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Character error 

If David had a reservation to go to Canada to cross international lines he would have to use his legal name to go through customs. Therefore when the travel agent calls to confirm his reservation she would request to speak to "Winston", which is his legal name and not "David" which is his alias.
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Using his alias David Shaw to have an affair with much older woman, once Winston ran off with the woman's bearer bonds, the woman could have had the police dust for finger prints on items his touched, particularly the tennis racket to find out his real identity.
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when Steven lied to Mohamed he tried to determine whether Emily's attacker was breathing after being stabbed in the neck by a meat thermometer, Mohamed should've known Steven was lying because anyone who's stabbed in the neck with any sharp object would be dead within minutes.
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David wouldn't have been allowed to enter Canada and cross international lines with a gun and $400,000.00 in cash.
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Continuity 

When detective Karaman shows Emily the pictures and the sketches of he murdered man, you can see the man stabbed on the left side of the neck on the picture (as really happened), but on the right side of the neck on both sketches.
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When Emily is questioned at the police station, her turtleneck sweater keeps moving around. Sometimes it's unrolled practically up to her eyes, while other times it's pushed down to her chin.
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When David takes out the shoe box with the money in it it has a rubber band around it. It did NOT have a rubber band around the box when Steven had it in the bag.
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During the attempt on Emily's life her hair is in a ponytail, then it's down, then it's up in a ponytail again. This happens a few times during the fight.
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Emily's hair scrunchie appears in her hair as she is answering the phone and seems to have fallen out during the struggle but reappears and disappears several times throughout the attack.
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When Steven and Emily arrive at Emily's family home on the morning after the attack, they are still wearing the same clothes from the night before, have clearly been up all night yet Steven is clean shaven.
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Errors in geography 

On the subway, the conductor says "Greenpoint next stop. Transfer to the A, D and F upstairs." The Greenpoint Avenue Station in Brooklyn is on the G line and it has no transfer point to any of these three trains.
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Factual errors 

Since the 1990s and the elimination of the "Montrealer", Amtrak does not offer night service to Montreal, nor are there sleeper cars on the trains. The only overland train route to that city on Amtrak is the "Adirondack", a morning train that is all coach seats.
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When Gwyneth opens the door to apt. 219 - sealed with yellow crime scene tape - she inserts the key into the deadbolt and turns it counterclockwise. Based on the door configuration this would have LOCKED the deadbolt but it opens smoothly...
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I don't see any reason to dust the house, elevator, access, etc. with the obvious intruder dead in the kitchen. What would they hope to find? Not standard intrusion/murder investigation.

And what are the cops questioning about her story? Just hyperbole to add to the plot and script.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Steven is getting ready to leave for the card game the night of the intruder he places his cell phone in his inside jacket pocket. Then after he kisses Emily goodbye he walks back to that table and again puts his cellphone in his pocket.
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Plot holes 

While Karaman is questioning Steven in the kitchen, he points out that Steven's footprints are visible all around the body in the blood. We also have seen that when Emily left the kitchen she left a trail of bloody footprints. However, when Steven runs to the door to fix the lock, he miraculously leaves no bloody prints on the floor.
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After Steven kills David, he only takes the 400K in the shoe box that he just gave him & not the 100K that is most likely in his David's backpack.
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Revealing mistakes 

After the scene, where Steven opens a door for policemen, a camera pans down the spiral stairs. You can see two officers down there on the stairs obviously waiting for director's command and then start moving simultaneously.
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Emily is wearing a white blouse and pearls the first day we see her. The next day, in the delegates arena, she is wearing the same outfit. However, when we see her on the train headed to David's at lunch time, her outfit and jewelry are different.
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Spoilers

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Character error 

In the last scene where Emily shoots Stevens to death, he is still breathing on the floor.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Steve is shot you can still see him breathing.
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