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(2005)

Goofs

Continuity 

The elevator doors open twice when the guards go to see the disturbance that Gandu 3 Echo caused.
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Anachronisms 

Trains in this period run on electro-magnetic polarized rails, yet, the load on a truck are round train tires.
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Character error 

When Lincoln and McCord are in the bar bathroom, McCord calls the man who walks in "Ed." However the name on his shirt clearly says "Lou."
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When Gandu 3 Echo is called out of the elevator for creating a disturbance, we can clearly see the label on his sleeve is "G3A", which would incorrectly signify that he is of the Alpha generation.
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Continuity 

When the two Lincolns are driving to the news station, they are stopped at a light when wreckage falls directly in front of them. Somehow it is cleared for them to speed away and the wreckage is no longer visible.
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When Lincoln Six Echo decides to go back the facility to save everyone else, he has a large cut on just his right cheek. When he is in the helicopter on the way there, it has moved to his left cheek, facing the camera. When he gets to the facility, it has moved back to his right cheek.
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When the two Lincolns are driving to KNBC the car stops over the stop line at a red light. In the next shot the car is only half way over this stop line. Even more, when the car accelerates, it starts far from stop line.
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When Lincoln Six Echo and Jordan Two Delta are running from the facility you can see their white tracksuits getting dirty, then when they are outside their white tracksuits are clean with no spots. Then in the next scene they are dirty again.
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When Jordan Two Delta nails the bad guy's hand to the door, Lincoln Six Echo hits him twice in the head with a crowbar. In the next scene, the man is yelling in pain from having his hand nailed to the door. And later seen bandaging his hand, but no marks on his head from the crowbar.
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The flying Black Wasp comes up on the right side of the truck. He then shoots out the tire, but the truck veers to the left and the right tire is still okay.
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While Lincoln and Jordan were running through the conditioning room (where it was pouring water) they were both wet and dirty, yet when they ran into the next room, they were perfectly dry and clean.
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When McCord is looking in the closet for something for Jordan to wear there's a blue feather hanging down. In the next shot, it is gone.
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When Lincoln Six Echo and Jordan Two Delta see the boat sitting on the dock, it is visible out the window. In the close-up shot of Lincoln Six Echo, you can see a limited area of the dock, but the boat is missing.
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When Lincoln and Jordan fall into the "education room", it shows Lincoln falling first but then it shows Jordan hitting the ground before Lincoln.
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The type of helmets worn by the pilot and gunner of the Black Wasp change between shots.
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When the Laurent Team Members are chasing Lincoln Six Echo and Tom Lincoln and entering the warehouse, the right door of the car opens. Then in one turn, at one moment, it is closed, and right after is open again.
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In the train station, at 1:08, the children are walking from Lincoln and Jordan's right to their left, but Lincoln and Jordan look from their left to their right.
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When Lincoln discovers the medical floor, after he puts on doctors overalls, his sleeve lengths change between shots several times.
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When Laurent shoots Tom Lincoln and Tom starts to fall down, it is seen that Tom's hand with a gun moves forward. In the slow-mo Tom's hands move backward.
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The pyramid paperweight's position when Lincoln is asked to draw the boat he saw in his dream.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Merrick is injecting the microbes into Lincoln's eye, the cameraman can be seen in the reflection on his glasses.
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In the shot through the windscreen of the Black Wasp as it begins its descent over the freeway, a camera and three crew members are briefly visible in the bottom left corner of the frame.
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When Tom Lincoln goes upstairs and enters his room, the camera crew is reflected in the door as it opens.
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During the second car chase, when Lincoln swerves the Cadillac after shouting "Whoa!", a camera car is visible in the background.
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When the armored car lands on its roof, a camera is visible in the middle of the street.
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Several camera cars are visible during the freeway chase - for example, one can be seen driving near the armored car as it begins to flip over.
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At the end of the freeway chase, when Laurent steps out of the passenger side of his car, a camera and several crew members are reflected in the car's door approaching the vehicle.
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When Gandu Three Echo hits the big screen, the doors of the elevator open to reveal two guards and the camera is reflected in the door of the elevator.
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As Lincoln is hanging from the large cable near the end of the movie, you can twice see the thin wire that is actually holding him up.
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Factual errors 

The train wheels falling off the trailer fall and flip towards the pursuing police. In reality they would continue moving in the same direction as the semi and flip in the same direction.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Lincoln and Jordan hide on a truck carrying train wheels, even though previous scenes show that trains no longer use wheels. However, these rusty wheels could have been on their way to the scrapyard.
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McCord explains to Lincoln Six-Echo and Jordan Two-Delta that by their naming, Lincoln (being an "Echo") would have been from the third generation, and Jordan (being a "Delta") would have been from the fourth. Following the actual military naming of the clones' generations in alphabetical order (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Gulf, etc.) would have, in fact, placed Lincoln in the fifth generation, not the third. However, Lincoln had asked how old they were, not what generation. McCord was telling them their age. Lincoln was Echo generation and is 3 years old, Jordon was Delta generation and is 4 years old.
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Clones (or twins) do not have the same fingerprints, neither they have the same retina. While twins do not share the same fingerprints or retinas, clones do. Clones by definition are a copy of the original, and therefore would have the same fingerprints and retinas.
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Plot holes 

In the conditioning room, clones are implanted with the desire to go to the Island using footage of a talking head. However, earlier in the film the clones are shown taking remedial English lessons. By the film's own logic, newborn clones would not understand any of the verbal conditioning.
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Revealing mistakes 

Right before the armored truck hits the police car, the police car had stopped in the middle of the street, even though there is nothing in the way.
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When Lincoln Six Echo and Jordan Two Delta are escaping from the facility and running down a corridor, a man avoids running into Lincoln and then resumes to take out Jordan.
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When the Black Wasp skids along the freeway after crashing, the tow cable dragging it is visible.
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When the second Dodge Magnum flips over, the air canister used to flip it is visible on the street.
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During the highway chase, you can see that the first train-wheel is made of foam rubber when it hits the road.
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When the armored car lands upright after flipping over, the passenger door swings open, revealing the bars of the roll cage (which actually block entry through the door) inside.
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In the freeway chase, when the Hummer rolls over, you can see the roll cage through the back window.
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When the Laurent Team Members are chasing Lincoln Six Echo and Tom Lincoln and entering the warehouse, there is a short scene during which front of the Cadillac is clearly visible with no extra camouflage, just genuine front side.
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In the car fight between the two Lincolns, the shots that follow after Tom Lincoln is bitten (twice), are exactly the same shots of him being hit in the face.
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In several quick shots of the armored car smashing into the police car, the police car is clearly a mocked-up front half of a car with dummies in the front seats. Also, several cables and at least one Eyemo camera are visible next to, inside and under the gray SUV that the police car is pushed into.
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When the security team are returning Jordan Two Delta to Merrick, the Pilot of the Helicopter is the same one who was killed earlier in the film when the giant R logo crashed into a previous helicopter, causing it to explode and plummet to the ground.
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During the freeway chase, when the Black Wasp's gunner opens fire on the Mack truck, the arm of the gimbal suspending the Wasp over the freeway (to simulate flight) is reflected in his visor.
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When the nail gun is used on the bad guy, you can see that the nail gun has an attachment fitting for compressed air. However there is no cord hooked up to the nail gun. Thus, no compressed air, no nails being fired.
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When Merrick's colleague gives him the results of Lincoln's brain scans, you can clearly see that the "panel" pictures are projected via static LCD beamers.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

There are numerous inconsistencies between generation names and clone ages. McCord can determine Lincoln's and Jordan's real ages by their generation designation ... Lincoln is an "Echo" so he must be three, Jordan is a "Delta" so she must be four. But Starkweather, also a Delta, has only been there for six months while Gandu, another Echo, has been there for seven years. Seven Foxtrot, presumably two, is brand new while Lima One Alpha, created only as a breeder, has presumably been there for seven years.
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Character error 

Merrick explains one part of keeping the clones in line is by closely engineering all their entertainment to promote passive, non-violent, compliant behavior. Yet earlier, in the clone "nightclub", we're treated to the image of Lincoln 6 Echo and Jordan 2 Delta smacking the stuffing out of each other in a holographic arena. Even if they don't really punch each other, it's hard to see this as promoting "passive, non-violent, compliant behavior."
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Continuity 

When Lima One Alpha is being poisoned shortly after giving birth, we see a toe tag on her right big toe; in the next shot, it has moved to her left foot.
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Continuity 

When Laurent shoots Tom Lincoln and Tom starts to fall down, it is seen that Tom's hand with a gun moves forward. In the slow-mo Tom's hands move backward.
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Plot holes 

When the clones are running out of the bunker door at the end of the movie, slightly behind and to the left of Jones Three Echo, Gandu Three Echo can be seen exiting also. This is impossible since Merrick previously injected him with poison which killed him.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Jordan pulls the pistol out from under the sheet and shoots the guard, the squib tube going up his pant leg is clearly visible.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Laurent shoots Tom Lincoln, the ground shakes and ripples during the slow-mo scene showing Tom falling to the ground, indicating a crash pad.
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