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(I) (2008)

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When the girls are in the apartment in France, they turn the music up loud so they do not hear Kim's mobile phone ring. When the camera pans over to her handbag, the phone is ringing, but "Silent" mode is selected.
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When Kim first sees the new horse her stepfather has bought her for her birthday she says, "Oh, my God! Oh, my God!", her mouth movements and the first "Oh my God" don't quite match.
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Character error 

Bryan gives his daughter an international cell phone before her trip, but he doesn't give her a charger to keep it working.
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Bryan is told that the kidnappers do business in "Yugoslavia," a political state which ceased to exist in the early 1990s. The lands that used to go by that name are now properly called "The Balkans."
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At the airport when he is dropping Kim off, Brian uses his key to open the trunk of his Nissan Sentra. The Sentra is equipped with a trunk release inside the car that he could easily have used.
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Continuity 

When Bryan drives Kim to the airport, exterior shots show a Nissan Sentra. Interior shots show a BMW 7-Series, as evidenced by its unique seat and headrest design.
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When Bryan interrogates Marko, he removes his tie and loosens his collar. When he returns to the light switch, his tie has returned. Next time he hits the switch, the tie is missing.
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When Bryan listens to the recording of his daughter on the airplane, the recording starts when his daughter says "They've got her", which would have been when his daughter was in the bathroom. Bryan originally started the recording after his daughter was under the bed in the bedroom, so the recording wouldn't include that part. It also would've recorded Bryan's voice, which was not on the recording.
When Kim makes a phone call just before getting kidnapped, she describes the man as having a beard. When Bryan hears this recording on the plane, it's changed to mustache, and again in a later scene when Bryan is listening to the recording it's beard.
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When Bryan, Kim, and Lenore are in the restaurant, the amount of cream and the position of the cherries on the milkshake change between shots.
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When Amanda was taking a photo, the camera phone was held in the landscape position, but when Peter was taking the photo for them, he held it in the portrait position. Later, when Bryan was reviewing the photos, all the photos were in the landscape position, including the one supposedly taken by Peter.
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After Bryan Mills saves the girl from the construction area brothel, he drives away in a white SUV. The pursuing bad guys shoot out the back window. The same window is intact in several following scenes.
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When Bryan takes a picture of Kim and Amanda at the airport, Amanda's smile shows her teeth. Later, when Bryan looks at a copy of the picture, Amanda's mouth is closed, and her lips are pursed.
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Throughout the movie, Bryan has no white hair. At the corrupt French police officer's apartment, his hair has white roots at the forehead.
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In the beginning of the movie, when Bryan wakes up from his dream in his house/apartment, two boxes of Chinese food are on the table in front of him. In a later shot, the Chinese food is gone.
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When Peter takes the photo to the girls its a sunny day. When Bryan is watching the photo it looks like if it was taken at night.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Bryan goes to the girls' hotel room in Paris for the first time, he edges along a ledge on the outside of the building. An overhead shot reveals an obvious stunt double.
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Errors in geography 

When Bryan Mills tries to enter the apartment in Paris where his daughter was kidnapped, he uses a brown paper bag with groceries to appear a resident. These paper bags are typically American and not to be found in supermarkets in Paris, or most other parts of Europe.
When Bryan is in the apartment of his friend the corrupt French policeman, they use the policeman's computer to check on the identity of St-Clair, the man who is auctioning Brian's daughter. The computer is shown as having a QWERTY keyboard which is not the type used in France. It should be an AZERTY layout which is the type used in France.
Some men at the construction site wear hard hats that are not available or permitted in France. But seeing how the site is also the place for some VERY illegal trafficking-, narcotics- and prostitution crimes, it is not unlikely the men working there were also criminals and/or illegal immigrant workers who had brought their own equipment.
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At LAX, Brian discovers the map and drops his daughter off on the arrival level, even though her flight is departing for Paris. You can see they are on the lower level, which is the arrival level at LAX.
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Bryan's only lead on Staint-Clair is the address 26 St Louis en l'Ile, Paris, obtained when Jean-Claude searches for him in the database. However, the mansion where the party is hosted is not the same building located at that address, as can be confirmed by a Google Maps Street-level search.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Bryan never reloads his gun. He often takes the guns of people he has just killed, so reloading is not necessary.
When Bryan listens to the mobile phone and the call ends, the audio sounds like a home phone cutting off, not a mobile. It's actually the sound of the phone being smashed. Later, the phone is discovered smashed.
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When Bryan attacks the construction site, no one knows what he looks like, yet they know who to shoot. They could know each other by sight. Bryan, who is several inches taller, with much fairer skin and hair, stands out as someone who shouldn't be there.
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Kim's map of Europe shows Czechoslovakia as one country. It split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993. However, she may have used a older map to plan her trip.
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Plot holes 

At the end of the phone call during the kidnapping, the kidnapper (Marko) says, "Good-luck." Bryan is holding his cell phone to his ear with no wires attached, but later while on the plane, Bryan listens to the "Good-Luck" over and over. That would not have been possible since his cell phone was not attached to the reorder when that was said.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Bryan is chasing the sheik's barge along the Seine in his car, he appears to be traveling at high rate of speed alongside the barge. The barge would likely be traveling around 5 knots, about the speed of a light jog. The speed limit for boats on the Seine is 15 knots, (about 17 mph), so even if the boat could somehow travel at the maximum speed for the river, (which would be impossible for a boat like that), it would still be at a crawl for a car.
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When Peter jumps off the elevated road to escape Bryan, the semi-truck trailer Peter lands on clearly has a padded roof.
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Brian drives a 2004 Nissan Sentra, yet the interior of his car does not match that of a 2004-2006 Sentra.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

On the boat toward the end of the movie the sheik's main guard makes a mistake in Arabic. The word "boat" in Arabic is "Safina", but he says "Fasina".

Continuity 

When Bryan is fighting the man with the knife, on the boat, the man smashes a lamp on the wall. In the next frame, the lamp is untouched.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When the security guard checks Bryan's identity card, Bryan's photo is clearly stuck on the card. This was later discovered by security, when Bryan was briefly captured.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Bryan finally finds his daughter being auctioned off, she is heavily sedated; her facial features are relaxed and her orientation is off. When she is saved minutes later, she is completely aware of what is going on and the drugs have worn off, unlike the girl Bryan rescued before. Saint Clair didn't use the same drugs Marko used to sedate his girls. His clients didn't want their girls sweaty and unresponsive, like the girls in the trailer. It's entirely possible that Kim recovered to the point of recognizing her father by the time she was rescued.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Early in the movie, Sheerah's vocal coach, Gio, is presumably the black man rehearsing with her before she goes onstage at a concert. At the end of movie, given the implied context of the visit to see Sheerah, the person at the piano is not the same man. He may be an accompanist. Since the whole house isn't visible from the front door, Gio could easily be somewhere off-camera.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Bryan chases Peter up the ramp, he turns into heavy traffic with squealing tires. After Peter dies, Brian walks on the highway near the cars. The highway is a virtual parking lot, with empty cars, no noise and no brake lights, as you would see in a traffic jam.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the security guard dies, the blood stains on his shirt are dried, as if they've been there for a while.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Bryan leaves Marko with electricity running through him, Marko screams with his mouth open. The electricity would force his mouth to close. This is why Bryan puts the handkerchief in his mouth earlier, so that he did not bite his tongue or push his teeth, allowing him to answer questions.

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