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(I) (2012)


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Character error 

On the TV news broadcast about 11-13 minutes in, the weather forecast is erroneously spelled "Weather FORCAST". This occurs in a couple of different scenes.


In the first ten minutes when the characters are boarding the Fall, the female speaker says that they are now boarding the "7:15 flight." However in a conversation with his friend, they discuss having to wake up for their 6:00AM shifts.
When Quaid shows the new guy where to safely hold parts on the robot they are assembling, in the next shot the new guy doesn't seem to take any notice and puts his hand in the unsafe position again and continues working.
While Melina is hanging from the elevator Hauser asks her for her gun but she still has it in her holster when entering the elevator.
During Lori and Carl's first fight, before Carl throws her against the glass in the ceiling her hair is tied back. After she falls, her hair is no longer tied back.
During the fight in their flat and the following pursuit Lori never reloads her revolver.
When Melina and Douglas hit the ground in the flying car she is injured, but between the different scenes her head is in different positions.
During the conversation Quaid has with Lori after the shooting at Rekall, her sweater changes between showing her shoulder and not showing it between shots.

Crew or equipment visible 

When Doug and Lori are fighting, Doug gets kicked into a set of stairs. A crash pad is clearly visible when Doug hits the stairs and seconds later is not there anymore.

Factual errors 

For The Fall to travel the diameter of the Earth in 17 minutes, it would have to maintain an average speed of over 45000 kph (28000 mph). At this speed, it would be impossible for anyone to survive standing on the outside, because of both the airflow and the high temperatures resulting from friction.
If The Fall is free-falling and assuming no resistance, the occupants would be weightless for the entire trip. However people were shown in normal gravity except for the midpoint flip. At 1-G the trip would take 42 minutes (a lot more than the 17 minutes as suggested in the movie), therefore the capsule has to be accelerating/decelerating at higher rates.
To travel 8,000 miles in 17 minutes the Fall has to have an average speed of 28,235 mph. At those speeds the ship would have to be traveling in a vacuum or the Fall would burn up with the friction of the air.


The music credits mention only Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 17, but the first part Quaid played on the grand piano is actually from the first movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 "Moonlight" C# minor op. 27/2 - only the second piece is from the opening of the third movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 17 "Tempest" in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2.

Plot holes 

When Carl leaves the rebel base in the wastelands he is wearing a respirator, but he enters the "helicoper" without passing through an air lock. Thus he would be exposed to what ever the respirator was meant to protect him against.
At the beginning of the film, it's stated that "The Fall" is the only means of transport between the UFB and the Colony. So the 'invasion' would be simple to stop, but just destroying the tunnel used by the fall, i.e. blow it up.

Revealing mistakes 

The Arabic characters written on the top left side of the passports are reversed , since Arabic is written from right to left , but when reading them from left to right they do make sense , they actually read "New Asia" which is the old name of the colony .
At the very beginning of the movie, Melina falls down a shaft, she moves as if she is attached to cables and not free falling.
The "London Underground" train, is actually of north American design despite bearing London Transport logos and the station showing London Underground posters. This is because the scene was filmed in a Canadian Subway station. The train also looks very dated, there are far more modern 'futuristic' trains currently in use on the London Underground.
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During the zero gravity scene the empty cases ejected from Quaid's weapon are clearly blank rounds.
When Quaid is opening his passport inside First Bank's vault, at the bottom of the page "Reed Henry" is mistakenly written "Reed Henty".
As Hauser plays the excerpt of Ludwig van Beethoven on the piano in his apartment to unlock The Key, there are piano keys which either remain depressed after his fingers leave the key or, more likely, press themselves (like a pianola) revealing that Colin Farrell is not actually playing the excerpt for real.


The goof items below may give away important plot points.


In "The Fall" when Quaid flies in with a helicopter, he enters a room where he sets the explosives. Right before he enters that room, you can see from the window behind him that "The Fall" is moving. However, the release of it is shown after Quaid enters the room.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Matthias is shot, you can clearly see black cloth on the robot's neck and shoulder areas where mechanical pipes and rods are supposed to be. They are visible in wide shots, however the black clothing can be seen on close-ups on the robots standing next to Melina.

Plot holes 

Quaid did not know Melina's name even in his dream, but when Cohaagen is explaining how his plan succeeded, Quaid says to Melina that he is sorry, even before her name is spoken.

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