Battleship (2012) Poster



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Character error 

During the ITV News "UFO Landing Confirmed" breaking news scene, the lower caption shows the text "Amateur footage confirms rumors". ITV News is a British news network and would actually spell 'rumors' as '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.


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.
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.
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.
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.
During the soccer match at the beginning of the film, 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 the glass breaks, Stone is wearing gloves. The gloves disappear in the next shot, then reappear in the shot after that.
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.
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.

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.

Factual errors 

Decommissioned battleships, such as the USS Missouri, are not stocked with loaded munitions.
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.
The "too cold" planet at the beginning of the movie is listed at -314 Celsius, 41 degrees below 0 Kelvin (-273 Celsius), or absolute zero.
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.
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.
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.
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".
Many shipmates call Chief Petty Officer Walter "The Beast" Lynch as "Beast". It is not proper Navy protocol for subordinates or officers to address him by a nickname. While on duty, they should address him as either Chief or Chief Lynch.
During the ceremony at the end of the film, Admiral Shane presents the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander Hopper on behalf of his older brother, 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.
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.
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.
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 USS John Paul Jones has no helicopter hangars, but they appear at one point while the ship sinks.
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.
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.
The alien ships cross Jupiter's orbit and arrive at Earth in minutes. Earth and Jupiter are about one light-hour apart, so they are traveling faster than light.
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.

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.


The goof item below may give away important plot points.

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.

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