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(2006)

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Continuity 

When Doug is angered about knowing the truth about what they were actually doing to view everywhere other than "satellites", he tries to make a point clear about something being present and past by taking a chair and breaking a computer monitor. Yet in later scenes the monitor seems to be working again, unless they replaced a monitor in a matter of minutes.
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When Doug is takes off his shirt just before entering into the "teleporting" machine, in the next shot you can see him taking the shirt off again.
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When Doug saves Claire from the warehouse blast, as they land on the floor, her feet aren't bound together. In the next shot, he removes the tape from her bound feet.
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A couple of continuity errors of sorts: When Claire was originally killed, the body was reported found at 10:42 AM on Fat Tuesday. This means that she had to be killed hours earlier. Now, when Doug finds her and averts her killing (after 8:30 AM), she's wearing the wrong clothes! The red pattern dress which she is wearing in the morgue was at Claire's home and not readily available for her to wear. This means that after Oerstadt killed her (in the original past), he'd have to go to Claire's house, change her clothes neatly such that it doesn't appear "staged" and then set her afloat all in a matter of about a half hour (tops). Then, drive the device onto the ferry and then drive his motorcycle to the Crescent City Bridge all by 10:50 AM.

Also, when Oerstadt douses her with the accelerant, it appears that Claire's legs/ankles are loosely bound (despite other claims of goofs that her legs/ankles were not bound). The problem, here, is that she appears to be wearing shoes on both feet after Oerstadt punches her. Moments later, when Doug saves her, she's as shoeless as Joe Jackson.
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When Doug Carlin is walking into the compound holding the helmet in one hand and a gun in the other, there is a shot which is mirrored; the helmet and wristwatch are on the right and the gun appears to in his left hand.
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When Doug is investigating Claire's house for the first time, he enters her living room and closes the door behind him. He looks at the giant jazzy painting that is all over the wall and the door. Two shots later the door behind him is suddenly open again.
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When investigators are searching Claire's house, Doug points out that it's (just) after midnight. At this point in the movie, it's night, but when the investigators are searching Claire's house (same time zone), it is light out.
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At the beginning of the movie, when Doug parks his car at the pier, a clear shot of the ATF sticker and the month/year sticker is made. On the month/year sticker appears 07 for the month and 06 for the year on a white and blue background respectively. At the end of the movie, when he is leaving with Claire on the same car, the month/year sticker has changed now to 08 for the month and 06 for the year and with white and gray background respectively.
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When Doug reaches to the pier at the beginning of the movie, the camera makes a shot that shows the ATF sticker and the month/year sticker located at Doug's car front window. The ATF sticker is below the month/year sticker, but at the end of the movie, the ATF sticker moved a couple of inches to the right side of the month/year sticker.
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When Doug Carlin's Hummer is driving up on the bridge after the truck crashes into him during the car chase, the camera shot from within Carlin's car shows him passing a VW Beetle. When the camera switches to an overhead one, we can see that Carlin's Hummer hasn't passed the Beetle yet.
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The bomber arrived at the ferry dock at 0440 which means Carlin's chase could not have started before 1040. During Agent Carlin's pursuit of the bomber, we get a glimpse of Pryzwarra's watch when he is picking up the phone that shows 5:45 which could be 0545 (five hours too early) or 1745 (meaning Carlin took seven hours to get to the Crescent City Bridge). When Carlin starts to walk away from the Hummer in daylight, his watch shows 0950 (50 minutes too soon) but when he gets on the other side of the house, the time shows 1135 (more in sync with the timeline).
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When Claire starts writing in her diary after taking a shower, she writes immediately below the previous entry. The next shot, which gives us a close-up, shows there are two blank lines between the previous entry and the one she is making.
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Outside the hospital after Doug is revived, the paramedic that Doug confronts initially has a cigarette in his left hand. Seconds later, it switches to his right hand, despite the fact his hands are raised.
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During the first scenes on the ferry a girl's doll falls into the water. You can see the doll moving towards the camera and briefly hitting it before the shot changes and the doll keeps sinking.
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When the team sees the video tape of Carroll Oerstadt at the ferry (after using the facial recognition software to identify Oerstadt's "camcorder bag"), it is indicated thereon as "Monday", and Dr. Alexander Denny says that the tape is from two nights before the ferry explosion. But the ferry explosion is on Fat Tuesday, so the tape was really from the night before, not two nights before.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Doug Carlin is driving the Hummer and about to put the goggles on, a camera man is reflected on the front window of the car.
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Errors in geography 

When Doug goes back in time and steals the ambulance with a license plate of "Olathe Ford", a dealership from Kansas.
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The movie plays fast and loose with New Orleans geography throughout. For example, during the "chase", Carlin is driving towards I-10 (on the east bank). Seconds later, he is driving through the Harvey Tunnel, several miles away on the west bank. Then he's back on the east bank, heading west on I-10. New Orleans geography adds to the confusion; Carlin somehow makes a U-turn on the Crescent City Connection, which goes eastward towards the west bank and westward towards the east bank.
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The compound is located in Stephensville, LA (just North of Morgan City), about 90 miles away from New Orleans, not just an exit in New Orleans, as the movie suggests.
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Factual errors 

When the ferry explodes, vehicles are thrown into the river. The Algiers-Canal ferry is pedestrians only on Fat Tuesday. Also, for the same reason, the car with the explosives wouldn't have been allowed on board.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The Navy Uniforms may be correct for Fat Tuesday. The Officers and Sailors are wearing Summer Whites. Although most US Navy commands would specify either Service Dress Blue or Winter/Working Blue in February, it is up to the individual commands to make that determination based on their own climate. For example, when there was a Naval Base in Orlando, Florida (a training center which has subsequently closed) the uniform was whites year-round.
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In the compound scene a St. Martin Parish Sheriff's car can be seen parked in the background. New Orleans is located in Orleans Parish, over 150 miles away from St. Martin Parish. A St. Martin Parish Sheriff's deputy would not have jurisdiction in Orleans Parish. While this would normally be correct in post Katrina New Orleans there were many officers from many different jurisdictions in state and out of state.
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Plot holes 

Doug shines a laser pointer at the monitor and Claire reacts to it in the past. If he can broach the field by pointing a simple laser pointer at it, then it should be possible to communicate with the past in the same fashion without having to send back a physical object. (Imagine the laser spelling out a short message.)
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The bomber makes a deal about needing Claire to look like a bomb victim and that a bullet would have ruined it despite having already shot and disposed of Agent Carlin's partner in the very same location he was going to burn Claire.
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Agent Carlin discovers the evidence of blasting caps washed ashore at 1245; he returns the call to the victim at 1318 (1:18pm). He seems to do quite a lot in those 33 minutes: investigates the surface and underside of the Crescent City Bridge, visits the police department to notify them that it is a crime scene, gets a cup of coffee there (by inquiring the location of the coffee pot), drives back to the ATF office, and attempts to reach his partner.
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According to the "rules" of the movie, the past is 102 hours (4 days, 6 hours), 15 minutes behind. So, when McCready says "shut it down" at what I presume is the end of the day, Friday, AND Carlin states that Oerstadt is going to kill Claire in 12 hours, shouldn't it be 3AM Saturday? Shouldn't it be dark outside? Claire is/was killed at 3PM-ish and the ferry explodes/exploded at 5PM-ish Saturday (in future time).

Also, do FBI agents normally complete high-profile investigations AND reports in less than 4 days, 6 hours, 15 minutes? And Pryzwarra says that he held off on his report (suggesting that it could/should have rightly been completed sooner).
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Revealing mistakes 

During the car chase, when the red Pontiac is falling to the street after flipping over, the roll cage inside the car is briefly visible through the windshield.
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In the opening sequence you see sailors moving from the left of the screen to the right but all of the rating badges and service stripes are on the incorrect arm. These are suppose to be on the left arm but they appear on the right indicating that the film makers used a mirror image of the shot.
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During the explosion at the Bait Farm after Denzel Washington drives the ambulance into the hut, a large metal beam can be seen flying towards and 'bouncing off' of Claire's 'body', obviously a dummy.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Claire is in Carroll's warehouse, she is shown as being tied to a chair while he pours gasoline over her head. Doug then enters and Carroll begins shooting at him. Carroll then runs outside and shoots a propane tank which explodes and sets the warehouse on fire, however despite Claire's highly flammable body, and the fire being only inches away from her, she is never ignited in the fire.
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During Claire's autopsy, just before Doug takes her photo with the Polaroid, her mouth is completely closed. In the next shot and in the photo, her mouth is slightly open with her teeth showing.
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During Claire's autopsy, Doug turns her head to her left, to find out that she has a missing earring. In the next shot however, her head is tilted to her right again.
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When Agent Larry Minuti attempts to apprehend the terrorist on the pier, he is shot through the closed door of the terrorist's car. In the next shot the car door is open, the window is fully intact, and there is no visible sign of the bullets passing through the car door.
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Plot holes 

When Doug first sees the ambulance crashed in the warehouse, we know that Claire is dead. But when the actual crash happens- which is the same crash he saw in "flashback"- he actually saved Claire. If it all had already happened the same way, then actually Claire is never dead.
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In the original time line it is revealed that the bomber kidnapped Claire on the morning of the bombing and killed her some time before the explosion. When Agent Carlin visits her home he plays back her phone messages. The second message is from her friend Beth, left at 9:44am and Claire picks up while Beth is leaving the message. Carlin hears Claire's voice on the recording. When Carlin later travels back in time, he saves Claire and then they both go to her apartment. We hear Beth's phone call and we see Claire pick up the call and speak to Beth. This all happens around 9:44am (we see a clock in Carlin's hand) which is after Claire was due to be killed by the bomber. This means that in the original time line Claire was both killed by the bomber and alive after the time that she died so that she could pick up Beth's call.
There is a paradox as Agent Doug Carlin has gone back in time specifically to stop the ferry being bombed. As he succeeded in his mission, the whole of what Carlin does in the film becomes obsolete meaning that he never goes back in time and does not stop the ferry from blowing up. It may be explained by parallel time-lines, however what becomes confusing is the fact that Carlin has clearly been in the past before he stopped the ferry from blowing up as earlier in the film he sees the rags of blood, the message on the fridge and his fingerprints have been found in the house which happens at the end of the film.
The bomber calls Claire on Sunday evening, 26 February 2006, at 1946 (7:46pm). Since the feed is four days and six hours in the past, the time that they are seeing this is Friday morning, 3 March 2006 at 0146 (1:46am). The phone log trace shows times of calls on 3 March well into the afternoon and evening, as last as 2010 (8:10pm).
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Revealing mistakes 

During Claire Kuchever's autopsy, when her head is turned toward the camera, her eyes follow a distant fixed point, and not the rotation of her head. This causes her irises to become centered in her eyes by the end of the head turn. In other shots, her eyes are fixed looking slightly to her left.
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During Claire Kuchever's autopsy, the coroner asks Doug Carlin to hold her right hand while a photo is taken. The coroner explains that her fingers have been severed. The camera angle changes and you can see that her fingers are curled under.
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