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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Art breaks the door to Simon's house, he closes it and the door clicks even though Art broke it.
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The sound effect of a tooting locomotive air horn is incorrect for a Chicago CTA "L". CTA trains make a whistle-like bleeping sound.
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When Emily walks into her boyfriend's apartment, her lips stop moving for a brief moment but she doesn't stop talking.
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Continuity 

When Leo calls Dean to his office to hear the recording of Simon's call it is played back out of order. The original was Leo asking, "Who is this?" and Simon responds, "You are a stranger." Then Leo asks where he got the number from and Simon gives the puzzle number and Leo asks, "What did you say?" then you hear Simon's mother telling him to hang up the phone. The recording is played back with Leo asking "What did you say?" Then Simon's mother telling him to hang up the phone.
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The earring in Art's left ear at Thomas' house.
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When Art and Simon are caught between the trains, Art's hand moves from Simon's ear in different angles.
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In the final part, when Stacey and Simon look to the huge building they about to enter outside it's still day light; after a few minutes, when they are on the roof of the building, outside looks like midnight.
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Waste bin in Leo's flat is under the desk when Leo throws the carbon paper away. Yet when Emily finds bin, it is part way out from underneath desk.
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When Art gets out of the ambulance and climbs the fence with Simon he goes over first and then lifts Simon over. Art holds Simon tightly as he crawls on the ground between the fence and a train track. Art pauses and peers down the highway having never released Simon. Then, one second later, Simon is a hundred yards down the track, behind Art, walking headlong into an oncoming train. It's impossible in the transpired time for Simon to have covered the distance at his meandering pace.
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Crew or equipment visible 

On the bank's security camera video tape of Art and Dean crossing the street, knee pads are clearly visible beneath Dean's pants in preparation for his fall.
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Factual errors 

When Art Jeffries (Bruce Willis) is driving the stolen ambulance on the freeway, the assassin takes two shots at Bruce and Simon using a silenced pistol. The second shot shatters the ambulance windshield; this is not possible since all windshields are laminated glass. in reality, there would only be a small hole in the windshield, maybe the windshield would be cracked, but definitely not shattered.
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When Art is driving the ambulance, we see it from the front, with the word "Ambulance" clearly readable. However, the word is always printed in reverse on the front of an ambulance, so that it can be read by drivers looking in their rear-view mirror. The film has not been flipped, because it's clear that Art is sitting in the ordinary driver's seat.
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When art and Simon return to Simon's home days later the blood on the floor from where his father died is still wet and red. It should have been clotted/ dry and brownish-red by now.
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Miscellaneous 

The "$1,500 gun" that Jeffries identifies as the weapon used to kill Simon's mom and dad is a H&K P7. More suspicious than the fact that the gun is very rare and expensive would have been the fact that the barrel would have been an extended threaded barrel to attach a suppressor. These are only purchased when a person intends to add a silencer to the gun.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In the ambulance, they skip the green card in Simon's collection, which is why they appear to be in a different order on the train.
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Plot holes 

Kudrow insists repeatedly that the autistic boy's breaking the code puts agents in the field in danger. However, early in the movie, the two computer nerds establish the code is not yet in use. They placed it in the puzzle magazine as part of testing before implementation.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the subway tunnel, part of the supposedly stone wall moves when Jeffries brushes up against it.
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