Battleship (2012) Poster



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Character error 

During the ITV News' (a UK network) "UFO Landing Confirmed" breaking news scene, the lower caption shows the text "Amateur footage confirms rumors", should be "rumours".
The 16-inch rounds used on US battleships were not merely "over 1000 lbs." as mentioned when they prepared to carry it to the undamaged gun mount. It's closer to 2300 lbs.
When the alien communications array is recovered, someone says it's made up of material which "isn't on the periodic table." All possible chemical elements can be placed on the periodic table. The array may have been made up of an "as yet undiscovered element", but no scientist would have said an element was not on the periodic table.
Interestingly, little naval vocabulary concerning direction is used by the characters, who would certainly have used them extensively. For example, Hopper says 'left' many times when ordering a change of direction, when 'port' would have been the word of choice.
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Many of the 'Old Salt' crew members are wearing Navy ball caps with the ships' name and hull number, USS Missouri BB-63. When aboard the Missouri, after Boatswains Mate Seaman Jimmy 'Ordy' Ord steps into the helm compartment, the 'Old Salt' helmsman is wearing a Navy ball cap that reads: USS North Carolina BB-55, which is the lead ship in its' own class of two with the USS Washington BB-56. The Missouri is the third ship of the Iowa class battleships (USS - Iowa BB-61, New Jersey BB-62, Wisconsin BB-64).
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During the soccer match, Alex Hopper has a bloody nose after he is fouled in the penalty box. The blood disappears in the next shot, then reappears in the following shot.
When Stone falls after the impact of the glass, a cut appears on the left side of his his face. When he gets up, it moves further to the left. In subsequent shots it moves to the right side, then continually changes sides.
When Hopper climbs to the roof of the convenience, the time displayed in the upper left corner of the screen (presumably a video surveillance camera) goes from 12:11.57 to 12:12.12 to 12:11.36.
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After running from the convenience store, Alex is hit by two Tasers with two probes each. The next morning he has only two wounds, not four.
The Sampson is hit by one shell at first, leaving a large hole on the port side of the bow. But when it's being pelted with shells during the second volley, the hole in the bow is gone.
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The radar array on the bow of the Missouri appears and disappears in different shots, as do the dents in the ship's stern plates.
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When the glass breaks, Stone is wearing gloves. The gloves disappear in the next shot, then reappear in the shot after that.
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When Hopper is playing football for the USA Navy against the Japanese Navy he is kicked in the face by a Japanese player. When he is laying on the ground his face is covered in blood around his nose. He stands up as his brother talks to him, his face is clean, he picks up the ball to take the penalty and his face has blood all around his nose. He stands up and the blood has gone, he turns to another player to threaten him and the blood is back.
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When Hopper comes up to mother ship, he is wearing a cap. When the pulse throws him back, he loses the cap and gains a pair of gloves. In subsequent shots, the cap reappears and the gloves disappear.
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When Alex, Raikes, and Beast approach the mother ship in the dinghy, Alex is standing portside. Through Stone's specs, Alex is standing to starboard. In the next shot he's standing portside.
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Just before Harper gives the order to drop the port anchor, the mother ship fires 3 shells, then we see 4 shells flying though the air, followed by 3 shells just missing the ship.
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Errors in geography 

The ship is somewhere in the Pacific, but the sonar screen shows the Irish Sea. The small island is the Isle of Man.
Early in the movie, as the police chase Alex, a Rite Aid shop clearly visible in the background. Hawaii has no Rite Aids.
As wreckage from an alien craft crashes on Hong Kong Island the view shows a large seated Buddha located on the mountains above the city. This is actually located at Po Lin monastery which is on Lantau Island some distance from the area actually shown (and is well inland and in a largely rural area, unlike the water-front urban area shown in the shot).

Factual errors 

The boilers on the Missouri are shown to generate steam pressure instantaneously, so the ship can be moved free of its moorings. A real Iowa-class battleship's boilers need 9 to 14 hours to generate enough steam pressure to move the ship.
Landsat 7 is described as a "deep-space" satellite. It's actually designed to take cloudless pictures of the Earth's surface from low earth orbit.
Satellites are never used to amplify a signal; they can't generate that much power. That's why the communication satellites uplink frequencies are higher than their downlink frequencies.
Each 16-inch turret on the USS Missouri requires a gun crew of 77 - 94 men. That means they would have needed 231 - 282 people to fire the guns like they did.
When the full reverse command was given, an underwater view showed the propellers reversing their rotation. Arleigh Burke destroyers utilize reversible pitch propellers and therefore do not change their rotational direction during reversing maneuvers, they simply change the pitch of the blades to provide reversing thrust.
The anchor cable is secured to a ship via a cable clench located deep in the cable locker. Detaching it requires some serious human effort, not the automated release implied in the movie by the order "release the anchors".
Decommissioned battleships, such as the USS Missouri, are not stocked with loaded munitions.
The "too cold" planet at the beginning of the movie is listed at -314 degrees Celsius, approximately 41 degrees below 0 Kelvin (-273.15 Celsius), or absolute zero.
Many shipmates address Chief Petty Officer Walter Lynch as "Beast". It is not proper Navy protocol for a CPO to be addressed by a nickname while on duty. They should address him as either Chief or Chief Lynch.
The crew of John Paul Jones readies the USS Missouri, a floating museum, for combat within an hour or two, albeit with the help of retired battleship veterans. In the early 1980s, reactivating and modernizing Iowa-class battleships took two years.
The team required to prepare and release an anchor would have required at least 10 people at the forecastle. The order to drop the anchor implies it could have been released automatically or remotely.
The main engines of Arleigh Burke destroyers are not in the open as was shown in the engine room. They are compartmentalized in a housing that is big enough to allow maintenance and repairs, but also allows the tremendous heat produced by the engine to be ventilated and also provides isolation for fire suppression.
Before the port anchor is dropped, the guns are rotated to "210". The guns are later shown to be aimed to starboard, and when the ship turns to port, the guns are facing the alien ship. "210" refers to 210 degrees, which translates to just left of directly backwards, or 7 o'clock. For guns trained to 210 to be aimed at the alien ship, the Missouri would have had to turn almost completely around to the right before firing.
Hopper refers to the Missouri as a boat when planning on using her for battle. In proper Navy terms a boat refers to a submarine. The Missouri is therefore a ship.
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On the real USS Missouri, at least one propeller shaft has been partially or completely removed, making it nearly impossible for the ship to move under its own power anytime in the foreseeable future.
In the beginning, a signal is sent from Earth, via a satellite, in a laser-like form into deep space, targeted at the nearest Earth-like planet that has been discovered. Somehow, the signal travels the distance in the blink at an eye, despite the fact that no beam or wave can travel faster than light, meaning that it would take the signal over four years to reach even Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun, let alone some deep, deep space planet.
A lookout reports a sighting on a bearing of '232'. No sailor would report this bearing, as '232' is the number of the report form used when a ship is run aground, and it is thought extremely unlucky to even utter the number in a warship. A bearing of '232' would be reported as '231-and-2-halves' (or possibly 231-and-a-half').
When the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) is shown for the first time, its registration number is DDG 65, which is the USS Benfold.
The alien ships are shown moving through space, crossing Jupiter's orbit and arriving at Earth in minutes. Earth and Jupiter are about one light-hour apart, so they are moving faster than light, which is impossible as nothing can *move* faster than light. Other means of traveling from one place to another could include teleportation, but the ships are shown literally moving.
When the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) jets save the Battleship, the camera cuts to a view within the cockpit, and a flag is visible on the pilot's helmet. The flag is intended to be the RAAF ensign, but the RAAF roundel is missing from the bottom right corner, making it a mis-colored Australian flag.
A scientists would know (or likely correctly guess) that the material comprising the alien antennas would be a compound or an alloy of metals or plastic and NOT an "element." There would be no reason to look for them to be a single element as even human construction materials are themselves composed of several or more elements in a compound or an alloy.
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Where the Strike Group is first approaching the alien ships, the aircraft carrier is reversed. The super structure should be on the right or starboard side of the carrier and the landing area should go from starboard aft up to the port or left side of the ship. The image remains reversed as the camera pans to overhead the ship.
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When Boatswain Ord (Jesse Plemons) is looking through the viewfinder at the alien spacecraft in the water on the horizon, the bottom left of the viewfinder displays the distance to target. It is showing the spacecraft as about 12,400 yards away. Yet when he radios it in, immediately, he reports it as being only approximately 8,000 yards away.
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Plot holes 

The Japanese officer tells Hopper that aliens cannot see their navy ship, because, he says: "if they did (see humans), we'd be dead" implying that aliens kill all humans on sight. However, earlier, it is a human ship that fires first and aliens in response destroy it (USS Sampson). When Hopper's ship steams towards the alien craft, aliens blow up the Japanese vessel, but spare USS John Paul Jones when she turns to rescue Japanese survivors. In numerous other instances, aliens go out of their way not to harm humans (aliens see in red inanimate targets, and all living beings in green and are not harmed). This positive aspect of aliens is never explained.
Simply knowing how to re-start a battleship would be useless unless all of the available equipment and resources were available. Since the USS Missouri was going to be used as a floating museum, it would have been stripped own of any explosive or hazardous materials before this happened; and it would not even have had fuel oil on board or even working boilers, since the only military ships that still use heavy fuel oil are refueling tankers that use diesel engines. Also, all the shells would be dummy shells, with no explosives or fuses, and there are also no more powder bags in existence, since the Iowa's were the last operational warships that use them.

When a ship is made into a museum, the time to get it ready for sea again (if that were even possible) would be counted in months or years, not hours.
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Although the alien craft are capable of flight and that would give them a distinct advantage over surface traveling ships, they rarely use this ability even though it would have resulted in the defeat of the naval forces.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the alien ship fires an ultrasonic attack, all the glass windows on the destroyer break. Once the ultrasonic sound stops, some crew members use binoculars with intact lenses. They should've broken along with the windows.


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Errors in geography 

In the post-credits scene, the damaged farm building in "Scotland" has a distinctly North American water tower next to it.

Factual errors 

On the John Paul Jones, the CO and the XO are killed while standing on the bridge wing when the alien round goes off, making Hopper the next in line for command. Standard procedure in a battle situation would be to spread out the leadership just so this wouldn't occur. Typically the CO would be on the bridge, and the XO would be in CIC or vice versa. Additionally, the third in command on a Navy destroyer is typically the chief engineer. Hopper, as a fire control officer, would not be third in command after the CO of the XO.
The USS John Paul Jones has no helicopter hangars, but they appear at one point while the ship sinks.

Plot holes 

During the ceremony at the end of the film, Admiral Shane presents the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander Alexander Hopper on behalf of his older brother Stone, who was killed in combat. Hopper is not a Lieutenant Commander; he wears the shoulder boards of a Lieutenant, and he is not promoted for his actions in the film.

Revealing mistakes 

When the JPJ sinks it goes down by the bow. In the next scene the crew abandons ship. When captain Nagata and Hopper are "climbing" the deck to reach the stern, one shot reveals the position of the ship being near vertical. Still the two "walk" towards the stern, defying gravity.
While the John Paul Jones is being destroyed, at one point the deck is vertical, and one of the lines is lying limp on the deck.
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