 years, so the journal should not have looked that good, and the pages must be gone by now or at least not that readable. (00:47:30)

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Factual error: The Asian girl in the future was wearing her collar with termination charge for a very long time around her neck. When it was removed there was no mark, tan line, or indention or anything left behind, as if it had never been there. Yet all evidence points to years of endless wearing. (01:00:00)

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Plot hole: Hock sneaks a gun into the prisoner interrogation area because he is told that guns are not allowed there. If the prison was so strict about keeping guns out of that area then they would surely have metal detectors to prevent such a thing from happening. (00:15:25)

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Suggested correction: Not a plot hole at all. Most of the people who are allowed in those areas will be government employees, who will be deemed trusted enough to follow the rules.

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Continuity mistake: Eden's hand and arm positions change between shots during the final scene in the movie, when she is kissing Adam.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Dodge and Penny enters Olivia's last known residence, Penny one of the door windows. She then gets access to the door lock on the inside and she opens the door. As Penny and Dodge enters, it is visible that the window is broken. This is shown both in the first and second shot. At the third shot it is easily noticeable that the same window behind them has been magically repaired, and is in a normal, unbroken condition. The fourth shot shows that the window is again broken. (01:03:45)

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Plot hole: The killer has been living in the (apparently big enough) crawlspace between walls and floors, for over a decade. There is no explanation (or rationale) given on how he moved the various objects inside every room, closed doors, fed when the house was not occupied, hid the various corpses and, silly detail, concealed his own BO and the stench of his own living quarters, which is something hinted at when they find out his hideout. It is explicitly said that he is agoraphobic and does not get out, ever.

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New this month Other mistake: After the medical student leaves the unconscious co-pilot to one of the other passengers to watch while he goes to the bathroom, she notices his hands grow cold after a bit. It is only then they realise he has stopped breathing, and then get a defibrillator out and are successfully able to use it to revive him with CPR as well. However if he has stopped breathing for long enough that his hands have started to get cold, he would already be way too far gone to be able to be revived.

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