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  • When Gabe was talking to Abby in their bedroom, he was in his plaid shorts. Then Jason got to tell them about the outsiders, they moved right away to the front door. Gabe was already in his trousers when he got out.
  • When Gabe and his doppelganger, Abraham, (Duke Winston) fall overboard in the motorboat, the boat did not go into the "circle of death." When people fall overboard in small motorboats and the motor is still in operation, the propellers and steering force to continually veer left, making it circle the people in the water, often closing in on them. This is referred to as "The Circle of Death." Many people have been injured and even killed by boat propellers in these situations.
  • During the first confrontation, Adelaide on the cell phones states the police are 14 minutes away, but they never show at all.
  • The VHS tape of C.H.U.D. (1984) seen in the 1986 opening is the 1993 Starmaker release.
  • After Abraham tries on Gabe's glasses, he takes them off but we never see Gabe get them back. Gabe is wearing them in the next scene.
  • Adelaide struggled to reach the fireplace poker (when handcuffed to the table) despite the table being light enough to push/drag closer to the fireplace.
  • When young Adelaide entered the house of mirrors on the beach, it suddenly began raining. However, the wooden deck at the entrance was already entirely drenched, presumably from previous takes.
  • Rabbit is supposedly the only food source for the Tethered. However, rabbit meat is incredibly lean, and actually takes more calories to digest than it provides. This phenomenon, known as rabbit starvation, makes it impossible to survive on a diet of rabbit alone.
  • When Adelaide walks in the basement to turn on the light, the switch is on the right of her. Once she walks through the door the light switch is on the left. Later, the light switch is on the right again.
  • How do the Tethered have near-exact copies of their human counterparts' clothing?
  • When the family is seen walking on the sandy beach from above, the sun casts long shadows of them, but on the next series of shots, the shadows of other people on the beach are much shorter, revealing that the first shot was taken at sunset.
  • No one in the tunnels would have survived as long as they did with rabbit as their only food source. Rabbit is high in protein, but contains no other vital nutrients. The effect is referred to as 'rabbit starvation'.
  • The Tethered live on the meat of rabbits provided for them. Since the Tethered are too stupid to understand cooking procedures, they would eat them raw, resulting in mass food poisoning. Furthermore, what do the rabbits live on? There are never any botanical or hydroponic gardens depicted in Tetheredland. And rabbits are notorious for eating more than nature can provide.
  • Tethered presumably can die of old age and other natural causes, or of blunt force accidents caused by inconvenient movements of their upper world analogs. Who removes the corpses and prevents disease from rapidly spreading through Tetheredland?
  • Why didn't the government euthanize the clones once the project was canned 30 years prior? And why did they clone every American citizen instead of just testing the waters with a few clones instead? Leaving them abandoned to fend for themselves in underground tunnels leaves the risk of civilians discovering them or the clones escaping, which is exactly what happens.
  • The tethered are depicted as spiteful and vengeful, so then why aren't they hunting down the government scientists who created and abandoned them? They're attacking innocent people who's only crime is not knowing their clones existed.
  • How was Red able to contact every single tethered across America to plan an attack on the country? The tunnels they live in do not seem to have any forms of long distance communication.


  • Early in the film, when the mother is handcuffed, one on her wrist, with the other end going on the family's lake-house coffee table, she gets a tool and saws the coffee table horizontal wood piece and gets free. Then for the remainder of the film she is handcuffed on both wrists.
  • The ending's big finale/reveal (uncreatively) hints that the evil subterranean doppelganger child conked out the mother as a child herself when she was in the hall of mirrors, dragged her extremely far down escalators and such, and assumed the mother's life. If she were knocked out, she wouldn't recall the knockout, dragging, and then waking up chained to a bunk bed as clearly as what was shown to the audience.
  • Might open a philosophical can of worms of a debate, but if the tunnel dwellers are sharing this "two bodies one soul" relationship, it implies that as they are being killed above ground that their twin counterparts would be damaged or hurt in some way by their murders in self-defense.
  • When Adelaide stabs Red, the poker pierces Red and comes out her back, but Red's jumper is not ripped in the way a two-pronged poker would have ripped it. (The hole was very small.)
  • The physical connection between the parallel characters is incoherent. For example, when Abraham deliberately smashes his face to he boat his "shadow" gets knocked out. Still, there are numerous occasions throughout the film when a character is suffering damage but their counterparts are not affected.
  • When the family is driving in the stolen Land Rover, and then sees their car burning and Pluto is standing in the middle of the road snapping his fingers, there is never any gas or lighter fluid visible on the road until just before Pluto holds up the match. When Pluto does hold up the match, there is now a straight line of gas/liquid on the road leading directly underneath the Land Rover, which would have been visible at several points before this.
  • Towards the end of the movie, when the entrance to the Hall of Mirrors is seen from the side, it's apparent that it's only a facade several feet deep. There's a gap between it and the edge of the boardwalk, and the boardwalk is too low to allow the funhouse to be under it.
  • If the doorway between Tethered-land and the upper world is not guarded, and the child who will become Adelaide Wilson can just walk up to Santa Cruz, then why have not more Tethered figured this out? The original Adelaide could have just walked back up there a few days after her abduction.
  • The tunnel's electric lights work, and the tunnel is very clean. There is never an indication that any normal person ever comes down to perform maintenance. With the large rabbit and Tethered population, there would be a lot of dung produced. The simple-minded Tethered are not capable of taking hygienic precautions, so disease would be rampant among them.
  • Red says that the Tethered have been around for "generations." This would place the start of the Tethered project in the late 19th or early 20th century, when the technology for such an underground facility did not exist. (Even assuming that those ancient people somehow discovered a cloning mechanism which conventional science still doesn't know.)
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