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Crew or equipment visible 

When the mobile gives a low signal, seconds later in the attic you see a moving shadow of a crewman, since Kim is the only one there and she is not moving at the time.
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Character error 

When Jessica cuts the goon's arm she tells him that he will bleed 30 liters/minute. The blood flow through a brachial artery is nowhere near that much. During vigorous exercise the entire heart puts out a total of 30 L/min, but that's the sum total flow through every artery of the body. The flow though a single brachial artery is fraction of that. In addition, the goon was not vigorously exercising. At rest, the cardiac output is about 5 L/min.
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At LAX airport, when Ryan steals someone's boarding pass, the security only checks his boarding pass and does not ask for any ID like they would at the real LAX.
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When Jessica is speaking to Officer Mooney, she clearly states that five men broke into her house. There were only four men involved and a female officer (Baybeck) who was not shown until after Jessica was taken to the safe house. Only three of the four men were shown entering the home.
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In the scene where Craig (Richard Burgi) is brought to the attic, Kim Basinger starts to say "Richard".
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Continuity 

As Ryan drives through the construction site with the window completely rolled down mud splashes up against the car and covers the entire driver's side door as well as the windshield yet Ryan remains completely free of any signs of mud.
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Ryan records Chloe on his cellphone at the pier and she tells him that he is "iresponsible, self-centered and completely childish". When he watches the recording in the truck, she never says "self-centered".
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When real estate agent/husband is at the bank safety deposit box, he pulls his key from what is clearly a box far too small to have stored the camera bag he withdrew.
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Before Ryan goes driving in the construction site, the cell phone switches from being on the seat to in his hands and then back on the seat again.
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When Ryan robbed the store to get a charger for his mobile phone, he connects the charger to the phone in his car. A few moments later the charger is gone.
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When Ryan is in the boathouse, he does not appear to be wet after diving into the water.
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During the chase after the son is kidnapped Ryan first passes a white Caravan coming at him and then the same van skids to a halt in front of the overturned trailer.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Early in the movie when Ryan jumps in his truck, he closes the door and a crew member wearing a hat is clearly visible in the side window.
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When Jessica Martin escapes from the attic, as she hops in the SUV, the Steadicam can be seen when she closes the door.
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Errors in geography 

When the shooting occurs at the Santa Monica Pier, the responding officers are from the LAPD. Since the pier is within the Santa Monica city limits, the correct responding agency would be the Santa Monica Police Department, not the LAPD.
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Factual errors 

At Santa Monica Pier, Ryan was caught by Chloe when he was talking on the phone with Ethan. The cops came, but Ryan jumps off the pier and into the sea. Then we saw him coming out off the water and hiding inside a warehouse under the pier. And when Ethan is about to kill Mooney, Ryan calls him with his cellphone. Unless the Nokia 6600 were waterproofed he wouldn't be able to do that call.
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When Jessica Martin clicks the wires together to make a phone call, she first has wires apart and then tapped them together to make contact for very brief seconds. This is contrary to how pulse dialing telephone systems work. In real life, you'd have to do the opposite. The wires should make contact, and then, break contact very rapidly for the number you wish to dial.
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When going through security at LAX a gun is discovered when officer Ethan is going through screening. He flashes a badge and security lets him through. In reality it would take more proof than just flashing a badge to convince a TSA agent that Ethan was a police officer.
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Plot holes 

When Jessica exits the car at the end after Ryan beats up the last thug and sees him for the first time, she seems to know right away that it is him. However, Jessica has only talked to Ryan on the phone up to this point, and has no way of knowing what he looks like, thus no way of knowing for sure this is him.
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Revealing mistakes 

The Nokia 6600, used by Ryan to record the video showing the kidnappers executing people supports a maximum of 176x144 pixels when recording. However the clip displayed on the phone has a much higher resolution.
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When Ryan steals the school security guard's car, he drives off without having to switch gears (the car would have been in park or neutral).
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Jessica strangles the bad cop in the van, the chain of her handcuffs/shackles gets longer and longer: first it looks like 10 inches (25cm), but when she removes the keys from the cop's jacket pocket, her left arm is behind the seat. To do that, the chain has to be at least 15-20 inches, and you can see that clearly. (Why would cops use shackles or fetters anyway? They would use handcuffs with a very short chain.)
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Revealing mistakes 

When good cop Mooney fights bad cop Dimitri in the walkway by the pier near the end of the movie, the face of William H. Macy's stunt double is clearly visible at least once (when he's being shoved back into the wall), and both stunt doubles are semi-clear a couple other times in that sequence.
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