Total Recall

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Cohaagen's team break into the train station, some of them enter through the top windows. It was previously established that the atmosphere in that area was unbreathable, but Cohaagen and the rest of the crew move around just fine without the need of a mask, even though the windows to the outside are broken.


Continuity mistake: At the final fight on the 'Fall', Doug affixed explosives at every brace. After crossing the Earth the top of the 'Fall' becomes the bottom- as well the explosives. But in the movie they explode again at top braces. (01:42:45)

Continuity mistake: Toward the end of the movie when Cohaagen and Quaid are fighting on top of The Fall, Cohaagen has taken a few punches and a foot to the face by now and has a cut on the right side of his face. After a toss, Cohaagen comes up with a knife and begins a short monologue with no sign of the injury, then it briefly comes back and then disappears again. (01:38:30)


Continuity mistake: In the first fight scene between Lori and Quade, Lori's pony tail miraculously disappears after she is thrown into the ceiling over their bed. The frames go between the two hairstyles during those for seconds.

Continuity mistake: When Lori is chasing Hauser and Melina in the car and he cuts off his gravity to drop to the floor. When they crash to the floor Melina's head is facing down, but when they flick between shots her head is facing up.

Continuity mistake: During the chase scene after Quade escapes his apartment it is raining, but Lori's hair switches between dry and wet continuously as she is chasing him through the rain.

Continuity mistake: When Quaid is fighting Cohaagen he is wearing a timer on his right wrist. Near the end of the fight it disappears and then re-appears.

Factual error: The movement of "the fall" as depicted in the movie is utterly impossible. The distance between the Colony and the Federation is about 6 000 miles, and the trip takes 17 minutes. This means that the fall would have to travel at an average speed of 20 000 miles per hour, or faster than the space shuttle in earth orbit! Given that it accelerates at the start and decelerates at the end the maximum speed would be even higher, and the acceleration required would be considerably more than 1G. Not only does the fall move at much slower speeds in all the scenes showing its movement but this speed would only be possible in a vacuum, which is not the case since people actually move outside the fall while it is moving.

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Suggested correction: The fall transport thing would actually make the passengers feel zero G force as they will be falling at the same rate and when falling objects accelerate. Another fact is that when an object gets closer to the core of a planet it will have a greater acceleration due to the law of gravity. The equation is (gravitational acceleration) = (gravitational constant) multiplied by (mass of planet) divided by (distance from centre of mass or core as it's called) squared. The earth's core is liquid due to the density of the iron which is the result of the massive acceleration due to gravity at that distance from the core. If a person were to fall from one side of earth to the other it would only take 42 minutes to travel the 12,800km.

That would still be an average speed over the whole journey of 18,286 Km/h (11,785 mph). Slower at the ends, faster during the middle section.


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Question: At the bank I see Obama on the 50 bank note. Who is on the 1,000? I saw other denominations, but no clear shot of those people, but does anyone know who else is on various denominations?


Chosen answer: According to the director, Len Wiseman, the "president" on the $1000 note is his own father, Loren.

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