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The Colony (2013) Poster

(I) (2013)

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Jump to: Anachronisms (1) | Character error (1) | Continuity (1) | Factual errors (3) | Plot holes (2) | Revealing mistakes (2) | Spoilers (2)

Anachronisms 

The glacier shown under the bridge would have taken MUCH longer to form than one human generation.
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Character error 

The bridge, as others have pointed out, either would not be there given the glacier flow or would be encased in ice and snow. But assuming it as seen and given how long they have been living in the environment, the travellers would walk along the outside steel structure rather than risking the obviously fragile roadway and in any case would be carrying ropes and using team roping to secure against individual slips & falls when crossing such an obstacle.
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Continuity 

In the first scene, where the man and woman are being chased through a tunnel, the man wears a thick down jacket in the first shot. In the second shot he just wears a sweater. In the third shot he wears his jacket again. When they finally reach the door, he is just wearing his sweater again.

Factual errors 

In the beginning of the movie a wind turbine is seen with wings having their trailing edge into the wind instead of its leading edge. The wings are either constructed for counter-clockwise rotation (in the movie the turbine rotates clockwise) or are pitched around 180 degrees. Either way, the turning of the turbine is impossible with this blade configuration.
The bridge is shown over a crevasse with a glacier flowing through, around the bridge supports. A glacier would have destroyed the supports.
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Crazed cannibals or not, the people in the remote site were still human beings with human weaknesses. Being shot in the torso with a .30 rifle round would seriously injure or kill them, regardless of how "psyched up" that they were.
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Plot holes 

When they were running from the cannibals and hid in the helicopter they were followed hours later by their tracks in the snow. The snowfall would have covered those tracks in minutes.
The bridge is shown to have random nearly-circular holes punched through the reinforced concrete on its deck, but almost no damage to its steel superstructure. An ice storm or ice age would not have caused damage like that; nor would any other condition shown in the movie.
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Revealing mistakes 

Towards the beginning when they cross the bridge there is almost no snow on the bridge. The bridge should be completely frozen and covered in snow, not the clearest and least frozen place they hike through.
If it were indeed cold enough to maintain almost constant snow, ice and cold as well as glaciers, then it would be too cold for the cannibals to travel far in without proper winter gear or head coverings. Hypothermia can set in within 30 minutes and the distance back to The Colony seems to be measured in dozens of miles.
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Plot holes 

The flesh of carnivores (like humans) does not contain as many usable nutrients as that of herbivores, so people who are exclusively cannibals would be weaker than typical; not immensely stronger & faster.
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No matter how mad they had been driven by hunger, the cannibals would not have been able to dig out of the collapsed chimney fast enough to catch up, even if the footprints had endured the snowstorm.
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