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(2002)

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Character error 

When SAM the dog is attacking Well's pulling at his bandage's Ryan say's to them to "shut the dog up" even though SAM isn't barking.
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Continuity 

When Ryan holds his automatic to Cooper's head during the 'special forces selection' scene at the beginning of the film, the magazine is clearly not inserted. This can be seen when he rotates his wrist to check the time. Ryan racks the slide (you see him do it) and goes on to shoot a dog with it a minute or so later.

As with all automatics, there can be a round ready to fire or 'up the spout' as it were, even without a magazine in place. It is why you always see a character dropping the magazine and the racking the slide at least once to clear the shell that's 'up the spout' or properly, 'chambered'.

In this case, either the prop man goofed, or Ryan quietly slipped a magazine into it after he checked the time, and its the reason he racked the slide afterwards - to chamber a round, as he'd pointed an empty weapon at his recruits' head - NOT a loaded one.
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Amount of blood on people is inconsistent in some scenes.
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When Ryan is thrown across the table, the sword is shown being knocked to the floor. But when Ryan gets up and puts his arms on the table, the sword is back on the table. Then the next shot, the sword is on the ground again and Cooper is reaching for it.
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During Ryan and Cooper's altercation over the dog, the pistol in Ryan's hand changes position with the camera angle.
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When Sam the dog has a mouthful of Wells's bandage, some of the bandage is hanging out of Sam's mouth. In the next shot, no pieces are hanging out of his mouth.
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When Wells crashes into the oven, the bottom plate comes off and the gas hose falls out. He cuts the hose and in the next shot the bottom plate is suddenly back on the oven.
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After Spoon has reported the status on their ammunition, Cooper places his gun on the table. In the next shot, two bandages suddenly appear beside its hammer. This is true in wide screen tv as in full screen, the hammer is cut off before it cuts to the shot with bandages.
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Factual errors 

The group of soldiers are referred to a 'squad'. 'Squad' is not the name given to a small infantry unit in the British Army, it is called a section. Also sections have 8 men minimum, not 6, and generally are commanded by a corporal.
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Throughout the first half of the film, when the squad is armed with the standard British rifle, the SA80, Cooper holds the weapon in his left shoulder. The SA80 is always held in the right shoulder, even if the user is left handed.
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More than once, Megan asserts that the remote cottage where most of the action takes place is 50 miles from the nearest habitation, Fort William, or from the next glen where Megan claims her cottage to be. Even if she were lying to stop the soldiers from trying to leave, they ought to have known that nowhere is more than 50 miles from anywhere in the Highlands of Scotland, especially not a sizable town like Fort William.
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Miscellaneous 

The film never makes it clear whether or not military weapons will kill the werewolves and and what point this might occur. Several characters are shown to be killed while changing into werewolves; however several werewolves are shown to be hit by multiple gunshots and suffering few, if any, ill effects.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the farmhouse, when Cooper is reloading the MP5 magazines with new bullets, at the kitchen table, the ignition caps already have firing pin impressions on them, showing them to have already been fired.
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(at around 1h 13 mins) Megan shoots all the ammo from her magazine but the slide doesn't lock back on the last shot like it should. It was designed to do this to allow for the next magazine.
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Several times in the movie characters are seen with the MP5 bolt in the locked up position, The weapon cannot fire in this position as it must be down to do so.
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When Megan rescues the soldiers in her truck, you can see stationary scenery such as trees through the passenger windows visible in the background of the closeups of her and Pvt. Cooper, despite the actors all bumping and swaying to suggest being in a moving vehicle.
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When the team reaches the destroyed special forces position there are 105mm charges and ammunition amongst the equipment present. The 105mm is an artillery piece unlikely to be used in a wood, and definitely not by special forces.
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The super glue used to stitch up the sarge's gut wound is a Loctite Gel bottle. It has blue tabs on the edges that you need to squeeze together in order for the glue to come out. When they hold the glue by its sides so no glue would be coming out of the bottle.
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