Chuck was lost in 1995, yet his Jeep Cherokee is clearly a 1999 model. The newly styled front end first appeared in 1997 models, and the wheels were first available in 1999. The dashboard and instrument cluster are from the newer model. The front blinkers on the 1995 Cherokee were attached to the headlights, not on the front fender.
When Chuck carves HELP in the sand with his foot, you can see the high tide mark of the sea weed is below the letters and the sand is obviously soft indicating it is above the high tide mark. However, in the next scene when the tide has come in and washed half the letters away the high tide sea weed mark is up above the letters.
Early on in his ordeal and early in the morning when Chuck sights a light off on the horizon, as he is prepping to paddle out to the ship which he assumes is there, you can see the rising sun in the same direction off to the left of the light. However, as he starts his short ill fated journey towards that ship's light, the sun is behind him.
When Chuck first finds the port-a-potty piece that washes up on shore, the first shot revealing his left thigh does not bear the long scar shown earlier in the movie. Yet afterwards, the scar appears once again on his left thigh.
Right after Chuck cuts his hand, while he is trying to create fire, the boxed volleyball is sitting on the ground with the black part of the box on the right hand side. When Chuck goes to pick it up to throw it, the black part of the box is now seen on the left hand side.
When Chuck first spears a crab, he shows the crab then reaches down, out of camera range, and breaks off a leg. When he brings the leg up into camera range, it is a much larger leg than was shown on the original crab.
When Chuck is first trying to make fire, Wilson in the background has a logo visible in the left top corner of the box, but after he cuts his hand, the next scene shows Wilson's box in a slightly different position and without the logo.
Just after the FedEx driver pulls down his rear roll-up truck door, after picking up a package from Bettina, the scene switches to Russia. The Russian FedEx driver "pulls up" his roll-up door and then swings opens his rear side-hinged "barn door." There is no roll-up door on this truck. It only has swinging doors. Later scenes show this to be true. Besides, no truck has both types of doors being used at once.
When Chuck is boarding the airplane after kissing Kelly goodbye, the aircraft's tail fin has no engine mounted to it. This proves that the airplane used in this shot was not an MD-11, which was used as the model for the cockpit scenes later in the movie. MD11s have an engine mounted on the tail fin, three thrust levers between the pilots, and 6 digital cockpit screens.
When Chuck throws the boxed volleyball with his bloodied hand after the failed attempt to create fire, the box is right-side-up; since he bends down to pick it up, this means that the fingertips should be pointing down on the ball. However, when he looks at the ball soon after, the box is upright but the fingertips are pointing upwards.
When Chuck is walking to the caves for the first time and his feet are being cut on the rocks, you can see a flash of the tube sticking out of his pants that are used to squirt fake blood into the water.
As the FedEx MD-11 dives toward the ocean, none of the alarms that should go off during a steep dive (i.e. Excessive Sink Rate, GPWS) are going off. All
aircraft operating out of the United States since 1972 have been equipped with such alarm systems to help prevent crashes.
When the plane is going down, Chuck watches the ocean's surface approach through the pilots' windshield. When the plane strikes the water, he is thrown backward into the cargo area. In reality, he would have been flung forward, into the cockpit, and likely would have died from the impact.
Chuck is wearing Albert's shoes and the toes of the shoes have been cut off so they would fit Chuck. But, there is absolutely no way Chuck could have cut those shoes. At that point on the island he hadn't opened the ice skates up yet, and even if he had they still wouldn't have been sharp enough to cut through the strong leather of the shoes. When Chuck is wearing them and they show a close up of the shoes, it's a very smooth, nice clean even edge were they were cut. It just was not possible for Chuck to have made that cut to alter those shoes.
Very early in the movie during its plot setup, Kelly gives Chuck a pocket watch, telling him her grandfather used it on the Southern Pacific Railroad (i.e. he was a railroad crewman). Chuck is is subsequently winds and sets the watch to local "Kelly Time" just before departing on the plane. The watch used is a stem set in a hunter style case (i.e. has a sprung, hinged cover that closes over the watch face). This is not a real railroad watch, the specific design of which was controlled by federal regulations, and would have never been allowed to be used on the job by a railroad crewman. Among a long list of standards, they were required to have an open face (hunter case hinged clamshell covers were prohibited) and be "lever set." That requires the watch back to be opened, exposing the movement, and a lever moved in the movement to allow setting the time by turning the crown. (The crown cannot be pulled out from its winding position for time setting as was common with non-railroad watches and is the standard setting method today.) This prevented a railroad crewman from accidentally changing the time while winding the watch. It also allowed for station masters to control setting crew watches to calibrated time standards as they would seal the watch back after setting it. Had they used a proper railroad pocket watch, Chuck wouldn't have been able to wind the watch and so easily set its time during this scene.
When Kelly relates to Chuck that the Tennessee Titans "nearly won" the Super Bowl but lost because of "one lousy yard" she is referring to SB XXXIV on January 30, 2000 when the game ended with Titan Kevin Dyson being tackled on the one yard line on the last play of the game. However, the final score of the game was 23-16 so even had Dyson scored and the extra point converted the game would've gone into overtime and the outcome would still be in doubt. It was possible that the Titans could've gone for a two-point conversion to win the game, however it's highly unlikely that a coach would take that chance in that scenario. Thus for Kelly's statement to be correct there needed to be several scenarios to play out in the Titans favor.
At 22:04, the First Officer is attempting to contact Tahiti Control. He states he is "broadcasting in the blind" but then states "how do you read" in the same transmission. A blind transmission, or broadcasting in the blind, is when the person transmitting the message makes the transmission without obtaining a receipt, or acknowledgment of reception, from the intended receiving station. A blind transmission, in the case of this aircraft is very reasonable. Transmitting their position to ATC regardless of receiving a response when your receiver is getting blocked by interference from lightning is smart.
The plane was obviously having problems and flying through a storm before going down, but Kelly told Chuck that FedEx decided the plane went down due to some unmarked hazardous material in one of the packages.
It's incorrectly stated that Chuck "tells" Wilson that he's been on the island for 1800 days, or roughly five years. Before boarding the raft, Chuck actually writes on a large rock that he was stranded for 1500 days, roughly four years, which coincides with the later scene in which the FedEx chair says he was gone four years.
When Chuck grabs the volleyball for the first time while trying to start the fire, he clearly grabs the front of it with his bloody finger spread out, but when we see "Wilson" a minute later, the hand print shows the fingers straight and tightly together.
In the cave, Chuck has made an analemma, which is impossible without a precise watch, which is stated he didn't have. The analemma is a graph of the difference between solar time and civil time, in any case he only had access to a solar time reading.
Chuck plans for his launch by looking at where the Sun is shining on a rock in his cave. The spot of light makes a figure 8 as the year progresses. But the light spot would have to be marked at the same time each day, as it would also move across the rock throughout the day. It is unlikely that it just happened to be that time of day as he looked at his "calendar", and it is unlikely that he knew what time it was since his watch did not work.
Figure skates are like pencils: they are dull when fresh, and have to be sharpened before being used for the first time. The sharpening also has to be maintained periodically, and Chuck's use of the skates in survival skills would have greatly damaged them to the extent that they would no longer be usable. There is no credible way Chuck could've used the skates as survival tools, especially given the four-year time span and lack of a skate sharpener.
When Chuck enters the cockpit, the attitude selection of the Primary Flight Display should be completely brown because the plane is in a steep drive. It shows a pitch indication of zero, or level flight.
When Chuck was building the raft to leave the island and ran out of plant fiber to make rope, he states that he has searched the entire island and couldn't find any more plants; however, there was a plant right behind him.
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When Chuck buries Albert Miller, he scratches "1950-1995" on the rock face above the grave. When Chuck examines Miller's wallet, you can see a close-up of Miller's New South Wales, Australia, driver's license, with a birth date in 1949.
The taxi that carries Chuck back to Kelly's home has its "For Hire" light illuminated. Usually on a taxi with a fare on board, this light would not be lit, but the driver simply forgot to turn it off (which happens regularly in the real world).
In Kelly's kitchen, she explains to Chuck that the Titans made the Super Bowl XXXIV and "almost won" but for one yard. In fact, had the Titans scored, the score would have been 23-22 and the likely result would have been an extra point kick that would have tied the game.
The plane that Chuck was on took off from Memphis, and crashed somewhere in the South Pacific. But at the end of the movie, he delivered the FedEx package he didn't open on the island to an address in Texas. While it seems odd that a package bound for Texas would be on an international flight from Memphis, the woman who lived there was actually the sender of the package and Chuck was returning it to her (hence the soundtrack playing Elvis Presley's "Return to Sender" when he's driving there). The same woman had sent a package at the beginning of the movie to her husband in St. Petersburg, Russia, with similar golden wings painted on it.
When Chuck compares his foot to Albert's shoe his toes hang over the top of the shoe. When Chuck puts the shoe on with the toes cut out, the shoe actually fits his foot. The toes being cut out was just a visual effect.