Other mistake: The email that starts it all for Sid Straw, the announcement from the University of Pennsylvania that he has been chosen to serve on the reunion planning committee, starts off with a nonsensical sentence that no one from U Penn would have ever typed. It's obviously the product of a studio runner whose work no one bothered to proofread. (00:01:15)
19th Feb 2023
Revealing mistake: Near the beginning, when the car is lowered into the underground complex, the car is sitting on a section of the street pavement above. When shown underground, it's sitting on a rug or carpet that appears as if it were supposed to represent a dirt surface. There are even visible tire tracks. (00:07:20)
7th Feb 2023
Plot hole: When Arnie is driving the cop car and shooting at Conner and Reese, 5 or 6 inch holes from the gunfire are shown in the door right beside Connor. If the shell penetrated the steel door (which it could easily do - and was shown to do), there's nothing inside the door or on the other side of it to stop the bullet. Connor, and probably Reese, would've been ripped to shreds.
14th May 2022
14th May 2022
Factual error: Narration refers to Hitler's Germany research into nuclear fusion - it was nuclear fission they were looking into, the same as what fueled the WWII-ending bombs in Japan, and every nuclear bomb and missile since. No nation has been able to generate nuclear fusion until very recently, and it doesn't produce an explosion - which is what Hitler wanted. (00:08:35)
11th Apr 2022
Factual error: When they come upon the nuclear reactor cooling towers there's a wide shot that reveals there are no electrical lines anywhere near the reactor. A reactor's central purpose is to generate electricity - all "real" (non-CGI) reactors are surrounded by electric power lines and transformers. (01:20:23)
23rd Feb 2022
Factual error: In the subplot on earth, the heroes' family members are trying to outrun the falling moon's gravity that's sucking everything into the air. So, naturally they duck into a barn, because, of course, gravity can't affect you behind a wall. And sure enough, behind the wall, they're suddenly safe.
6th Sep 2021
5th Sep 2021
5th Sep 2021
Factual error: The car bomb meant to kill Gray and Darby is connected to the ignition switch. The ignition switch has done its job (switched on) when the starter motor starts turning, and we hear the starter motor turning when Gray turns the key. The bomb would have exploded at that point - it doesn't matter at all that the engine hadn't started yet when Darby stops Gray from continuing. (01:55:50)
25th Jun 2021
7th Mar 2021
Factual error: In one of the intertitles in the final scene when Mendez is lying in his son's bed, it is stated, "The involvement of the C.I.A. complemented efforts of the Canadian embassy in freeing the six held in Tehran." The six freed from Iran by Mendez were not being held; they were in hiding. The hostages that were held were freed by Iran much later. (01:50:39)
27th Oct 2020
Continuity mistake: When Gallagher (Paul Newman) stops at the traffic light and gets out and runs back to cops that are tailing him, he passes a Triumph TR7 convertible that has stopped behind his car. A large man is driving that Triumph. When the camera angle changes as Gallagher runs back to his car, the Triumph is empty - you can see its full, unobstructed windshield. (00:47:00)
25th Oct 2020
11th Jul 2020
4th Jul 2020
Factual error: After the car explosion in front of the Vogue theater on Hollywood Blvd, Murtaugh tells Riggs that "he's headed for the freeway" and "you can cut him off at the 3rd St bridge" (approximate wordage), and Riggs takes off running. 3rd St is nowhere near Hollywood Blvd (17 blocks away) and there is no 3rd St bridge within miles.
1st Jun 2016
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