Monday, May 29, 2006

They got Sophie's Car Colour Wrong

I saw Da Vinci Code yesterday afternoon. Having enjoyed listening to the audiobook a couple years ago and then reading it a few weeks ago, I looked forward to seeing it. Those who know me know that I hardly ever goto the theaters to watch movies; the latest one I saw prior to this was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

I'm not going to review the movie, or go into the issues that the movie raised. You can do that on your own or read the countless reviews that have been published by others. However, I would like to point out two things that I noticed in the movie.

First, Sophie Neveu's SmartCar in the book was red. She describes it in the book within the following quote. "Mine is the red SmartCar in the employee lot...." The SmartCar in the movie was white. It seemed odd to me that they botched this detail. Even someone with Albinism would be able to tell those two colours apart.

Second, the use of the GPS dot was not quite accurate. In both the book and the movie, Fache has one of his lieutenants plant a GPS dot in Landon's pocket. The GPS dot is said to be "is accurate to two feet would Langdon's location, no matter where he is." In real life, GPS is accurate to between 4 to 100 meters and doesn't work well indoors, under dense tree cover or in urban areas with tall buildings. Why? The receiver has to have an unbroken line of sight to the GPS satellites, something it doesn't have indoors and underground (e.g inside the Louvre Museum). For more on how GPS works, see here.

One could nitpick forever, but I guess all movies require some suspension of disbelief to move the plot along. Regardless, I enjoyed the movie a lot and I am glad I saw this one in a theater. If Dan Brown's Angels and Demons is made into a movie, I think I'd go see that in a theater too.


Anonymous said...

Maybe she went to an autobody shop and got it repainted before the movie came out, Einstein!!

Anonymous said...

....and secondly ALBINISM is nothing to laugh'll get us Albino's all upset.... we don't want to see red.....