At Ms. Smith's home, she mentions that the guest house was built to house escaped slaves during the Civil War. When the talking tube connecting the house to the guest house is shown close up, the end of the pipe is threaded. Threaded pipes were not in widespread use until long after the Civil War.
(at around 58 mins) A man refuses to let Elliot and his companions into his house because he does not want to let the "poison gas" inside. However, all the house's windows are open.
The locomotive leaves Philadelphia as a diesel electric. Later, in an overhead-view, the locomotive is electric, with a pantograph and other electrical equipment clearly visible. Later, it changes back to a diesel electric model.
When the train leaves Philadelphia, it has four coaches. In the aerial shot, it has five.
(at around 11 mins) When the students and faculty are leaving the building, a girl in a blue shirt boards a bus. When Elliot and Julian are talking a little while later, the girl in the blue shirt is walking in the background.
(at around 4 mins) At the beginning of the film when the two girls are sitting on the park bench, the one unaffected girl is talking to her friend, but she doesn't respond. Claire, the unresponsive one, is looking down at her book, her eyelids nearly closed, but when the angle changes, she is looking straight ahead instead of down.
When Julian is in Princeton , his red Jeep goes down the street, not passing any driveways, and comes to a stop. In the next shot, the Jeep is stopped, after passing a driveway on the right.
At about 42:35 Pvt. Auster holds up a map of the southeast corner of Pennsylvania. Neither Filbert, Harrisburg, or Philadelphia are anywhere near that section of map.
Westover Military Base is near Chicopee, MA, over 500 miles from Filbert, PA.
Filbert, PA is a 6-road town near the state's southwestern corner, with no train station or diner.
In Philadelphia, the characters board a train to Harrisburg, which is in south central Pennsylvania. It stops in Filbert soon after. Filbert is south of Pittsburgh, far west of Harrisburg.
The characters board a train to Harrisburg from Amtrak 30th Street Station. Amtrak's Keystone line runs to Harrisburg, but the characters are on a SEPTA train, which does not.
On the train, Julian tells Jess that Mommy has gotten on a bus to the "town of Princeton". Anyone living in the Philadelphia/New Jersey area just calls it Princeton.
(at around 50 mins) After leaving Filbert, when everyone splits off into smaller groups in the field, Elliot goes to the truck to find a map. Only the passenger door is open, yet the door ajar alarm is dinging. It's a Ford truck, so the alarm would only ding if the drivers' side door was open.
The weapon the Private draws from his holster is not a M9 Beretta 9mm handgun, standard issue for all conventional Army units, including MP's.
(at around 8 mins) A science teacher would never say that something in nature is unexplainable. The entire point of science is to discover how things in nature and the universe work. Furthermore, a science teacher would never say that "Science will come up with some explanation, but in the end, it'll just be a theory." "Theory" does not mean "guess." Theories are supported by facts and logic. And his statement seems to imply that the truth just happens via committee or something.
Westover Military Base is an Air Force Reserve Base. The Private should be an Airman.
(at around 18 mins) In the movie, the Philly cop carries a Sig Sauer handgun. In reality, Philly uniformed police officers carry Glock handguns.
When the news reporter explains the concept of a "preservation switch", the on-screen caption says she is outside the CDC headquarters. The building in the background is actually the United Nations.
The Philadelphia zoo didn't have four adult lionesses in 2008.
When the woman at Rittenhouse Square Park (about 19 minutes in) picks up the gun (a semi-automatic Sig Sauer) the police officer and motorist have just used to shoot themselves, the hammer isn't cocked. A semi-automatic handgun would have automatically cocked the hammer when it was fired and the slide blew backward to cycle a new round into the chamber. If the gun malfunctioned and the slide didn't blow back, the chamber would be blocked by the expended cartridge and the woman would not have been able to shoot herself without manually clearing it out cycling another round into the chamber, which she clearly does not do.
Everyone left the Filbert diner by car, but the majority came to town from the train that made an unexpected stop. Most of the people at the diner are either locals looking for information, or other visitors who came by car.
(at around 1h 6 mins) During dinner, Mrs. Jones says she grows her own food. The sliced bread on the table is potato bread.
When Mrs. Jones bangs her head on the outside of the exterior wall, a picture frame bounces around as her head thumps the wall. The wall is supposed to be stone, 16-18 inches thick.
When Pvt. Auster is affected by the phenomenon and starts walking backwards, his foot slips but he controls himself to avoid falling. That shouldn't happen with a person who has lost their survival instinct.
(at around 1h 7 mins) After dinner, Ms. Jones tells the group that the guest room is up the stairs and to the left. Given the position of the stairs to the room when Elliot talks to Ms. Jones from the top of the stairs, the room was to the right.
Julian sits in the front passenger seat of the Jeep, and doesn't wearing a seat belt. When the driver speeds into the tree, two people fly out of the front windshield, but not Julian. That means someone behind him flew through him to fly out of the windshield.
(at around 24 mins) When the cell phone video shows a man getting mauled at the zoo, the phone and a woman's fingers are perfectly still. Later, the same women has the same phone from a different angle, and she is constantly shaking.
(at around 25 mins) Lions don't rip off the arms of a person standing up; they kill by suffocation first.
A lion can't rip a person's arm off without biting through connective tissues.
(at around 22 mins) When the train stops in Filbert, the conductor tells Elliott that they've "lost contact." When Elliott asks who they lost contact with, the conductor replies, "Everyone." People get off the train and use cell phones, and the stranded passengers watch TV news in the diner (which has power). The train engineer is probably referring to the train controllers, not everyone in the world. He is likely also exaggerating due to his emotional state.
The plants are releasing a neurotoxin that turns the brain's self-preservation mechanism into a self-destruct mechanism. When Mrs. Jones is affected, she rams her head into the windows to let the gas into the house. That could be a more efficient way to self-destruct. Similarly, the driver of the car Julian was in tried to kill himself instead of others inside the car.
The neurotoxin causes people to kill themselves, not others. yet no one thinks to protect themselves by handcuffing or otherwise securing their bodies so they can't harm themselves. A person determined enough to harm themselves would defeat efforts to prevent it, like restraints.
(at around 24 mins) The man in the lion cage was obviously shot on green screen. The lighting between the man and the rest of the scene doesn't match.