- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment - The reason the movie got such a limited release was that the original date it was to be set in theaters came not long after the 9/11 terrorist attack. Everyone felt a movie that centers its climax around a bomb being snuck on a plane wasn't so good and quietly got it released at a later date.
- In the book, Penultimate Inc. built a jail whose security system was so haphazard that the whole thing opened during a lightning storm, freeing nearly all the prisoners. Then, in early 2012, a Florida jail lost track of thousands of prisoners, including several violent or sexual offenders.
- Moral Event Horizon - The (book only) scene where Arthur, without a qualm, offers his wife and teenaged stepdaughter to Snake.
YMMV / Big Trouble