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Continuity 

When the BMW gets a flat tire, it is replaced with a non standard alloy. In the next scene, the original alloy is back on the car.
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Character error 

When Frank is talking to Inspector Marconi, Marconi refers to his car as a 1999 black BMW 765 but when Frank talk about it, he refers to it as a 735.
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Continuity 

Near the end, Lai's father and his driver suddenly reappear, although they didn't have a way to get there that quickly. The driver had lost his consciousness yet he reappeared a few moments later.
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Towards the end of the opening car chase sequence, the Transporter's BMW wing mirror disappears and then re-appears between shots.
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When Frank drives through the gates of the house to get away, the Mercedes' grill and indicator are still in place. The next shot and they are hanging off.
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In the first car chase, as Frank is driving on the pavement, he drives by a restaurant with the blue copper chasing along side crashes through the table and chairs - there is a man who jumps out of the way to the middle posts, facing away from the camera - in the 'cool repeated action' shot he is facing the camera.
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At the start of the 'oil' scene in the bus depot, one of the first people to attack Frank already has oil on his top before anyone lands in any oil (this is presumably from an earlier take).
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The BMW's seats change in various scenes from standard to luxury seats (different headrests).
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The BMW jumping off the bridge has tinted side windows.
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During the truck chase, the convoy runs the same section of the highway over and over again.
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Before Frank's car jumps off the bridge in the opening chase, there are three cars in front of each other on the truck, but once the truck passes under the bridge the cars have changed position.
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Early in the movie Frank's BMW is shown flipping the front license plate to a different number. A little later when Frank is shown changing the front license plate on the BMW in his garage the car has a standard license plate attachment and a standard license plate which would make it impossible for the license plate to flip.
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When Frank and Lai escape the burning house via the exit in basement they jump into water. Frank comes up with diving equipment but Lai never puts on any fins. However in the next few shots where she's diving and getting out of the water, she has fins on.
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When Lai's father enters the room (just before he slaps her) the guard at the door can be seen setting a beer bottle down. But before the father enters the room he has no beer bottle in his hand.
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When Lai is sitting at the table with a drink in her hands and her father slaps her, the cup and its contents fall to the right. In the next shot of the table, the cups on the right and the spillage is on the left. In the final shot the spillage is on the right again, yet the cup has moved closer to Lia's hands without being handled. Also, she begins spilling the cup before he hits her, even though she doesn't really move till he hits her.
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On the last scene of the first chase, on the pier, Frank crosses the railroad just after the train passes by, leaving all the policemen on the other side of the railroad. Just a second later a policeman gets to cross the railroad and the warehouse on foot to try to shoot the BMW, and the train is already still.
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After the oil fight Frank swims away from the gunmen and then returns to the garage. His trousers are completely dry and no oil stains on them whatsoever.
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The hole in Lai's duct-taped mouth disappears and reappears between shots.
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During the scenes where Frank is using the stethoscope in order to listen "into" the containers, the stethoscope suddenly disappears when he walks round a container towards another one. He didn't have time to take it off.
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When Lai falls down the hill after she is let out of the trunk, she is wearing flats. Yet later after Frank finds her in the back of the Mercedes and puts her on the street, she is wearing heels.
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After Wall Street suffocates his man in the hospital, you can see the actors pulse in his throat in the next shot, even though the heart monitor has flat-lined.
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Lai has a large visible pimple that keeps appearing and disappearing in the middle of her forehead throughout the movie.
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Before driving the BMW off the bridge, Frank moves his right foot from the brakes to the gas. However, directly before that, the back wheels are seen spinning on the ground, so he must have been on the gas already.
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Towards the end of the movie, during the car/truck chase, one of the Mercedes crashes and skids all over the motorway. The Mercedes has gleaming alloy wheels, but when it is in flames, it has steel rims, not alloys.
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When Frank arrives back at Wall Street's house to get revenge, the sky outside is cloudy. Five minutes later, however, when he leaves, it is a clear, sunny sky.
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Length of Tarconi's cigarette when talking to Frank and Lai in his office after the house is destroyed.
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During the first chase scene with the cop in the blue Peugeot, after smashing though the plastic furniture on the sidewalk, the cops license plate has partially fallen off. In the next shot were the cop almost hits the motorized pole the license plate it back to the regular position.
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When Kwai appears at the door of the semi truck and points his pistol at Frank, there is the sound of the gun cocking. However, in the following shot, the gun is not cocked.
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When Frank goes back for revenge for blowing up his BMW, he crashes through the wooden gate and the Mercedes he's driving the grill get broken, but not in the first shot after he breaks through. In that shot the grill is fine, but not in any of the following shots.
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In the scene where Frank brings a rifle into the shipyard, the stock on the gun is seen folded. He fires some rounds at a couple men with it folded. A few shots later, the stock is unfolded and Frank is using it like he's supposed to.
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When the inspector is talking to Frank in the cell, his weapon is clearly holding back his jacket but in another shot, without him moving, his jacket is completely free.
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When Frank drags the girl out of the back seat of the Mercedes she has the slit in the tape on her mouth. After sets the girl in the road and leaves, the tape has no hole in it.
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In the opening chase sequence, When Frank reverses the BMW off the car transporter the left hand door mirror hits the support column for the trailer decks and is bent forward, a fraction of a second later as the BMW drives away the mirror is back in the normal position.
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Lai's hair appeared to be relatively straight when she was shown bound and gagged in Wall Street's basement. Her hair was suddenly much more curly in the next scene where Frank takes her to his house later that night. She couldn't have had a chance to fix her hair since she was tied up the whole time.
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In some scenes the BMW has a rain sensor, in others it doesn't.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During the highway action sequence, when Frank kicks the driver out of the truck and the door flies off of the road, you can obviously see it is a dummy.
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When Frank and Wall Street are fighting in the truck cab, especially when Wall Street is about to kick Frank through the windshield of the truck, a driver's hands can be seen on the wheel in shots from outside.
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The camera reflection can be seen in the rear bumper of the Mercedes when Frank is driving in reverse (after changing his mind about leaving Lai in the street).
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Just before Frank's BMW is blown up, his white collar is visible as he walks toward the car. The instant the car explodes and Frank leaves his feet his coat is pulled upward and covers his white collar, and the harness (used to lift him off his feet) is visible under his jacket at shoulder level.
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Errors in geography 

Frank is told to deliver the package (with Lai) to "Rue de Luxembourg", however when he exits the gates of the house, the street signs says "Avenue de Saissy", the real name of the street in Cannes, France.
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It doesn't take from the middle of the night to full sunup to drive from Marseilles to Lyon.
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Factual errors 

During the bank heist at the beginning, one robber shoots another to conform to the deal with Frank of only transporting three people. However, blood splatters on the back window indicating an exit wound. If there were an exit wound the bullet should have gone through the back windshield as well.
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There is absolutely no way to hot-wire a current S class Mercedes by yanking out a fistful of cables from under the dash and sticking some of them together.
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Whenever Lai speaks Mandarin, the Fox DVD subtitles incorrectly refer to her as "Speaking in Japanese" (marred further when her character "comes from Japan").
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Frank has oil all over him, then he jumps into the water and the oil has been washed away. Water cannot do this.
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When Frank raids Wall Street's villa for revenge, he dives behind a detached door on the ground for shelter against the fire from the bad guys. In real life those bullets would easily penetrate that wooden door and the door would be useless for protection against firearms.
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During the airplane / truck chase, the plane is very low in one shot and the next they are high enough for Frank to sky dive. There is no way that Cessna could climb that fast.
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When vehicles are transported on a carrier, they are chained to the trailer. It is illegal to haul an unsecured load. Simply lowering the ramp would not cause the car to roll off the trailer.
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A container is 20 feet by 10 feet = 200 square feet. Divided by 395 (number of people) = 0.506 square feet per person. I realize they are Asian, but even Chinese take up more room than that.
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When Frank uses the stethoscope to listen to the shipping containers, he has the earpieces backwards. The tubes should be going forward (into the ear canal), instead of into the back of his ears.
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When Frank's house is being attacked, despite the gunmen firing high-powered assault rifles on full-auto and while standing, there does not seem to be any significant recoil as all the bullets strike Franks's house at roughly the same height. Given the distance and style of fire, this is simply not feasible, no matter how skilled the marksman.
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When Frank jumps on the top of the container being carried by the forklift, you can see the whole thing wobble. An empty 20 foot cargo container weighs 4850lbs and the forklift is at least 3 times that. A 200lb man would not be able to cause that much movement by landing on it.
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When Frank falls backwards through the trucks glass, it crumbles into thousands of individual small pieces. While windshield automotive glass is tempered safety glass and designed to break into small, rounded pieces, they should stay together. Windshield safety glass has a plastic sheet in between two layers of tempered glass, so that while breaking, they do not shatter as a complete sheet.
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Miscellaneous 

Spelling Mistake: the opening credits list this movie as being "In Association with Current Entertainement and Canal +".
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Many goofs here complains about wrong continuity. In fact, the editing style of the movie often uses technique known as "time squeeze" for faster unwinding of the action. In these scenes they are cutting out minor details (such as paying for drink, putting fins on, taking off stethoscope, unfolding stock of the rifle, arriving of Lai's father's car in the final sequence and so on).
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Plot holes 

Lai is tied to a chair (hands and feet). She is able to get to the car by tiptoeing. How does she then open the door, drag herself and the chair into the car and close the door behind her? Not to mention the fact that someone as careful as Frank steals the car without noticing a woman tied to an office chair in the back seat.
When Frank runs up to the crop-duster with his plane in the field, the crop-duster says "good morning" to him in English regardless of Frank being a) In France and b) not saying a word to him in introduction to reveal himself as being English.
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When Frank is driving the truck, he uses a shard of mirror to see behind him. However, the light reflected onto his face means that the mirror was pointing the sun, not to what he was "looking at".
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Revealing mistakes 

After Frank drops off Lai and stops for a snack, his BMW is blown up. During the explosion, Frank is blown backward and upward but nothing else is. Above his head is a black flag which continues to flutter gently in the breeze. And the lightweight tables and chairs which are very close to the car do not move at all. In addition, the explosion comes from underneath the car and the car jumps up in to the air. But the bomb was in the briefcase inside the car so the car should have stayed in place and, if anything, the roof or windows should have blown up and out, not the entire car. Also, Frank should have been blown backward only, not upward as well.
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As Frank is seen in the bus station repair shop immediately after getting out of the water, his clothes are dry and he is does not trail any water as he walks.
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After the oil fight, when Frank falls through the window and into the water, the shot from the water of him landing has a stuntman with a full head of hair, even though Frank is almost completely bald
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At the start of the fight on the bus, the men grab metal pipes that are "conveniently" placed under the seats and are cut to an exact length.
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When the car jumps from the bridge onto the truck in the opening chase, as it flies through the air you can see that the tyres are missing on the left-hand-side wheels.
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During the truck fight, "Wall Street" is clearly replaced by an older stuntman when he is kicked and swings out on the passenger door of the truck. The harness/apparatus the stuntman uses in this shot can also be seen.
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During the fight scene in the hallway at the villa, it is very apparent that the two axes used in the scene are made out of rubber, as they bend and regain their shape when they strike the hallway wall.
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When Frank puts the pedals on his feet during the oil fight, they only have a strap across the top but in the close up of his right foot, you can see a strap going around the heel to keep them on his feet.
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During the oil-slick fight scene in the warehouse, several close-up shots of Frank show the oil on him as becoming dry and crusty, something which oil does not do but the molasses used for the scene does.
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When Frank steals the Mercedes from Wall Street, following a shoot-out, he can be seen to turn-off the car stereo in order to stop the background music. However, the stereo is clearly already off.
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When the car comes out of the alleyway with the steps, it is in reverse, even though there was no room to turn around. Also, when Frank says, "See what I mean about the shocks?" you can clearly see the car is going forward (you see a window pass on the wall).
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When Frank stops at the bridge with the tree burglars to do a burn out, you can see sand falling of the tire to make them slip and smoke more.
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At the end when the refugees are rescued, the little girl Lai pulls from the back of the truck stares directly into the camera (breaking the 4th wall) almost the entire time she is on screen.
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Spoilers

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Factual errors 

When Lai's father is shot a close up on the wound shows the 'blood' forming in a jelly-type way. In real life the shirt would soak up the blood creating a large stain.
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