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(2008)

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Continuity 

When one man moves to the tower to get a better shot he is seen using an AKS-47 with the stock completely folded, in the next scene he is firing a basic AK-47 with a fixed buttstock.
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Continuity 

At the military camp where the prisoners are held, it rains all night. The next morning, when everyone leaves the camp, the ground is dry - even dusty.
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The position of the scar on Rambo's face has changed. In Rambo: First Blood Part II (and Rambo III) the scar was more vertical, and started around the corner of his eye. In this movie it is more diagonal, and starts around his hairline. This is ironic, since when Rambo is dreaming, amidst the montage of flashbacks, he actually flashes back to the scene in Rambo: First Blood Part II when he initially received the scar, and you can clearly see its position on his face.
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After the final gun battle, Sarah leaves her position with the sniper, and we see her move quite a distance away as the sniper lifts his rifle. As they cut to a different angle of the sniper relaxing/packing up, we can clearly see Sarah's head/hair in the lower right corner of the screen, only a foot or two away from the sniper.
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During the scene when Rambo is going to lead the tracking dogs away from the girl and Schoolboy, Schoolboy's hat brim keeps changing how its bent in between shots. It changes from peaked to flat to a round shape.
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When the mercenaries exit the boat, they are asked if the have any explosives. A man say's no, even though he has an M203 under barrel grenade launcher on his rifle.
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The machine gun mounted in the front of the Burma Army's Patrol Boat. The first view of the machine gun, there is a double-drum shape magazine mounted on top of the gun; minutes later, the second view of the gun, there's no magazine to the right side of the machine gun; seconds later, the third view of the gun, an ammo box as well as a box-holder shown up to the right side of the machine gun; moments later, the fourth and last view, the ammo box along with its holder go to the left side.
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Sarah is handing supplies out to the villagers. She comes up to a little girl, with a package in her right hand. It goes to another camera angle, and the package is in her left hand. It cuts to a different camera angle, and the package is back in her right hand.
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The Claymore mine changes from a training Claymore (Blue in color) to an Airsoft Claymore (OD Green but with a pellet loading hole in the front cover). The tripwire firing mechanism also changes between shots, but was not present when Schoolboy tossed it to Rambo.
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While on Rambo's boat, En Joo has a full beard with sideburns and a thick mustache. When they land, his sideburns are shaved and his beard and mustache trimmed.
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After Rambo fires the last arrow from his compound bow, he regroups with the mercenaries. As he approaches them the bow-string is seen drawn back without being held by the release hand. This could only be done if an arrow were placed on the string, but there is no arrow mounted to fire, even though seconds later he holds a drawn arrow inches from the mercenary's eye.
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In the final gun battle sequence, Rambo uses the jeep mounted gun to fire on the driver, and splatters blood all over the bullet shield. When he gets off of the machine gun, the bullet shield is clean.
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When the mercenaries are talking to Rambo on the way to Burma, Rambo's hands constantly change position on the steering handle between shots.
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When Rambo is firing the .50 caliber during the final battle scene, the time on his watch changes radically from shot to shot.
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The M-60 gunner on the bow of the patrol boat gets his head blown off (literally), yet his body is still at the gun, hand gripping the trigger. However, a moment later when Myint hits the boat with the rocket, the M-60 gunner's body is nowhere in sight.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Towards the end of the film as Rambo makes his way through the police station, there is an air vent swaying back and forth after having being shot. As the camera pans,a crew member is visible manipulating the object to create the effect.
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Errors in geography 

In the beginning map scene, CALCUTTA is clearly spelled CALCUTA, indicating that the map was prepared in a foreign language such as Spanish.
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Factual errors 

When Rambo kills the gunner on the jeep-mounted machine gun, and takes over the weapon, the first thing he does is lower the barrel and blow away the soldiers in the forward seat. This would not be possible. In order to prevent this from happening accidentally in the heat of combat, the gimbal on which the gun is mounted would have a built-in mechanical stop, which would prevent the gunner from lowering the barrel far enough to kill his own crew. This safeguard was applied on WWII bombers, to keep the side and turret gunners from shooting into the wings and engines of their own planes.
When Rambo is using the .50 caliber machine gun in the final action scene, it runs out of bullets and makes several clicking sounds to indicate it is empty. The gun would only click empty once since the gun's action only operates by firing, thus cycling the round and cocking the action.
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The large bomb found in the jungle is not a Tallboy as previously suggested, but a "Grand Slam", the successor to the Tallboy bomb. The key indicator is the overall size of the larger 22,000 pound bomb, and the aerofoil shape of the stabilizing fins, versus the relatively flat fins of the tallboy. It's perfectly plausible that such a bomb could sympathetically detonate after 60 years in the jungle. The explosive filler is a cast RDX/TNT based explosive (torpex) which is more or less impervious to the elements. While it's entirely possible, and quite likely that the secondary booster explosives would have deteriorated, and indeed the very fact that the bomb did not explode when dropped would suggest that the fuses were damaged or misused, it's entirely possible that a very large container of torpex could be sympathetically detonated with a C4-based claymore. The implausible aspect of the bomb is that, indeed, they were only used in Germany, were extremely rare and expensive, and could only be dropped from a fairly specialized Lancaster bomber.
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In the final shoot out Myint fires a M136 AT-4 anti-tank weapon although the weapon is still on safe and he has not got his finger on the trigger. He also holds the weapon totally wrong and looks over the sights.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the team attacks the Burmese camp and the sniper fires the first shots, we see a guard falling backwards with his legs rolling onto him. Later when Rambo is getting out the camp and is spotted by 2 guards, as the second guard is sniped, we see someone falling exactly in the same manner with legs rolling onto the person - it is in fact the same shot that we saw earlier, only with a wider view.
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When John Rambo is passing by the empty boat that had previously attacked his party, the motor is clearly not running in one shot since the front pulley is not turning (23:54).
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Rambo's boat has a hidden inboard motor at the stern, you can see the water churning from under the boat in views of the rear of the boat.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

Near the end of the film when Sarah finds Michael, she looks over at Rambo and we see blood splattered on her head. In the next shot she looks over at School Boy and the blood is gone.
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Continuity 

At the end of the movie Rambo kills the last bad guy by stabbing him in the stomach with his knife and slicing him open, yet a moment later when Rambo kicks him down the hill, there isn't one drop of blood on his knife.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During the ending gun battle scene when the camera switches to view the right side of En-joo (Tim Kang) you see a shot of the camera equipment behind him. (This is when he climbs up the steps to the upper tower for cover and better shooting position).
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