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Ghosts of Mars (2001) Poster

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Jump to: Continuity (1) | Crew or equipment visible (1) | Factual errors (2) | Revealing mistakes (3) | Spoilers (2)

Continuity 

During the martian attack on the jail, "Akooshay" is seen being grabbed from behind and stabbed in a medium shot. In the subsequent wide shot, this can be seen happening again in the background.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During a shot out the front of the police station, a crew member is visible loitering in the shadows while the leader of the Ghosts yodels in the center of the street.
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Factual errors 

Mars has a very thin atmosphere, no magnetic field and its daily temperatures are well below zero. Unless the planet was changed using technologies not shown in the film, there's no way that the characters would have been able to walk around without spacesuits and breathable oxygen.
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Skill saw blades can inflict severe lacerations when thrown; however they are not sturdy enough, nor could they be thrown hard enough, to amputate limbs or heads as shown in the film.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Ballard breaks free from Williams' grip, the knife at her throat can clearly be seen to bend with her neck rather than slice a gaping wound in it.
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During the battle when the survivors are waiting for the train to arrive the first time, a sword makes the noise of hitting metal when colliding with a gun, but it bends significantly and is obviously made of rubber.
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The gravity on Mars is a fraction of that on Earth, yet none of the character's actions or movements suggest that.
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Spoilers

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Character error 

Lieutenant Ballard says that blowing up the nuclear power plant will cause an explosion with a blast radius of up to two miles. However, in the very wide shot of the explosion, the visible curvature of Mars suggests that the resulting blast radius is no less than several hundred miles wide.
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the police are very slow to accept that Desolation Williams did not do the earlier murders, even though they were just like what has happened while he was locked up. These are supposed to be a Captain and a Lieutenant, plus a man good with locks.
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