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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

At the scene where Hunt's convincing Nyah of going back to Ambrose, Nyah's lips move well before we hear her.
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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Character error 

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 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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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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Continuity 

In the final motorcycle chase both bikes start off with road tires. Later in the chase when they go off road, at least one bike has switched to knobbly off-road tires.
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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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Headlights on Ethan Hunt's bike no longer shot out during bike chase.
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In the bike chase scene during the end of the movie. Both bikes have street tires during the street chase but when they hit the dirt the tread is thicker and deeper, essentially dirt tires.
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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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After the fight with Ambrose, when Hunt is looking at Nyah the blood on his cheek and upper lip changes.
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During the final showdown between Hunt and Ambrose, the number of clouds in the sky frequently changes between shots.
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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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The windscreen on Ethan's motorbike fixes itself in some later shots.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The bullet holes on the side of the helicopter change locations.
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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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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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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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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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When Nyah walks away from Sean at the races (after taking the envelope) she swings her arms and has not got the envelope under it, but in the next shot you see her drop it down to her hand after Sean says "Hold on."
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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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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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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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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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Crew or equipment visible 

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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When Ethan is climbing up the side of the Biocyte island, crew trailers can be seen on the island.
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When Ethan Hunt gets his mission objectives by the sunglasses the camera can be seen in them.
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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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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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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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Errors in geography 

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.
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.
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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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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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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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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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Factual errors 

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.
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.
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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The Darling harbor area where Sean drops Nyah off is closed to automotive traffic.
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Genes cannot be spliced into influenza viruses as the genome is segmented.
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In the biomed facility, the air should be extremely clean. Hence we should not be able to see the laser.
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Digital still cameras for cell destruction video are not capable of movie playback or recording (KODAK DC290 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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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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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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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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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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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

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.
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.
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.
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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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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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.
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From his RT skills, it would have been noticeable very early on to the 747 crew that Sean 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 

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.
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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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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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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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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Stunt double clearly visible in bike chase.
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Right after Ethan escapes with the antidote and the guard shoots at him and the helicopter, he clearly lands on something very soft, like a crash mat covered with a little dirt.
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During the car chase with Nyah, some footage of Hunt's Porsche appears reversed: the driver and damage are on the wrong side, the license plate is reversed, etc.
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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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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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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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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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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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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

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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Continuity 

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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Continuity 

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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Continuity 

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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Continuity 

When Sean (disguised as Ethan) talks to Nyah about staying with Sean, Ethan/Sean's wool cap disappears during the conversation.
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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 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.

Factual errors 

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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Factual errors 

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 

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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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

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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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

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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