Hancock (2008)

35 mistakes

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Factual error: Basic physics - Hancock throws Michel from a dead stop to above cloud level in about eleven seconds. The clouds are bog standard cumulus which form at around 7,000 metres in temperate zones. This means that Michel accelerates to about 700 metres per second instantly, from a dead stop. Obviously he cannot accelerate during his ascent, so his starting speed has to be at least that. (In fact he would have to start his ascent much, much faster than 700 metres per second as he would be constantly decelerating due to gravity and air resistance, but it will do as a start point.) Michel accelerates from 0 to 2,520 kilometres per hour - twice the speed of sound - in zero seconds. He would be accelerating at around 5000 Gs, turning him into a very long streak of fine, pink mist.

Continuity mistake: In the scene when Mary visits Hancock for the first time at his house, she arrives from the air and crashes down on the ground, after a discussion inside they both walk outside together and Mary is shown getting into a car. In the next shot shown from above the house the car has disappeared and they both fly into the air.


Continuity mistake: When Hancock puts the woman on the hospital bed near the end of the movie when he walks out he walks into the metal bar holding the window in place and as a result it bends. In the next shot where you see the frame it doesn't even have a scratch let alone being bent.

Visible crew/equipment: When Hancock returns Embrey and his car back to his house just after saving him and then picks up and moves the car onto the drive, you can see the blue crane used in the reflection of the car windscreen.

Continuity mistake: When Hancock is being shown the YouTube videos, on the computer the watermark is on the left. but when it's shown on the whole screen, it's on the right.

Factual error: When the police are cowering behind their bullet riddled cars, the metal on the bullet holes is bent inwards as if the shots had come from the other direction.

Continuity mistake: When Mary visits Hancock in prison with her son, she says it is time to leave. As she reaches down for the boy, his toy dinosaur in in his left hand away from the camera, but as she picks him up it suddenly appears in his right hand facing the camera.

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Continuity mistake: (Spoiler Alert) the day after Hancock finds out that Mary also has powers, he stabs her with a large fork with two pointy ends. As expected, they do not puncture her skin. The pointy ends bend toward each other, making a triangle shape. But in the next shot, when Mary snatches it from his hand, the tips are no longer in a triangle shape, just bent the wrong way a little. Mary snatches it away by the handle, so we know that she could not have taken it by the points and bent it.

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Continuity mistake: When Hancock puts Mary on the hospital bed after she's been shot, the blood on her shirt changes drastically from shot to shot.

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Continuity mistake: As Hancock enters Ray's house through the hole in the wall, you can see Hancock is not wearing anything around his neck. As this scene progresses, his gold eagle chain is visible at times.

Continuity mistake: Near the end of the movie, Hancock is in bed without shoes on. Then when the attack starts, he goes outside to defeat the enemies wearing shoes.

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Continuity mistake: In the end, when Aaron and his parents are walking at the fun fair, they are holding an ice cream. The brown Italian ice cream of the boy changes from right hand to left hand between shots.

Continuity mistake: When Hancock tries to hit Mary Embrey with the pans, she turns around, and there is a shot, showing what Mr. Embrey is doing, and Hancock and Mary in the background. Between these shots, Hancock is holding the pans up and then he's holding them down. (00:57:00)

Continuity mistake: When Hancock gets inside the van with the first group of baddies, bullets impact on his face and glasses, yet make no damage. Angle focuses on the baddies and when back to Hancock his glasses are suddenly totally messed up.

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Revealing mistake: During the scene when Mary is in the hospital and she flatlines, if you look closely at the screen of the monitor the reading says "leads off" meaning that the cardiac monitoring wires are unhooked from her body.


Visible crew/equipment: White squared screens used for lighting are reflected on Hancock's glasses most of the time throughout the movie.

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Continuity mistake: When Hancock finds out on the TV that he is going to jail, one second he is not eating a banana but the next he is.

Continuity mistake: At the start of the movie, when Hancock rips the roof off the car and points to the baddie on his right, watch his right hand finger. First, he points to the man on his right and then to his left. In the next shot he is still pointing to the man on the right and then to his left.


Factual error: In the opening chase, Hancock arrives, promptly destroying highway signage that breaks up and collapses. At left on the screen, a large portion of this debris lands on the trunk of a police car, which then defies physics by having its front end (the heavier end) simply rise up off the ground. The car reaches a 45-degree angle, then the rear end leaves the ground as well as the nose lowers again, and the car is momentarily airborne. Nothing falls in front of the car to form a ramp that would send the car upward. The debris would have merely crushed the back of the car and perhaps brought it to an abrupt halt. No lever/fulcrum action would occur as the suspension would collapse first. Nothing like what we see is remotely possible. (00:03:20)


Factual error: When Hancock saves Ray's life by stopping the train, stopping the train instantly like that would have caused it to violently derail, likely killing everyone on the train, and causing massive damage to the entire neighborhood.

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Hancock: Call me an asshole, one more time.

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Trivia: Will Smith has his own signature line, which is called 'Oh Hell no.' He says it at least once in almost all his movies, including this one.

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