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#1 of 32 OFFLINE   Jereme D

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Posted June 05 2002 - 10:19 AM

What would you do with a 15 mile wide ship that crashed? One must weight, what? A billion tons? One of those things coming down would cause a massive amount of damage. Nevermind the dust and debris thrown up from the crash.

Just something that's always nagged me when I watch that movie.....

#2 of 32 OFFLINE   Eric Thrall

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Posted June 05 2002 - 10:24 AM

That's one of the hundreds of questions I was asking myself as I left that movie...

#3 of 32 OFFLINE   Paul Jenkins

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Posted June 05 2002 - 10:27 AM

man, they only missed ONE small detail of unbelievability in that movie!! Posted Image
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#4 of 32 OFFLINE   Jereme D

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Posted June 05 2002 - 10:34 AM

I'd like to see a complete list of the technical inconsistencies in that movie. It'd be a real hoot.

#5 of 32 OFFLINE   Ricardo C

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Posted June 05 2002 - 11:04 AM

Anything from "How did Jeff Goldblum's character hook up his laptop to the alien craft?" to "How did two people and a dog outrun the shockwave from a nuclear-level blast?"
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#6 of 32 OFFLINE   Duane Robinson

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Posted June 05 2002 - 11:11 AM

Don't forget how something as friggin huge as the alien mothership could come into Earth's orbit and not cause massive tidal waves and changes in weather patterns. If you actually try to analyze anything in this movie and take it serious you're liable to go cross eyed or something. I still like it though. Stuff blows up and blows up loud and big. After studying hard for a final or something this is the kind of movie that my brain needs to go into hibernation for a couple weeks and come back out refreshed.
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#7 of 32 OFFLINE   Jenna

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Posted June 05 2002 - 11:15 AM

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What would you do with a 15 mile wide ship that crashed?

Why...recycle it into a massive home theater, of course. Posted Image Posted Image

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#8 of 32 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted June 05 2002 - 11:21 AM

isn't there talk of a sequel?
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#9 of 32 OFFLINE   Bill J

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Posted June 05 2002 - 11:22 AM

"The alien ships are 15 miles wide, and at least hundreds of feet high, so why are they using air-air missiles, which have a warhead of about 20 pounds, instead of bombs with 1000 pounds or more?"

"Why do they attack the ships only with F/A-18s? They could fire a lot more warheads (eg. Tomahawks) from submarines, destroyers and so on."

"The Mothership's size can be compared with Earth's size. And if the smaller UFOs would weight min. 100bln tons, how heavy the Mothership would be? And the physics say that two bodies that heavy and in such a close range (in comparison with mass) should be attracted to each other, changing the Earth orbit. If it's changed, even slightly, it would cause immense storms, hurricanes, quakes and so on. So the aliens would have no need in smaller ships. The single Mothership's presence would have destroyed humanity."

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#10 of 32 OFFLINE   Eric Thrall

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Posted June 05 2002 - 12:46 PM

That page doesn't mention two that have always bugged me - and maybe someone here can correct me if I'm wrong. First, from what I remember (it's been a while), Jeff Goldblum figures out that they are going to attack, so he wants to warn his ex-wife, and also the President. So what does he do? He drives to Washington DC (and I'm ignoring the potential traffic problems getting there - that IS mentioned on the Movie Mistakes page), and when he gets there, he looks up his wife's cell phone number and calls her. Why didn't he just look her up and call from New York and save all that time?

Second, the aliens were using our satellites to synchronize their attacks? Are you telling me they don't have the technology to do that themselves? What if they had shown up 50 years ago... do they have to wait until we deploy a bunch of satellites before they can begin the attack?

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Posted June 05 2002 - 02:31 PM

Goldblum's character is the ultimate asshole.

He could have called the president HOURS before the attacks and save a lot of people. Yet he's more concerned about family.

What a guy. He has the blood of billions on his hands.

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#12 of 32 OFFLINE   Carl Johnson

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Posted June 05 2002 - 02:40 PM

Why didn't he just look her up and call from New York and save all that time?


That was in the movie. After decoding the alien countdoun one of the first things that Goldblum does is call his wife to warn her and she just hangs up on him assuming it's paranoia.

#13 of 32 OFFLINE   Matt Stone

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Posted June 05 2002 - 03:22 PM

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"How did Jeff Goldblum's character hook up his laptop to the alien craft?"


Firewire dude...Firewire.

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#14 of 32 OFFLINE   Calvin Watts III

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Posted June 05 2002 - 03:32 PM

Man,if there is one film where you have to spend all real disbelief,this is it.

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Posted June 05 2002 - 03:52 PM

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he looks up his wife's cell phone number


...Most cell phone numbers are unlisted.

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Posted June 05 2002 - 04:27 PM

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Most cell phone numbers are unlisted.


He's an idiot not to carry it with him or have it memorized. Posted Image

#17 of 32 OFFLINE   Brian Harnish

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Posted June 05 2002 - 07:23 PM

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Matt Stone:

Firewire dude...Firewire.

...comes standard on all Alien Motherships Posted Image


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#18 of 32 OFFLINE   Larry Seno Jr.

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Posted June 05 2002 - 08:17 PM

You are all assuming that they used earth materials to build the ship. I would assume they used space aged polymers that are stronger than steel yet lighter than silk (IE Spun Spider web). The thing that always bothered me was how they got an apple to connect to ANYTHING, let alone an alien computer.

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Posted June 05 2002 - 11:55 PM

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The thing that always bothered me was how they got an apple to connect to ANYTHING, let alone an alien computer.


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#20 of 32 OFFLINE   Fred Bang

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Posted June 06 2002 - 01:49 AM

The only thing that bothered me was that I spent $6 (at the time) for this movie.

There are 3 movies that utterly disapointed me (probably because of the hype): Batman (quite good, actually), ID4, and The Phantom Menace.


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