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2010: Moby Dick (Video 2010) Poster

(2010 Video)

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Character error 

Captain Ahab justifies his abandoning of the cruise ship survivors by describing the mayhem which Moby Dick would cause in Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor has a depth of at most forty-five feet. There is simply not enough water for Moby Dick to enter the harbor. Any Pacific Fleet ship commander would be well aware of this, since the relatively shallow depth of the harbor limits the speed of any ship therein.
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Continuity 

The seaman is counting down the distance to Moby Dick and says, "2000 yards." We get a glimpse of the sonar which shows the distance between 900-1000 feet. This is about a 5000 feet or so difference.
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Errors in geography 

The skyline (Long Beach?) behind the San Diego and Point Mugu scenes is identical, yet the California locations are nearly two hundred mile apart.
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Factual errors 

None of the uniforms and insignia (or lack thereof) are appropriate for US Navy personnel in the situations shown.
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SubRoc was launched from a torpedo tube, not a vertical launcher as shown.
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The U.S. Navy discontinued using the SubRoc weapon system in 1989, long before the movie is set.
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The interior shots of the Pequod in no way resemble the interior spaces of a U.S. Navy attack submarine. The most blatant errors are the large open spaces and lack of electronics equipment.
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The USS Essex (LHD-2) is an amphibious assault ship, not a nuclear submarine.
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Plot holes 

Even the most powerful machine guns or machine cannons cannot fire projectiles which will penetrate water for more than a few feet. For the Pequod's hull to be hit by such bullets, the boat would have had to be at a depth which would have the submarine's sail out of the water.
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No U.S. Navy ship commander has the authority to use a nuclear weapon without permission from the command authority of the United States. This restriction is deeply ingrained in the U.S. military, and would without question result in the officers of the ship turning on the captain at any attempt to use such a weapon on his own authority.
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It is suggested that the Pequod should have shot the Osprey down with a Tomahawk, not a SubRoc. Neither the Tomahawk (a cruise missile) nor the SubRoc (an antisubmarine rocket/torpedo) is capable of engaging aircraft, as any U.S. Navy officer would know.
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It is stated that Captain Ahab performed modifications on his submarine. Changes to ships of the U.S. Navy required extensive documentation and approval by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). No individual ship's captain has the authority to make the changes described.
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The commander of a U.S. Navy ship does not have the authority to suspend the rule of Habeas Corpus (the "Suspension Clause of the US Constitution). To take the action shown without orders from higher authority would be a severe violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). The executive officer of the submarine would have been well aware of this.
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Revealing mistakes 

At the opening scene, the captain of the sub tells his crew that they are about to enter soviet waters. But the location information on the screen just before he says this, states that they are already 50 miles inside soviet waters.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Factual errors 

Captain Ahab orders his sub to chase the whale toward an atoll that is near Hawaii. There are no atolls anywhere near Hawaii. Atolls are created by coral reefs in shallow water. The water depth around Hawaii drops rapidly from the island's shores to several thousand feet under the water. The nearest atoll to Hawaii is several thousand miles away.
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Atolls are created by coral reefs. Erosion of the coral produces fine sand on the shores of the atolls. But the 'atoll' Ahab chases the whale into has a very rocky shore, with no sand to be seen anywhere.
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Plot holes 

When Moby Dick enters the harbor, a crewman states that it is only twelve feet deep. As Moby Dick's body is obviously far more than twelve feet in diameter, the whale would have been beached in such shallow water.
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Revealing mistakes 

The nuclear torpedoes fired by the sub are apparently so powerful that they completely blow up the entire island. But the blast somehow misses Dr. Michelle Herman. As a rescue helicopter finds her floating in the ocean after the blast.
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