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Goofs

Character error 

Captain Rhodes's infantry officer insignia (the crossed rifles on his lapel) are worn incorrectly. They are worn properly vertically, with the "barrels" pointed inward.
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Continuity 

During the first meeting underground, the orientation of the captain's rank on Rhodes' collar changes from one shot to the next.
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When Sarah sits in front of the helicopter a lot of seagulls can be seen and their shadows pass over her. When camera closes in, the gulls are gone.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the opening scene as they fly over the city, you can clearly see, on the left side of the screen, a car pulling into a parking slot.
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Factual errors 

Captains Rhodes, wears the U.S. Army Reserve 99th Regional Readiness Command patch and the U.S. Army uniform tape. Making him and all his men U.S. Army soldiers. Throughout the film you see them all wearing the "Bakers Cap" of the U.S. Marine Corps. They would all have had the Army baseball cap.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

At the beginning of the movie, the calendar on the wall show the month of October, beginning on a Tuesday. At the end of the movie, her November calendar begin on a Monday. Unless they skip several years, November should begin with a Friday. However as the calendar at the end of the movie is hand-drawn, it could be a mistake of the character, not a goof.
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Revealing mistakes 

At the beginning of the film, when the alligator crawls out of the bank, the band tying its snout shut can be seen.
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When the zombies are funneling into the bunker, the soldier zombie quickly adjusts his helmet as he enters the doorway.
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An obvious stunt-double for Anthony Dileo Jr. for the scene where Miguel is thrown off of the platform by "Steele". (The stuntman appears to be Taso N. Stavrakis, who also plays Torrez.)
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In an aerial shot of a supposedly deserted, zombie-overrun city, a car can be seen driving down the street.
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When Sarah, John and McDermott gun down the zombies in the corral the last one reveals the cable to detonate the explosive squibs running up his trouser leg as he falls.
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When the hands punch through the wall in the dream sequence at the beginning of the movie, the hand immediately to the left of the calendar picture gets stuck and forces its way through later than the rest.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

When Pvt Miguel opens the gate to allow the zombies onto the lift, a zombie wearing a football helmet and jersey with number 22 is clearly seen. Later during Rhodes escape in the buggy we also see the same zombie exiting the from caverns.
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Continuity 

Throughout the film, Rhodes' M16 changes from a real one to a non-firing Japanese replica. This also happens to Steele's pistol before his death.
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Revealing mistakes 

During Rickles' death scene, despite having just fired it at an approaching zombie, there is clearly no magazine in his pistol.
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