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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The triumph motorcycles on film are 3 cylinder and have a totally different sound to what was heard (a 4 cylinder sound was heard).
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(at around 31 mins) When Hunt's convincing Nyah of going back to Ambrose, Nyah's lips move well before we hear her.
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Character error 

(at around 5 mins) The villains use nitrous oxide to knock out (not kill) the people on the plane. However, Sean tells his sidekick to disconnect the "NO2 tank", both on-screen and in the closed-captioning. However, nitrous oxide is "N2O". "NO2" is Nitrogen Dioxide, a poisonous, smelly gas that would be immediate noticeable, and would kill the passengers, not quietly knock them out.
In the opening sequence, the pilot reports a partial cabin depressurization and identifies the aircraft as "Trans-Pac 227 747 Heavy". In reality a 747 is, by definition, designated "heavy" and the proper designation would be 'Trans-Pac 227 Heavy'. The "heavy" designation is used to indicate aircraft over 255,000 lbs.
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In the opening sequence, the crew of the airliner radios the control center, identifying the airline verbally as "Trans Pacific." In the shot of the plane, the markings say "Pan Pacific."
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Continuity 

(at around 1h 45 mins) When Ambrose and Ethan are facing each other on the motorcycles just before they jump off, Ambrose accelerates with his right hand while Ethan accelerates with his left hand.
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The license plate of Ethan's motorcycle when he first starts to ride is ND69 but later appears to be NI69.
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(at around 1h 8 mins) While much is made of the 40 seconds available to get Hunt into the Biocyte building and get the cable out again a NATURAL LIGHT SHAFT MANUAL-OVERRIDE alarms systems safety notice appears on the computer screen Luther is looking at. The notice declares: In accordance with city safety code 24395 if the light shaft aperture malfunctions and opens outside of daylight hours, after a period of 20 seconds has elapsed the state emergency services will be alerted.
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(at around 1h 45 mins) During the bike chase Ethan shoots a plastic panel on the bike Sean is riding making an irregular fracture. Later, the panel is seen with a perfect zigzag circular hole.
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The mirror on the red motorcycle is crushed when it is first wrecked, but is intact in every scene afterword.
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(at around 34 mins) When Nyah is riding the boat to Sean's compound, she does not have her long scarf the very first time the boat is shown. She does have the scarf in subsequent shots.
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(at around 50 mins) After Nyah pick-pockets Ambrose, she places the envelope with the memory card in between her side and arm, and turns to walk away. When she begins to walk away, her arms are spread and no envelope can be seen, but then it closes up on her dropping the envelope into her hand, even though the space in between would have already allowed it to drop.
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(at around 1h 23 mins) After the alarm goes off in the Biocyte building when Ethan detonates the bomb, the real guards who respond to the alarm are shown to be carrying submachine guns. However, when they start a firefight with Ambrose's men, they are only firing pistols.
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(at around 1h 45 mins) During the motorcycle chase the tires on the bikes change from standard street tires on the road to more aggressive off-road tires when the characters get to the beach.
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Headlights on Ethan Hunt's bike no longer shot out during bike chase.
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(at around 1h 14 mins) When Ethan comes out of the room where he destroyed the chimera in the Petri dishes, and takes the protective mask off, the top section of his hair is obviously clipped back, but wasn't clipped back earlier, or in the next shot.
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(at around 36 mins) When we are shown the satellite positioning itself over Australia ready to home in on Nyah, there are no clouds at all over Sydney. However, in the next shot (taken from the ground), the sky is littered with them.
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(at around 23 mins) During the "morning after" when Nyah and Hunt are talking in bed, Ethan leans into her and is practically nose to nose with her and in the next shot is propped up on his arm almost 7 or 8 inches from her, then, in the next shot, they are close again.
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(at around 1h 40 mins) When Hunt shoots the man in the white car in the shoulder, his gun runs out of ammo. In the next camera angle, the gun is fully loaded again, ready for him to shoot the petrol tank of the car.
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Shots of Nyah standing on the cliff show the city at different distances in the background. In other words, more than one cliff was used for the shots.
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(at around 1h 40 mins) When Ethan is escaping from the island, he shoots out the tire on the white Ford, causing the hubcap to come off. However, when the driver is swerving and the car flips, you can see that the tire is fully inflated and the hubcap is in place.
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Luther's full name in the movie and in Mission: Impossible is "Luther Stickell". The end credits, however, list his name as "Luther Strickell".
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(at around 1h 50 mins) After the fight with Ambrose, when Hunt is looking at Nyah the blood on his cheek and upper lip changes.
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The windscreen on Ethan's motorbike fixes itself in some later shots.
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(at around 18 mins) During the car chase with Nyah, we can see shadows from the front window frame on Ethan's face. They disappear in close-ups.
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(at around 47 mins) When Ethan and Nyah are looking at each other through binoculars at the horse races the position of Nyah's hair changes from behind her ear to over her ear a couple times.
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The bullet holes on the side of the helicopter change locations.
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During the Biocyte break-in, Hunt uses a glass cutter to gain entry into the lab. He also uses a suction cup handle to grab the hole plug. He is seen initially placing the handle to the side of the cutter, but when he moves the plug, the same handle is now centered on the plug.
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(at around 1h 50 mins) During the final showdown between Hunt and Ambrose, the number of clouds in the sky frequently changes between shots.
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Crew or equipment visible 

(at around 9 mins) When Ethan Hunt gets his mission objectives by the sunglasses the camera can be seen in them.
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(at around 1h 45 mins) During the motorcycle chase, when Ethan smokes the cars chasing him, right before he enters the intersection, the fog machine is visible on the right side of the screen.
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(at around 1h 45 mins) Crew member and Crew tent can be seen in background for a split second during bike chase as he hides bike inside a rusty car; hard to see at normal speed.
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When Ethan is climbing up the side of the Biocyte island, crew trailers can be seen on the island.
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In the Ethan/Nyah road chase, a shadow belonging to the helicopter's skid can be seen on the road in front of them.
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Explosive apparatuses for use in stunts are clearly visible on overturned vehicles.
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(at around 19 mins) While Ethan and Nyah are racing during one shot you can see the shadow of one of the helicopter's runners on the asphalt in front of Nyah's car.
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(at around 1h 50 mins) From the helicopter's point of view, as it approaches Nyah on the cliff over the harbor, safety wires can be seen attached to/in/behind/otherwise appearing to come outward from the actress's hands.
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Errors in geography 

(at around 24 mins) The Spanish popular feast Fallas, where wooden figures are burned in the streets, is not celebrated in Seville, as is shown in the movie, but in Valencia. Anyway, the figures never represent saints, but celebrities from politics, sports, society life, etc.
The plane in the opening scene crashes in the Rocky Mountains. However, a plane flying direct from Sydney to Atlanta does not ever pass over the Rocky Mountains. Rather, it passes over central Mexico on the way to Atlanta due to the great circle route that airliners must take.
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(at around 18 mins) The car chase in Spain is supposed to happen near Seville, but there aren't any similar mountain roads nearby.
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When for the first time Nyah is tracked using the injected tracking device, Ethan's associates say Sydney but the satellite map on laptop shows somewhere between Cairns & Darwin.
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(at around 40 mins) When Ethan uses the tracking unit to locate Nyah in Sean's villa right on the waterfront of Sydney Harbour, the coordinates on screen are given as 33°52'48"S 151°13'10"E. This puts the house in the middle of the nightlife suburb Darlinghurst, nowhere near the harbour.
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(at around 18 mins) During the car chase in Spain between Ethan and Nyah, the cars have wrong number plate. In Spain they should be 'OOOO XXX' or 'XX-OOOO-XX' where X=Letter O=Number.
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The cliffs Nyah is about to jump off are east of Sydney but Luther and Billy fly west over the city to get there. Further, they are much more than the stated two kilometers away.
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Factual errors 

(at around 1h 30 mins) Ambrose forces the CEO to sell all of his stock to buy options in the company. CEOs of public corporations are not allowed to liquidate a single share without first filing with with the appropriate governmental agency (SEC in the US).
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Genes cannot be spliced into influenza viruses as the genome is segmented.
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The influenza virus attacks white blood cells, not red blood cells as shown in the film. Chimera would not cause massive bleeding as shown in the movie.
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(at around 1h 45 mins) When Ethan shoots at Ambrose during the bike chase, the windshield of Ambrose's bike shatters. Sportbike windshields are high-impact plastic, and would not shatter.
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The Triumph bike ridden by Hunt in the chase scene would have quickly and easily outrun the 4-wheel-drive vehicles driven by his pursuers.
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(at around 1h 13 mins) In the biomed facility, the air should be extremely clean. Hence we should not be able to see the laser.
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The distance between Sydney and Atlanta is just under 9,300 miles. Although it is possible for a 747-400 (the model of the plane that crashes into the Rockies carrying Dr. Nekhorvich) to fly that far non-stop, it can only be done so with no passengers or freight on board. A fully-loaded 747-400 as depicted in the movie could not fly that distance non-stop without fuel stopovers.
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(at around 57 mins) While red blood cells don't have a nucleus, they can still be infected by viruses, causing haemolysis, which can be fatal. However, *not* by an influenza-based virus; influenza viruses can only attach to surface receptors causing clumping, or haemagglutination.
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The Darling harbor area where Sean drops Nyah off is closed to automotive traffic.
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(at around 52 mins) Digital still cameras for cell destruction video are not capable of movie playback or recording ( or DC280).
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Injected tracking device would not be effective within the building without clear lines to orbiting satellites.
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When Ethan's breaking in while biocytes owners getting forced into giving away stock ethan throws what looks to be a pipe bomb at the door then shoots it and it explodes. Pipe bombs are usually made with black powder filled in a tube with end caps on both ends and a wick drilled through a hole in one of them which is then lit, the black powder ignites and the pressure blows it. But no matter what the mixture is it would not explode from being shot.
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During the lab shoot out Ethan throws a black pouch filled with explosives toward the wall, now since he's a "secret agent" we'd have to assume that it's something like c4 (a common military explosive). c4 and other common plastic explosives are very stable a bullet hitting them would not detonate ,only a blasting cap or det cord would cause them to explode there made to withstand things like this so no accidental detonation occurs (atleast in that respect). Now if say he filled the pouch with something like nitroglycerine shooting it would cause it to explode but that's not possible because it's so unstable that him walking with it on him and bouncing around it would have blew up way before the lab shoot out occurred (like him flying down the shaft).
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The airliner in the beginning is clearly a 747-400, but the cockpit is definitely not that of a 747-400.
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Miscellaneous 

At the beginning Hunt it hanging by one hand. His Center of Gravity (belly button) is not directly under his single hand that he is hanging from. His CG is out away from the mountain where the real safety cable is holding him up.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

(at around 5 mins) When the pilot is trying to avoid crashing into the mountains, he pushes the handle forward, instead of pulling it towards him. That's because he's pushing the throttle.
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(at around 1h 45 mins) During the big chase sequence, when Ethan Hunt shoots the windshield of Sean Ambrose's motorbike, the angle of the bullet might be sufficient to hit Sean Ambrose, but it also might be sufficiently deflected by the windshield.
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(at around 1h 30 mins) When Ethan Hunt blows up the door of the facility where Sean Ambrose is bargaining for the money (the place where you see all the doves), a crack in the wall appears to look like a support wire.
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(at around 19 mins) In the car chase between Ethan and Nyah, Ethan makes an obvious point of trying to fasten his seat belt (though not succeeding), and the belt is off and on again numerous times throughout the chase. Ethan never successfully put on his seat belt and it only got as far as his shoulder because it locked. Thus, it appears and disappears as though it was never completely done up.
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(at around 18 mins) When Hunt overtakes Nyah in the car chase, his car is on her right, thus putting her on the wrong side of the road. This is because she is taking evasive action.
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When Hunt hits the car with his motorcycle and grinds to a halt, he kicks down his right foot. That's the rear brake, not (as some thought) the gear.
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(at around 18 mins) Ethan changes gears while holding the wheel and a cell phone because the Porsche he is driving has a "Tiptronic" transmission that allows changing gears from the steering wheel.
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Plot holes 

At the start of the movie, Dr. Nekhorvich tells "Dimitri" that he has to be in Atlanta within 20 hours of exposure. Even if it were possible for him to inject himself, get to the airport and then on a plane, with a 15 hour flight from Sydney to LA, and then from LA to Atlanta on a commercial airliner, he wouldn't have made it in time.
(at around 3 mins) From his RT skills, it would have been noticeable very early on to the 747 crew that Stamp was an impostor. At cruise, altitude should be reported as Flight Level not height in feet i.e descending to FL160 rather than altitude "one six thousand". He should also not have autonomously made an altitude change without either formally declaring an emergency or requesting descent clearance.
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Revealing mistakes 

Most of the cars that were smashed or involved in accidents were already damaged before filming, and had been patched up to disguise this fact. This left the front or rear of some vehicles noticeably short or unproportioned.
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(at around 1h 45 mins) During the final motorcycle chase, when Ethan dismounts his bike while riding alongside to avoid being shot, you can clearly see wheels on the bottom of his shoes.
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(at around 1h 40 mins) Seconds before the motorcycle chase, Ethan Hunt falls behind a rock and you can clearly see cardboard boxes hidden underground to soften the shock.
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(at around 1h 45 mins) When the Triumph bikes are landed after being "wheelied" (driven on the rear wheel), the front suspension does not compress at all, when in fact the fork would compress by several inches.
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The scene where Luther and the pilot are shot by automatic fire, and are forced to steer clear of the fire, is obviously used two times.
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(at around 1h 40 mins) The car which is blown off the bridge to the Biocyte compound as Hunt escapes on the motorcycle clearly has no engine.
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Stunt double clearly visible in bike chase.
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(at around 34 mins) When Nyah walks out of the jail in Seville before heading to Sydney, she is seen in reflection in Ethan's sunglasses. But the image is not reversed. Note her handbag is on her right side both in the unreflected and reflected images.
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(at around 30 mins) There are no visible marks or traces in snow on the picture of the 747 wreck. They couldn't have been covered with snow because there is none on the fuselage and engine.
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(at around 6 mins) Climbing chalk is visible on the rock before Ethan Hunt actually climbs up to that level. This could not be left over from another climber as the other parts of the route did not show such evidence.
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(at around 20 mins) In the car chase with Nyah, the image is reversed as Ethan spins (front license plate reversed), placing the Porsche (now "right hand drive") with the driver's side body damage away from the Audi.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

(at around 1h 55 mins) When, at the end of the movie, Ethan sees Nyah, he does not have a scar on his right cheek anymore. When he then hugs her, the scar is back.
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(at around 1h 50 mins) When Ambrose receives the final kick to the head on the beach, his head lands against the rock facing the right. When Hunt crawls over to him, preparing to punch him again, Ambrose's head is facing to the left. In the following shot, it's facing the right again.
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When Hunt is getting rid of the Chimera, he shoots them into a tube, after he does the first two, you can see that they have re-appeared with the chimera still in, in the background behind his arms.
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(at around 1h 3 mins) When Ambrose (who is disguised as Ethan) talks to Nyah outside Ambrose's home at night, he is wearing a beanie. When Nyah heads back inside and Ambrose takes off the mask to reveal himself, and the beanie has disappeared.
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Errors in geography 

An infected Nyah is dropped off in "downtown" Sydney. Fifteen minutes later (at most) she has made it to the edge of North Head, a 30 minute drive followed by a 10 minute walk.
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Factual errors 

(at around 1h 45 mins) At the end of the motorcycle chase seen, both Hunt and Ambrose jump from their crashing bikes and collide with each other falling several meters down to the beach. At the velocity the bikes were traveling (based upon the audible rpm and gear shifts, and action of the bikes after colliding), both Hunt and Ambrose would have been subject to the physical effects of a 60 mph car crash, not to mention the fall to the beach below. It is more likely they would have been killed.
(at around 1h 40 mins) Toward the end, when Ethan sees guards emerging from the facility he shoots at some barrels, which explode. When the camera zooms in on the barrels just before they explode, they are clearly marked Biohazard, not Flammable, and by their very nature would never be flammable.
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Toward the end of the movie, the amount of ransom asked was 30 million pounds. The amount shown on the computer screen during the bank transfer is $30,000,000 (dollars instead of pounds). Also, banks generally use abbreviations (GBP, USD) instead of symbols for international transactions.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

(at around 53 mins) Photos of the effects of the virus shown on the digital camera display undamaged skin at the 20 hour point, so the fact that Nyah's skin shows no ill effects near the end of the film is consistent.
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(at around 1h 13 mins) When Ethan Hunt destroys the Chimera virus in the lab, the computer confirms "Organisms exterminated"; while viruses may not be considered by some to be "organisms," experts in the field often refer to them as such. In any case, the lab might be using software that isn't specific to viruses.
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(at around 1h 55 mins) At the end, Ethan tosses the antidote canister to Luther in the helicopter, but he also stole a canister of infected blood, which he is seen holding later.
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Revealing mistakes 

Nyah is infected late at night (11 P.M. when the generators go off), Ethan has 20 hours to find the antidote, he is running out of time but it is bright sunshine when he injects her. Although it is very possible the sun would still be shining at 7 P.M., and particularly during summer time, the shadows cast during the fight with Ambrose show the sun to be close to high noon.
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